‘I always keep my hair natural, but it still tends to break and fall off. I’m not one for relaxers. How can I keep my hair natural and stop the breaking?’ – Philile
Let’s face it, breakage sucks! We understand how frustrating it is to grow your hair natural and then have to deal with breakage and split ends. What’s even worse is, the only way to ‘fix’ breakage is to cut the split ends.
First you need to figure out why your hair is breaking. Are you too rough with your hair? Using small toothed combs and brushes that pull at it? Not moisturising it regularly?
The thing is, natural hair is actually quite fragile and you need to treat it like fine silk – you wouldn’t throw an expensive silk dress in the washing machine and iron it at high heat, would you?
Without knowing all the details of your hair, here are our general guidelines for preventing breakage:
1. Avoid Heat
Styling your hair with blow driers and flat irons removes moisture from your hair and can weaken it. If you want to stretch your hair, try rollers (yes, the old school ones)
2. Clean Gently
Harsh shampoos can strip your hair of moisture – find a sulphate-free shampoo (try: Curl Care by Dr Miracles Rehydrating Shampoo) or start co-washing your hair. Learn how to do it HERE.
3. Be Gentle
Be gentle with your hair and think about what hair tools you’re using. Stay away from brushes and fine-toothed combs and find a wide-toothed comb that won’t pull your hair. Also, think about how you style your hair – if you’re constantly using braids, extensions, twisting or plaiting your hair, this could put your hair under pressure.
Bottom line = dry hair breaks! The best way to keep your hair supple is to keep it moisturised. If you don’t already use one, now’s the time to find a leave-in conditioner that works for you. You might want to seal in the leave-in with an oil. To read more about moisturising natural hair, goHERE.
5. Moisturise Often
You don’t have to wait until wash day to moisturise your hair. Whenever you feel like your hair is a bit dry, spritz it with water and apply some leave-in conditioner and oil.
6. Deep Condition
If your hair’s feeling damaged, you might want to deep condition every time you wash your hair. HERE is a quick at-home deep conditioner tutorial.
7. Wear a Doek
Your cotton pillowcase could be sapping your hair of moisture. Wrap your hair in a silk or satin doek at night or use a satin or silk pillowcase.