5 reasons your hair is breaking

Wednesday, 5 February 2014


I get a lot of emails usually from women who can't figure out why their hair is breaking. In most cases it relates to an imbalance of protein and moisture within the hair can be quite tricky to address. However there are also other common ways hair breakage occurs and it's usually simple tweaks that can limit the damage.


1 Rough Styling
Plain and simple, if you detangle too roughly or force your hair into tight styles it's going to break. Breakage tends happen along the nape and crown as the hair here is more delicate. Vary the positions of your ponytails and buns as wearing it in the same place day in day out creates tension which weakens the hair. Be careful to detangle from ends to roots to prevent snagging or snapping the hair too. Wide tooth combs or your fingers will do the least amount of damage so I rely on these more than brushes. Also be careful not to manipulate your hair too much when it's wet - as this is when it's most fragile. I tend to leave my hair alone completely until it's about 80% dry.

2 Hair tools
Certain clips, combs and hair bands can break the hair. It's usually styling accessories which are made with metal - bobby pins, clips, headbands - as these all have sharp edges which can catch on the hair. It's up to you if you continue to use these (I personally still use bobby pins) but be careful to put them into the hair gently. If you want gentler alternatives, look for products made of soft fabrics like hair bands made of silk or satin or you could just put a bit of oil or leave-in conditioner over your usual accessories.

3 Chemical processing
Overprocessing the hair with relaxers, hair dyes or perms will weaken the hair making it more likely to break. It's hard to reverse damage from overprocessing but increasing deep conditioning sessions will help. To avoid breakage reduce the amount of chemicals you put on your hair and how often you use them. For example, if you relax your hair every 6 weeks, try to wait until 8 weeks instead.

4 Heat abuse
You love the perfect blowout, smoothed out style or bouncy curls delivered from a barrel tong but too much heat styling wreaks havoc with those tresses. It depletes both protein and moisture levels and often we don't replenish these with enough deep conditioning sessions. If you must use heat regularly also do the necessary conditioning and moisturising to keep your hair in tip top shape. Limit your heat usage to once per week or less and you'll notice less breakage.

5 Thinning ends
Thin ends are often very fragile so break easier than the rest of your hair. Unfortunately once your ends are thin you're kind of limited with how much thickness you can regain. This means that often you have to cut out the thinness. I know first hand that it can be hard to let go of thinning ends, but once you cut them off you'll notice an instant improvement in breakage.

Of course there are other ways that breakage can occur but these are the main ways I've noticed

How do you prevent breakage?

Lesley x

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I was just wondering, can relaxers/chemical processes lead to thinning eventually too in the long run?
    x

    www.thatgirlsaadiya.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes unfortunately as repeated application or overprocessing can damage the ends which makes them thin. The only way to combat this is to protect the ends with a thick oil or conditioner on relaxer day to ensure they are not processed more than once x

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  2. Great list, the only other thing I would add would be protective styles that are too tight. Eg Buns, braids .

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  3. Great Post Lesley,

    I am victim of the ponytail day in day out which has damaged my nape. I have identified it and I have changed the way I wear my hair now. Hopefully with time it will grow in nicely.

    www.myeverydaytreats.co.uk

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    1. The same happened to me as well and it took me a while to realise why x

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  4. I found thr biggest reason my hair was breaking was because of my protein and moisture imbalance. Oh I hate breaking hair and also because my hair wasn't moisturised properly. But rough styling has definitely been another hair breakage source for me! Great pist lesley!!

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    1. Yes the protein moisture balance gets everyone! It took me so long to realise I was using too much protein x

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  5. My hair doesn't break off, but I try to remember to moisturize me hair more so my ends and I also don't use to much heat unless it's after I wash my hair :)

    Great post!

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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  6. I ditched my metal clips in favor of plastic croc clips. Not only do they hold better but they don't get stuck in my hair the way that metal clips do. Thanks for this post chica!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

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    1. I need to get myself some. I rely too much on bobby pins x

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  7. Great tips, I am running out of hair holders because everything I come across looks like it will do more harm than good.

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    1. So true Candice! That's how I felt when I first started a hair journey, everything seemed like it was bad for my hair x

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  8. Would you still classify it as "breakage" if I'm losing long stands rather than short pieces?

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    1. Not if the long strands have a white 'bulb' on the end as this means it has come from the root. Breakage can happen higher up the strand, but tends to be short pieces in general x

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  10. Hey!..been reading yur blog for a couple of months now..I cut my hair last december to about 3 inches of length from its prev 12 inches due to damage,wanted a fresh start but I just relaxed my hair 16weeks post relaxer and it came out underprocessed i.e texlaxed roots,fuzzy/frizzy ends and length straight..I'm so clueless on what to do next for it to have an even texture..please help

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