Are you constantly on a hair growth journey, but your hair never seems to grow pass a certain length. Sure, you’ve tried all the tricks, tips, scalp creams and growth pills out there but nothing seems to be working. Well, you could be suffering from hair breakage. Your hair could be breaking at a faster rate than it is growing, thus giving the illusion that your hair is not growing.
So in order to prevent breakage and promote hair growth lets firstly figure out what could be causing hair breakage. Four causes of hair breaking:
1. Direct Heat Styling
When heat is applied to the hair heat instantly strips moisture from the hair shaft. This is especially detrimental for Afro hair because curly hair is generally drier than other hair types. Thus heat leaves our hair extremely dry, weak and brittle; snapping easily under pressure. If you want to prevent your hair from being vulnerable to breakage avoid heat completely. Try straightening your hair without heat, the EZthread styling tool, is an easy to use hair threading machine which elongates your curls without the use of any heat, making this the safest way to straighten your hair.
2. Harsh Hair Products
Avoid harsh hair products with synthetic and chemical ingredients such as sulfates, alcohol, and glycol. These ingredients dry out your strands leaving you with limp and lifeless hair; susceptible to breakage. Try switching over to cleansers which contain natural ingredients that doesn’t disrupt the moisture balance of your strands.
3. Styling & Excessive Manipulation
Though hair breakage affects all types of hair textures, curly hair is more fragile than other types of hair. So daily combing, twisting, pulling, and tugging that comes with a normal hair care routine can be excessive for curly hair. Protective styling is great because it tucks the hair away protecting it from any manipulation. Braids and twists are a great protective style but tight twist and braids can cause extreme breakage especially around the hairline causing permanent hair loss known as traction alopecia. African hair threading is a great protective style that put less stress on your fragile hairline and on top of all that, it also promote hair growth because of the low manipulation. (Learn more about African hair threading).
4. Lack of Moisture & Conditioning
Dry and brittle hair easily breaks and snaps because it is the moisture which keeps the hair strands supple and pliable preventing it from breaking. Therefore moisturize your hair as often as your hair needs it. Oils such as coconut oil, Extra Virgin olive oil and jojoba oil are great for maintaining your hair’s elasticity. Deep conditioning and hot oil treatments help moisture to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft, which nourishes and strengthened the hair. African hair threading works as a great protective style for helping you retain moisture because the thread coats and wraps around the stands, locking in moisture from escaping, keeping your hair hydrated. Read more about African hair threading.
5. Neglecting Your Ends
Neglecting your ends caused by not moisturizing enough can lead to unnecessary breakage. The ends of your hair are the oldest part of your hair so they need extra tender, loving care. Heavy butters such as Shea butter is especially effective at sealing in moisture. Threading your ends is also a good practice because it seals the hair and prevents the moisture from escaping.
Breakage can happen to anyone, and at any stage of their hair journey, whether it is around the hairline, at the crown, or all over. It really does vary but should not go untreated, so if you feel you are experiencing severe hair breakage, consider speaking to a doctor.
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