Hair breakage can be Internal or External.
The average person loses about 50-200 hairs each day. It seems like a lot, but averagely the human head has around 100,000 hairs and new strands grow each day to account for those lost. So, losing 50 -200 hairs is nothing to panic about. It's a natural process. However, if you're experiencing hair breakage, you're losing considerably more than 200 hairs daily. You're probably noticing broken hairs on your pillow, in your comb, in your brush and even a few balding patches. If you've gotten to this point, there's no need to panic. You just need to determine the cause of hair breakage in your case and deal with it quickly before it gets worse.
Internal Causes of Hair Breakage-The causes of hair breakage can lie in a simple nutritional deficiency. Are you eating enough fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains and good fats? If you answered "no", then this could be the cause of hair breakage in your case. These whole foods contain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that are good for your hair.
A deficiency of these vitamins & minerals can be the cause of hair breakage:
Chemical hair breakage (external) is the term used to describe the damage caused by harsh chemicals that are used to style and straighten hair. This condition is common among women who use perms, dyes or relaxers to style their hair.
How Can I Treat Chemical Breakage? One option is to receive a protein treatment on a regular basis to help put protein back into your hair. When used regularly, these treatments strengthen your hair by adding a coating to the outer layers, making your hair more resistant to breakage.You can take some immediate action toward reversing the effects of chemical hair breakage. Begin by limiting the use of dye, relaxers, and perms to once every 8 to 10 weeks. This gives your hair time to recover form the effects of your last treatment.
You should minimize the use of hot irons, blow dryers and even washing your hair with water that is too hot. This can be damaging to your hair. Heat causes dryness and turns hair brittle, which will result in breakage and stunted hair growth.Whenever possible, always opt for air-drying.
Hair pulled tight back in to braids, ponytails and buns can also cause hair breakage. Try to minimize the use of hair accessories, rubber bands and hair ties that will cause your hair to split and break. Relax and let your hair loose.
Consider getting regular trims.......Yes I know, you are trying to let your hair grow, and getting a trim sounds counterproductive. However, getting regular trims will help get rid of dry, damaged and split ends which can work their way up the shaft of your hair and causing even more damage.