A lovely reader writes: what is causing breakage on my heat styled hair?
Response: Without researching every product and technique within your regimen, my thoughts are:
1) Your moisturizer may not be properly moisturizing your hair. Dry hair=breaking hair. Moisturizers should be water-based as rule of thumb. Meaning, water should be the first ingredient. Oils do not moisturize. I repeat, oils do not moisturize! So, using an oil-based product would not properly moisturize your hair. Yes, I know many swear oil-based products moisturize their hair BUT as a general rule, they are not considered moisturizers. If the first ingredient is water…this is a water-based moisturizer. If the first ingredient is an oil…this is an oil-based product and would work best as a sealant.
2) You may have protein / moisture imbalance. Balancing protein and moisture can be tricky but most would argue that relaxed hair requires more protein and less moisture than natural hair.
I always do a mild protein treatment followed by an intense moisturizing treatment to ensure my hair has strength and really good moisture. This ensures heat doesn’t rob my hair of the moisture it needs to remain shiny, bouncy, hydrated and healthy.
3) Heat damage. Failing to properly protect the hair with a heat protectant is a no! Make sure you’re using heat on the lowest possible setting to achieve your results to lessen the possibility of heat damage.
4) Product buildup. When was the last time you clarified & chelated? Clarifying removes product buildup and chelating removes mineral buildup, both can block moisture.
5) Over manipulation. Handling the hair too often and too rough will cause breakage regardless of how the hair is styled.
6) Over using product. Using too much product or using product that is too thick or too heavy will cause strands to snap because the hair is weighed down.
As you can see, the reasons for breakage are far and wide and I’m only scratching the surface. I didn’t even touch on the subjects of leave-ins, damaged ends, etc. I recommend analyzing your products and techniques, develop a plan of action and tweak things one by one until you figure out the culprit of the breakage. Tweaking too much at once will leave you equally as confused…just trust me on that.
A lovely reader writes: I need some help moisturizing my new growth because it is always dry. I have tried using my Elasta Qp but my new growth is still dry. Any suggestions?
Response: Check out my article, Simple Fixes for Dry New Growth. A lot of times, it seems to be all about how you apply the moisturizer more so than what you apply. The new growth tends to get overlooked and neglected because it’s hard to get down to that area. Therefore, I apply moisturizers using the relaxer method when focusing on my new growth. If my hair is feeling extremely dry, I will baggy for a few hours to get some good hydration going. Using an applicator tip bottle filled with your favorite product is a great way to apply and spread products with thinner consistency like a hair lotion. If your moisturizer is thicker, try diluting a small portion of it with water. Be sure to dilute it in the applicator tip bottle and not the original product. Adding water to your original product will increase the potential for mold. Spray moisturizers are also perfect for concentrating on the new growth without causing a lot of manipulation.
What are your tips for resolving breakage & dryness?