What are natural hair breakages? Why does it happen? It could be the way you care about it or other reasons. Learn more about causes, how to how to stop breakages and some natural best treatment you could opt for.
Why does it break – causes
Before we discuss what causes this issue, you need to understand what it is in the first place. According to Wikipedia, natural hair refers to one “that is unadorned and uncolored, virgin non-chemically relaxed or otherwise in its natural state”. When it African, it is known as Afro-textured.
With this clear understanding, we will quickly mention the causes before we discuss how to stop this problem where will also briefly mention some of the common treatments that can help you deal with this menace.
- Use of wrong accessories such as using rubber bands at the same point, sharp-edged comb or one that is not wide toothed.
- Hot processing i.e. for instance, using blow dryers to straighten it.
- Poor diet lacking some vital minerals, vitamins, and proteins
- Rapid weight loss
- Hormonal imbalances especially during pregnancy
- Brushing it while it is still wet
- Pulling it too much, as you plaiting it, or some hairstyles such as ponytail might encourage frontal and crown area breakage.
There are many other causes, which include diseases and conditions, stress, insufficient moistures, exposure to sunlight especially during summer, use of cotton pillows, etc. See more details on causes of hair breakage.
How to stop or prevent breakage
The ways on how to stop or prevent natural hair from breaking are more or less the same as those for reducing this breakage for any type of hair. Some of the common ones include:
- Reduce the use of blow dryer, flat irons, etc
- Stick to safe styling – those that exert the least pressure it
- Carefully select your accessories including bands and combs
- Do not mess with your hormones and treat any underlying disease that might be making it to break.
- Eat a good diet rich in proteins, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, biotin, vitamins, beta-carotene, etc. and supplements where you cannot get sufficient nutrients.
- Avoid rubbing it to make it dry using your towel and avoid using chlorinated water
- Cover it with a silk sleeping net and use silk pillows instead of cotton.
- Split ends can cause further breakage. Ensure you trim or cut them off after every three months.
- Go for natural products only i.e. shampoo, conditioners, etc since they do not contain harsh chemicals that might harm it.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. To get details, see how to stop hair breakage as well as how to prevent this breakage.
Since it is natural, it is advisable to stick to natural treatments only. Of course, if you are suffering from an underlying disease, you can go treatment before you turn to the natural remedies. Some of the best natural treatments include the following:
- Use natural anti-breakage products such as shampoos, conditioners, serums, detangling sprays and leave in treatments.
- Try protein treatments
- If it is caused by an underlying disease, try over the counter medications such as Retin-A, Rogaine as well as prescribed ones if your dermatologist recommends any.
- Always ensure you clean it at least once a week using gentle natural shampoo. When dirt accumulates in your hair, they can cause breakage.
This is not all. See best treatments for hair breakage for a depth coverage and more ways to keep breakage at bay.
Furthermore, try home remedies such as egg treatment, hot oil treatment, coconut oil wash, avocado + banana + almond oil treatment, baking soda, onion juice, aloe vera, olive oil + mayonnaise + vinegar etc. Get details on how to go about each of these treatments by seeing home remedies for hair breakages.