Why Is My Hair Breaking At The Tips?

One reason why your hair is breaking at the tips is because of your diet, notably an unbalanced diet with a lack of protein. Many foods will contain certain nutrients that are highly beneficial for your hair quality and a deficiency in these nutrients will result in weak and brittle hair that breaks easily at the tips.

Some people who follow vegan diets often experience brittle and broken hair because their diet is lacking in the nutrients that they would have usually gained from meat, eggs, and fatty fish.

Some of the best foods to eat to promote strong and healthy hair are nuts, eggs, avocados, spinach, seeds, meat & fish. Berries are also packed with good vitamins which lead to hair growth and therefore stronger hair. 

Another reason why your hair could be breaking at the tips is due to heat damage from overusing styling tools like straightening iron or a hairdryer. Using these tools too much can damage the hair cuticle making them very weak at the ends and snapping easily. 

Try reducing your use of heated styling tools throughout the week and try styling your hair naturally using non-heated methods like plaiting or even wearing your hair up.

Let your hair dry naturally after you’ve washed it and even use some styling product to give it some texture and natural volume instead of styling it with tools. 

Be careful when you do wear your hair up, as elastic hair ties can also damage your hair and cause it to break off as they can be tight and pull at the hair cuticle and cause it to snap.

Try to wear your hair in low or loose updo styles to minimize breakage or try using silk or satin hair scrunchies that are more gentle on your hair and won’t cause as much breakage. 

Whenever you style your hair with a heated tool then you should always make sure to use a good heat protectant to minimize the damage that the heat does to your hair and then also finish with a nourishing styling cream.

Over-processing your hair with treatments or coloring may also lead to your hair breaking at the tips as each time it causes the cuticle to break down and then snap off because it’s so weak.

You should try to extend the time between your treatments by as long as possible and make sure to use deep conditioning and protein-rich hair products to enrich your hair with the nutrients it needs to repair itself. 

If you don’t get regular hair trims then this could be why your hair is breaking at the tips.

A regular trim will cut away the split ends and allow your hair to grow more healthy instead of the split ends traveling up further in the hair and causing more breakage. You should aim for a trim every 8-12 weeks depending on what condition your hair is in.

There are also health conditions that can cause hair to break at the tips easily, one being hypothyroidism and the other an eating disorder like bulimia or anorexia. 

If you’re not taking care of your hair correctly then this could result in damaged and weak tips. Using water that is too hot on your hair during your shower or using products that contain harsh chemicals can easily dry out your hair.

Always use tepid water and make sure to finish up your shampoo with a good hair conditioner. 

There is also such a thing as overwashing your hair, if you already have dry or damaged hair from heat or styling then you should minimize washing your hair to 1-2 times a week otherwise you could be drying out your hair even more and causing the tips to become very brittle. 

How can I hide my hair breakage?

One of the best ways to hide your hair breakage is to change up the way that you style it. If you have major breakage around the crown or framing areas of your face, then try changing up your parting so the broken strands can be concealed by longer and stronger pieces of hair. 

An easy solution to hiding hair breakage is wearing your hair up and using bobby pins to tuck in loose strands of hair. You can also wear your hair in braids and it’ll allow you to get smaller or weaker strands of hair tucked away in a stylish yet heat-free hairdo. 

If you’ve got long hair but you’ve noticed major hair breakage, then why not consider a good cut to help cut away all the damaged hair and to help blend the shorter pieces of hair to look more seamless and even look like long layers in your hair. 

If you’re experiencing hair breakage then you should try to avoid styling with heat or using hair colorants as much as possible as this will only make it worse. Try to go natural for a few months to even a year to let your hair repair itself as much as possible. 

What is the best product to stop hair breakage?

There is not just one product that will help stop hair breakage, it is the type of product that will help, which is a protein-rich and nourishing hair product. Using shampoos and conditioners that contain good ingredients that nourish the hair instead of stripping it and making it dry is so important.

Try to avoid using common shampoos you find at the grocery store as they contain nasty ingredients that will damage your hair and dry it out causing further breakage. 

Brands like Olaplex, Morrocan Oil, and Kerastase are some of the best brands around that have products that specialize in repairing the damaged bonds in your hair and contain high-quality ingredients that improve the health of your hair whilst improving its appearance. 

Use a deep conditioning treatment or mask once a week and never forget to condition your hair after you’ve shampooed it. While your hair is towel dry you should apply a hydrating oil and cream through the mid to ends of your hair so it can absorb all the moisturizing ingredients.