Embark on your journeyIf you are a person that struggles to keep your hair in a healthy state, know that you aren't alone. Many women all around the world have issues with restoring their health or maintaining it. You can use this article as a tool to help advise you and give you ideas to try that may help you on this journey. Hopefully, the information and ideas highlighted will help you on your journey and eventually give you the health that you have been struggling to get. Good luck and happy reading!
What Causes Hair Breakage?Hair breakage isn't something anyone wishes for, but as I said, many women suffer from it. Many factors may cause damage to your hair and hair breakage. Here are some of the leading causes. Lack of moisture - Not adding enough humidity or using the wrong products to moisturize your hair can easily cause your hair to become brittle and break. Hydration is an essential part of keeping your hair healthy. Excessive heat styling - Using straight and curling irons are okay to use on your hair in moderation. Continually applying heat to your hair will eventually cause damage and in some cases, the cost can be severe. Chemical exposure - Sadly, some products that companies make for hair may help create damage. Using hair dyes and shampoos and conditioners with sulfate can cause damage to your hair. Over washing - Believe it or not, washing your hair often can also cause damage. The more you cleanse your hair, the more it gets stripped of the natural oils it needs to keep your hair moisturized and protected. Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase - If you do not wear a satin bonnet, every night cotton pillowcases can cause hair breakage. It sounds crazy but trusts me it's true. The cotton causes friction between your hair and the pillowcase while you sleep which can create split ends and ultimately hair damage. There are several other ways to damage your hair. If you aren't sure if a product or a specific routine may cause more harm than good, it is essential that you research it before you put the treatment on that hair.
How Can I Prevent Hair Breakage?There are many tips and tricks to help you get your hair back to a healthy state. Keep in mind that maybe just doing one thing won't restore full health but it is a step in the right direction. Getting hair health back is a process, and it takes time and patience to get your hair where it needs to be. Here are different things you can try to help you with your hair breakage.
Regular TrimsTrimming your hair is key to stopping hair breakage because the only way you can get rid of your broken hair is by cutting it off. I know what it feels like to want to hold on to your hair but trust me cutting off those dry and damaged ends are the best thing you can do for your hair. Trimming your hair promotes hair growth by getting rid of split damaged ends. Make sure you give yourself time in between each trim; hair starts to split around 3-4 months after every trim. But if you are trying to get rid of your breakage, you can always do a big chop or trim your hair about every month. Personally, I did a big chop, and it was much easier to start from scratch than to slowly trim my hair because I didn't want to wait. But if you don't feel comfortable cutting off most of your hair, you want to slowly cut off hair breakage by trimming your hair once every 3-4 months. Quick Tip: I know everyone, myself included, is guilty of cutting their hair themselves but it is much better for you to go to a professional to get your hair trimmed or cut. For one, a professional at a salon will cut your hair evenly, and their scissors are also sharper which helps to prevent your hair shafts from splitting more than they already are. Cutting your hair at home with paper cutting scissors can cause more damage to your hair. If you decide not to trim your hair, then it can begin to split up to your roots which can wreak havoc on your hair.
Silk Bonnets and PillowsIf you were not hip cotton pillows are not suitable for your hair. Cotton pillows and sheets can deplete your hair of its natural moisture and oils because cotton is an absorbent. Changing your pillow or sheets from cotton to silk or satin is a game changer for your hair. And if you're trying to stop your hair from breaking this will be a significant help because it will keep your strands nice and moisturized which helps to promote healthy hair. Sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase also has other benefits such as preventing frizz and dry hair. Since these materials are less absorbent, they don't strip your hair of its natural oils, and your hair slides against the pillowcase and sheets. If you just can't let go of your favorite sheets and pillowcase, you can always wear a silk or satin bonnet before bed.
Deep Conditioning TreatmentsDeep conditioning is a vital process when you are trying to stop your hair from breaking. This process aids in preventing damage from heat and styling. Deep conditioning also helps to replenish moisture and proteins. You also help to restore the strength, shine and natural luster of your hair which is vital when you suffer from hair breakage.
Protein/Keratin TreatmentsKeratin is a protein naturally found in hair, skin, and nails. When your hair is damaged, your keratin levels decrease. Once damage occurs this is where keratin treatments come in. Keratin and other protein treatments (Check out this article: protein treatment for hair) increase the diameter of the hair shaft. This treatment works by spreading a liquid form of keratin onto your hair, flat ironing and blow drying it into your hair. The heat is then used to seal in the keratin. These treatments last for about two and a half months and give you healthier strands of hair. Protein conditioners also help increase elasticity and improve the overall appearance of your hair. You should use a deep protein conditioner at least once a month depending on the condition of your hair. Using a conditioner will quickly bring your hair back to life by strengthening your strands and giving it that natural bounce.
Moisturizing Deep ConditioningProtectants (a substance used to keep things moist and hydrates) that attract moisture and absorb into the hair. Conditioner helps promote elasticity in your hair and prevents your hair from feeling brittle and dry.
Hot Oil TreatmentsHot oil treatment is using warm oil in your hair. These treatments help stimulate blood flow and aid with hair growth. They also help to seal the ends of your hair which prevent split ends. Here are list oil and what they do to give you healthy hair.
- Avocado oil
- Jojoba oil
- Olive oil
MoisturizeThe primary role of moisture is to lessen damage to your hair while you are handling it. Moisturizer plays an important role and ensures continual hair growth because less damage means that your hair can continue to grow healthy. Moisture also makes your hair look much healthier. It makes your hair more shiny in the right way and gives it an extra bounce. Moisturized hair and shrinkage also go hand in hand because moisture makes your hair shrink. It is also a good idea to moisturize your hair daily to prevent your hair from becoming dry and breaking even more. You can efficiently moisturize your hair with oils and leave in conditioners. Water is also a perfect free moisturizer.
Protective StylesProtective styling is a fun way to add strength to your hair. Doing a protective style is a good way to keep your hands out of your hair and help it grow and become stronger. The great thing about these styles is that there are so many different creative ways to do your hair. You can have fun with so many different looks while giving your hair time to heal. Here are some protective styles that you can try:
- Braids and twists
- Cornrows/ Fulani braids
- Crochet styles
- Wigs and weaves
- Natural protective styles (twist outs, braid outs, natural hair twists, cornrows)