Breakage” describes what happens when a hair strand snaps under tension that it can’t withstand. You lose part of the length of that strand, with part of the strand remaining on your scalp. You can easily distinguish breakage from hair loss or shedding, because broken hairs will be shorter than the normal length of your hair. They will also lack the small white bulb on the end of the hair, which is characteristic of normal shedding.
Breakage is not totally avoidable but it can be minimized.
There are two underlying causes of breakage. The first is low elasticity: when your hair isn’t stretchy or elastic, it breaks easily under tension. The second is environmental stress: anything you or the environment around you does to put tension on your hair in the first place.
TIPS TO MINIMIZE BREAKAGE
1. Be Gentle with your hair . High manipulation styles, excessive touching, combing, and even weather can cause breakage. Reduce manipulation and wear protective styles to give your hair a breathing space from styles and environments that can cause breakage. Use wide-toothed combs for detangling and detangle gently. adopt a night routine that is gentle on your hair through the night. Sleep in a satin bonnet or sleep on a satin pillowcase.
Before I made it a practice to make wearing a satin bonnet an everyday thing, I use to wake up with hair strands all over the bed from friction between my hair and the cotton of the bed sheets, but now I don’t experience that anymore.
2. don’t’ towel dry. Towel material snags and pulls on your hair. Use a cotton T-shirt
3. Detangle your hair when it is dry or sopping wet. I recommend combing or detangling your hair when it is damp.
4. Reduce the use of heat
5. Keep your hair moisturized to increase elasticity and reduce breakage
6. Seal Ends. Your ends are the oldest and most vulnerable part of your hair. Give them special attention.
7.deep condition. Do moisturizing conditioners to add moisture to your hair and protein conditioning to strengthen your hair.
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