Tangles and Breakage: Reducing hair breakage.


Hair shedding is quite normal, in fact research points out that we shed 50 -100 hair strands in a day (usually has white bulbs attached to them). So this makes it absolutely normal to have some hair on your sink during wash day. Don’t get into panic mode because a YouTuber is not shedding hair but you are.

However, the amount of hair you are having in your sink can actually be a cause for alarm. Sometimes you are losing more hair than you should be, and this is always as a result of breakage. Breakage can be caused by many things, including how you wash your hair 🙂

In this article I’ll address ways you can reduce the breakage and shed only the hair you are required to shed.

1. Wash your hair in sections. Put your hair into 4, 6 or 8 sections depending on the length of your hair (longer hair tends to tangle more, and shorter hair can be difficult to put into 4 sections). Twist these sections and shampoo your scalp. Some would suggest this only is enough, but I always wash my hair strands too since they have product on them.

I use Creme of Nature Sulfate – Free Argan Oil Shampoo with Conditioner. I obviously love the product (although it is on probation, talked about it here) since it cleanses and conditions at the same time, and this helps loosen my curls and prevent tangling. It also improves the elasticity of my hair.

I have also mentioned before that I still use the usual Nice and Lovely shampoo. Yes, it does have sulfates. Yes sulfates are a no no since they are drying and strip your hair off their natural oils (sulfate-free shampoos do so too, though at a lesser amount), but my mama has used this product on us since nursery school (she would do the wash, condition and straighten with low heat) and we’ve had beautiful hair since.

So when I don’t have Creme of Nature Sulfate-Free Argan Shampoo and Conditioner, I use Nice and Lovely, and the way to combat the after effects is using conditioner generously.

Note: My hair type is 4b/4c and I do not experience as much frizz. Do read more about sulfate and sulfate-free and make the best choice for your hair 🙂

2. Condition/Deep Condition after wash. After shampoo, please do condition your hair. Conditioner replenishes your hair with oils after shampoo and gives you a moisturizing boost. It also loosens your curls and makes it a good time to detangle. Deep conditioning is very crucial, especially if you use a sulfate based shampoo. If you are still thinking about incorporating it to your regimen, I’d suggest you do so asap!

3. Detangle in sections, using your fingers. The sections you had while shampooing your hair are the same sections you’ll use to ease detangling. Remember to twist your hair sections back up after detangling to prevent more tangles.

4. Detangle after a protective style. If you have had your hair in a protective style for a while, make sure you detangle before shampooing. Some protective styles such as twists, braids, faux locs tangle up your hair. Shampooing also makes hair stick together and tangle, so it would be a bad idea to do that on heavily tangled hair. You’ll experience more breakage. I use coconut oil or my usual rinse out conditioner (Nice and Lovely, I have never moved on seriously) to detangle as I take down the style. This also helps reduce breakage if your hair is dry after weeks of neglect in a protective style. We know you.

5. Don’t stay too long in a protective style to prevent too much tangling.

6. Sleep in a satin scarf.  Continuous friction with a cotton pillow case is the best environment to break your hair (edges being the most affected), so purchase something satin to cover your hair or rest your head on.

Tip: A square satin scarf is also great to put on your cushion in your living room when you want to lie down as you watch TV 🙂

Keep loving your fro :*

1 Comment

  1. Josephine koki says: Reply

    Thanks. Very insightful. Planning on going natural soon.

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