Breakage Natural Hair

11 Causes of Hair Breakage

Some Common Causes of  Hair Breakage

Aside from the usually suspects i.e over manipulations, dryness and damage here are 11 Cause of Breakage. Courtesy of Healthy Hair and Body

Breakage Natural Hair

1) Overstretching the hair: Do you stretch your hair prior to styling? If so, be sure you are using one of these least harmful methods: twists or loose braids. Banding is another option as well, depending on the tension.  On the other hand, tight banding or tight braiding can overstretch the hair and lead to weakened strands. Also, be sure you are stretching on damp hair instead of wet hair.  Wet hair will be more susceptible to breakage under tension. Lastly, refrain from using rubber bands or any other harmful hair tie (e.g., cotton) during the drying process.

2) Styling on wet or drenched hair: Hair is most fragile when wet or drenched with water.  Styling the hair in this state may lead to mechanical breakage.  Depending on the manipulation required for the desired style, it may be better to wait until the hair is damp or damp-dry.

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3) Diet low in protein: Hair largely consists of protein (i.e., keratin) which is built from amino acids extracted from foods we put into our body.  A diet low in protein can translate into weaker, thinner hair strands (and thus breakage) or even hair loss.  Mitigate this issue by incorporating more nuts, chicken, fish, and beans into your diet.

4) Diet low in zinc, iron, and/or Vitamin B-12: A deficiency in any of these nutrients can result in weaker strands (and thus breakage) or even hair loss.  Taking a good multivitamin on a daily basis can ensure that you are receiving a sufficient amount of these nutrients. If you are severely deficient in zinc or iron (e.g., anemia), I highly recommend that you see a doctor.
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5) Use of sulfate shampoos: Certain sulfate shampoos (e.g., shampoos containing SLS and ALS) can be harsh on the hair thus weakening the strands. Switching to a more gentle sulfate shampoo or a natural shampoo can mitigate this issue.

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9 thoughts on “11 Causes of Hair Breakage

  1. hadia

    Great article, I also wanted to add on that a protein treatment will help with breakage. You can use things like eggs, or henna. However, it’s very important to follow up with a deep conditioner because the protein stiffens your hair.

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  2. Samantha

    The end result is in your DNA, either you’ve got it or just don’t….great health is way more important than being hairless…so be thankful and grateful for just being alive…

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  3. Rashonda

    I have been suffering from breakage and dryness for years and I’ve been trying to find the right products to use on my straight hair. I found a brand called Nutress Hair. The Stop-break shampoo and conditioner that they have works great since it helps eliminate frizz and dryness. My hair remains nice and sleek throughout the day. This brand is my absolute favorite! You ladies should try it as well if you are looking for the perfect product.

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  4. irishmom

    Raw egg DOES work to strengthen your hair from breakage. I just take 2 raw eggs and mix them with my shampoo. Cover your head with a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes before rinsing the mixture off with lukewarm water and a gentle shampoo. It is a bit gross and mess but it does work.

    I used to have breakage all the time, but I changed two things and now I dont get breakage: (1) I started using the Egg method I mentioned above, and (2) I now ALWAYS use the Shielo Leave in Protectant right when I get out of the shower. It makes my hair smell GREAT and it protects my hair from heat. NO MORE BREAKAGE FROM THESE TWP METHODS.

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