Causes of breaking hair pt 1: hair damage

I keep getting questions about breaking hair and I know I’ve talked about it on my Sizzling Mommy blog  but I don’t think that I’ve addressed it on this blog.

When people tell me that their hair is breaking, I don’t know how to advise them because there are several causes of breaking hair. In this post, I’ll be talking a little about hair damage.



If your hair is damaged, it’ll break off at minimal manipulation. You can damage your hair by:

  1. Frequent use of direct heat on your hair, especially when you don’t use any heat protection serum/spray. [Examples of direct heat are flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers]. If you must use these appliances, ensure that you use a heat protectant. Secondly, use a flat iron or blow dryer that uses ionic technology and has ceramic and/or titatium plates.
  2. Using combs with rough edges. Use a smooth or better still, a seamless comb instead.
  3. Use of relaxers and hair colour/dyes. If you can, go natural. If you can’t, reduce the time you leave the relaxer on your hair.
  4. Excessive shampooing or using sulphate shampoos. Wash your hair with shampoo no more than once a week. Use sulphate-free shampoos instead. Every time you shampoo your hair, you should follow up with conditioning.
  5. Extensions and weaves. Tight hairdos can damage hair so tell your stylist to take it easy. In addition, don’t keep your hair extensions and weaves for more than a month.

Which wrong practise are you guilty of? I’m sure that if you apply the above tips, you’ll see a difference over time with your hair. Take care.

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