Wondering why is your natural hair not growing? There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that everybody’s hair grows (some faster than others but growth nonetheless. Your hair grows about half an inch every month for a normal growth rate). The bad news is that not everybody retains length (in simple terms, your hair is breaking just as much as it is growing, hence giving the impression that your hair isn’t growing at all).
Your hair starts breaking when it is weak and damaged. Bear in mind that hair sheds naturally. You are expected to shed about 50-100 hairs daily. That’s perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. However, it becomes abnormal when you notice excessive shedding(now breakage).
What’s on your mind? How can we fix this yeah? Right! But first, let’s look at some of the reasons as to why your hair might be breaking.
1. OVER-MANIPULATION: it’s good to wear protective styles but when there’s a lot of twisting, rolling, pinning, tucking etc, going on (especially within a short period of time), your hair suffers. Remember what I said about hands-in-hair syndrome(forgotten? Check previous post on kinky hair tips.)
2. MISUSE OF HAIR TOOLS: dragging a comb through your hair(and your hair goes snap) in order to prevent tangling causes unnecessary breakage. Use of chipped combs and blunt scissors also contribute to hair breakage.
3. DRY HAIR: every naturalista ought to know this. Dry and brittle hair is bad news. Your hair is at its weakest when it’s dry. Dryness can only lead to more breakage.
4. SPLIT ENDS: is the splitting of your hair shafts at the tips(I will talk about this extensively in another post) and if it’s not properly handled, will only cause more damage (and breakage).
5. OVER-PROCESSING: includes heat processing, chemical dyes/bleaching, relaxers. They alter your hair texture and rid the hair of its natural oils thereby leaving hair frizzy, brittle, dry and damaged.
We will look at ways to prevent breakage in my next post. I hope this post was helpful?