There’s always an issue when it comes to natural hair and breakage as to why/how it breaks so much and in lumps and it’s a nightmare. Trust me, l have been there but l am getting less breakage and it’s an achievement “öoh yaasss”! So on today’s post l am just sharing a few causes and as well as tips that can help you to minimise hair breakage. Well just a simple analogy, if your hair is breaking simply put its not growing. Hair breaks due to a number of factors so for your hair to flourish you have to take extra care. I sure do hope you learn something. It’s the small little things that actually make such a huge difference.
So l will start with my favourite tip – Deep conditioning, this is a MUST in any hair care regime especially when you are looking to grow healthy hair. Deep conditioning is that solid foundation you just need to incorporate in your hair journey. DC helps to soften the hair and allows the hair to be manipulated thereafter, like mai mwana (lady) what are you doing if you don’t deep condition. When you shampoo, you are cleansing your scalp, whereas DC helps to restore your hair’s protein or moisture to give it strength and allow it to flourish. Deep conditioning is that step in the regime that helps to make the hair manageable. It creates the balance between protein and moisture. Please do not skip deep conditioning.
My next tip thirsty hair. Well l know ladies who wash their hair once in every two months “naah honey”. Prolonged intervals of not washing hair, does cause breakage cause your hair just becomes so dry, soo brittle and it just falls off. I try to wash my hair twice a month or once a month and l always rock protective styles that allow me to wash my hair because now l enjoy my wash day. Water and my hair same whatsapp group, that level of hydration is key.
Then we have the issue of protective styling with extensions i.e wigs, braids, weaves, faux locs etc. For this one, l am sure there are too many culprits lols that is, ladies who rock these styles and just don’t care for their hair. Well hunnies l have news for you, when your hair is in that situation, it needs extra care and you need to make sure that your hair thrives. Forgetting about your hair means matting which leads to tangles and knots and once your hair has too many knots, it will break. Protective styling does help in length retention but what good is it to retain length and during take down your hair is breaking such a setback. Lastly just don’t keep in the protective style for too long, 6- 8weeks is a good time.
My next tip, please allow your hair to breathe! Not allowing your hair to breathe has its own consequences. I used to be a culprit of this one, way way way back when l just used to interchange styles thinking I’m being fancy not knowing that l am setting myself for breakage. Áfter a protective style your hair just needs time to recover and for every take-down just have time with your hair for at least a month or more.
Moisturising – it’s important to moisturise your hair daily or after every two days with a spritz of your choice that’s water and a sealing oil. You can check out my post where l explained how to moisturise.
Keep your hands off the blow-dryer. Blow drying has being a thing for so many years after a wash day or just before a protective style but that kind of heat is your enemy. Prolonged use of blow drying will cause heat damage and also cause thinning of strands. A better option to stretch out your hair is to air dry or plait mabhanzi known as African threading.
Detangling, this is definitely dreaded by most of us but it has to be done. Natural hair tends to tangle and create knots, so how you detangle is vitally important. It’s advisable to detangle your hair when it is still damp because it’s easier to manage. For tighter knots, you can use an oil to loosen up the hair. Just a side-note if your hair has too many knots and frizz it’s time to trim.
My last tip, tools we use for the hair, especially combs. The simple wide tooth comb and your fingers are great combing tools. There’s a wide variety of combs on the market to choose from but most of them do cause harm to the hair.
Thats a wrap on today’s post, hope it was helpful.
**Let me know in the comment section below if you know of any other tips l could have left out or which tips are helping you to have less breakage**