What causes hair damage; 15 Natural Hair practices to avoid.

Are you doing everything right and still experience hair damage? Read on.

Hello mane embracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog & be sure to keep it here for hair care tips & tricks.

Hair damage can be as a result of unhealthy hair care practices, chemical over processing, color, heat & so on. It’s impossible to completely avoid damage because of normal wear and tear but you can manage & minimize damage.

Causes of hair damage.

Heat damage.

Most common type of damage and I’m sure most of us have heard the phrase “the heat isn’t good for your hair.” Heat isn’t all bad for your hair but wrong & excessive use is. Heat damaged hair lacks elasticity, has a loose pattern, feels dry, brittle & easily breaks.

You can avoid heat damage by not using heat on your if you can or use a heat protectant before using any hot tool & keep the heat temperature at minimum.

causes of hair damage
Heat stretched hair.

Improper detangling.

How do you detangle your hair? Snap off the tangles and knots, brush or comb them out? Snapping them off or combing them out without a detangler causes tension on your scalp & weakens your hair. To properly detangle, use a detangler or instant conditioner with a good slip, detangle with your fingers and/or wide tooth comb.

Sheth Naturals Detangler.

Skipping trims.

Split ends and damaged hair ought to go, they give your styles a rugged look and the split ends travel up the hair meaning more damage, knots and tangles. Try when necessary or you can keep dusting your ends every now and then. Wanna know if your hair needs a trim, check out here.

Over manipulation/ daily styling.

The secret to retaining lengthis low manipulation styles and protective styling. What do I mean by over manipulation? Daily brushing, combing, styling and hands on hair syndrome. Over manipulation means always pulling your hair & creating tension on your scalp thus thinning hair and more breakage. Use a wide- tooth comb for combing not a rat tail comb (ideal for hair sectioning.)

Color bleaching.

Color damage occurs due to using strong products, over processing, leaving the color for too long, coloring & overlapping (adding new color on previously colored hair.) Prep your hair before coloring, health first and once colored do both moisture and protein conditioning, you can use a two in one conditioner like Marini 2 in 1 conditioner to moisturize and strengthen your hair and keep your hair moisturized.

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Moisturizing & Deep conditioning.

Do you know your hair porosity type? How often do you moisturize & what do you use to moisturize? To start off, oil isn’t a moisturizer but a sealant. Moisturize regularly with moisturizers/ leave-in conditioners for healthy hair. Dry hair never looked good on anyone & it’s prone to tangles and breakage.

Deep conditioning helps in restoring moisture after cleansing (Deep moisturizing conditioners) and repairs, strengthens & reconstructs the hair structure (Protein treatments/ conditioners) and maintains the moisture- protein balance. Unconditioned hair may appear dry, weak, dull and lifeless.

Protect your hair when sleeping.

Cotton pillowcase and scarf absorb moisture from your hair & the friction between the hair & material weakens your strand causing breakage. Ever noticed the hair at the back or the sides of your head depending on how you sleep looking thinner and shorter than the rest of your hair? Well, the cotton scarf and pillowcase might be the reason and the couch too for those who enjoy lying on the couch for naps or when watching.

How do you protect your hair when sleeping? Use a satin bonnet, scarf or pillowcase and don’t hold the scarf or bonnet too tight.

Tight hairstyles.

I know you’ve heard the tightly held styles last longer but at what cost? Other than a headache & sleepless night, tight hairstyles cause tension to your scalp, weaken your hair, thinning & receding hairline. Avoid holding your hair buns and puffs too tight too. If you feel pain, get a headache or feel tension on your scalp, loosen the style, it’s too tight.

Consistent hair care routine.

I can’t insist enough on the importance of having a consistent hair care routine. The hair care routine should be consistent and healthy. You can have a consistent hair care routine that isn’t healthy or you are skipping essential steps. Hair routine is all about how often you cleanse, condition, moisturize, wear protective styles. Do you have a hair care routine? Is it working for your hair?

Other causes of hair damage;

  • Over washing/ Under washing
  • Aggressively rubbing the towel to dry your hair
  • Brushing & combing dry hair.
  • Holding a small hair patch with a large extension.
  • Chemical damage from relaxers.
  • Using products with harsh ingredients.
  • Scratching your scalp with your nails when cleansing. Use your finger pad instead.

I hope you found this post useful. Let’s catch up on the socials.

Everything Tangles and how to properly detangle Type 4 Natural Hair.

Tangles! Tangles! Tangles! Let’s talk about causes of tangles and how to properly detangle even the worst tangles. Long time no post but here we are. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for hair care tips. Let’s talk about tangles for a minute but first, is your hair always tangled? Here is why. Tangles and knots can be such a pain but can be minimized. How to minimize tangles. Keep your hair moisturized. Moisturize properly and regularly. Let go of damaged and split ends. Don’t keep your two strand twists for too long and re-twist when you notice your roots are getting fluffy after cleansing. Detangle properly  Consider low manipulation styles to wearing your hair out Wear low manipulation & protective styles on stretched hair. Pat your hair with an old t-shirt/ towel to absorb the water after cleansing or use a microfiber towel. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel. Essential detangling tools. Spray bottle Hair clip or scrunchies Wide-tooth comb Micro-fiber towel Conditioner/ Detangler Detangling brush How to properly detangle/ ultimate detangling steps. Work with sections. First, section into smaller parts. Detangling smaller sections is easier and not as time consuming. Start with damp hair. Spray water on your hair until damp. Add a conditioner/ detangler with a good slip to smoothen the tangles. Start detangling from the ends to the roots with your fingers. Don’t snap off the tangles, slowly separate the strands from the tangle. Comb with a wide tooth comb from the ends to the roots of each section then run it through your entire length. You can also use a detangling brush to detangle. Twist / braid or clip the detangled section and repeat the same for all other sections. Detanglers & conditioners to check out / purchase. TGIN Quench 3-in-1 Co-Wash Conditioner and Detangler SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Hair Detangling Kinky-Curly, Knot Today, Natural Leave in / Detangler Oyin Handmade Oh My Glide! Prestyling Detangler Taliah Waajid Curls, Waves & Naturals The Great Detangle Marini Naturals 3 IN 1 Leave-In Conditioner  Saru Organics Tea Tree And Peppermint Detangler SHETH NATURALS Detangling Instant Conditioner Share with the tribe your detangling tips and detangling products and tools that have worked for you.

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Natural hair Styles; 5 Easy to achieve styles.

I did a thing guys. Your girl is on a mission to try new styles and up her styling game. Hello Mane Embracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it for healthy hair care tips and tricks. Flat twist-out Afro I did another thing, installed flat twists as my low manipulation style for a week or so and the flat twist-out turned to an Afro. I love wearing my Afro or may be I love it because my styling game is 👎👎👎. Either way we all agree that afros are cute. Bun & bangs. First, I uploaded a tutorial on Facebook and Instagram, be sure to check out. It’s an easy to achieve style. Got no time to figure out how style your hair? Well, this style is for you. Bun & flat twist Same bun but flat twisted the bangs & the look gave me some ‘ hey there, praise and worship & good gal vibe.’ It’s an official look, easy to achieve style & a less than 5 minutes style. Low puff & twists. I live for high puffs but side puffs are okay too. I loved the look & the twists were, “hide my forehead thing.” Hello fellow gals with a big forehead & heart. Twists & tucked twists. Turned the low puff to chunky twists and pinned them. For a moment I thought I had locs but they don’t look like locs though. The IT style. How gorgeous is this style? I would love to know which of the styles is your favorite.

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