Developing a hair regimen is a key way to achieve healthy hair. It requires you to develop a routine of healthy hair practices. But what do you do when something is off in your hair regimen? Even if you have an established hair regimen, there are times when a tweak — or overhaul — may be necessary. Hair grows. Seasons change. Product formulas are altered. And these occurrences may require an adjustment to your natural hair regimen. Here’s how you know you need to make a change… and how you can successfully update your regimen:
Hair is Extremely Dry
Since our hair is so kinky/coily, it is difficult for our natural hair sebum to reach the ends of our hair. For this reason, moisturizing your hair should be a key focus of your hair regimen. If you notice that your hair feels very dry and brittle, then you should take special attention to moisturizing your hair.
Style Results Are Not Consistent
Have you tried your usual twistout — same products, same method — but they no longer come out right? Then it may be time to revisit your hair regimen. As seasons change, your may need a different regimen to achieve optimum results. Also, as your hair grows the porosity of your hair may change due to wear and tear on your hair. Your hair’s needs change over time, so your hair regimen should change as well.
Excessive Shedding and Breakage
The tell-tale sign that your hair regimen needs an update is…damage. If you notice that your hair is shedding more than usual, then it is time to make a change.
If you are experiencing excessive shedding (not related to hormonal issues) then consider eating a more balanced diet and/or spend more time cleaning and nourishing your hair.
If your hair is breaking a lot, then take a look at your moisture/protein balance. If your hair is dry and brittle, then update your wash and moisturizing regimen. If you hair is limp, then try a protein treatment. If you suspect mechanical damage, then re-evaluate your detangling methods and heat usage.
Its Thinning or balding
This always big cause for alarm. If you have thinning edges you are putting too much tension on that fragile hair and that could be from braids that are too tight, wearing headbands too often that are pulling at your edges or from wigs or weaves. The bottom-line: stop!
Your hair needs time to breathe between added hair applications like weaves whether glued or sewn. Your hair needs a break from tight styles like braids too. Thinning hair or bald spots is a huge sign that your hair is struggling so rescue it!
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Hormones can be the culprit for thinning hair too from using birth control or even menopause and although all women will deal with thinning hair sometimes in their lives there are ways to combat it. I know I sound like a broken record but eating right, exercising, drinking plenty of water AND annual check-ups are important in a healthy body and healthy hair.
You have tons of split ends – It is time for a trim and maybe you need to lay off the heat or harsh color. You have to look at your hair and determine if it’s needs a trim, a protein treatment or a deep conditioning. Being natural does not mean you do NOTHING with your hair. It still needs TLC and routine maintenance. It also needs a break from heat applications so lower your setting, ALWAYS use a heat protectant and give your hair a break between straight styles.
SEE ALSO: 10 Ways To Prevent Split Ends
Ultimately, if you are not happy with your hair, then it’s time to make a change. If you’re not happy, your hair isn’t happy. Dry, damaged hair, that won’t achieve it’s regular styles are tell-tale signs that something is wrong with your regimen.
How do you know when your hair regimen needs tweaking?