Problem with breakage

Hello ladies,
I'm hoping you can give me some suggestions on how to fix the problems I'm having with breakage in the area near my temple on both sides. My hair has been completely natural for four years and it has been growing but with setbacks like knots on the end and split ends it has only retained 10-13 inches depending on the area. I started protective styling in May 2009 in the hopes that I could have healthier hair and retain length. After cutting the split ends and knots, I also started using castor oil and jojoba oil in my leave in condish. At night I would spray hair with water put a little condish on my hair and oil on the ends, braid it (not tight) and wrap with a satin bonnet. My temple area seems to be growing back a little, I only braid my hair or twist it at night so I don't wear it up or pulled back, mostly doing wash and wear. Do you think the night time regimen is causing my hair to fray more. Why, why, why is it breaking in my temple area. Any suggestions are appreciated. TIA.
Hi Beanie,
I'm sorry to hear about your problem. Since you said you've been natural for a few years, I'm assuming you used to straighten your hair. This may mean that your hair is probably damaged. You may need to do protein repair treatments if this is the case. just to repair the areas of your hair where the breakage is ocurring since these areas are weak. It also sounds like you need some intensive moisture treatments. Are you following the CG method? If you are not then your problem probably won't get better until you do. If you are CG then i would do a protein treatment 1x a week followed by a deep (1 hour+) moisture treatment.

Also, I wouldn't braid or twist your hair. Even if it is gently done it is still putting stress on the areas that are weakest in your hair. Sally's sells the silk/satin head wraps (in the black hair section). I would wrap it securely around your hair, then you can put the bonnet over it. This will help keep your hair from moving about while you sleep but also protect it from tangling.

As far as split ends. This is an indicator of a severe lack of moisture. Regular trims will help but you also do a little home treatment. Put a mix of honey and EVOO on the dry ends before you co-wash. Let it soak in for 10 minutes, then co-wash and condition. This will help keep the ends sleek and hopefully help condition them and prevent split ends.
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Thanks for responding Belasuna, I think I will try some of your suggestions. I already cut my split ends off in May 2009 and I dont' put any heat on my hair except twice a year to blown dry for color touch-ups (no flat-ironing or hot combing since 2002). A satin scarf will be on the floor by the time I wakeup in the morning so I use a satin bonnet and cut off panty hose over that to keep it on my head. If I don't braid my hair at night it will be tangled and curls flat by the morning. I don't co-wash every day maybe twice a week to include a deep condish. Maybe I'm not getting enuf moisture. I still don't know why my hair was breaking in the temple area. I will keep asking questions and make it work. Any more suggestions are more then welcomed. TIA
Thanks for responding Belasuna, I think I will try some of your suggestions. I already cut my split ends off in May 2009 and I dont' put any heat on my hair except twice a year to blown dry for color touch-ups (no flat-ironing or hot combing since 2002). A satin scarf will be on the floor by the time I wakeup in the morning so I use a satin bonnet and cut off panty hose over that to keep it on my head. If I don't braid my hair at night it will be tangled and curls flat by the morning. I don't co-wash every day maybe twice a week to include a deep condish. Maybe I'm not getting enuf moisture. I still don't know why my hair was breaking in the temple area. I will keep asking questions and make it work. Any more suggestions are more then welcomed. TIA
the only reason I can think of for the breakage is that maybe when you pull it back to braid it that area (temple area) is more exposed. So when you leep on it it's getting more contact and friction when you move around in your sleep. That might contribute to the breakage but I don't know for sure. Just a shot in the dark for me.
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There's a natural woman who has a fotki by the name of Sera25. And if I recall she says the hair at her temples comes and goes becuase that is the side she sleeps in. Kinky/curly hair can be very fragile, even just the friction of sleeping on your side during the night can break it off. Unfortunately there isn't much you can do you aren't already doing (wear a satin cap and satin pillowcase) and braid the area to strengthen the individual hairs while you toss and turn. Keep up the good work and I'm sure the hair will grow back eventually.


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There's a natural woman who has a fotki by the name of Sera25. And if I recall she says the hair at her temples comes and goes becuase that is the side she sleeps in. Kinky/curly hair can be very fragile, even just the friction of sleeping on your side during the night can break it off. Unfortunately there isn't much you can do you aren't already doing (wear a satin cap and satin pillowcase) and braid the area to strengthen the individual hairs while you toss and turn. Keep up the good work and I'm sure the hair will grow back eventually.
Originally Posted by KinkyKeeper
ITA. I became aware that I rub my head on my pillowcase to settle into sleep at night. I wear a silk or mesh open top head wrap to protect my temple hair (which is very fragile) and sleep on a silk pillowcase.

You can get a silk wrap up or a cheaper mesh one at the BSS:

Silk wrap-up

Mesh wrap
Satin wrap
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would that silk wrap up be good to do a semi-pineapple with? I have long BSL hair and wonder if that pretty thing could protect my hair at night from being crushed to death on my pillow....
Originally Posted by Frizzly
I do a pineapple puff then use the silk wrap at my hairline. I don't think the wrap will hold up your hair, but who knows?
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I did homemade mask and it work for me

1 egg, 1 banana, 1 avocado, 1 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of Olive Oil. Mix together and leave on your hair for 10 minutes than rinse and condition

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