What Causes Hair Breakage?

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Hair breakage can be caused by several factors such as hair care, weather, styling and even products. Our hair around the perimeter, or edges, is delicate and especially prone to breakage. When protective styles are installed and styled properly, they can help repair damaged hair and aid in growth. However, when not installed properly, protective styles can do more damage to your hair than good.

Let’s look at 3 reasons why your hair is breaking even if you’ve been wearing protective styles.

Your Braid Pattern Is Breaking Your Hair

The foundation, or base of your crochet style is important. The base can make or break your hairstyle. A solid base helps the style lay flatter resulting in a natural looking install. It also helps the hair move more naturally and reduces shedding. Most importantly, a properly installed base will prevent hair breakage. If you are experiencing breakage along the edges, leave the edges unbraided for your next crochet style. Try big curly hair that falls around the perimeter of your hairline to conceal the edges and allow them to breathe.

Your Hairstyles Are Stressful

Whether you’re hitting the gym or for a night out on the town, updos and ponytails are go-to styles with crochet braids. Consistently pulling your hair up will cause shedding and breakage. One way to tell if your hair is breaking is to look for white bulbs at the roots of your hair. This means that your hair is being pulled from the root. If you wear braid/loc/twist, crochet styles, limit the number of days that you pull the hair up. If you decide to pull it up, style it to leave tendrils out around the perimeter.

Your Hair is Dry

Wearing a protective style does not mean that you should neglect your natural hair. The style only helps with hair growth if you maintain a healthy hair care routine before, during and after crochet installations. Between installs, ensure that your ends are trimmed and a moisturizing deep treatment is done. For extremely dry hair, use a spray bottle with water and essential oils to wet the natural hair daily. Simply spray the braids by finger parting each section individually. Professional steam treatments are great for dry hair, especially in the winter.

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  • Posted on by Dee Dee

    I have been wearing sew In weaves for years. I always leave a little Hair out around the front sides and back. My hair just will not grow it’s very short and the middle is long.. when I don’t have in the weave I then put in a pony tail. I oil my scalp but it’s like my hair refuses to grow . It makes me very sad and insecure . Please give me some tips for my hair to grow. My hair breaks off on the ends also. What can I do to help my hair get back to non breakage so it can grow long? I love this website! Tisun you have stepped up your game👍

  • Posted on by Adrienne Powell

    I am on medication and basically is taking out my hair is Hollywood some good for the hair or anything with DHT blocker

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