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Message started by LadyOfGold on Apr 5th, 2010 at 8:23am

Title: Breakage at the roots
Post by LadyOfGold on Apr 5th, 2010 at 8:23am
My hair is pin straight, dark blonde, and ALMOST to my shoulders and collarbone, which was my first goal in growing out from a pixie. Woo!!!
But lately, I have been noticing a lot of breakage at my roots; it looks a little frizzy once it dries. It's not colored, and I only blow-dry maybe once a month, if that (really only when I style it for an event).
I am currently in a play, and since we open soon, I am concerned what the nightly styling (I have to style it for the show) is going to do to this breakage. Is there anything I can do to help prevent more breaks from happening?


Title: Re: Breakage at the roots
Post by LadyOfGold on Apr 5th, 2010 at 8:26am
I should note that I do use Suave Humectant shampoo and conditioner, and a Yes To Cucumbers leave-in conditioner.
I also run and dance, so I do have to put my hair in a secure ponytail quite often. I use the Ouchless holders though, which no metal on them. Sometimes I think they still rip my hair though. Is there a better alternative? I don't think hairsticks would hold it securely enough for running or dancing.

Title: Re: Breakage at the roots
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 5th, 2010 at 3:40pm
You might want to try Amish Hair Pins.

Title: Re: Breakage at the roots
Post by Angel on Apr 5th, 2010 at 6:16pm
Unfortunately, both dance and theatre are extremely damaging to hair. If you're committed to these things on a long term basis, long hair may not be in your future.

Also, wearing your hair in a ponytail all the time causes tons of breakage, especially if you're using those thin hairties. It's not so much the metal part that damages hair - it's putting the hairtie in the same spot over and over.
    You could try things like wider, seamless hairties or satin scrunchies (be warned, however - the latter will slip out of your hair constantly) or using a headband to hold your hair away from your face while you work out since it's still short at the moment.

When/if your hair grows a bit longer, you can twist it up in the back and bobby pin or clip it into place.

Best of luck.

Title: Re: Breakage at the roots
Post by LadyOfGold on Apr 6th, 2010 at 10:57am
I am not really "committed" to theatre long-term, meaning I am not going into the business professionally, but once I graduate I do plan on continuing with community theatre, maybe one or two shows a year, just to feed my passion :-)
I do tend to use thicker hair ties with no metal, but it's hard for me to use scrunchies because they fall out while I run and dance.

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