Rethink how your hair is sectioned
During my usual wash regimen, I tend to separate my hair in four sections (detangling, 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 and also itchy.
When I tested my crown hairs, the results showed that I had excessive breakage! This made sense from the excessive and constant manipulation from sectioning my hair the same way week after week. Even placing claw and duckbill clip in* the same sections to keep my hair separated had a detrimental effects as well.
If you are experiencing crown breakage, evaluate how you detangle, wash, prep, and style your hair. Are you wearing the same tension styles week after week? Do you add clips to the same sections of hair?
Instead of separating your hair into four sections, try five sections – with adding the crown/middle section. This will leave less tension in that sensitive area. Once you spot breakage and understand why breakage is happening, change your regimen and styles to start fresh in continuing on your healthy hair journey.
Apply products thoroughly
Remember that your hair loves water! Water equals moisture, which is very important to keep breakage at bay. In simpler terms, breakage could occur due to dry hair.
Do you add your LOC method products to your edges, nape hairs, and your “outer hair” then tend to forget to moisturize your crown hair.
Does the hair at your crown dry out quicker and have the most split ends? You may even notice that the hair at the crown has a different curl type/texture than the rest of your hair. If you noticed the hair at your crown dries out quicker, add an extra layer of oil or cream (Shea, mango, etc.) after adding your moisturizer. Applying your products thoroughly when/where needed will help your hair with breakage.
Wear a hat during the hot, sunny weather
Ever notice why the top of your head feels sensitive and tends to be hotter than the rest of your hair? During the warmer months and with the sun blazing daily, it is important to treat your hair as delicately as you can with something simple as wearing a hat as using UV sunscreen on your skin.
Especially if you are styling a halo twist or flat twists, your scalp (especially your crown) is very exposed to the sun. Protect your scalp and your hair by wearing your favorite fedora, floppy felt hat, or even a turban!
Have you experienced breakage at the crown of your head? What are your tips?