I know I promised to post about Terminal growth, but i had some concerns.
So I recently took down my braids. When I was combing through the hair, I noticed there was so much hair left on my comb. Not something major but something unusual because I noticed it. So I had to research and figure out if my natural hair growth journey was in trouble. So the first thing i had to figure out is whether my hair was breaking or shedding.
So here are the differences.
Shedding: shed hair is hair that has reached the end of its growing cycle and naturally falls from the scalp along with its tiny, white “root” attached. This is not the actual hair root that is secured deeply within your scalp, but it is the bulb root or base of the hair strand found on the scalp-originating end. It appears white because the hair stops producing melanin (color) at the point in its growth cycle right before it gets ready to fall. Shedding should not be a major concern for you and should be seen as a sign of a healthy, normal, functioning scalp.
Breaking: Breakage is not natural, and is an indication of an imbalance of important forces within the hair strand. Broken hairs do not fall naturally from the head, but are typically a sign of mishandling or abuse. In the stages before a hair ultimately breaks, the hair first becomes discolored and experiences cuticle loss. Eventually, the fibers begin to split and ultimately there is breakage.
(Source Black Girl Long Hair)
So basically one is normal and the other is not.
Knowing the causes of hair breakage is important, to me at least. Hair breaks because it is weakened and damaged by:
- Too much rough handling. : protective styling a must. keep your fingers out of your hair. Braids that are too tight, and different styling will also cause your hair to break. (Next weeks post). Be careful when detangling your hair when its too dry or too et. make sure your hair is damp, rake through with your fingers first before putting a comb in there.
- Straightening, relaxing, coloring I.e, heat and chemicals will weaken your hair structure, especially the old hair that is found at the ends. I know some can’t resist, they want that long Pocahontas, hair in the wind thing but it comes t a cost. Solution to it is make your peace, or find a healthy regiment for your hair that will allow you to indulge in this. (I am currently doing research for my sister’s hair. She is relaxed and puts heat on her hair every two weeks. Look out for it in mid-nov. Not much info for relaxed hair as natural hair online)
- Mother nature. She is not your friend. That wind will get in your hair and leave it a tangled mess, that sun will have no mercy and dry out your hair. Quick fix, hold your hair back and wear a hat. Also moisturize, moisturize and moisturize. (Know more)
We obviously cannot escape from hair breakage, so try to minimize the breakage as much as possible. Be as gentle as possible when handling and working with your tresses. Only handle it with clean, smooth, well manicured hands. No hang nails, or rough dry callouses! Gently maneuver your way through tough tangles and keep your hair soft and moisturized daily. Tie your hair up at night to protect your strands from your nighttime tossing and turning. Treat your hair with care and you will see less hair where it isn’t supposed to be! BGLH.
Enjoy your weekend.
Its Nairobi Fashion Market this weekend. Sadly no pictures until Fashion Friday next week.
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