People tend to use the two terms interchangeably when describing their hair issues, but it’s so important to understand the difference between the two.
WHAT IS SHEDDING?
A healthy head of hair can shed 50-100 hairs per day which is completely normal. It is apart our hair cycle and is something that can’t be avoided. When your hair sheds, you will notice a little while bulb at one end of the hair strand. This shows that the hair has come directly from your scalp. There is no need to worry about shedding unless it is connected to some type of medical or hormonal issue. Other than that, shedding is normal, especially for us curly girls.
WHAT IS BREAKAGE?
Breakage however is totally different. It is broken hair that doesn't come out naturally. It happens because of something you’re doing (or not doing). It could be a plethora of things that can cause excessive breakage so it’s up to you to take a look at your regimen to figure out where you might be going wrong.
Now SOME breakage is absolutely normal too. You can’t expect to never ever see a broken hair, but excessive breakage will have your hair looking the same length for years while you’re thinking it’s not growing. It’s actually growing, but breaking at the same rate. It can be caused by a number of things. For example: being rough with your hair, chemicals, lack of moisture, sun exposure, and heat.
5 TIPS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT BREAKAGE
TIP 1: BE GENTLE
We need to treat our hair with love, so being gentle is very important. Whether you are protective styling or detangling on wash day, be patient with your tresses.
TIP 2: DEEP CONDITION/USE A MICRO FIBRE TOWEL
I cannot stress enough how important deep conditioning is. This step can minimise breakage by feeding your hair nutrients and packing your hairs cuticles with moisture. It gives your hair a fresh start by recovering your cuticles so they become hydrated and stronger. Using a micro fibre towel will help prevent frizz and is a gentle way to dry your hair.
TIP 3: REGULAR TRIMS
It is important to show your ends some TLC as your ends are the oldest part of your hair and is prone to breakage and split ends. We don't want them traveling up the hair shaft and breaking, therefore moisturising and sealing your ends are a great way to protect them. This also goes hand in hand with protective styling.
TIP 4: PROTECTIVE STYLING
Keeping your hair protected makes sure your hair strands are not only protected at all times but keeps your hands out of your hair. Your tresses are nicely packed away.
TIP 5: SATIN PILLOW CASE/SATIN BONNET
A must have for any curly girl. With all the tossing and turning we do in our sleep, we can put a lot of stress on our hair strands. Using something satin based will ensure our hair strands aren't being ruffed up between the cotton pillows, but is gliding along your satin pillow or bonnet instead.
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