Lately, I’ve been receiving emails from readers who’re unclear about dealing with breakage. I realize most ladies confuse breakage with shedding and I’ll try to address shedding in subsequent posts.
Understanding Hair breakage
While hair shedding is natural, breakage is not cos it is an indication or pointer to to an imbalance within the hair strands. Oftentimes, breakage occurs from mishandling, abuse or lack of moisture. When it occurs, the strands become discolored and experiences cuticle loss. As a result, the strands begin to split and leads to breakage. Breakage also occurs with the oldest part of your hair i.e. the ends due to normal wear and tear arising from constant and continuous rubbing against your clothing materials. You can now understand the reason why protective styling is popular amongst hair bloggers. Excessive protein treatments can also lead to hair breakage and that’s why it shouldn’t be done frequently.
How do I stop breakage?
1. Begin by using a clarifying shampoo such as Suave Daily Clarifying. Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm running water to remove any build up and apply your shampoo. Allow your shampoo to sit for some few minutes (3-5minutes) to ensure that the sulfate ingredients within the shampoo binds with the oils and dirt. Rinse and repeat.
2. Apply a mild protein conditioner to your hair and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing.
3. Apply a moisturizing conditioner like Aussie Moist, Kenra Moisturizing conditioner for an hour if you;re not using heat and 30-45minutes if you’re using a steamer.
4. Once you’ve concluded the steps above, your hair should be clean and conditioned. You can now decide to either include moisture or protein leave-in products.
5. Lastly, remember to seal with an essential oil of your choice.
Remember that the whole essence of undergoing this process is to add moisture to your hair since its’ breakage you’re dealing with here. Because it is easier to overdo protein, using moisturizing products will aid you better. Using light protein treatments ensures moisture binds and remains within the hair shafts, gently reinforcing the cuticle layers. This treatment should free up your hair shaft and and allow you to determine the cause of any breakage problems.
Can I prevent breakage completely?
To an extent, you can minimize breakage. However your job is to be gentle when handling your hair. Treat it with the utmost care. Gently finger detangle and keep your hair soft and moisturized on a daily basis. Tie your hair up at night or use satin bonnets like the one in the picture below I’m wearing to protect your hair from night time tossing and turning. Treat your hair with care and you’ll see less breakage over time.