Updated: Nov 5, 2019
There is nothing more annoying than combing your hair and seeing chunks of hair all in between the comb. Hair breakage is a common concern. Especially for women with textured hair. It makes trying to grow out long hair feel nearly impossible when all you see is hair going down your shower drain or sink every wash day. For years, women with tightly coiled hair believed that their hair could not grow as long as other hair types. However, this is nothing more but a stereotype. There are so many factors that contribute to hair breakage and lack of length retention. Even though breakage sucks, you do not have to live with it. Listed below are some of the main reasons why you may be experiencing breakage and what you can do to stop it.
1. Lack of moisture
Dry hair is probably the most common reason for hair breakage. Without proper hydration, your hair is much more prone to breakage. In order to get some moisture in your hair, refrain from using shampoo's that contain sulfates. Sulfates removes all oils from the scalp and hair therefore leaving your hair bone dry. After cleansing, it's important you restore the moisture back in your strands, so you'll want to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner with slip for detangling, and then a deep conditioning treatment. It is always recommended that you deep condition weekly. A good deep moisturizing conditioner that you can try is our Shea + Honey Replenish & Restore Deep Conditioner.
2. Over-processed hair
Coloring your hair or using relaxers weakens your hair from over-processing which causes breakage. The best advice that can be given to those of you who are suffering from over processed hair to to take a break or at least drastically minimize how often you dye or relax your strands. Protein treatments will be your best friend for hair that is weak, dry, and limp from over-processing. It is recommend doing those treatments twice a month if your hair is severely damaged.
3. Tension from styling
It's best to switch up your hairstyles to avoid hair loss. Repeatedly doing tight hairstyles like super tight ponytails, braid or cornrows will definitely contribute to hair breakage and eat away at your edges. Heavy hairstyles that constantly tug on the hair follicles will lead to hair loss and bald spots. While these styles are fine to wear occasionally, you should always give your hair a break in between styles. Low manipulation styles are whats always recommended, especially for naturals.
4. Heat damage
Heat styling makes your hair weaker over time. Especially if you don't use any kind of heat protectant. Using excessive heat from styling tools such as curling irons, flat irons, blow dryers, etc. can cause major damage. The heat from these stylers dries out your hair and makes it extremely brittle. Drastically reducing how much you use heat can save your strands. Instead of blow drying your hair after a wash, try air drying instead.
5. Improper detangling
If you have a hair length goal that you are trying to reach then keep in mind that it's very important that you detangle properly in order to reduce breakage and increase length retention. If you're trying to detangle dense, kinky strands using a thin comb on dry hair then be prepared to be bald within the next few months. You should always detangle when your hair is wet with some kind of moisturizer in it (conditioner, leave in, etc) and ALWAYS used a wide tooth comb to tackle through knots and tangles.