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How can I Improve my Hair Elasticity?

By Harriette Halepis
Updated May 17, 2024
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The term hair elasticity refers to the amount of pulling and stretching that hair can withstand without breaking. As humans age, the amount of elasticity within the hair decreases. This part of the natural aging process and will cause hair to break easily, though this is not the only reason why hair may split or break on a regular basis.

The way that you treat your scalp also impacts hair elasticity. If you want to increase hair elasticity, make sure that you are treating your scalp properly. Every time you shampoo your hair, take a few moments to massage your scalp. By massaging your scalp, you are helping to stimulate hair strength and growth. This is precisely why hair students across the world are taught to massage a person's scalp while washing hair.

In addition, make sure that you are not damaging your hair by using the wrong type of hair brush. Brushes and combs that tear and rip the hair will not promote hair elasticity. Instead, choose a comb that has wide-set teeth, so that hair can easily pass through the teeth without causing any damage. Also, make sure that you do not brush your hair when your hair is wet. Hair is at is most susceptible stage when it is wet, which is why it's best to wait until your hair is dry to brush it.

As far as styling products are concerned, make sure to read product labels. As with food labels, certain product ingredients can be detrimental to hair elasticity. Try to avoid any products that include the oil-stripping properties. Chemicals such as isopropyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and diethanolamine can damage your hair. Instead, look for natural products that aren't packed with harmful chemicals.

Certain styling tools such as straighteners and curlers can also cause damage. Also, coloring your hair on a regular basis may make your hair weaker. If you are going to use hair color, opt for an organic colorant that does not contain as many harsh chemicals as regular color. Most salons that are aware of damaging products offer organic hair color to interested clients.

By sticking with the tips listed above, you should be able to increase your hair's elasticity. If you find that these tips do not lead to stronger hair, then you may want to consider some hair strengthening products -- just remember to stay away from products laced with chemicals. Lastly, use clips and combs to hold your hair in place, since tight elastics can cause your hair to break.

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Discussion Comments
By anon332679 — On Apr 30, 2013

Keratin is one of the world's strongest proteins and is found in skin, hair, hooves, etc. By using your hair with keratin, the tensile strength and elasticity is greatly improved.

By watson42 — On Feb 25, 2011

If you use hair dye correctly, and make sure that you remove all of the excess, that can help it damage your hair much less. Another good tip for dyeing your hair without damaging it is making sure you use conditioners and other products with extra moisture, since hair dye tends to dry out your hair.

By accordion — On Feb 24, 2011

A lot of the elasticity in hair will come from stronger, thicker hair as it begins to grow- which means sticking to a healthy diet rich in protein, iron, and healthy fats. While the product you use can help hair, if your hair is already thinner than it ought to be there is not much else you can do.

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