Hair breakage is simply when strands of the hair break which are exclusive of shed hairs. There are usually different forms of breakage. The most common form identified are shorter c-curled pieces of hair covering the bathroom floor and should not to be confused with shed hair. Shed hair occurs when the cycle of the hair strand is complete and is naturally released. The scalp comprises of many tiny pores and will begin to produce a new hair strand which is part of a normal process. Breakage is not normal and is not something you can always prevent but can reduce. If you are experiencing breakage you are most likely doing something which is impacting negatively on your hair. Try to narrow the possibilities and determine the cause before trying to find a solution.
- Over manipulation
Give your hair a break from restyling and touching too frequently
- You are being too rough with your hair
Remember that on wash day your hair goes through a lot of pulling, torsion, etc
- Dry hair is more predictable to breakage compared to moisturized hair.
- Protective styling
Sometimes depending on the hair type, it is not beneficial transforming from one style to the next, some hair styles are not for every hair type and can contribute to breakage.
Certain types of brushes and combs are not designed for kinky or courser textures of hair.
- Products and ingredients
Some do not compliment your hair and will cause breakage.
- Hair which hangs on your clothes get hooked onto it causing Similarly using cotton towels can cause hair to get caught on little fibres which yank and pull on strands.8.
8. Continuous heat dries the hair out and causes
9. Sharp hair accessories (hair pins, cotton woogies, bandos, etc)
10. Combing wet or dry
11. Tight hair styles.
12. Hair dyes
Some may cause a change in porosity which means that you will have to change your regimen to suit the porosity of your dyed hair. Without proper hair care dyed hair will cause breakage.
- Split ends.
14. Breakage is also associated with nutrition and diet
If you don’t eat a balanced diet or have a deficiency, your hair may not be getting enough nutrients.
15. There are some complications or diseases that can cause hair to break such as anaemia.
16. Hair breaks when it reaches its terminal length or plateau. Sometimes it will be more difficult to past a certain length.
17. Sleeping without a satin bonnet, satin hair wrap or satin pillow case.
19. Too much moisture and protein or less moisture and protein.
- Minimize heat.
- Keep hair moisturized.
- Trim hair regularly.
- Reduce hair manipulation and give your hair a break from styling.
- Loose styles.
- Be gentle with your hair.
- Minimize combs and brushes or the amount of times you use them.
- Sleep with a satin bonnet, satin wrap or satin pillow case.
- Experiment with protective styles and know how long you can keep them in.
- When your hair has reached a plateau, try trimming or doing protective styling.
- Minimize stress.