Long hair is definitely trendy, no wonder more and more women around the world seek ways to grow and maintain long tresses. Beauty companies in response to women’s desire for longer hair flooded the market with products that promise rapid hair growth. These products come in form of pills, shampoos, serums, and conditioners. Despite using these products, some women continue to complain about not being able to retain hair length because of continuous breakage.
Judging from personal experience, there are five major reasons people experience hair breakage. Some of us are familiar with these causes but don’t know to prevent them. I have listed both the causative agents of hair breakage and their remedy.
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1. Lint buildup
Matting is caused by dirt and lint buildup. Dirt easily comes off with shampooing, but lint remains on hair strands causing tangling and breakage. Therefore it is advisable to use a detangler containing marshmallow root and slippery elm to remove lint from hair before washing. Wear a satin scarf to bed or use satin pillowcases to prevent attracting lint from your beddings. Clean hairbrushes regularly to remove lint. Avoid drying hair with a towel, use a t-shirt instead.
2. Overprocessing with chemicals
Bleaching, coloring, or texturizing hair can lead to breakage if not done properly. Many women had reportedly complained about their hair becoming dry and brittle after using chemicals. Deep conditioning can help prevent hair dryness after chemical treatment. You can achieve this by applying a good moisturizing deep conditioner or oil* to hair, then wear a heating cap to help the product penetrate the hair shaft. Do not deep condition overnight it makes hair fragile.
*avocado oil, olive oil, argan oil, almond oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, shea butter et cetera
3. Split ends
Many women fail to know that hair strands can split at it tips due to dryness and frequent brushing. Splits can also occur along the shaft, I discovered this when I was examining a friend’s hair sometime ago. Keeping hair moisturized and trimming every six months can help prevent split ends.
4. Hairstyling tools
Hairstyling tools with sharp edges can snag and break hair, so I advise that you avoid using fine/sharp tooth combs like the rat-tail comb. Wide/round tooth combs, brushes and bobbin pins with cushioned tips reduce breakage during styling. Hair dryer combs and hot combs are notorious for causing hair breakage.
5. Washing the wrong way
During washing, many people weaken their hair strands by using hot water and concentrated shampoos*. So, dilute shampoo by mixing with water before applying to hair then rinse with lukewarm water. Another method to ensure cleansers don’t strip your hair dry is to massage your scalp and hair with oil pre-pooing. Rubbing hair vigorously when washing can also cause strands to tangle and break, washing hair in small sections while concentrating on scrubbing the scalp is the best way to cleanse your tresses.
*all shampoos are concentrated in my book