Are you experiencing breakage? Unfortunately, breakage is not entirely uncommon even on the HEALTHIEST head of hair–especially for curly-haired folks! Throughout the years, I’ve personally struggled with breakage at the nape of my neck, severe split ends throughout my head and currently– at the crown of my head (faintly). However, each time I notice any hint of breakage here’s some tips that have effectively remedied my breakage and nourished my hair back to health.
I know, I know, you’ve heard it before. But really, moisturizing your hair regularly (as needed) is a key secret to preventing breakage. Just think, when plants are not watered, they are depleted of their strength and they begin to wither and dry up. This makes them susceptible to snapping and breaking.
This is similar to our hair. If you typically do not drink enough water or use enough water in your hair when styling–your hair is more prone to snapping and breaking. How do you moisturize? Simply get a spray bottle and add some water to it and you’re good to go. If you want, feel free to add other ingredients to your spray bottle like oils or conditioners. You can also make it a point to use more water-based products. What are those? They’re products with water as the first ingredient. Lastly, after spraying water, a water mixture or using a water-based product on your hair, don’t forget to follow-up with an oil or butter to seal your hair cuticle of that moisture you just added. OIL OR BUTTERS ALONE ARE NOT MOISTURIZING TOWARDS THE HAIR–they are most effective when applied after water or water-based products are used to help lock in that moisture!
2. DETANGLING…the RIGHT way!
Yes! There is a wrong way to detangle. The only way I learned that is through personal experience. While I have always detangled in small sections, I haven’t always detangled correctly. My first mistake was using the
wrong hair tools. I would try using paddle brushes and finer tooth combs to get my kinks out–BIG MISTAKE! My hair would snap left and right because it was too much hair to fit into the teeth of paddle brushes and smaller combs. So, I decided to use different tools like wide-tooth combs and a detangling brush (the Denmen) and that does the job every time.
Another important thing to remember about detangling is the technique of it. I used to start at the root of my hair because my reasoning was that I could slowly push the tangles down and out of my hair shaft. Instead, it would take me longer and I would lose more hair because my hair was pretty much tangled from the root and down. I also began losing hair at the root or crown of my head because of this faulty method. So, I started reversing the process and starting at the bottom to work my way up–not only is this method faster but it is also safer on your hair shaft allowing the tangles to glide out of your hair.
So what have we learned so far? Find the right tools, work in small sections and implement the right technique to make detangling easier on your hair and time!
For me, trimming is IMPERATIVE in preventing/targeting breakage. A couple of years ago, a small patch of hair in the middle of my crown area broke because I had not trimmed my hair in almost a year which caused my split ends to rise all the way up to my root! I had a MAJOR PANIC ATTACK! However, it was a big lesson learned for me. Personally, I made it a point to pay more attention to my hair and not ignore when it needs to be trimmed.
Some examples of your hair telling you that it’s ready to be trimmed is when you’re combing it and there are straggly ends that won’t let go of the comb, when your hair is shedding more than usual, when you hear your hair snapping through a detangling session or when you notice split ends. Otherwise, it is a good idea to get into the habit of trimming your hair every 3-6 months or AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR. Doing this will get rid of any dead ends that has or is in the process of transpiring. Trimming also helps to reset your curls in a way that makes them more springy and allows your detangling sessions to go quicker because no questionable ends are getting wrapped up in your comb/brush.
What should you use? Hair Shears are always best because they are sharper and don’t cause split ends.
4. PROTECTIVE styling!
What is protective styling? It’s any hair style that allows your ends to be protected. However, don’t forget to protect your hair as a whole such as your edges and the nape of your neck. Those are also areas that are highly prone to breaking.
Examples of protective hair styles: buns, twisting and/or braiding your hair into updos, adding hair extensions to do twists and your braids, weaves, crochet braiding, etc.
Remember to not do these styles
too tight or it defeats the protective nature of these styles on your hair. Sometimes protective styling can work against you and cause more harm to an already head full of healthy hair or make it worse for hair that isn’t too much on the healthy side!
5. And lastly, the most essential way of preventing/treating hair breakage is utilizing
Managing hair breakage is a slow and steady process. It will take time to undo the
bad stuff that we do to our hair. As with all things in life, being persistent will breed the results you are looking for–even when you don’t feel as though you’re seeing the results, stick with it!