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Old 12-09-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
 
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Default Please help me I'm so confused with breakage

I shed a lot, but lately since I've started swimming, I notice more shed, and quite a few are breakage, but all the breakage have the white tip but you can tell the other end was broken. I wear a swim cap and I always wet my hair before swimming. i wash with a lowpoo every day. ANy ideas on what to try to stop this breakage. I"m currently washing with Giovanni TTT shampoo and it's hard to wash, cuz my hair feels rock hard and stiff, so do to manipulation, I know I"m breaking, . . . and then when I try and detangle, it's a mess and ai know I"m breaking there too. Dont know if it's the chlorine or the poo, I"m getting no suds at all, I know it's a low pook, but still my hair is stiff stiff, adn I feel like it's not even absorbing the stuff. I really appreciate any help. Thanks
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:46 PM   #2
 
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I would do a deep moisture treatment. You dryness may be due to the chlorine and doing low-poo everyday. You're also probably gonna need a poo that is meant to wash out the chlorine and anything else that may be stuck to your hair and scalp.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:03 PM   #3
 
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Hey sweetheart, I have seen your posts many times about your difficulties with hair shedding/breaking/sensitive scalp,etc.

I am also in the same boat, but I have had to put off going to a doctor for diagnosis as I am broke with no health insurance. If you DO have insurance, don't wait a second longer to get to the root of the problem. I'm sure over the counter and other treatments can work for you, but only if you pinpoint exactly how and why this is happening...

If you do know what is causing this obviously painful ordeal, and have no life threatening health problems, remember that you are a young, beautiful girl with a full life ahead, and this situation shouldn't deter you from enjoying and most of all, obsessing about something you may have no power to control, right?

Listen, I am 34 and my hair has very visibly been thinning (comb overs, wet-scalpy-look, bandannas, hats in winter) since I was about 28-no children- and it has been an ordeal.....but believe, I have had family and friends die of terrible diseases and trust, they were too unconscious to realize the state of their hair.

I wrote this for you but it might as well have been a letter to myself. These days, I work with what I have, and I just keep it movin'. It sucks, yes, and I need to get checked out but worrying about my hair..ALL. THE. TIME? It's a societal thing..should I have to shave it all off one day, bummer. For now, though, I enjoy what I have,and won't be reaching for the clippers anytime soon.

And neither will you. Besides a doctor's visit, focus on all the other positive things in your life. You are lovely...take good, good care.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:59 AM   #4
 
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I"m going to try a citric acid rinse after the swimming, sounds like that helps get rid of the chlorine and yes incorporate some DT, cuz I've been lazy. What do you guys use to get any kind of rinse into your hair?? I find when I try to just pour stuff in, it all goes down the drain, so any application techniques forgetting those rinses into the hair is greatly appreciated, thanks
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:10 PM   #5
 
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I swam a lot over the summer (at least 2x/wk) and eventually started doing citric acid rinses. I poured the mixture into an old water bottle that helped to dispense it well. Or maybe you could get a squirty bottle of some sort.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:54 PM   #6
 
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then would you lowpoo?? If I do a citric acid rinse 6 days a week, should that be ok?? I DOn't know if I should lowpoo daily or not?? Not sure what would benefit my hair more.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:10 AM   #7
 
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Make sure if you are taking measures to get the chlorine out of your hair every day you follow it up with a lot of conditioner and deep treatments to help get your hair moisturized and soften it up some.
Have you tried leaving the conditioner in your hair with the swim cap on and then rinsing it out after you swim? If I know I'm going to be in the pool I do this and it seems to work for me...

My hair use to break back when I was using heat all the time, what I needed was a lot of moisture. The chlorine may be stripping your hair I would suggest putting the moisture back in.

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Old 01-19-2013, 11:24 AM   #8
 
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A lot of ladies like to do a pre-poo treatment before putting their swim caps on. It seems the oil doesn't allow for chlorine to enter the hairshaft easily...I haven't tried it myself yet, but in summer i'll be giving this a try!

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:57 PM   #9
 
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Yeah, it's a great idea to form a barrier between the chlorine and the hair, as Erica and CurlyB just suggested.

That's what I used to do when I was a swimmer. (And of course I can only assume you wear a cap to begin with lol). Just before swimming, I used to wet my hair and leave conditioner in it. Then I'd rinse the conditioner out after doing laps, w/a mild shampoo, then apply and leave a little more conditioner in my hair.

Let's just face it: swimming every day in chlorinated water and then having to wash the hair so frequently as a result, is going to take it's toll on hair and the best hope is to minimize that toll.

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