What else to do to prevent hair breakage?

Hey! I haven't had a chance to post here in awhile but this board has always been a lot of help with my hair.

Currently I am only straightening my hair with a Chi on weekends (Fri night and then leaving it straight until Sun) and the rest of the week it is curly. I am only washing it every two days and I deep condition it at least 3 times a week. I also use a lot of products to protect my hair from heat and from breaking (CHI, Redken, etc). And I take oil pills to help my hair.

The texture is really fine so it always looks like it is breaking off and it is in really bad shape. I know I should stop straightening on weekends even but I really like how it looks straight. Does anyone have any other suggestions or products that will help to fix the breakage and keep it from doing it more? Thanks!!
Seems like your doing everything your suppose to. The CHI doesn't have a temp setting and it's extremely hot, I think that's where a lot of the damage is coming from. It's almost like your frying all of the moisture out that you just put in. Maybe try taking a break from the CHI for a while and see what happens.

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I think this may go to show that no matter how many precautions you take (and you're probably doing all that you can do to protect your hair), when it comes to using that sort of heat styling, you're still going to damage your hair regardless. I mean, CHI irons get VERY hot (I should know, I own one myself) and they don't have way to adjust heat, no way to at least decrease the amount of heat you're applying to your hair. It's an iron that does its job well (the only one that could straighten my hair), but that's probably the only downside of CHI's.

I don't think there's anything that can be done to prevent long term damage, even if you are only ironing on the weekends. Irons will still ultimately damage your hair with time.
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Originally Posted by jillipoo
Thanks for the advice I thought I was doing everything that I should but I figured I would check just in case. I guess I am going to have to try and avoid straightening as much as possible- which is a little easier in the summer for me. And I'm also going to need to keep searching for good conditioners for my hair to keep it healthy.

Anyone know any products out there that will actually repair damage that is already done to hair?
You might also be shampooing too frequently. Try wrapping your hair so you don't have to use heat-straightening as often.

I am laughing at myself because I know this is good advice but I rarely follow it myself. Wrap-straightening takes so long I rarely do it, especially when the iron is so handy and quick.
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How do you wrap straighten hair? Is that just wearing it in a bun when it's wet and letting it dry? I still have waves when I do that and a good bit of frizz, too.
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How do you wrap straighten hair? Is that just wearing it in a bun when it's wet and letting it dry? I still have waves when I do that and a good bit of frizz, too.
Originally Posted by QuirkyYogini
I'm not sure how well you'd be able to wrap your hair as long as it is. Wrapping works very well on shoulder length hair. You could still try though. Do a search on Youtube for hair wrapping, wrap hair, or doobie. The technique is easy, but it does take practice. Depending on how soft your hair is, you might have to secure your hair with long hair pins. You'll also need a silk or satin scarf, if you plan to wrap your hair before going to bed at night. I hope this helps.

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