Bad hair breakage is never a good thing. There is regret, sadness, (even some tears) and wallowing in self-pity for a little while. It can be embarrassing if you are losing edges or your hair is breaking off but the bottom line is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and work on the problem. If you find you are having severe breakage and have no idea what to do then you need to take heed.
Reflection and Retreat
Reflection is important to finding out what went wrong. Were you neglecting your hair? Did you use too much heat, color or not enough deep conditioning? Were you wearing braids or protective styles too tight or even too long? Finding out the reason for your breakage is just as important as stopping the bad behavior.
After you have figured out what went wrong, back off from the bad habits that created the breakage. Too much heat? Steer clear for a while to allow your hair to have time to repair without more additional damage. Wearing your styles too tightly? Leave them alone too. Too much color…you get the point. Just stop and work on curtailing the damage.
Do regular deep conditioning treatments
You don’t have to spend tons of money going to a salon for treatments anymore as most of us are becoming more educated on how to take care of our own hair. Most naturals are bona-fide DIYers when it comes to their tresses and as that can seem scary to some, it really just means becoming more educated on your hair and what it needs. Do weekly deep conditioning or after every wash. Hair that is deep conditioned regularly is more manageable, softer and less prone to further breakage.
Add heat to make the conditioner work harder and your hair will be softer and smoother because of it. Heating your conditioner up to 35 degrees C / 95 degrees F will increase the amount and effectiveness of adsorption of the conditioner into your strands. You can use your own body heat by just covering your hair with a plastic cap, wrap it up with a scarf and/or a warm towel.
There needs to be a proper balance of moisture and protein in our strands. If you color or straighten your hair, protein treatments will strengthen areas of the hair that are weakened by the chemicals and heat. They build the hair shaft back up from our daily manipulations that chip away at the hair’s cuticle. They add resiliency to your strands and the protein properties will attach directly to the hair follicle and harden the cuticle layer which protects it from further damage.