Some Common Causes of Hair Breakage
Aside from the usually suspects i.e over manipulations, dryness and damage here are 11 Cause of Breakage.
2) Styling on wet or drenched hair: Hair is most fragile when wet or drenched with water. Styling the hair in this state may lead to mechanical breakage. Depending on the manipulation required for the desired style, it may be better to wait until the hair is damp or damp-dry.
3) Diet low in protein: Hair largely consists of protein (i.e., keratin) which is built from amino acids extracted from foods we put into our body. A diet low in protein can translate into weaker, thinner hair strands (and thus breakage) or even hair loss. Mitigate this issue by incorporating more nuts, chicken, fish, and beans into your diet.
4) Diet low in zinc, iron, and/or Vitamin B-12: A deficiency in any of these nutrients can result in weaker strands (and thus breakage) or even hair loss. Taking a good multivitamin on a daily basis can ensure that you are receiving a sufficient amount of these nutrients. If you are severely deficient in zinc or iron (e.g., anemia), I highly recommend that you see a doctor.
5) Use of sulfate shampoos: Certain sulfate shampoos (e.g., shampoos containing SLS and ALS) can be harsh on the hair thus weakening the strands. Switching to a more gentle sulfate shampoo or a natural shampoo can mitigate this issue.
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I have 4c African hair and I have a problem with thinning I guess. The left side of my hair is much thinner and gets tangled more then the right side of my hair. I do the same things on each side but some how the left side is much thinner and the tangles don’t help it. I can easily detangle the right side (with a wide tooth comb) but the left side takes forever trying to detangle it so that there’s minimal breakage. It’s mostly the single strand knots that happen on the left side, but there are so many more then the right side, I just don’t know what to do. Do you think it’s just my hair, or is it something I’m doing?
Laquana Hoard says
How can I let my hair go natural