Growth Update!
Monday, February 08, 2010 | 6 comments

It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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Breakage was the top selection in last month's poll, so why not talk about it first? I will discuss all the causes of breakage, the effects of it, and how to possibly curb it. Enjoy!

What Causes It?
Breakage is caused by a weakened hair structure. Basically, when your hair strands are weak, they break. What weakens your hair structure is a different story. Weakened hair structure is caused by:

  • Excessive heat usage
  • Excessive combing/brushing
  • Excessive use of chemicals
  • The Elements (UV rays, wind, sea water, etc.)
  • Lack of moisture
  • Lack of protein
  • Worn/aged hair
What Are The Effects?
Now that you know what the causes are, let's dig a little bit into the effects. A weakened hair structure can cause a multitude of problems. Here are some common effects of a weakened hair structure:

  • Split Ends
  • Split Hair
  • Dry/brittle hair
  • Scab hair
Any Possible Treatments, Belle?
We've discussed the causes and effects, now on to the treatments. A weakened hair structure can be treated by any of the following:

  • Light reconstructor (can be used every three to four weeks)
  • Heavy protein treatment (use every 2-3 months or as needed and follow with a moisturizing conditioner!)
  • Moisturizing treatment (use once a week)
  • Seamless combs
  • Keeping brushing to a minimum
  • Keeping heat usage to a minimum
  • Protecting the hair at night with a satin/silk scarf
  • Moisturizing at least three times a week
  • Applying a layer of oil before shampooing or relaxing
That's pretty much it! I do hope this helps someone. The best piece of advice I can give is to keep your regimen simple. Washing once or twice a week should be enough. And one last thing, a little breakage is normal. Remember that the hair becomes old and breaks off in time.


Amina says
November 23, 2008 at 7:40 PM

thank you !!
I am printing this post to keep for future references

SuzyJones says
November 23, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Thanks for sharing some tips! My hair also are having breakage. Hopefully the tips you've shared could lessen my hair's breakage.

Jmilz86 says
November 24, 2008 at 12:13 PM

great info!

jenn says
November 25, 2008 at 12:22 AM

Great info.
I have a question to ask but ahh I dunno where to ask it!

Anonymous says
April 7, 2009 at 5:23 AM

how exactly does the help during the relaxing process? i tried it on my moma no lye and she now thinks it contributed to her hair breakage , i think we left it in too long though, also which should the oil be used with lye or no lye does it matter?

Belle Cheveux says
April 7, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Natural oils used on the previously relaxed hair shouldn't cause breakage. Leaving the relaxer on too long, even for five extra minutes, can cause breakage. And no, the relaxer and oil you use doesn't matter.

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