Break-ups, breakdowns, broken hearts, hair breakage: Blame Mercury in retrograde all you like, but breakage of any type sucks. For the aforementioned three breaks, we suggest a regimen of wine, retail therapy, and time away with friends. For the last, consider L’Oreal Paris’s Triple Resist line.
First, do a test for hair breakage. Pick up a strand of hair (not from your head–preferably from a hairbrush) and examine its texture and elasticity. Does it break off or snap easily? Did it sink when you float it in a glass of water? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your hair may be damaged. Culprits for breakage can include bad hair ties, too much backcombing, harsh updos, dryness, overstyling when wet, and damage from over-processing.
Arginine–an active, concentrated amino acid–is the chicken soup to sick, fragile, hair, attaching to damaged hair and coating it in a protective finish from root to tip. L’Oreal Paris’ Advanced Haircare Triple Resist hair care line is formulated with this ingredient, to deliver three times stronger strands and to reduce hair fall due to breakage by 64%.
To start to rehabilitate your hair, begin by using an appropriate amount of Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo proportioned to your hair’s length and thickness. Experts recommend a dime size amount for shorter hair and a quarter size for longer styles. Don’t neglect the ends, and then follow up with a conditioner, which restores moisture to your hair. (A little known fact about conditioner is that the steam from your shower works in tandem with its ingredients to seal and penetrate the hair shaft.) For an extra boost, cover your hair with a shower cap and cover your head with a hot towel. Follow with a cold water rinse to seal in the hydration and close the hair cuticle, leaving hair shiny and glossy.