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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hair Tips | Preventing And Repairing Crown Breakage

Hair Tips | Preventing And Repairing Crown Breakage

Since my crown breakage fiasco, I decided to concentrate more on the health of my crown hair. Seriously, when I took out my protective style during that time, I was so sad and actually angry that my hair had broken off there. I was not sure where to start...then I began to look up "breakage."

I mostly found information on breakage at the nape and baby hairs/edges hair line. So I decided to apply the same tips, tests, and information to the breakage at my crown. Here are the tips I applied to my crown breakage:

Porosity Test

The first thing I did was the porosity test to determine what steps I would need to take next. My hair porosity is normally low, but we shall check what it is today.

Porosity: the ability for your hair strands to retain moisture. Here is how to test for porosity:
  1. Get shedding hair strands - Get from brush or shower wall (after washing)
  2. Get a cup of water - Use a clear cup/glass to see your hair strands from all sides
  3. Float your hair in the water - Place (not push) your hair on top of the water
  4. Observe what happens for 2 minutes
    1. Low - strand floats and does not sink at all
    2. Medium - strand sinks slowly to the bottom
    3. High/Porous - strand sinks quickly to the bottom
Porosity Test

When I checked the porosity of my crown breakage I found that it was high porosity. My crown breakage was very damaged. So then I went to figure out what products I use and how I care for my hair.

Section Crown Separately

During my usual wash regimen, I tend to separate my hair in four sections (detangle, washing, prepping, and styling) to keep my hair manageable. Lately, I have noticed that the crown of my head has been very sensitive to the touch. I even use claws clicks and duckbill clips to section the same parts to keep the hair separated, which definitely contributes to my crown being sensitive.

So I have evaluated that instead of separating my hair into four sections, I do five sections – with adding the crown/middle section. This will allow that area to not be sensitive and less prone to mechanical damage.

Stay Clear Of Combs And Brushes

I'm definitely one to have my natural hair stretched and detangled for the next style while using my Denman brush or parting with my fine tooth comb. When constantly using a comb or brush, there is more and more mechanical damage happening to my hair - especially the ends. Sometimes when I'm using my hair tools, I do hear a *snap* that causes me to die inside. Or when I decide to wear an Afro puff for the day, I use my pick. I absolutely know I "over-fluffed" and "over-picked" my hair by the way my ends look limp and lifeless during the day.

So I have evaluated that finger detangling is the best way to care for and style your hair. When finger detangling, I'm able to feel the knots completely to ease it's way out, instead of ripping through my hair with a comb or brush.

Apply Products Thoroughly

When applying product to my hair, I usually go from my hairline-nape, and outer hair. I tend to forget to moisturize and seal the middle section of my hair. This would cause my crown to be very dry, especially when it's time to wash my hair.

So I have evaluated that with sectioning the crown separately, I will continue with the LOC method (Aloe vera juice,  hair and body oil,  Shea-Hibiscus Crème) thoroughly, especially in the crown area to help with keep my hair moisturized and the breakage at bay.

No Tight Styles

I absolutely love my crochet braids and Senegalese twists!! However, I must be mindful of how often I would get my hair braided and how tight the style would be. Even when I do my own crochet braids, I tend to make the corn row EXTRA-TIGHT because I want to keep the style as long as possible and I don't want anything slipping out prematurely. However, when your braids are too tight, that can cause serious breakage over time - especially for Senegalese twists as different styles are done during the duration of the wear.

Hair Styles For Senegalese Twists 

Besides the tight styles, I would neglect to moisturize my hair during the wear. I would definitely add oil to easy the itchy. However, I wouldn't add water or a light moisturizer thinking my hair would frizz up. BUT!!! That is the absolute worst thing to do!

The Journey Of FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids 

So I have evaluated that I need to make sure I let my stylist (or myself) know to keep the styles at ease on my scalp. My crown tends to be the most sensitive when styling, so I need to make sure that gets communicated well.

I did these tips for 3 months and saw that not only was my crown breakage non-existent, but there was thickness in my crown area as well. Before I could feel my scalp at my crown, but now I feel lots of growth and thickness!

Natural hair says: There is no gimmick with this! Try doing a hair challenge  or use the hair tips above for 3 months and document your journey weekly. You will definitely notice a difference in your hair at the end of the challenge.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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