My friends often talk to me about their hair and the first thing they say in the whiniest voice ever is “my hair is breaking and I need it to stop!”
Since I hear this a lot, I figured I should write a post about it. The first thing you need to know is that it is impossible to have zero breakage because general hair practices can cause some degree of breakage however severe breakage needs to be treated and minimized. I notice that my hair is breaking when it becomes shorter than my usual length.
CAUSES OF BREAKAGE AND HOW TO TACKLE
Is your hair breaking? Do you want to reduce it? The first step is to identify what is causing your breakage and eliminate it. Breakage is usually caused by the following;
- Dry hair – the first question I always ask is “is your hair dry?” Dry hair is most likely to split or break. Moisturizing and sealing is a tip I use to combat dryness. Moisturize the entire length of the hair with a moisturiser and apply the oil (olive oil, coconut oil etc.) to lock in the moisture. I moisturize and seal my hair at least one in two days but this depends on how my hair feels.
- Rough handling – Have you ever been to some Nigerian salons? No offense but I hate going to salons or allowing people touch my hair. The tugging and head-pushing is never worth the nice hairstyle you leave the salon with. We need to be careful with our hair, it needs that tender loving care so nothing too tight, no tugging, and no tension. I try to put my hair in protective styles to avoid frequent manipulation and I try as much as possible to avoid salons.
- Damage – sometimes we cause the damage that our hair suffers. The things we do that might cause damage include but are not limited to heat, aggressive handling, neglecting the hair (really guilty of this), broken hair tools, relaxer abuse. I relax my hair after at least 18 weeks and only apply the relaxer to the new growth, I avoid using heat on my hair.
- Protein and Moisture imbalance – conditioners whether deep or leave-in could either be protein-based conditioners which strengthen the hair or moisture-based conditioners which soften hair and improve elasticity. Using too much or not enough of either can lead to breakage. Balancing the use of both of them prevents breakage so I either interchange or mix my conditioners.
MY GO-TO PRODUCTS
- Crème of Nature with Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment (moisture-based) and ApHogee 2-Minute Keratin Reconstructor (protein-based).
- My leave-in conditioners are Crème of Nature with Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave-in Conditioner, Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream, Luster’s S-Curl No Drip Activator Moisturizer, Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter, Elasta QP Feels Like Silk Leave-in Conditioner and Cantu Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream. (Wow!! That’s a lot #productjunkiealert lol. Safe space! No judgment here!!)
I hope this post was helpful. How do you deal with breakage? Please leave a comment. Don’t forget to subscribe and share. All the products listed above are available at http://www.sizzelle.com/© Copyright 2017 Dara, All rights Reserved. Written For: Get your Sizzelle on!