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Why Your Natural Hair May Be Breaking Off- Have You Tried This?- AQ Online

Why Your Natural Hair May Be Breaking Off- Have You Tried This?

Breakage in natural hair is one of the most painful things! I

It's that horrible feeling you brush or manipulate your hair and you see those little pieces of broken hair everywhere.

It can be the single cause of a hair plateau and contributor to why we can't retain length. Read more now at AQ Online.

Breakage in natural hair is one of the most painful things!

It's that horrible feeling you brush or manipulate your hair and you see those little pieces of broken hair everywhere.

It can be the single cause of a hair plateau and contributor to why we can't retain length.

I recently reflected on my natural hair journey and reviewed my hair pictures from 5 years ago and made the conscious decision to start taking extra care with my natural hair.

I realised that my hair could've been down my back by now if it hadn't been through so many step backs which were 85% my fault.

During my recent wash day, I decided to reduce the amount of brushing I did to see what would happen. Normally I pre-poo with my favourite African pride Pre-poo by gently finger detangling. Before using my new holy grail, the Tangle Teezer brush which I swapped for my Raking comb as I felt that it wasn't smoothing my hair and really detangling my roots, a major problem I have.

The Problem

After Pre-pooing, I tend to go on with my normal routine but the problem is that I over detangle my hair at every stage so my wash day goes like this.

I apply my shampoo and detangle whilst rinsing out said shampoo, I then apply my deep conditioner and detangle my hair after 40 minutes. After this, I apply my leave in conditioner and detangle once again following with my defining cream where guess what? I detangle AGAIN- I think you get the point.

You may be thinking that this is overkill and I am starting to think the same. I have been over manipulating my hair like this for years. At the same time, dealing with severe breakage, perhaps the two are correlated.

After my epiphany moment, I realised that I really do over manipulate my hair when it comes to brushing. Then, I ironically complain about how much hair I lose each wash day and it is a vicious cycle that I intend on breaking.

The Epiphany

However, on my recent wash day, I detangled during my pre-poo stage and then only detangled after I applied my leave in conditioner. To which even I admit may have been excessive but I believe it is a force of habit. After reflecting on all of this, I'm now wondering whether I'm the only natural that does this.

In a sense, I over detangle my hair because I always assume it to be tangled. Perhaps it isn't really tangled at all. Rather that I simply just perceive it to be because I except it to be.

The sad epiphany here is that I'm realising that this is just what happens when you have thick kinky hair. Our hair doesn't 'smooth' out after a good detangling, it still looks puffy and entangled, that doesn't mean it needs necessarily needs to be detangled. Despite this, I am not going to beat myself up too much as I am that bit closer to learning my hair and its ways of operation.

What's Next

Going forward, my new routine will only constant of detangling only at the pre-poo stage and finger detangling afterwards unless a shampoo or conditioner really does me and my hair dirty.

In conclusion, I hope this offered some insight to anyone who also struggles with breakage, maybe using less tools is the key. I have also been on top of my moisture and protein balance which has helped my hair feel stronger but not hard and very moisturised.

 

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