Top 10 Causes of Hair Breakage in Natural Hair
Among the various causes of breakage in natural hair, many are those which you have less control over while there are many man-induced ones, which can be handled with better care. Here are the most common ones.
Human hair is just like a collection of fine fibers. However, most of us do not treat our hair as delicately as we would our favorite silk dress. According to research, natural African-American hair is very similar to Asian or Caucasian hair. It does not differ significantly in its chemical or structural nature from these two hair types. Natural hair is made of the same components as other hair types, only with more cuticle or outer layer. Also the African-American hair follicle is rather elliptical in shape, which is why it appears curlier than the hair of other races. Despite its appearance, this hair type can prove to be very fragile, due to its nature, structure and composition.
There are many reasons for breakage of natural hair in African-Americans. Some of these causes are those which you have less control over, while there are many man-induced ones, which can be handled with better care. Here are the top 10 causes.
1. Heat damage: This is one of the two major causes of Afro hair breakage. With the use of flat irons, you alter the basic structure of your hair by breaking the hair bonds in order to change its composition from curly to straight. The high temperatures which are used for this practice have the potential to greatly damage hair. Especially when you repeat the process too often.
2. Chemicals: The use of chemicals, hair colors and other dangerous hair products is another major cause of hair breakage. Chemicals not only modify natural strands’ structure, it can be very damaging if left in beyond recommended time. Using chemical products on an already treated scalp can also cause irritation.
3. Genetic factors: Due to its curly shape given by an oval shaped follicle, natural tresses face the risk of moisture not easily reaching its tips because of the shape, ripping the hair in the middle.
4. Hair styling: Excessive hair styling may also cause breakage of kinky tresses due to being pulled into places, causing unnecessary stress.
5. Excessive shampooing: If you shampoo your hair too often, it will increase your chances of hair breakage.
6. Wrong products: Not being careful about the hair products you choose can be yet another reason for breakage. Use good and natural products that suit you and avoid cheap ones.
7. Tight braids, updos at night: Our hair and scalp also need some rest after a day’s work like we do. Wearing hair in braids or updos while sleeping will increase chances of hair breakage.
8. Bad diet habits: A diet which lacks in protein or contains too many oils and fats could well be a cause of black hair breakage.
9. Rough scalp massages: Rubbing your scalp too hard will not only leave it irritated but will also increase breakage.
10. Excessive combing: Too much combing or doing it too roughly will make you lose hair through breakage.
It is with only a little extra effort that you can identify and rectify the specific causes of breakage in your natural hair.