5. Excessive shedding vs breakage
Sometimes we get confused with excessive shedding vs breakage. Your hair can fall in a variety of ways, the ends of the hair can fall off, or the strand can snap in the middle and fall. All of these scenarios is breakage. Shedding is when the entire strand of hair falls from your roots. You will notice a little white bulb at the end of the strand which represents the part that left your hair follicle.
How you deal with breakage and shedding is similar but while you might be able to trim your hair and deep condition with protein for breakage, the root of what is causing your shedding might be a bit more involved.
Shedding can occur from changes in your diet, naturally after having a baby, or it can happen during times of stress. This means that dealing with it requires that you change aspects of your lifestyle as well as physically focusing on your hair.
6. Single Strand Knots
These little guys almost did not make the list but I know that some of you who are noticing these little knots at the end of your hair for the first time might have questions.
I have a love hate relationship with these knots because I know that it is an never ending battle which they always win because my hair is very fine and very curly. I also know that I do not like them at all even though they come with the territory.
Many naturals have chosen to live with single strand knots and while that might be ok, you should know that if they are excessive you might need a trim to give yourself a fresh start.
SSK’s are caused from the strand curling on itself and making a small tight knot. There is not much we can do about that because that is what curly hair does. If you want to avoid them completely you must wear your hair stretched 90% of the time which might just be convenient for you.
For those of us who love a great wash and go with shrinkage and all its glory, single strand knots will always be a part of our lives.
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