I experienced hair breakage a couple of months ago despite giving my hair the utmost care. I clarified, deep-treated ,moisturized
my hair daily , put my hair in protective styles ALL THE TIME, and was still experiencing breakage.I had to make a few changes to see a HUGE difference. A few ladies have asked me recently what to do to combat the breakage their hair is experiencing. So here are the few changes I made that have helped stop my hair breakage.
- Clarifying once a month.. I usually cowash my hair every other week. Even though the conditioner cleans my scalp and hair, I still clarify once a month to remove any remaining residue , build up that can cause breakage, impurities from the water I use.(I do not have a filter)
- Changing my average performing conditioner to a great performing one by simply adding olive oil and aloe vera juice. I use "Yes to Carrots " mixed with aloe vera juice and oil to cowash my hair. My hair is soft like butter afterwards. My hair detangles very easily as well using this method
- Protective Styling: I do believe that putting your hair in protective styles is very essential to prevent your ends from knotting and breaking. However, protective styles should be worn with caution. I have experienced a lot of matting from keeping two strand twists in for more than a week. Pls be mindful of the fact that I am talking about my hair. My hair cannot withstand being in protective styles for more than a week. After a week, especially after washing the protective style, my hair gets tangled easily. So I have decided to only keep my styles in for no more than a week. Also, I hardly wear my hair loose.
- Deep Treating: I do this once a week. I now add honey, Olive Oil and Aloe Vera Juice to any conditioner I use to deep treat my hair. Once again. My hair is usually ridiculously soft afterwards.
- Protein Treatment: Some folks avoid protein like a plague. I completely understand why. I, too had to put some of my favorite conditioners away( Giovanni Direct Leave in) as they have protein in them. I have done a series of tests to find out that my hair does not like LEAVE IN CONDITIONERS with proteins. However, my hair needs protein treatments once in a while. I use Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Conditioner every other week and this has been working great. It is not a leave in conditioner. I apply it in the shower, let it sit in my hair for 5 minutes and rinse it out right away. I follow with a moisturizing conditioner like Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner, which I did not like (check my previous review here) but tweaked by adding honey, aloe vera juice and olive oil. The three last mentioned ingredients have made a difference in the way this conditioner performs on my hair. I also use Curls Ecstasy which has soy protein in it once a month. So I use protein in my hair three times a month and my hair is doing fine. As long as protein is not in my leave in, I am okay.
- Oil Rinsing: since I discovered this technique, it has been very easy for me to detangle my hair. I apply about 1/4 cup of coconut or olive oil in my hair, let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse out. I then detangle my hair with a conditioner. The oil rinsing helps melts away the tangles, your shed hair easily combs out as well
- I do not use Denman Brush to detangle. I experienced massive breakage using the denman brush in my hair. My fine hair does not need that. I also make sure that my shed hair is COMPLETELY removed. I use this black detangling comb to completely remove shed hair and then follow with my fingers to ensure that all tangles have been removed. I have discovered that my hand alone does not remove all shed hair. If shed hair is not completely removed, your hair can get retangled with the shed hair that was not removed, causing knots and breakage.
- This is the most important tip I will share on this post. HANDLE YOUR HAIR GENTLY. I tried not to touch my hair too much when it is dry. In the past, when I moisturized my hair, I would rub the leave in conditioner in my hair and that action led to breakage!!! Just before my hair is moisturized, it is in a weak state, so I now no longer use a heavy cream to moisturize. I use a water mix, containing of mostly water and some oils and aloe vera juice. I spritz this in my hair without touching. I tie down my hair with a silk scarf for like two hours. When I remove the scarf, My hair is soft, well moisturized and shiny. Also when unbraiding and untwisting your hair, be very careful. Do not do this when you are tired or just had "intense fellowship" with your husband..lol.