Thanks to the coily nature of natural hair, breakage is another inevitable fact. However, excessive breakage is not normal, so if you’re constantly losing large chunks of hair, it might be time to visit your doctor and see if there may be a hormonal imbalance. Otherwise, breakage is usually a sign that we’re doing something that our hair does not agree with. Whether it’s a type of style or the overuse of product, breakage can often be traced back to our mistreatment of the hair.
What To Do About It: Don’t manipulate your hair every day and use protective styles often. Be sure that the protective styles you choose don’t cause harm to the hair with excessive tension and pulling. Likewise, make sure to keep your hair moisturized and to handle it gently with care. Use proper natural hair detangling tools such as a wide-toothed comb. If the breakage continues, make sure to see a dermatologist or endocrinologist to tackle whatever health issues may be causing it.
4. Dull, dry hair
Natural hair is gorgeous and unique—it literally grows toward the sun. Unfortunately, it can be tough to deal with 4B and 4C hair that is prone to dryness.
What To Do About It: If your hair is dull and dry, switch out your regular shampoo for a sulfate-free shampoo. Although sulfates clean the hair well, they often strip the hair of its natural oils. Also ensure that you’re washing your hair with slightly warm water, not hot water, which can dry out your hair. You may also need to cut down your use of chemical treatments or styling products, and amp up your moisturizing routine according to the climate that you live in. During winter time it’s tougher to keep your hair moisturized but investing in a good deep conditioner, some coconut oil and shea butter will keep your locks healthy.
If your hair is constantly dry despite regular moisturizing and the use of sulfate-free shampoos, your diet may be the culprit. It’s important eat increase your intake of foods that are rich in vitamins that promote hair health. Liver, egg yolk, cranberries and many types of fish are rich in biotin and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which promote the hydration of your hair and scalp.
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