If you’ve noticed a sudden breakage along your hairline, you’re probably wondering what is happening to your hair, and most importantly how to fix it. Your hairline is a precious part of your hair, framing your face and having a huge impact on how your mane sits on your head - so I get it, it can be extremely worrying. But don’t fret, and let’s find our what causes breakage in your hairline, how to prevent it and how to fix it.

Hairline breakage can look like small flyaways around your hairline, or just on the sides - more commonly on your temples. If you never had baby hairs before, you could be tricked into believing that "you're growing some", but look closely: baby hairs are different from regular, broken hairs (they tend to be finer and softer).

If you notice small, crinkly hairs sticking out of your hairline, chances are you are dealing with what were once healthy strands, now giving up.

1. What Causes Breakage At The Hairline? (back to index)

When analysing the major causes behind this unwelcome phenomenon, I wasn’t surprised to find out that the main culprits, in this case, are always heat-based styling tools. If you’ve been unkind to your bangs, abusing hair straighteners, curling wands, and blow dryers, the result is likely to be breakage. Overlapping chemical treatments and even aggressive skin scrubbing are a huge red flag too; last but not least, for the area around your temples, tight ponytails and braids are often the ones to blame.

Hairline Breakage: Too Much Heat

Overusing blow-dryers (or, again, keeping the tool too close to your hair when styling) can and will damage your hair! When using your blow dryer, always make sure to keep it at least 8 inches away from your strands.

Hairline Breakage: Aggressive Skincare

If you've been experimenting with chemical peelings, aggressive scrubs or other products on your skin, this may have damaged your hair. Hair and skin have very different compositions and what works on one doesn't always work on the other, and vice-versa.

Hairline Breakage: Poor Diet

Another common cause behind hair breakage in general (whether it's happening specifically on your hairline or not) it's poor dieting. We have talked a lot about how food can sustain the growth and life cycle of healthy, shiny locks, and I can't stress this enough: a diet poor in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants will, unfortunately, result in dry, brittle strands.

Hairline Breakage: Stress

Stress is the common cause of a lot of issues, many of which are also beauty related. When your organism is fighting an overloaded schedule or emotional trouble, your appearance will suffer the consequences of this too. Telogen effluvium is real! This type of stress makes your follicles go dormant, so hair that’s in the middle of a growth cycle may, sadly, break off. 

Hairline Breakage: Dry Hair

If you overly treated your hair in time with bleaching, hair dyes, and other types of stressful treatments, chances are that your tresses are now very, very thirsty. Try switching to a moisture-focused set of shampoo and conditioner, and don't forget to apply a hair mask regularly. Hair oils can also help in locking in the hydration: you can read more about what are the best hair oils here.

Hairline Breakage: Bath Towel

Using a bath towel is a common practice outside of the shower, but unfortunately for some hair types, this can be a little too aggressive. If your hair is fine/thin, switch to a cotton t-shirt or a microfibre towel instead.

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2. How To Prevent Hairline Breakage? (back to index)

There’s a few tips and tricks for you. If you noticed a few of your hair strands giving up, it’s not too late to prevent some more serious damage; let’s have a look at these simple steps to implement in your hair care routine to prevent breakage around your hairline.

Switch To Air Drying

Air drying is a natural technique to get your hair dry without the damage of heat-based styling. Although this might not be for everyone (depending on the season, it can require the aid of a few products and quite the time), this solution is ideal to protect your hair from blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curling wands - resorting to these tools only for special occasions. If you’d like to know more about this, check out our blog and learn how to air dry your hair like a pro.

Change Your Hair Brush

Boar bristles can be the best for certain types of hair, but if you’ve been using one of these scratchy tools and noticed breakage in your hair, switch immediately to plastic. A detangling, round-tipped hair brush is the best solution for you, especially if you’re wearing human hair extensions. Need to get a new hair brush? Then look no further than our Satin Touch Detangling Hair Brush. Shop it now!

Apply Heat Protectant Spray

If you really have to resort to heat-based styling for a special occasion, please, please please - I cannot stress this enough - always remember to keep the heat down to the minimum when possible, and always shelter your strands from heat damage with the aid of a heat protectant spray. Need to stock up? Shop here your heat protectant spray.

3. How To Regrow Healthy Hair? (back to index)

Well, at this point there’s not much that you can do rather than ditch all the methods that were stressing your strands to breaking point (pun intended) and wait. But, of course, whilst you wait for your tresses to regrow, you can give them a little kick with the right products.

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Growing short or broken hair out again is a slow process. If you’d like to know more click here to check out our blog about how to grow your hair out.

4. What Can I Do While I Wait? (back to index)

You now know everything you need about what causes breakage in your hairline, how to prevent it, and what you need to do to promote the growth of healthy, shiny tresses. But what to do in the meantime?

First things first, you can try and gently style your broken hairline in the fashion of baby hairs, to keep them flat and laying stylishly on your forehead. Find out more in our how to tame edges.

Secondly, you can always apply clip-in bangs to cover the damage, and always look orderly. Got a new haircut? A makeover? No, it’s just real hair extensions! In a matter of minutes, you can switch up your looks and look flawless every time. You can keep your fringe blunt, Cleopatra style, or cut it to get lovely face-framing curtain bangs. Feeling creative? Then check out our blog about face-framing bangs and how to get them.

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