Hair tends to break more easily when it becomes damaged and unhealthy. Hair damage can be a result of heated styling tools, chemical applications or just dry, brittle hair. To prevent hair breakage and other types of hair damage, you must take steps to make your hair stronger and healthier.
Body-building shampoos can help strengthen hair because they contain proteins that bond to your hair, according to DermNet NZ. Hair primarily consists of proteins, so using a shampoo that contains protein helps reinforce your hair shaft, thus resulting in less breakage. If you suffer from dry hair, which easily breaks because it has no moisture, opt for a moisturizing shampoo because it will help restore moisture back into your hair, providing more elasticity within your hair shafts. For chemically treated hair, such as colored or permed hair, use a revitalizing shampoo. Revitalizing shampoos are specifically made for damaged hair resulting from chemical applications, according to DermNet NZ.
Biotin can strengthen your hair, as well as your nails, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Some shampoos, conditioners and hair styling products are formulated with biotin to help strengthen hair to prevent breakage, but always read the label to ensure your hair products contain biotin. Biotin is also part of the B-complex vitamin group, so you can take a daily supplement to ensure you're receiving the recommended daily allowance. Women often need just 30 mcg of biotin per day, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, but always check with your health care provider before beginning a supplement regimen. Biotin is considered relatively safe but may have interactions with certain antibiotics and anti-convulsant medications.
Conditioner provides protection to your hair, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Conditioner coats the hair shaft, which helps improve hair strength as well as increasing shine and decreasing static electricity. Conditioner can also improve the look of damaged hair. Certain conditioners provide protection against UV rays, which can harm your hair. Being in the sun for an extended period of time can cause your hair to dry out. The American Academy of Dermatology advises against skipping the conditioning process after you shampoo because conditioner significantly improves the health of your hair.