Three Ways to Stop Breakage in Natural Hair
Natural hair is very delicate and requires a lot of care. It breaks easily and thus, must be protected in order to mitigate breakage and shedding. Here are 3 simple ways which you can prevent hair breakage:
Washing, moisturizing, drying and detangling
The way you wash and handle your hair can ultimately determine how safe your hair is from breakage. To avoid hair breakage, observe the following steps in your wash routine.
Do not wash your hair beyond 2-3 times per week. Only use natural and/or organic shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products. Condition your hair after every wash and deep condition regularly, especially when there is a build-up of hair products on your scalp. Condition your hair with lots of nutrients that keep your hair healthy and strong, and far away from hair loss from breakage.
Moisturizing your hair is a great way to protect your hair against hair breakage. This is because dried-out roots and hair ends are more prone to breakage. Massage into your hair and scalp, generous amounts of essential oils or shea butter. Don’t forget to spritz your hair and scalp with water from time to time as water is the ultimate moisturizing agent.
When drying your hair, do not use cotton towels. They usually have stray woven fibres that can snag at your hair causing your hair to tangle. Use only super-thin and soft microfiber hair towels instead, which are designed for your hair. Try to avoid blow dryers; air-dry your hair as much as instead. Heat can damage your ends and cause more splitting at your ends which can lead to hair breakage.
Detangling is a serious business for natural hair especially if you do not want to lose your glorious hair baldness and breakage. Take ample time to detangle your hair properly and gently. Do this before every styling procedure and try to incorporate moisture (water) from your spray bottle to make it easier.
Safe styling and general care
Avoid hairstyles that pull at your hairline and edges if you do not want your hair falling out.
Go very low on the use of chemicals like dye, and hot tools for your hair styling procedures. Chemicals and heat will damage your hair faster, causing it to develop split ends faster than it normally should.
Your nighttime routine is also very key. Make sure you wrap your hair and edges using silk scarves, bonnets, and/or caps. Silk pillowcases can also be used alongside the head coverings or in place of them.
Your hair will inevitably develop split ends. The way to mitigate the chances of hair breakage arising from split ends is to ensure that they are taken off before they get to the rest of your hair shaft. This way, you wouldn’t lose your hair strands and your hair will grow normally and healthily.
Cut the ends of your hair using either the search and destroy method, the two-strand twist trim method or the blowout method. Choose which works best for you and have your hair ends trimmed at least once, every 3 – 4 months.