A lovely reader writes: what is causing breakage on my heat styled hair?
My response: There could be a number of reasons that range from improper combing and styling, product buildup, products not agreeing with your hair to protein / moisture imbalance.
Protein is required to strengthen the hair and help it hold on to moisture. When protein and moisture is imbalanced, problems arise in the form of breakage which is caused by over moisturization or dryness.
You can attempt the wet strand test to gauge if you hair is balanced or imbalanced. A wet strand test is to be completed on damp, cleansed hair. It’s accomplished by gently tugging on a shed hair. If it’s springy, the hair is balanced. If it breaks easily, moisture is required. If it’s gummy and stretches excessively, protein is required. Do know, this test may not be 100% accurate because it has failed me in the past. However, it’s better than nothing and can give you a better idea than what the guessing game provides.[divider]
A lovely reader writes: I need some help moisturizing my new growth because it always dry. I have tried using my Elasta QP but my new growth is still dry. Any suggestions?
My Response: First and foremost, make sure you’re using a moisturizer that works for your hair! It should be a staple product, not a new product you’re trying for the first time.
Moisturizer should be applied with using the relaxer method to ensure it gets deep down in the new growth. You can then baggy (place a plastic cap over your hair after applying product) for a few hours to get some good hydration going. I really like Aubrey Organics White Camellia as a moisturizer for baggying. It really gives my hair great hydration. It never fails me!