Hot Spot, Bald Spot- The Crown Area
The crown, nape, edges and ends of your hair are all vulnerable spots. Most of us have learned to protect the ends of our hair by moisturizing them, sealing them and taking them out of the air as the venerable Wanakee Pugh taught us years ago! The edges and the nape are susceptible to breakage because we put lots of tension on these areas and use too much manipulation. We also tend to concentrate product in these areas as well such as relaxers, gel and color.
The crown tends to be like the nape in that it may have a different texture than the rest of the hair. Often, this hair tends to be more fragile. The hair tends to be kinkier here than in other parts of the head. It also tends to be the highest point or apex of the head. Why is that important?
Hair that hangs from the crown area tends to have more natural tension. We hang rollers from this area, pull braids, secure buns and let hair products concentrate in this area. Because this area is usually the highest part of the head, the sun loves to land on this spot and beat down its loving rays and ultra violet light. By now, most of you know that the sun can break down the protein in the hair over time.
Now add your rough handling to the mix. This area can get sore and tender. Who wants to touch an area that feels tender? What happens is you leave it alone as much as possible. Then it tangles. We all know tangles are to be avoided like the plague as they tend to move our hair toward breakage. Now that you know about how our hair felts, having concentrated product, with tension, break down from the sun and a human hand wielding a hair tearing comb, no wonder your crown is breaking. STOP the madness!
1. When combing your hair, start with your crown area. Don't leave it for last. The later you leave it in your grooming process the less patience and time you will have to give to that area.
2. Before you attempt to comb this area, make sure you don't have any caked on concentrated product in this area. Use a spray bottle to clear out that area if it is not time for a wash. Do a visual check in the mirror.
3. Soften it with a little bit of moisture in the form of water or aloe vera if appropriate.
4. Lubricate that area with a dab of oil, from root to tip, before you descend upon it with your fingers or a comb or brush.
5. Even if you wear your hair loose during the day or in a bun, get the weight and tension off that area during sleep, at night. Loosen your bun. Gather up all the other braids but leave the braid in the crown area free of weight during your slumber time.
6. Cover your head when performing activities outside. The sun deteriorates the protein in the hair strands. Think about an old fabric covered piece of furniture that is faded and dry. That is the extreme of what the sun can do to your hair.
7. Be assured that if you have learned to apply healthy hair tips to the bulk of your hair, you can do the same thing for a breaking crown.The crown area of your hair is a Diva. She is a Queen. She doesn't wear a crown. She IS the crown! Treat her right and the royalty in your life, YOUR crown, will respond positively to your tender administrations.
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