Do you lose clumps of hair regularly and don’t know why? Are you tired of trying new products and noticing that the clumps are just getting bigger, instead of smaller? What about when you comb your hair. Do you notice after removing your hairstyle, the shedding is so much it can create a “small wig”. We get embarrassed about this and it’s something that we don’t like to share with others because we feel like it’s out of control and can’t be fixed. However, that’s nonsense because we can tell the shed “girl bye” since there are ways for us to get rid of it and it’s something that we as people all suffer from.
Especially if you are transitioning back to being completely natural. Shedding is like that annoying family member you have, who eats all of your food when they come over. You want to avoid seeing them because you know your fridge is going to be empty once they leave but you can’t avoid seeing them because they’re your family. The funny thing is the same concept can be applied to hair shedding. It’s something that can’t be stopped but is something that we can control and reduce as a whole. Meaning instead of losing clumps of hair every time you comb your hair, you’ll end up losing a few strands at a time which is completely normal.
So What Are Some Things We Can Do to Fight Against This
- Have a moisturizing routine, since depending on if your hair type falls under 4a, b or c, moisture can be easily lost within your hair. I know for me, I fall under 4b and my hair can be dry one day and moist the next. However, it’s not consistent. I know that I need to continuously moisturize my hair, but it’s something I tend to forget to do especially after a long day of work or school. I’m sure many of you can agree with me on this. So it’s something that we need to get into the habit of doing, especially since we are committed to this natural healthy hair journey. One of the methods that are most commonly used is the LOC method. This is when you use liquids, oils, or creams to hydrate your hair. So we need to remember that maintaining maximum hydration is one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce breakage
- Minimize your hair’s heat intake. I know this may be hard for some of us to do but reducing the number of times you straighten or blow-dry your hair will make a big difference when looking at the amount of hair you shed. The reason being is excessive heat will change the structure of your hair and cause the strands to become weaker and the curl patterns to become straighter over time. You have to remember that weaker strands will not only tangle more but will split, then break off, eventually increasing the amount of hair shed you have.
- Know what’s in your products. Hair products contain a lot of different ingredients and your hair may have a negative reaction to them. Some examples of harsh chemicals that will cause hair loss are paraben, sulfate, silicone, or formaldehyde. So remember knowing what’s in your products can help you find the source of what is causing your extreme hair loss.
- Avoid over brushing and combing your hair. Meaning, try to do styles that are long-lasting and do not require you to comb or style your hair daily. Over-manipulation of the hair can cause breakage since this requires you to consistently pull and tug on your hair.
- Avoid detangling wet & dry hair. Your hair is at its weakest point when it’s wet & when it’s completely dry. So try detangling your hair while it’s damp or after applying your leave-in conditioner, hair cream, or hair mask, depending on what phase you’re in within your hair routine.
- Always wear a silk bonnet or satin scarf on your head prior to laying down. This will allow your hair to be protected and will also reduce the friction between your hair and your cotton pillowcase. Just remember friction can lead to breakage and hair shedding.
- Try to take hair vitamins like Fish oil, Biotin, Folic Acid, Collagen, Vitamin C & E, or Multi-Vitamins. If you’re wondering why you should do this, remember that vitamins help to fight off free radicals, which can cause damage to the scalp and impede new growth. So try to take one a day. If you don’t trust my recommendations then do your own research to see which vitamins will work best for you.
- Remember to trim your hair regularly. Trimming your hair will not only make it look healthier, but it will also make the hair easier to comb because you are no longer having to worry about those dead ends interlocking with each other, and making your life miserable. So remember, the easier your hair is to comb, the less breakage your hair will go through.
- Lastly, avoid over-processing your hair. Meaning, try not to color your hair regularly or perm it. Over-processing will not only change your porosity type, but it can make the hair look dry, frizzy, malnourished, and eventually cause the hair to begin shedding.
Now What Are Some Oils that Will Work to Stop or Minimize Breakage
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Oil
- Argan Oil
- Chamomile Oil
- Acai Berry Oil
- Maracuja Oil [ Passionfruit Oil]
- Grapeseed Oil
These oils can be applied to your current cosmetic products or you can create your own DIY product with these ingredients. If you are a hair mask person, then taking one or two of these oils and mixing them with butter like mango, aloe, or shea butter is an easy way to create an anti-breakage hair treatment. Also mixing these ingredients will let you create an anti-breakage grease if you currently have coconut oil in its solid form. Lastly, you can apply these oils to your hair as a deep oil treatment, if you are looking to find an easy way to prevent breakage.
So that’s it. Don’t forget to like, share or leave a comment, if you found this post to be helpful. Also, check out our video on how our coconut hair cream helped me undo my old twist without shedding. Plus be on the lookout for our all-natural product line launching this April. In addition to that don’t forget to subscribe to this page for more content like this and follow us on all social media. Lastly stay tuned for more posts on hair woes, how natural products work for natural hair and the benefits of essential oils.