We love to joke about the cost of beauty but we shouldn’t need a bottle of aspirin just to get through the day because of a tight headband. You CAN achieve a cute high puff without the pain and the damage to our natural hair that may come with it. Here’s how!
Tired of split ends ruining your perfect twist out or fabulous fro?! I’ve found the perfect method to get rid of this issue once and for all! Ready?
Have you ever felt like your hair growth has come to complete halt? Many of us have gone through this at one time or another in our natural hair journey. The fact is, your hair is always growing but you may not be retaining length. In other words, just as fast as it grows, it breaks, creating the illusion of stunted growth. Here are five things to consider: Lack of Moisture Because our strands have twists, bends and curls, it’s much harder for the natural oil, sebum, to travel the entire length of the hair shaft from root to tip than it would for someone with naturally straight hair. So we need some help. On wash day, while my hair is slightly damp, I apply a leave-in then an oil or butter to seal that all in, giving special attention to the ends (since it’s the oldest part of the hair). I repeat every few days as necessary, especially if I’m wearing my hair out. Hair that is properly moisturized will have a nice elasticity to it and will be less likely to break. In turn, retaining length should be less of an issue. Those whose hair may have low porosity may need extra help with steam or products that will help open up the cuticle to allow moisture in. Poor Diet Moisturizing your hair also includes water… as in drinking it. Are you drinking your water? Hmmm?! 😉 This is probably one of the first questions I ask women who complain about growth. It all begins on the inside. Garbage in, garbage out. If you eat nothing but junk, your hair/scalp is gonna reflect that. Water plus a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables will help your hair to thrive while retaining length. Improper Use/ Overuse of Heat Too…
Breakage vs shedding. I often hear these terms used interchangeably, do you? Are you aware of the difference between the two? Welp, here ya go… Why is it important to understand if you’re experiencing breakage vs shedding? Once you know the symptoms and causes of an issue, you’re in a better position to treat it. Yes, my friends… shedding is a normal part of the growth cycle. On average, we can lose up to one-hundred hairs per day. The hair that falls out is making room for new hair to come in. However, there are times when shedding can become excessive and be a real cause for concern. For more on these triggers and how you can overcome them, take a look at this post. Breakage, on the other hand, is the result of damage. Dryness, over-manipulation, excessive heat-styling, etc. can all be causes of damage. The tips I’ve listed here can help keep breakage at bay. And there you have it, breakage vs shedding in a nutshell, plus a couple resources on how to deal with both. I hope this was helpful, loves. Until next time, xoxo Toia B.