4 Common Causes of Breakage

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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    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 on

    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!

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  • Kela on

    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?



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