I’m talking about “Breakage.” We’ve all experienced
this at one time or the other. But do you know the difference between
Breakage and Shedding? I was totally clueless about this prior to
When I was relaxed, I would have a lot of hair breakage and over the
years, I thought that was normal. I just thought if you comb your hair,
you should experience seeing hair left on the comb or brush. I didn’t
realize that there was such a thing as shedding.
Let’s understand the differences between breakage and shedding.
What is Shedding?
Hair that has been shed is one that has come to the end of its
life cycle. It usually contains a white bulb at the end. This is normal.
Research as shown that we shed an average of 50-100 hair strands per
day. Sounds scary, huh? Well, new hair is suppose to grow where the
shedded hair was.
What is Breakage?
This is the process of the hair breaking, not at the root, but
somewhere in the strand of the hair. It is not normal because in all
cases the hair has not gone through the normal hair life cycle.
Breakage can occur from mishandling of hair, lack of proper nutrients,
or excessive styling.
When hair is deprived of proper moisture, breakage can occur. It is
very important to keep your hair properly moisturized. Daily
moisturizing and weekly deep conditioning will help you with breakage.
Try to use water-based products, because these products provide the best
moisturizing agents. Don’t forget to seal your hair with some oils or
In addition to moisture, you will need to strengthen your hair
strands. This can be done by adding protein products to your hair
routine. Protein is known to help rebuild weak hair strands. There are
several protein treatments products that you can use. It is important to
properly follow the product application instructions.
Mishandling of hair can also cause breakage. I notice less breakage
when I do not use a comb on my dry hair. If I want to comb my hair post
wash day, I spritz some water mixed with a little leave-in conditioner
and carefully either finger comb it or use a wide-tooth comb. On wash
days, I always finger detangle my hair with some oil or conditioning
When styling your hair, try not to pull too much at your edges. The
edge and nape of your head are more prone to breakage. Keeping hair in
a pony tail all the time can cause breakage at the point where the hair
is gathered together.
When you understand the difference between hair breakage and
shedding, it will help you address the problem and keep your mind at
rest in determining what steps to talk to minimize breakage.