Natural Hair Breakage- How You May Be Causing It

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With the new DIY wave many women are doing everything themselves, and when they decide to visit a salon, they may be unaware of how damaged their hair is. The primary complaints I encounter in the salon setting from women who have not visited a salon in a while, especially after going natural are “My hair is dry” or “My hair is not growing.” When women feel like their hair is not growing, I explain that the hair will always grow as long as they are living. Therefore, if they feel as if their hair is not growing past a certain length, the hair is breaking and we have to investigate why. I have found that these complaints are often a result of the misuse of conditioners or heat styling tools that can create different forms of damage.

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How to Prevent Hair Breakage Before it Happens


If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, no matter our hair type, it’s that hair breakage is a real bummer. It looks bad, it feels bad, and it leads to other even more annoying problems, like frizz and stunted hair growth. In short, when a curly girl has a nightmare in her sleep, it’s probably about hair breakage.

Hair breakage happens when the shaft of a hair strand breaks, resulting in a shorter strand and, often, a split end. Once a strand of hair breaks, you’re never gonna put it back together, so the key move here is really about prevention. On the plus side, if you can prevent hair breakage, many of your other hair woes will be solved, too.

Here are a few ways to stop this frustrating phenomenon.


THIS is How You Avoid Breakage During a Transition to Natural Hair

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by Sabrina Perkins of

If you’ve made the decision to transition long-term, then you already understand the difficulty that comes with dealing with two textures. The line of demarcation (between the relaxed hair and natural hair) is a weak spot that is very prone to breakage and needs to be handled with kid gloves to minimize damage.

Handling your hair carefully is an obvious step, but what else can be done to prevent breakage? Check out these 5 pointers that will help your long-term transitioning go smoother and happier!


Stop Natural Hair Breakage, Now!

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by Sabrina Perkins of

There are just some hair maintenance "musts" that one must do to ensure they keep healthy hair. Some are no-brainers like washing hair while others seem counter-productive. Believe me when I say it is like pulling teeth to get some to understand the importance of a biggie like hair trims.

Hair trims are important to any successful hair care routine. For women with natural hair, keeping up with a regular trimming schedule is critical for preventing damage and maintaining length. However, far too many naturals fail to understand just how important it is to keep up with a regular trimming schedule. Here are 5 reasons why you need to stop skipping your trims and make them priority.


7 Reasons Why Your Natural Hair is Breaking.

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by Charlene Walton of

You would be amazed at the many things that can cause breakage on natural hair. There are several things we do daily, which may not seem like a bad idea but can actually do more harm than good. I guarantee it, if you stay away from these 7 deadly sins then you will be A-ok! Let’s begin!


3 Reasons Your Toddler’s Natural Hair is Breaking

by Christian Byshe on

So we all know that infant hair snaps right off if the wind blows too hard, but what about toddler hair. Do you feel like your toddler’s hair is breaking or balding? I know my toddler was and that is why I had to really sit down and see what was causing her hair to snap off instead of grow out long like I thought it should be.

After thinking through our routines and looking at our habits I finally figured out 5 reasons that my baby girl’s hair was more prone to breakage. I definitely wanted to share them because I know I couldn’t be the only mom dealing with toddler hair breakage.

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A Hidden Cause of Hair Breakage Revealed and How to Fix It

by Sabrina Perkins of

The one thing that is hammered into every natural-haired woman’s head is that the hair needs moisture, moisture and more moisture. While this may be true, there is a point where moisturizing your hair too much can actually cause damage to the cuticle.

This point is called Hygral Fatigue and is a direct result of over-moisturizing the hair. With the ever-popular Maximum Hydration Method on the rise, it is important that we know exactly what we may be subjecting our hair to if we aren’t balancing moisturization with protein treatments. Here’s what you need to know about hygral fatigue.

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Cut Down on Hair Shedding, Now!

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Suffering from way too much shedding?

Many have heard of tea rinsing as a solution for excessive hair shedding. A less popular but more effective rinse can be done with coffee.

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5 Habits to Break for Growing Long Natural Hair

 by Roniece Wright @NaturalfromtheRoots by GlobalCouture

We all want to care for our hair as best as possible. We buy all the right products, stick to a healthy regimen, and pay attention to our hair’s needs. But sometimes, we get accustomed to practices that harm our hair instead of nurturing it. If we do these things consistently, they turn into  habits which can lead to major damage to our curls in the long run. Here are five bad hair habits to break!

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Protein Rich Products for Strong, Healthy Natural Hair

No matter the hair type, all hair needs a balance of protein and moisture. The protein is called keratin and whenever that delicate balance is off kilter, we tend to see breakage. Just like anything in life, you can’t have too much of one without affecting the other and our hair needs protein and moisture to stay healthy and look great.  Keeping the moisture/protein balance in check requires attention, and many naturals are quick to add moisture, but rather hesitant to add protein. Protein treatments help to “patch” cracked, chipped or missing cuticle in damaged hair and “gaps” in porous hair. Protein, when used correctly, temporarily shores hair up against environmental and mechanical damage. (Shelli, Split End Prevention)

Finding the right protein treatment depends on your hair’s needs and your hair maintenance so here are some great protein-enriched products to help your strands stay strong and healthy!

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Preventing Split Ends and Breakage for Longer Natural Hair

Have you been natural for a while yet you feel as if your hair is just not growing? I certainly felt like this for the first five years of wearing my hair natural--I am now seven years natural and I have started to pay more attention to the habits that were preventing my hair from retaining length. The first step I took was to stop dying my hair.   Hair dyes can make our hair even more fragile, brittle and prone to dryness. Within a few months after dying application you may begin to notice breakage if you use color treatments. The hair color you see in the video below was my last hair dye and I was growing it out. The step I took to retain length was trimming split ends on a regular basis. 

