For those suffering with hair issues in the center of your head, this area always seems to be the driest, the kinkiest, the hardest to comb, and breakage comes easy. Does this sound like you? Well, I know exactly what you are going through because I have been there. This is why I have come up with 5 Ways To Prevent Breakage in the Middle of Your Head
In fact, in the beginning of my journey I did not use the proper techniques for handling this situation and this caused me to experience bad breakage in the center of my head. It was so bad that I just had to go to salon and get me a cut. My front and back portion of my hair were about 8 inches in length while my crown was only at about 3 inches.
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Needless to say, it looked a hot mess and there was no way I was going to walk around like that. My hair was cut into layers for a more natural look which I have maintained to this day.
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Hopefully your scenario has not gotten this bad, but if it has getting your hair cut by a professional is the best thing you can do.
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To give your crown the best care and prevent breakage follow these tips:
- When you moisturize or condition give this area of your hair give it a little more love. This area of your hair may require more nutrients than the rest of your hair and it will be up to you to quench its thirst.
- Wear a scarf at night,Especially if you tend to sleep on your back like me, this will mat your hair like a pancake which can contributes a great deal to mid-section breakage.
- Twist or braid your hair at night to prevent the hair from matting. How you style your hair at night is important. It is not a good idea to sleep with your hair out and undone if you have a hair texture that is prone to matting. For a more simple solution you can pineapple your hair by putting it into one or two high ponytails.
- I know detangling sessions can get tiring but as your hair grows out you will need to keep tangles at bay and you will want to make sure this area is detangled well. SEE ALSO: Detangling
- In general too much heat, is not good for any part of your hair. However, if you notice that you experiencing breakage in this area you will want to make sure you are using very little to no heat on your crown as heat can make breakage problems worse.
According to Shanti Mayers of Around the Way Curls:
“Come to the realization that the hair in your center is simply a different texture than the rest. Just because it is thinner or more coarse does not make it a death sentence. It requires you treat it more attentively and gently. The troublesome area should become where your attention is focused rather than the bothersome afterthought. A gentle habit to consider is always finger detangling rather than raking a comb through your hair. If you are suffering from extreme dryness make sure your moisturizing regime is solid. Look for a leave in conditioner that is best for your area that is suffering the worst which is the minority rather than focusing on the benefits of the majority of your hair. Remember that moisturizing is a two step process; moisture first and sealing second.”
She has a great article about this topic entitled, How to Deal with Problematic Hair in the Center of Your Head.
More moisture, gentle detangling, and protective night time care will help you to keep problem hair in the center of your head in check. Keep in mind that it is quite possible to have two hair types on one head, which will require that you give your crown specialized treatment. If you hair has already experienced excessive damage, get a hair cut, start fresh, and use these preventive measures.