How to get your natural hair to stop falling out, breaking off, and shedding excessively

Possible Reasons for your Breakage:

  • Combing too aggressively and too often
  • Wearing tight hair styles and putting too much stress on your hair strands
  • Excessive manipulation
  • Chronically dry hair
  • Protein sensitivity
  • Not protecting your hair at night
  • Wearing the same hair style and part consistently
  • Not having a hair regimen or routine
  • Not cleansing the scalp properly
  • Underlying health issues
  • Postpartum hair shedding
  • Alopecia

How To Treat Breakage that results from chronically Dry Hair, not having a hair routine/regimen, and excessive manipulation:

  1. Keep your hair moisturized.

If you do not have a hair regimen, begin to develop one so you can start giving your hair consistent attention. Within your hair regimen, allot specific times to moisturize and seal the moisture into your hair. Remember to deep condition and moisturize often use moisturizing sulfate free shampoos and conditioners and always keep your scalp clean and healthy. Chronically dry hair is typically weak and breaks often because daily manipulation, even the gentlest touch can break strands that are weak and thirsty.

On YouTube, I have a video titled how to moisturize and seal natural hair that will show you step by step how to achieve moisturized shiny locks. I also have a post that will walk you through the steps of keeping naturally dry hair consistently moisturized.

General Hair Tips for length Retention

General Hair Tips for Length Retention

Twist or loosely braid your hair after moisturizing. I’ve found that this helps to keep the moisture in as opposed to wearing an afro and exposing strands to environmental factors. Chronically dry hair should be deep conditioned at every wash session. Also, trimming away unhealthy ends will aid in minimizing breakage from split ends. Finally, find products that work for your hair type and your budget – products that are moisturizing and strengthening

2. Use strengthening products – Carols’ Daughter Monoi line strengthens hair after one use. Many other naturals use the Aphogee protein treatment.

If you don’t want to fully commit to these products, try out the starter kit:

3. Protect your hair at night, especially your ends.

The ends of your hair are the oldest part of your hair and require moisture and protection to keep it intact and to avoid frequent trims. Protecting your hair at night helps to keep your hair moisturized which aids in preventing breakage. At night, during sleep, tossing and turning on a cotton pillow case can pull the moisture from your hair and also create friction which can break weak parts of your hair.

Added Protection

Sleep on a satin pillowcase to keep your hair shiny, soft, and moisturized. Wear a satin bonnet or scarf if you do not have a satin pillowcase.

4. For shedding, try a Black tea rinse. It’s been said that these rinses help with shedding because shedding is associated with DHT. Caffeine is said to counteract the effects of DHT on hair strands.

5. Be more gentle with your hair and manipulate it less.

Low manipulation hairstyles are key in retaining length. Start out by wearing hairstyles that require little manipulation and maintenance, like two french braids or a twist out for a few days and if you are a little harsh with your comb, try finger detangling through trouble areas before detangling with a comb. In general, try to be patient with your hair during washing and regular styling to avoid breaking weak areas of hair and to not further contribute to existing hair issues.

What Else Can I do to help my hair and What else should I take into consideration?

Are you protein sensitive? If you experience dry, stiff, or brittle hair after using a product high in protein your hair strands could be sensitive to protein, thus you will probably need to adjust your hair products.

Do you conditioner-wash only? Maybe it’s time to clarify your hair with a shampoo to eliminate any buildup. Removing product buildup will help in the overall health of your hair because keeping a clean scalp allows hair to grow freely and allows you to feel comfortable without irritation.

Did you know that health issues such as Lupus, Thyroid problems, diseases of the pituitary gland, and other chronic illnesses can cause hair loss, thinning, and breakage? Talk to your doctor about your symptoms to rule out anything serious.

Did you recently have a baby? It’s possible that you could be experiencing post-partum hair loss or postpartum hair shedding.

Could you be suffering from traction alopecia? If so, immediately stop putting tension on your edges and trouble spots. Massage your thinning or bald areas with Jamaican black castor oil nightly and wear a loose bonnet to sleep. Visit a dermatologist to discuss further options.

For balding, alopecia areata could be the culprit and you should speak to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment.

Andrena

Andrena

Editor in Chief at Naturally Blessed Hair
Living my life Naturally, Knowing I'm Blessed, and Loving my Hair is the phrase that pretty much sums me up. My name is Andrena and I'm a lover of all things natural hair - the styles, the maintenance, and the beauty. Check out My Hair Journey Here. Stay in touch and keep up with me and my hair @NaturallyBlessedHair.
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