I would like to stress that damaged ends cannot be permanently reversed, no matter how much you try to smooth the ends and no matter how much a product you use. Products assist with anti-breakage--in other words, maintaining healthy strands that prevent our ends from thinning out or splitting anywhere from the middle to the ends of the shaft. There are products that can help your split end stick together and decrease the rate at which it splits further, using a complex known as PEC. But neither of these product categories will actually fix the hair permanently once the end is split. In the video below I demonstrate how split ends work by using a piece of electrical wire and outline 3 steps you can take to be split end free.

Hair Loss or Hair Breakage? What Do You Have?

If you've been diligently measuring and monitoring your hair growth since going natural, you may be discouraged by each strand you see collect on your comb when you detangle. Many women are distressed by the amount of hair they shed in the shower daily. But, are you losing your hair or are
you experiencing hair breakage?

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Do You Over-Moisturize Your Hair?

Upon reading the title of this article one could immediately see this question as a no-brainer. After all everyone talks about the importance of moisture and deep conditioning so how is this even possible, right? Well, you can have too much of a good thing, and before you decide to keep scrolling on to the next article, there are a few points you should know about hygral fatigue.

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4 Ways You Might Be Breaking Your Natural Hair Without Realizing It

Natural hair might be healthier than relaxed hair but that does not mean it is invincible. Everyone loves the style versatility of natural hair. It can be straightened, colored, roller set, and blown it out while maintaining its fullness, which is usually compromised with relaxed hair, especially over time. With that being said, hair is still hair. It is merely dead skin cells that are preserved through proper maintenance. Part of proper maintenance and length retention is low manipulation. Since curly and coily hair is naturally drier than straight hair, it is more vulnerable to breakage. Everyone’s hair cannot withstand high manipulation and here are four ways you might be breaking your hair without realizing it.

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Reasons Your Fierce, Picked-Out Afro May Cause Hair Damage

Before addressing what you should start doing, let’s discuss what you should stop doing. When people approach me for hair care advice, the two consistent causes of concern are dryness and breakage, which is often misinterpreted as lack of hair growth. When prompted for questions, the two reoccurring issues in the regimen are lack of deep conditioning and dry combing. No, I do not mean detangling with an oil in small sections. I mean using an afro pick and maybe Luster’s Pink lotion finished with oil sheen. For decades people with afro-textured hair have been raised to comb their hair while dry, and this can cause damage when done improperly. It also stirs confusion when people want to return to their virgin coils and do not understand why their dry hair does not look like their wet hair. The afro style is equally as beautiful as a twist out or wash and go, but it must be done properly and infrequently. Until you understand how to properly achieve the style, here are the reasons you should stop picking your hair out.

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10 Reasons You're Losing Length- Natural Hair Breakage

Breakage occurs by a number of bad habits within your personal hair care routine. Chances are, you may not even realize they are bad habits. Give your hair a rest from the damaging practices and watch the luster restore right before your eyes--in time and with patience, of course.

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7 Ways to Prevent Split Ends and Breakage

Is the dry winter air killing your volume and shine? It’s probably also causing extra breakage, especially since you’re constantly pulling sweaters, scarves, and coats over your head.  Keep your curls looking fabulous with our 7 tips for fighting split ends:

Don't Be Picky
DO NOT pick at your split ends.  Doing so will only cause more breakage. Instead of picking at your split ends, use hair shears (not paper scissors) to trim them. Be sure that you clip above the damage or the split will reappear.

Deep Condition
Deep condition regularly to keep your hair moisturized. Try using coconut oil as a pre-shower treatment. Simply soak your hair in the oil (thirty minutes before your shower, if you’re not using heat), twist it into a bun and put on a shower cap. In the shower, wash and condition your hair as normal.

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Natural Hair Breakage- 5 Tips for Prevention

If you’re looking to rock longer (or in my case, BIGGER!) hair, your time is better spent focusing on length retention. There’s not much you can do to force your scalp to grow hair faster, but you CAN focus on hair care habits that prevent breakage and make sure every inch you grow is maintained throughout the months and years. Although the entire length of my hair is rarely exposed to the elements (yay shrinkage!), there are five important things I do to handle my coils with care.

1. Don’t go guerilla during washing
There comes a morning in every natural’s life when you wake up and realize your TWA has transformed into a massive force field of gloriously textured hair. It seemed like just the other day you could wash and condition in six minutes, right? Well, “just the other day” was actually two years ago, and now you must find efficient ways to care for your coils without losing your sanity. Don’t attack your hair! Grab some butterfly clips and divide your hair into manageable sections. No more swirling your hands around an entire sudsy head.

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Your Hair Is Growing- Learn to Retain Length!

by Michelle of

Your hair growth is not the problem.

Unless you have some form of a disease that stunt’s your growth, your hair is growing.

If you have ever had a relaxer, you know that “new growth” sprouts out within less than 6 weeks. Yet, it may be that the length of your hair never appeared (or appears) to changed. It seems/seemed like your hair was not growing but that new growth says otherwise.

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Prevent Hair Breakage- 3 Ways to Protect Your Ends From Breaking Off

by Michelle of

As you know, your ends are the oldest part of your hair and the most fragile.  This makes them very vulnerable to breakage. That’s not to say that your hair can’t break off in other places. It’s just more likely to take place at the ends of the hair shaft.

So here’s 3 easy ways (consistency required) to protect those ends (and no, protective styling isn’t one of them) -

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