Who here loves it when her hair breaks? Absolutely no one does. Having breakage is common among a lot of naturals but the good news is that there are ways of preventing it from happening. How do we move away from breakage? Stay with us as we outline some do's and dont's.
1. Having dry and brittle hair
Being a naturalista primarily means one thing, moisture should be your friend. Moisturize day and night. That's the first commandment in the naturals play book. This means spray water or a water-based mist on your hair, apply a leave in lotion and seal in the moisture with hair oil such as castor oil or avocado oil. Refusing to properly moisturize your hair makes it dry, brittle and susceptible to breakage
2. Applying too much heat to your hair
Once in a while we like to stretch our hair using heat. Fair enough. Doing that one too many times makes our hair weaker and prone to breakage especially if you are using very high heat but don't use heat protection. Try stretching your hair rather using African Threading. It saves you from so much trouble.
3. Regular coloring of hair without proper maintenance
By all means add some color to your hair, if you want to, but don't forget to properly take care of it. Coloring our hair strips it of its natural oils and as such need some extra loving. This means moisturizing religiously and having regular deep conditioning treatment.
4. Satin pillowcase or bonnet
Ditch the cotton pillowcase. What you need is to either put on a satin hair bonnet whilst sleeping or sleep on a satin pillowcase. Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase causes friction between your hair and your pillowcase which contributes to your hair breaking. Save yourself the trouble and get a satin pillowcase, hair bonnet or scarf.
5. Use a wide-tooth comb or finger detangle
Detangling can either be your nemesis or your greatest asset. For naturals, our hair tangles up a lot which means we need to be extra careful how we detangle. Pulling so hard on the tangles could lead to split ends and damage to your hair.
6. Regular trimming
Contrary to popular beliefs, trimming split ends helps in growing healthier hair. Stop holding on to your damaged split ends as it has the tendency of causing further hair breakage if not trimmed.
Avoid over manipulating your hair and extremely tight hairstyles. This is where protective styles such as braids and twists come to play. Once in a while give your hair a break and try protective styles. Over-manipulating your hair could make your hair weaker and prone to breakage. In as much as possible, please avoid the hand-in-hair syndrome.
With these tips in mind, let us all strive to keeping healthy hair practices. If you're experiencing breakage, do not worry so much. Using the Hair Repair Therapy Set will help stop the breakage. However, do not go back to some of the bad hair practices you are used to.