Keziah Dhamma’s Tips to Prevent Breakage on Natural Hair
1. Hydrate! Don’t make the mistake of using shea butter and oils before you’ve used water.
This can cause dryness and breakage from the lack of hydration. Let the water soak into your strands first, and then you can use oils to moisturize IF your hair is in a healthy, hydrated state.
2. Use the right hair ties.
Avoid trying to squeeze your thick, curly hair into drug store elastic bands. Using tight bands can cause split ends and broken strands. Use soft hair ties that will give you the long, healthy natural hair you want.
3. Apply deep conditioner to your strands at least twice per month.
Deep conditioning allows your hair to really soak up nutrition. A good deep conditioning treatment will make your hair more moisturized and less prone to breakage.
4. Wear a head bonnet at night.
Friction from a cotton pillowcase can cause breakage. You may not see broken strands on your bedding in the morning, but they will show up on wash day. Wear a satin bonnet or silk scarf at night to reduce breakage and preserve your hairstyle for the next day.
5. Use products with gentle ingredients.
Using products that contain harsh chemicals can easily lead to dryness and eventual breakage. Avoid sulfates, formaldehyde, petroleum, parabens, some alcohols, and synthetic fragrances. Opt for natural, chemical-free products to keep your hair in the best condition.