Let’s get straight into it. Hair Breakage. That’s most women’s nightmare…*chuckles* and some men too.
So you say your hair is breaking. The Back to Health Challenge will deal with that, but let’s look at the meaning behind hair breakage.
Hair breakage isn’t necessarily breakage in the true sense of the word. There’s shedding and then there’s actual breakage. I’ve talked about this in different forums, so let me give you a concise meaning so that we can get into the – what-do-I-do-with-this-information- mode.
Shedding: I couldn’t have put this better myself –‘In its truest sense, shed hair is hair that has reached the end of its growing cycle and naturally falls from the scalp along with its tiny, white “root” attached. This is not the actual hair root that is secured deeply within your scalp, but it is the base of the hair strand found on the scalp-end. It appears white because the hair stops producing melanin (color) at the point in its growth cycle right before it gets ready to fall. If your actual hair root came out along with the hair, you would no longer be able to produce hair from that same place on the scalp ever again! If a hair does not possess this white root bulb, then it is not a naturally shed hair, rather, a broken one. Shed hair tends to be longer in length than broken hairs which are generally short pieces of varying lengths.’ Audrey Sivastothy
Hair follicles work in cycles to produce hair as part of their normal process. In healthy / normal scalps, 90% of the hair is in growth phase 9% is in slow growth phase and 1% is in the rest phase. The rest phase is when hair starts to shed. When a hair is shed, it is replaced by a new hair from the same follicle located just beneath the skin surface. Shedding 50 to 100 hairs a day is considered normal due to your natural growth process.
In general, shedding is a sign that you are going through your normal follicle hair growth process. If you notice a considerable amount of hair loss, with patches missing, immediately consult a medical professional.
Breakage: Hair that is forcibly removed / torn off through combing, pony-tying, catching onto your clothes, excessively dry hair, lace front wigs … the list is endless. In other words, hair breakage is not a natural process. If your hair is breaking, you will notice short strands of hair on your comb. Usual concern is when a lot of it is breaking (it’s normal to see 50-100 strands after each comb, and that’s only of shedding hair). So hair breakage is a real problem. A real problem that can be stopped! *Madiba Dance*
How you ask? If you haven’t already, try out Phro’s Castor Oil Challenge which seeks to replace what you currently use, with products that work for ‘our delicate kinky hair’ (relaxed, texlaxed, permed, natural). It’s a scalp to tip treatment that will address problems from flaky dry scalp to damaged hair. If you’re already on the challenge, perhaps it’s time to man-up and enhance that with Phro’s Back to Health Challenge. This addresses everything you do to your hair from shampoo to moisturizing.
Hope this answered a few questions. Always happy to answer more…