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5 ways to reduce natural hair damage and breakage

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Even if you take the most loving care of your hair, some form of mechanical damage is inevitable. The mere acts of just washing and styling our hair can lead to a minimal amount of breakage, no matter how cautious we are. I’m sure we all know by now that  moisture is key to natural hair. Without the necessary moisture, our hair becomes dry and brittle, which leads to breakage. However here are five practices to be weary of  if you’re still experiencing excessive breakage.

1. Do not use heat (excessively)

Frequent and  high temperature use of heat are going to lead to heat damage. There’s just no getting around it. So make sure that you use heat as little as possible throughout your regime, and if you can’t do away with it completely, use a heat protectant and set the dryer on a low heat setting.

2. Stay away from the chemicals 

Chemicals such as relaxers and the like break down the protein bonds of the individual hair strands. It can also cause severe burns to the scalp. In addition, hair dyes are extremely drying to the hair. It’s possible to limit all this damage through regular protein and deep conditioning treatments both before and after the chemical processes, but ultimately some form of damage and breakage is unavoidable.

3. NEVER dry comb / detangle your hair

If you’re always trying to detangle or comb your hair while it’s dry, you best believe you’re going to experience breakage galore. Adding water or a moisturising product such as conditioner – along with an oil for an even smoother experience – will soften the individual hair strands and make them more flexible, enabling you to glide through those tangles.

4. Avoid constant restyling

It’s simple: The more you manipulate the hair, the more susceptible it is to damage and breakage. So it stands to reason if you only style your hair once every few days or weeks, you’re likely to experience less breakage simply because you’re not constantly handling your hair.

5. Don’t be scared of protein

As hair comprises 90% protein, it makes sense that we should replace  the protein lost to manipulation and damage. This doesn’t necessarily mean doing an intensive protein treatment. If you’ve consistently been looking after your hair, it can be as simple as regularly adding strengthening ingredients into your routine. Examples  include plain yoghurt, avocado, egg  and my personal favourite,  coconut oil, which is highly effective in reducing  protein loss.

These steps have all worked collectively to ensure that my hair stays healthy and strong. Let me know if there are any other ways to prevent damage and breakage to our natural hair that I can add on to this list?

Thanks so much for reading and love your hair,




  1. Allarice
    September 11, 2014 / 3:31 am

    I LOVE an avocado treatment for protein replenishment! It’s cheap, always in my house and certainly does the trick!

  2. September 11, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    how informative thanks for this was a bit scared of protein but will give it a try

    • September 11, 2014 / 5:56 pm

      As long as you incorporate it in a gentle way I think it works really well. I’ve never done any hardcore protein treatments, only DIY mixes and some light protein conditioners, and my hair is doing great. Let me know if you give it a try.

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