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How To Reduce Hair Shedding on Natural Hair

They say that we lose 100 hair per day. but when your natural, it seems like so much more. We can actually make shedding worse through excessive manipulation that puts stress on the scalp. Or using the wrong hair tools. Natural and curly hair is also prone to breakage which results in more hair loss

Shedding is of key interest because we are supposed to lose about 100 hairs a day as part of the hairs natural process. Together with kinky or curly natural hair, it can seem exacerbated. This may be because some people shed more than others.

Notably, I couldn't distinguish between breakage and shedding. I am positive that I’m not the only one. So here is a quick breakdown if you are struggling.

How To Reduce Hair Shedding on Natural Hair

What does shedding look like?

  • Shed hair should be the same length as your hair
  • It has a white bulb at the base of the strand because it fell from your scalp
  • The bulb colour is white because Melanie production ceases when the shed hair is about to fall.
  • If you don't see or at least feel a white bulb then this is breakage instead

As an illustration, here is what my shedding looked like before vs now! I still have some ways to go. Generally, your shedding will appear more if you've been protective styling over a few weeks.

Why shedding is inevitable

It is important to understand that shedding is part of the bodies process. I can’t be manipulated by external factors like breakage. Where you can levitate it by adding protein or moisture. Your shed hair has a cycle to complete. The following factors can significantly increase shedding.

Factors that increase shedding

  • Stress
  • Hormones/ Menopause
  • Illness
  • Pregnancy
  • Diet
  • Telogen Effluvium (hair loss that results in hair thinning)

Here are some tips anyway

Less Manipulation!

Excessive hair manipulation can increase shedding.

I now keep my ends tucked away in a nice simple style that stops me from constantly touching my hair. I also avoid styles that require so much manipulation such as wash and go's and cornrow styles. Simply because I haven't perfected them yet and this places stress on my scalp.

Finger Detangling

I never understood how to finger detangle for the most part of my journey. Now I start at the ends and remove any tangles with top parts of my fingers. I personally never try to actually run my hands through my fingers because it is so coarse and often dry resulting in breakage.

I simply take a medium section of hair. I gently separate it into smaller sections whilst removing tangles. Once I have done this, I then use my wide-tooth comb. This process removes a lot of shed hair for me. I never use brushes on my hair anymore. As I feel like I end up ripping out at of hair.

What now?

Once you have tried the different and now understand the basics of shedding. Make sure you take comparison pictures within a similar timeline to gauge whether your shedding has reduced. Try to also note down other factors such as your diet and stress levels in that particular period.

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