We received an e-mail from a reader who was having difficulty with constant hair breakage. She said that she doesn’t have many problems with tangles, uses a bulbless vent brush, detangles from the ends up, presses her hair 1 to 2x a week, sleeps with her hair covered, has began to practice a more healthy diet, keeps her stress in check, and shampoos and conditions weekly while adding olive oil to the mix. Shanti and I passed this e-mail back and forth like a hot potato cause we didn’t know what to tell her. But eventually, Shanti got to the bottom of it. Read Below.
So I have been thinking about your hair issues and it finally hit me. Girl you use heat on your hair 1-2 a week!?? Thats your problem! So from that information I can assume that you wear your hair straight a lot more than you do curly. Is that correct? So you wash with shampoo, condition, blow dry and then press your hair at least 1x a week?
If this is true than that is the cause of your hair breakage and shedding. Your hair is heat damaged.
In my experience there are parts of people’s hair that are much more fragile than other parts. For me it was the center of my head. When I used heat on my hair weekly as you do, the center of my hair was brittle, porous and breaking. IT WOULD NEVER GROW…I thought that it was a lost cause and that was how my hair was genetically predisposed to be but I realized that I was wrong.
You have to figure out a way to stop putting your hair under so much stress. The “sensitive” part of your hair appears to be the back of your hair. The constant washing and heat is stripping the layers of your hair in the back causing it to be weak and break when under any tension. The tension that your hair endures is probably from running against your scarf nightly. Even if you deep condition every week if you are following with heat it will not do your hair much good.
I want you to understand that no matter how much “heat protectant” and deep conditioning you do to prep your hair for heat if you are constantly putting heat on your hair it will wear it away. Your hair is made of the same proteins as your fingernail. So imagine, no matter what you put on your nailit will be damaged if you were to repeatedly put a lighter to it.
My recommendations are to put down the blow dryer and flat iron because if you want your hair to recover that is the only way it is going to happen. I imagine that your curl pattern is “heat trained” so that it is effected in way that the pattern is very loose if not wavy. This is a nice state to attempt rod sets or roller sets. These styles are heat free and straighten your hair. You may also want to look into twist outs and braid outs. These are styles that mimick curl patterns. You are going to have to switch up to a more curly look because the straight look achieved by heat is too harsh for your hair.
Youtube has a plethora of tutorials of how to do these styles. Our blog also has great hairstyles that can be worn as well.
I hope this helped.
How many of you are straightening your wigs right now, listening to the sizzle on the iron, burning your fingertips because your hair is too hot too touch, while sportin your ‘Can’t Nobody Tell Me Nothing’ face? HA! Consider yourselves warned ☻