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To Hair With Love / HAIR CARE  / Healthy Hair  / Hair Breaking Off? The Most Foolish Moves You Need To Avoid!
28 Feb

Hair Breaking Off? The Most Foolish Moves You Need To Avoid!

thinking of my hair breaking off habits in front of a colorful background

Losing 50-100 hair shafts every day is normal, but what if your hair keeps breaking off without even realizing it? I tried to think and write down all the hasty and silly moves I make which are breaking my hair off.

Here is the list of my
10 most foolish hair breaking off habits:


1) Never without the seat belt on!

I have long hair so usually when I fasten my seat belt my hair gets caught under it. My impulsive move is to grab my locks and pull them out by using force. But the tension of this action always leaves at least one broken hair strand lying under the seat belt.

2) Handbags are always in fashion & so convenient, but…

woman carring a handbag

I have an appointment and I’m running late! What’s the last move I make before leaving the house? I throw my big purse over my shoulder and my hair gets trapped under the strap. It doesn’t take a wild guess that all that pulling and rubbing could lead to hair breakage, right? And the same happens when I try to pull it out forcefully without paying attention. Definitely, that’s a guaranteed move that keeps my hair breaking off!

3) Who else loves wearing turtlenecks? (you can see me wearing one in the first photo too! 🙂 )

I wear turtleneck sweaters 9 out of 10 times during fall and winter months. I love that warm feeling around my neck. However, putting it on or taking it off is a hurdle for my hair. Since turtlenecks are so tight, there is always a chance to grab my locks and break some hair strands. I do try my best to be extra careful and sometimes I even make a bun or a braid to avoid hair breaking off at roots.

4) Hair breaking off while sleeping!

woman sleeping

During winter I find it hard sleeping in braids and since I have long hair this is a problem. My hair locks are getting messed up all over my face, through my fingers and under the pillow. This friction and unwanted tension on my roots are breaking a few of my hair shafts.

5) My bra is breaking my hair off! No, I’m not kidding…

Oh dear! Do I need to say more? If I’m not careful while I’m trying to wear a bikini top or a bra, my hair gets trapped under the straps or gets caught up between the hook and the eye closure.  Isn’t this soooo silly?

6) I have sunlight sensitivity so wearing sunglasses is a must do (but also a hair breaker!)

woman wearing sunglasses on top of head

Why do I keep breaking my hair off by putting the sunglasses on top of my head??? Unfortunately, this is one move I often forget to avoid! Don’t tell me that you haven’t lost at least one hair strand which you found wrapped around your eyeglasses or sunglasses?

7) Hair accessories & styling tools are the common culprits

When I’m in speed mode I can easily cause hair breakage by pulling the elastic band or a bobby pin out of my hair! Also, it goes without saying that brushing or styling the hair when I’m running late is a sure path to hair breakage.

8) More accessories responsible for hair breaking off? Put the blame on jewelry & scarves

woman wearing a necklace

Thankfully, I don’t wear jewelry often! I hate it when my hair gets tangled around a necklace or a scarf, don’t you? The truth is that we rarely have the patience to deal with it, so we usually pull it with a sudden movement. However, if you want to save some hair shafts, using a pin or tweezers will probably do the trick. And if it’s impossible to detangle them, it’s best to use a pair of scissors to cut these hairs off. Not a good idea to pull them out of the hair roots!

9) Hair twirling is usually my sign of nervousness… 🙁

This is a bad habit indeed! I can find myself twirling my hair when I’m feeling sad, stressed and nervous or when I’m reading a book or watching a movie. Hair twirling and pulling can cause strain on the hair follicles which eventually will lead to damage and hair breakage. What do I do to prevent it? I’ve found that meditation helps a lot. Also, lying down to release the tension is a good relaxation practice.

10) And last but not least, wearing a jacket with zipper

woman wearing a jacket with zipper

I can’t begin to count the times I’ve tried to save my hair from the evil zipper! Yep, this is so silly, but it happens if you’re distracted or in fast forward mode!! Now, whenever I’m wearing a zipper jacket I can hear a phrase playing in my head “Put your hair behind your shoulders! Do it now!”


Why do I let my hair breaking off and falling out?

Of course, I don’t do it intentionally! Usually, I make these hair breaking moves when I’m in a hurry, tired, angry or my mind is somewhere else and I perform tasks mechanically. Sometimes doing something out of habit makes you lose focus and attention, right?


So, what do I do? How to prevent hair from breaking off? 

Step1: Having written down all my unintentional, but yet silly moves that are causing hair breakage has helped me acknowledge each situation.

Step2: Every time I make one of these moves I try to train my mind to be more conscious and less impatient. I try to think ahead and take the time I need so I won’t break my hair out of hastiness.

Step3: When I perform one of these tasks I exercise control over my moves. At least that’s the goal! Unfortunately, it’s easier to break off hair than habits! So, there are still times where I fail. Nevertheless, I try to learn from my mistakes so I can be more cautious next time.

Step4: I use homemade pre-shampoo hair treatments regularly to strengthen my hair from the roots. And since I’ve seen a lot of improvement on my own hair I made this guide for you to share 15 of my best tips & tricks! Download your copy for free! 

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Related Reading: How to prevent hair breakage with these 5 simple hair tips


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  • Thomas

    Amazing tips for girls! Thanks for sharing 😀

    March 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Selina Borji

    I don’t really have this problem ever cause my hair is so thick so I never even thought of these issues. Must be so annoying x

    March 3, 2017 at 2:17 pm Reply
  • Jasmin N

    oh, this was a helpful one!
    I’m struggling with these, especially when having long thick hair and it feels like they get stuck everywhere they touch haha 😀 okay not everywhere, but almost.

    March 3, 2017 at 5:11 pm Reply
  • Nora

    Excellent tips! I am a big turtleneck fan too but it’s true that you have to extra careful with those. 🙂

    March 3, 2017 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • Skye

    I used to deal with all of this so much when I bleached my hair, and when it was much longer than it is now! Now I’m more careful, and even if I can’t avoid the shades I never use heat on my hair!

    March 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm Reply
  • Perla

    I could recognize myself in almost all of these situations. 🙂
    Having long hair comes with a price, definitely, and this year I try to “pay it'”. I use to cut my hair before just because I had such a busy life and could not have enough patience to slow down my moves so that my hair won’t get caught in something.

    March 3, 2017 at 8:20 pm Reply
  • Sabra of Great Green Heron

    I sleep on a satin pillowcase which is supposed to help with tangling and breaking. My hair is down past my waist now, so I guess it works!

    March 3, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply
  • sabine

    Wow, I had no idea that hair breaks by a turtleneck. Never thought of that fashion bag either. It’s nice to read your advices, make me aware of this! xo sabine

    March 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm Reply
  • Kelly Hoggons

    So many of these lead to my hair falling out as well! I’ll definitely be following some of your tips to help 🙂

    Kelly x

    March 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

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