Why I think my hair is breaking

split endsLately, my hair has been breaking. I’ve mentioned it here, here , and here. I have this habit of trying to solve problems and when I do, I need to figure out why the problem is happening and then I can develop a plan to fix it. This breakage is a terrible. I have really bad split ends and there’s some breakage at my crown.

Here are some of the reasons why I think my hair is breaking.

  • I kept my previous weave installation in too long. Normally, I keep it in for a maximum of 5 weeks. This last install was in for about 7 weeks. Other people can keep them in for more than 2 months. However, I am not one of them. My laziness also did not help with this breakage. While I had the weave in, I barely moisturized my own hair.  This was a recipe for disaster and I think my hair suffered for it.
  • Since I wasn’t moisturizing my hair, my lines of demarcation were not maintained. I have about 3 or 4 different textures in my hair. They vary from bone straight to texlaxed to underprocessed to new growth. All these points are potential places for breakage if they are not taken care of properly.  

My Plan

  • Trim about and inch or 2 at my touch up next week
  • Have touch up done at a salon. My last few relaxers have been under processed. This makes it a bit difficult to style and I think I’m handling my hair roughly. I’m a bit nervous about this because I haven’t gone to a salon for a touch up in over 2 years.
  • Increase moisture in my hair. I will try to use the products I already have. I will try to moisturize every other day and use moisture based deep conditioners more often. I will also incorporate protein at least once a month to maintain balance. I will also try to co-wash at least bi-weekly. Based on my earlier hair journals, Organics tea tree oil works well.
  • Protective styling. I may use a wig or another weave. However, this time around I will need to be vigilant about moisturizing and not keeping it in past 5 weeks.

I think I have a decent plan to combat this breakage. Having this on the blog will help me be accountable to sticking to it.

Have you had to contend with breakage? What did you do to fix it?


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