Stop Your Hair Breakage Now!

woman looking at her hair(BlackDoctor.org) — Black hair. It can be so beautiful when it’s cared for. But what’s one of the absolute, number one complaints of most Black woman, regardless of whether their hair is relaxed or natural? How to stop so many little pieces of that hair from ending up in the sink, on the pillowcase, on the back collar of a shirt, etc.

To maintain healthier and stronger hair that sees less breakage, there are five primary things you need to do:

Keep Your Hair Clean. Shampoo your hair as needed. If your work out often, work outside or are often in an area where dirt, odors, smoke or excessive residue is in the air, you should shampoo your hair at least once per week. Use shampoos that are suited to your hair type, texture and condition. If your hair is relaxed, color treated, dry or has any other special needs, take extra care to ensure that the shampoo is not only gentle.

Keep Your Hair Strong. Use the right conditioner. If your hair is weak and breaking off, you will need to use a protein based treatment to add strength back to your fragile hair.  Hair is approximately 85-90% protein and will need protein to restore what may have been lost.

Keep Your Hair Moisturized. Always follow a protein treatment with a moisture treatment to soften hair that has been strengthened and often hardened by protein. Your hair needs moisture, particularly when it is exposed to chemical treatments and heat appliances. Use a moisturizing hair dress between shampoos. Deep condition your hair, at least once per week to keep hair soft and flexible. Hair is approximately 10-15 % moisture and when moisture is lost hair become dry and brittle and will surely break off.