1. Wash your hair smartly.
Super hot water is really drying and makes your hair prone to breakage. Stick to lukewarm water and don’t stand under the shower longer than you need to. And if possible, wash your hair every other day or every three days. Your natural oils need time to penetrate your ends, which gives them much-needed protection.
2. Don’t rub your wet hair with a towel.
It makes weak strands even weaker. Gently pat your hair dry to remove excess water, and consider wrapping it up in something much gentler than a towel, like a T-shirt.
3. Never (ever!) brush damp hair.
It’s most fragile when it’s wet, so resist combing your hair immediately after you step out of the shower. Instead, use your fingers for a quick detangle, and then after it air dries, give it three or four strokes to remove tangles.
4. Lay off the heat tools.
Drying, ironing, and curling are all pretty damaging to your hair. So why not play with your natural texture a few times a week to give your hair a break? There are actually some pretty easy tricks you can try at night for flawless hair the next morning.
5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Stock up on hydrating shampoos and conditioners, and always apply heat treatments before you style with a dryer or hair iron.
6. Get a haircut.
Seriously, you need to do this every six to eight weeks. There’s really no better way to keep your hair healthy than getting a regular trim. Don’t try to do it yourself — kitchen scissors are a big no-no! — unless you have the right tools. And your stylist should know this, but if you start to see some breakage, ask him or her to cut at least one inch above the split.