I dare you to say the word mid-trichorrexis nodosa, five times super fast! Ok don’t do that, I am just being my usual silly self, I really do have something important to discuss about the term.
Mid-trichorrexis nodosa is the official term that is used to refer to mid shaft breakage. It is bad enough that we have to deal with split ends, but when you hair literally breaks in the middle of the shaft; well things may seem a bit hopeless then. “Daaum Daaum Daaum Gina!” in my Martin voice. Before diving into the world of mid shaft breakage it really helps to know what causes the typical split end.
Strands split due to simple wear and tear and some manipulation on our part. The ends of our hair strands are the oldest portions and therefore have been though the most in comparison to other areas of the strand.
Strand degeneration is very common because of environmental factors, so we tend to spend a lot of time repairing, and preventing issues by using protective styles and just being gentle with our hair. Other than being naturally older, strands can also split at the ends due to dryness, heat styling, and chemical use.
Mid shaft breakage and splits are caused pretty much from the same things that causes split ends except it happens further up the strands away from the ends and away from the roots. Doomed right? Not really, in Jamaica we like to say “prevention betta dan cure” so allow us to help you prevent as much as we can.
Heat Styling And Chemical Styling
Heat is our number one ‘frenemy’, meaning if you know what you are doing it can work for you in your regimen, but if you make one or a couple wrong moves you can really do some serious damage to your hair.
Heat can break the bonds in your natural hair to the point of the strand losing its curl pattern permanently altering its structure. When the bonds break the hair strand appears straight, if the bonds are permanently broken then your hair will be permanently straight.
Mid shaft breakage caused from heat just means that your hair is so depleted of protein in that section that your hair literally splits, this can be close to the root, in the middle or close to the ends.
If you want to avoid breakage caused by wear and tear, use protein treatments to give the strand strength and heat protectant* every time you use heat to protect your hair.
We however like to suggest if you are experiencing mid shaft breakage, avoid heat all together until you get the problem fixed.