Tips on how to reduce hair breakage
Many women now wear their virgin hair as opposed to what obtained in the past where many adorn different kinds of weaves.
However, many have complained of ceaseless hair breakage. There are several reasons many end up with damaged hair.
According to Chijioke Anaele, General Manager, Natures Gentle Touch, there are simple daily hair routines to adhere to if hair breakage must stop.
Here are simple tips on how to reduce hair breakage:
First rule is that shampooing the hair does not necessarily translate that the hair was thoroughly cleaned. To clean the hair properly, shampoo has to be applied and washed off at least three times, with a lot of water before all the residue is completely removed.
It is wrong to apply conditioner on very wet hair. The water in the hair dilutes the potency of the conditioner. You have to towel dry the hair before applying the conditioner.
The tip of the hair is the oldest part of your hair so it needs more nourishment than the roots and mid-strands. The oldest because there was a time the tip was the root. So, the right procedure in applying your conditioner is from tip to the roots.
The only time to avoid the tip of the hair is when applying relaxer. Applying relaxer to the tip of the hair will make it chemically over processed and breakage sets in.
Combing the hair from roots to tip causes hair breakage. Comb the tips to loosen the tangle before combing from the roots. This is the reason Komlan gave as to why he said that many do not know how to comb their hair.
Protective hairstyles like wearing a weave, braids or wig help reduce combing, but should not be worn for more than three weeks.
For people who like dyeing their hair different colours, you may be shocked to know that it is one of the reasons your complain of hair breakage has not changed. Hair colour, especially on chemically treated hair make it over processed and this is why breakage sets in.
Just as you do not leave home without applying body lotion to moisturise your skin, do not leave home without moisturising your natural hair.
The truth about using raw shea butter directly on hair is that it is too greasy. Shea butter should be one of the ingredients for hair. Applying shea butter before flat thonging is wrong. You are frying the hair and therefore causing damage without knowing.