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4 Common Causes of Breakage

Posted on June 26, 2015 | 14 comments

No one wants to hear the words "you have a lot of breakage......we're going to have to cut your hair." Still time after time we're faced with that unpleasant moment. We Protective style, moisturize, detangle and do it all but still were experiencing breakage. What is going on? Sometimes it's all in the details. Here are the four most common causes of breakage. Many of which are things you could be doing everyday without even noticing. Some of these you may even do unknowingly.

1. High buns

As cute as they are, high buns put a lot of stress on your edges. They also cause breakage at the point where your hair stretchy holds your bun. This type of breakage is not always easy to see. Buns and pony tails result in more shedding than visible breakage, although occasionally repeated daily wear of a pony tail will show clear breakage lines.

2. Parting

This is one of the lesser known causes of breakage. Parting is okay and it is necessary to do when styling but excessive parting can cause damage. When you're parting, it's like detangling that section of your hair. In addition, this is usually done when your hair is dry and strands tend to get pulled out easily. Repeated parting in the same place is also not a good idea because it causes unneeded stress to the area.

3. Tight protective styles

Protective styling is great. With the exception of it being secured too tightly to the scalp. This is a more known cause of breakage in styles such as box braids, Senegalese twists and goddess braids. Wearing these styles are a great way to grow your hair but it is impertinent to pay attention to the stress you may be putting on your edges.

4. Too much detangling

Natural tangling in your hair is normal. Not every tangle needs to be separated. Sometimes it's better if you just leave your hair be. Period. Dot. :)

All and all, don't panic. These common causes are not always the cause of breakage. Everyone's hair is different and can withstand a different parameter of stress and handling. Avoiding these common causes though can do you nothing but good. There are alternative options to these bad habits. Most often or breakage and damage is caused by us "over doing it". We're touching too much, fixing too much and heating too much, attempting to get or hair just perfect and in the process we're pulling out strands little by little.

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  • Kia Kennedy

    I have been natural for 3 years in July and I live in a very dry state an nothing I used would keep my hair moisturized. So my neighbor who is my business partner created Elle Naturalle. Which is an all natural hair care line. We have a set & define creme’ that we love. A hair growth Serum, an other products. Visit our website at ellenaturalle.com

  • Sharon

    Hello, I have been natural for 7 years, I’m having a problem with excessive breakage I just started using the hair care line(Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow&Restore and also applying Jamaican castor oil, I have had this breakage before. Please help!!!

  • robbi

    I had really bad hair breakage last year – it was from getting too many perms and running my blow drier too hot – Im in a rush sometimes! Now I use the Shielo Intensive Hair Mask ONLY once per week, and my hair has gotten stronger and doesnt break ever time I get a perm!

  • Tee Elle

    Using 30% Jamaican black castor oil with other natural oils, (aloe,coconut, olive, etc) plus essential oils grew back my grey hair on my front edges. Saw increased thickness in 6-wks.
    You-tube video demonstrated by sister with long locs. She has her own blog trying new hair products. Can’t remember her name.

  • Kela

    I was just wondering if anyone can tell me is it possible that once your hair has been thick and then it starts to thin. How can you thicken it back up?

  • Shakira

    This article came just in time for me. I recently took down my crochet braids and experienced significant breakage in the middle/crown area and in the nape of my neck. I’ve never had this issue before with other types of [indiviual] braids, so I’m chopping it up to the tension of the cornrows and the way I was styling my hair while I had them.

  • Sonya T

    My hair is stand still also. The center of my hair want grow at all. I don’t know what to do.

  • Keisha

    January 2013 I did the BC I’ve done everything from wigs weaves protective styles u name it i did it nothing works and all i use is cantu products its hard n dry always whether i deep condition or not seem like the growing process is null n void thinking about doing the BC again….come so far keisha

  • Aisha

    Hi ladies. I’ve been natural for over 18 years. I’ve found that not combing or brushing my hair daily really helps with breakage. Sometimes I go 3-4 days without combing or brushing. I only wash my hair once a month. Also getting a trim every month. I use an all natural oil with horsetail powder in it every other night, and massage it on my scalp for 10 minutes.

  • Kim

    I have been natural for some time and would like to know what is a good product for your edges? I notice mine has broken off pretty bad.


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