Some causes of hair breakage are bleaching, perms, ponytails and braids, brushing too much and shampooing too much. Extensions and weaves, blow-drying and coloring can also cause hair damage.
To stop hair breakage, use a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, along with a detangler, and handle your hair gently when brushing or styling. Additionally, get your hair trimmed regularly, and use a deep conditioning treatment once a week.
Forgoing the towel to dry hair, properly blow drying and brushing the hair, sleeping on a satin pillowcase, and avoiding rubber bands prevents hair breakage, states Prevention. Altering everyday habits prevents hair breakage without the need to purchase extra products that promise the same results.
A person can stop hair breakage by not using towels when drying the hair, using boar-bristle brushes, not using rubber-based accessories on the hair, and blow drying without using the heat setting. Satin or silk pillowcases absorb less of the hair's natural oils while easing stress on the hair.
Braiding can severely damage hair, resulting in breakage, thinning and baldness. According to the MedicineNet website, traction alopecia, a type of baldness, is commonly caused by tight hairstyles like braids and ponytails.
The best products to stop hair breakage are conditioners and split-end treatments. Use conditioner both in the shower and as a leave-in treatment applied to damp hair. Conditioners keep hair smooth by adding moisture and lubrication to hair strands, which can help prevent breakage.
Some braided hairstyles include the classic French braid, waterfall braid, fishtail braid and simple plaited hair. Braided hair designs for African-American hair include Marley twists, cornrow updos and jumbo braids.
To braid black hair, it needs to be clean, well-moisturized, detangled and then braided section by section until complete. It is helpful to use some kind of hair oil when braiding, because it keeps the hair smooth, frizz-free and easier to work with.
To braid short hair, twist the lower sections of hair by the nape, then braid the front sections of the hair, working the braid from the side part on top of the head down towards the twists at the back. To do this, you need a comb, a sectioning clip, pins and finishing cream.
While it's difficult to know for certain where braiding originated, it has been found in all cultures of the world, including Asia, Africa, Egypt, Europe and the Americas. Braiding in Africa can be traced back to 3500 B.C., but there is evidence that the practice began much earlier.