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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hair break, so sad!!!!.... Cure!!! JB hair blog

There is a difference between hair breakage and hair shedding. Hair shedding, is a natural occurrence (losing 50-150 hairs a day is nothing to worry about) while hair breakage is when the hair shaft actually splits, frays, or breaks off, leaving you with a shorter piece of hair. Hair breakage can be caused by internal factors, like vitamin deficiency, or external factors, such as chemical treatments. Want to get rid of breakage today? Read on for some do-it-yourself cures.


1) If your hair is breaking left and right, start with a nourishing deep conditioner to strengthen your strands and prevent further splitting or breaking. As I mentioned in my hot oil post, pour half a cup of almond, avocado, coconut, jojoba or olive oil in a Ziploc bag and put it in a bowl of warm water. Be VERY cautious, as oil heats up extremely quickly. Pinch a hole at one end of the bag and apply this warm (not hot!) oil to your scalp and massage down your strands. Put on a treatment/shower cap or wrap your hair in a plastic wrap and a big towel, and leave on for half an hour. Then shampoo.

2) Mash one avocado in a bowl with a fork/potato masher (add more or less depending on the length of your hair). Apply this on your hair like a mask, put on a treatment/shower cap and leave on for a half hour. You can add a tablespoon of honey or oil, or even a whole egg yolk, for extra moisturizing properties.

3) Break open five to six capsules of vitamin E (by all means use more or less depending on the condition of your hair). Rub this directly on your hair to mend split ends, or mix the vitamin E oil with your regular shampoo or conditioner and use as you normally would. Repeat this treatment (or any of the other conditioning remedies) every week for a month for natural hair and twice or once a month for locks.

Avoid Harsh Treatments
For hair that is breaking due to external factors, you'll need to revise your hair routine until your hair health is restored. Start by shampooing hair less frequently--try two times a week for natural hair and once every two weeks/month for locks(depending on your hair condition) . Shampoo strips away the natural oils of your hair and dries it out.

Forgo all heat styling. Yes, it may sound like agony, but heat is one of the biggest causes of breakage around. Find a style that works with the natural texture of your hair that does not require heat. Wear your hair up if you need to. Just give it a break from all those blow driers or hair dryers.

Avoid chemical treatments unless you want to worsen the breakage. This means that permanents like coloring is off the menu. If you can't survive without your signature red locks, try natural dyes like henna or beet root to give your hair a subtler version of the color you crave.

Finally, if your hair continues to break get a haircut! This is one of the best way to cure weak ends, split or frayed ends and to keep them from traveling further up the shaft. Trim your hair regularly to keep breakage from occurring.

Make sure you're getting enough of the following nutrients in your daily diet: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin E, iron (don't take iron supplements with vitamin E, though, as it hinders absorption), zinc, copper and silica.

If you're not sure about your diet, here are some hair super-foods. Supplement your lunch with these, and look for a difference: nuts (sunflower, walnut, almond), flaxseed oil, eggs, liver and dark leafy greens. You may also check out my on the menu for healthy hair post

Hope this helped. If you try these homemade remedies and still experience hair breakage, you may need to visit a dermatologist.
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