Even the most deep-conditioned, regularly-trimmed, and protected hair can quickly become susceptible to damage and hair breakage.
Much like toning up other areas of our bodies, achieving strong curls takes work and patience. It requires a commitment to certain styling practices, the use of the right natural hair care products, and consistency. How you wash and what you shampoo and condition your curls with are a considerable part of the equation, but not the only factor. If you’re experiencing weaker than usual curls, there are several ways to get back on track to healthy and strong hair. Read on to find out how to strengthen hair and stop damage.

Why is my hair so weak?

There are a number of reasons why hair can become weak. For starters, the structure of your hair plays a big role in how it holds up to styling and everyday wear and tear. Hair that is naturally fine may be more prone to damage than thicker, sturdier strands.

Hair porosity may also impact hair fragility. Porosity determines how well hair absorbs and retains moisture. Landing on either end of the porosity spectrum, low or high, can compromise hair strength.

It’s no secret that water is the most important ingredient when it comes to moisturizing your hair. But your hair is most fragile when it is wet, which is why you shouldn’t brush wet hair. If your hair is highly porous, meaning it easily soaks up moisture, over time, it can stretch and cause strands to buckle in a sense, leading to breakage. Because of this, if you have highly porous hair, try to avoid leaving your hair soaking wet for long periods of time.

On the flip side, low porosity hair, which has a hard time absorbing moisture, can lead to dry, brittle hair prone to breakage. While using water-based products is still important, you should also enlist the help of hydrating hair oils like the Goddess Strength 7 Oil Blend Scalp & Hair Oil.

Another culprit of weak hair is the friction caused by sleeping without a protective hair covering like a bonnet or satin scarf. Too much rubbing against rough fabrics can compromise the strength of your hair and disrupt the hair cuticle. The same goes for split ends. It’s like a run in stockings. If not trimmed at the first snag, it’ll continue to split up the hair shaft weakening it as it spreads. Hair that has recently been over-processed with dye or bleach, or scorched from heat styling, may look and feel weak as well.

What are the best products to strengthen hair?

Every head of hair is different, and choosing the right hair care for your unique set of spirals may take some trial and error. However, there’s one thing that all curls need to thrive and become stronger—moisture. Look to deep conditioning hair treatments to help hydrate and fortify weak hair. Try using the Coco Creme Curl Quenching Deep Moisture Mask along with a hair steamer to help the nourishing ingredients absorb better. While deep conditioners are usually applied after you shampoo your hair, consider doing this type of treatment as a pre-shampoo before you hit the shower. It will help soften and fortify hair so that once you get to the detangle stage of your wash, you won’t have to do a ton of tugging.

Shampoos like the Goddess Strength Fortifying Shampoo with Castor Oil will get hair clean without stripping your hair of its natural oils while helping to strengthen your strands with ingredients like castor oil, black seed oil, and ginger. Don’t forget to condition. Even if you’re using a deep conditioner or hair mask prior to shampooing, you should still use a traditional strengthening conditioner after. The Goddess Strength Fortifying Conditioner with Castor Oil has the same ingredients as the shampoo in addition to moisturizing glycerin. The formula helps repair damage and prevents future hair breakage.

The 7 Best Tips To Strengthen Hair

Keep in mind that strengthening your hair requires patience and consistency. So make a plan and give it time. With these breakage-preventing best practices in play, over time, your hair will become stronger and longer.

1. When it’s time for wash day, always use a strengthening shampoo like the Goddess Strength Fortifying Shampoo with Castor Oil.
2. Keep the temperature of your shower water on the cooler side, as hot water can sometimes strip the moisture from your strands. This will help to prevent your hair from becoming too dry. Follow your conditioner with a room-temperature rinse to seal in moisturizing ingredients and to close the cuticle.
3. If detangling your ringlets is a battle, enlist the help of a combing cream like the Hair Milk 4-in-1 Combing Creme, which will both impart moisture and melt away knots.
4. Carefully dry your curls without too much rubbing. Ditch the towel and use a t-shirt or a microfiber towel that’s made specifically for hair.
5. Don’t forget a leave-in conditioner. Classic conditioners help strengthen hair, but a leave-in version gives hair an extra moisture boost and preps it for styling. Try the Goddess Strength Divine Strength Leave In Cream With Castor Oil.
6. Regular trims are a must. Stylists typically recommend six to eight weeks in between snips. However, depending on the level of damage you may need to repair, consider a visit to your stylist every four weeks until you’re back on track.
7. Practice protective styling as a way to strengthen hair. Braids, twists, and even wigs will keep strands from too much manipulation, particularly if you’re exposing them to potentially damaging elements like excessive sun and saltwater.

How Long Does It Take To Strengthen Hair?

Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula for how long it takes to strengthen hair. Give yourself at least a few weeks to see any changes. Take note of the amount of hair that you’re shedding when you comb and brush through. This is a solid indicator of how your damage-reversing efforts are going. Growth is another. Everyone’s hair grows at a different pace, but any noticeable changes in your hair length may also signal that you’re on the right track. Either way, remember that rebuilding the strength of your hair is very much like making your body strong. It takes time, commitment, and consistent use of the right strengthening hair products.

Now that you know how to strengthen your hair, read on for 5 Tips To Grow Your Hair Long.

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