1. Not detangling
Letting all your hair just clump up whether it’s after you shampooed or even after co-washing.
Tips: Comb from ends to root. It is important to comb from end to root. Otherwise, you may end up losing a lot of hair, as natural hair tends to mostly knot on the ends.
• Finger Detangle: If you would like to reduce breakage, try finger detangling with coconut oil.
• Detangle in sections: Detangling in sections will make the process easier and less daunting.
2. Sleeping without a satin scarf/pillow
If you tend to get lazy and fall asleep without a satin scarf or use a satin pillow case to lay your head on while sleeping, chances are your hair will feel really dry in the morning. Cotton pillowcases tend to soak up all your hairs natural oils and in addition to that, they contribute to fairy knots.
3. Using excessive heat
Too much of anything isn’t good for ya. And using excessive heat is not one of them. The use of excessive heat will leave your hair dry and brittle. It will also loosen your curl pattern.
Tip: Use a heat protectant and don’t go over 350 degrees.
4. Shampooing too often
Unless you have build up in your hair, you should not really shampoo your hair too frequently. Not only will you be stripping your hair of its natural oils, but your hair does not need it.
Tip: Co-wash instead of shampooing frequently, or if you would like to clarify the build up in your hair use apple cider vinegar.
5. Not being familiar with product ingredients
Before going natural, not once did I ever look at the ingredients on the bottle of the products I used. Sulfates? Parabens? Huh? Not a clue what these meant, but now that I do, these are really harmful ingredients that are in many hair products. Always look in the ingredient description box and try to stray away from harmful ingredients such as these.
6. Not Moisturizing
Natural hair tends to be dry naturally. And dry hair = breakage. Moisture is key.
Tips: Spray your hair with a water bottle throughout the day.
• After washing your hair, apply the L.C.O Method
• Seal your ends with an oil of your choice, or aloe vera
Using Aloe Vera on your natural hair, is one of the best natural and organic ways of adding moisture back to your hair. With that said, here are 6 ways you can benefit from using Aloe Vera regularly on your hair.
- Aloe Vera is 90-99.5% Water and contains amino acids, enzymes, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.
- It increases blood circulation to hair follicles.
- The amino acids and small amount of protein (lectin) in aloe vera strengthen damaged hair.
- Can also act as a humectant, drawing moisture from the air, while the sugar and pectin molecules in the aloe vera gel help deliver the moisture into the hair.
- Works great as a sealant for your ends locking in the moisture.
- If you are looking for an all natural gel, aloe vera is a great option. It provides mild hold and does not flake or cause heavy build up. It is water soluble, making it easy to wash from your hair.
When your hair is feeling dry or damaged, it may be more difficult to deal with. Or you may not know if your hair is damaged by neglecting the most visible signs. Here are 5 ways you can tell immediately if your hair damaged.
You may find that even after deep conditioning your hair still looks dull. This is a certain sign that your hair is harmed and the shafts are no longer smooth.
The best way to test and know whether or not your hair is damaged, is by holding a section of your hair upside down so that your ends are pointing upward. Next, run your finger over the end to test the texture. Notice if the texture is soft, or is it hard and brittle? A brittle or weak dry texture usually means a damaged hair shaft that is not absorbing moisture well.
Another sign of damaged hair is by noticing if you have split ends. Split ends are caused by dryness and harsh treatment. There is no product that will repair split ends; the best way to treat split ends is by cutting them off.
If you notice way more shedding on your comb or around your room/bathroom, it could be a sign of damaged hair. Damaged hair that is dry and brittle tends to snap off easily. Although, some hair loss is normal, when you see a large increase of it, you can definitely count on damaged hair as being the culprit. This can be the result of excessive tugging, hair manipulation, over processing, relaxers or even a hair color gone wrong.
As the temperatures are dropping, naturals are hastening to uncover a definitive protective hair style. Now, if you are not an enthusiast of protective hairstyling, will you still secure your hair without having your ends being tucked away?
Here a couple of tips:
• Deep Condition– Moisture is the key! Week by week deep conditioning for no less than 30 minutes serves to recharge the moisture back into the hair.
• Hair Steaming– The steam opens up the follicles of your hair for deeper penetration.
• Protein Treatments– Protein helps fill in the holes that have been created from chemical processing. Incorporating protein treatments into your hair care regimen is essential to the health of your hair.
• Shampooing in Sections– Shampooing your tresses (with a moisturizing shampoo) in sections allows you to have more control over the process. Smaller sections will result in less tangles and decrease hair loss.
• Dry Styling– Dry styling aids in preventing curls from coiling around each other creating more tangles resulting in breakage. (bantu knots, twist outs, braid outs)
• Leave in Conditioner– A good leave in conditioner will ensure that the detangling process is much easier while adding moisture and maintaining those moisture levels for a longer period of time.
• Low Manipulation– Limit all of that twisting and twirling, once it has been styled is unnecessary manipulation that could ultimately lead to breakage.
• Zero or Minimal Heat– Minimizing the heat exposure to your hair will prevent irreversible damage and changes in your curl pattern. Keep those blow dryers and flat irons at bay as much as possible.
We all have come across breakage at some point, but the good news is that there are many ways we can stop it! Here are a few hair breakage tips that will help give you healthy hair and help maintain those tresses.
Minimal to No Heat
Using high heat on a regular basis will cause irreversible damage to your hair and eventually lead to breakage.
Dry hair = more prone to breakage. Try to maintain your hair moisturized as much as you can. Look for the signs, your hair will usually tell you when it is in need of moisture. One way of keeping in the moisture is by using the L.C.O Method (Liquid, Cream and Oil).
Say NO to Towels
Terry cloth can be very rough to your tresses, instead opt for using an old T-shirt which is more gentle.
Products that contain alcohol as an ingredient, will dry out your hair.
Invest in a satin pillow case, satin scarf or even try pinappling your hair to avoid dryness from the cotton that tends to absorb your hair’s natural oils.
Leave your hair alone!
Keeping low manipulation is the best way to avoid breakage. Constantly combing, twisting, re-twisting and fussing with your hair can lead to breakage.
What are some of the ways you combat hair breakage?