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    AvatarFidoGwen
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    I suspect I’m having problems with my hair breaking off, but I’m not sure. Ever since my hair went curly I’ve been “shedding” a lot. In the past few months I’ve noticed that a lot of my shedded (there’s a new word) hair is shorter than my hair and it doesn’t have any root attached – you know, that little bit of skin.

    If it is breakage, what do I do?

    #400719
    Avatarsirenrising
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    I dont’t know if this helps, but if you went from brushing your hair to not brishing your hair, it will seem like you are shedding more (especially in the shower) because all that hair that would normally get onto the brush just stays in with the rest of your hair until you finger comb it. As far as what to do if its breakage… are your ponytail holders too tight? Sorry if that doesn’t help much… but I just know that I shed a lot less in the shower when I used to brush all the time, but I think I shed less overall.

    #400749
    Avatarsuperrach3
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    If it is breakage, you can do a lot of deep conditioning treatments to make the hair stronger. If it isn’t breakage, do them anyway! The more moisture the better.

    #400835
    Avatarbrowneyedgirl08
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    I shed too… good point on the brushing….. it does sound normal….

    #400873
    AvatarFidoGwen
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    Actually, since starting CG and ditching my brush, I seem to be shedding less. It’s just that since I’ve started CG I’m trying to listen to my hair, instead of fighting it. Before, I just said, well, my hair’s not thinning so I don’t care. But now I do care!

    I don’t really use ponytail holders. I don’t usually have time for even a ponytail!

    I drenched my hair in warm olive oil on Saturday night, let it sit for thirty minutes then rinsed. Sunday morning before church I spent at least half an hour trying to get most of the oil out of my hair. It didn’t work. My hair looked greasy. It looked dirty greasy. (Even though I CO washed and my hair only smelled like CO!) But today it looked great! Shiny, healthy, curly . . . . I may do the same treatment again! Even if I have to put up with another greasy day!

    If anyone is still reading this . . . . I used plain olive oil for two main reasons, 1)I’m a scavenger (I don’t like buying things for only one purpose) and that was the only DT ingredient I had besides CO 2)I am currently going through a bottle of CO every week and that does not make CG cheaper than my previous routine!

    #400925
    Avatarsuperrach3
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    [quote]I drenched my hair in warm olive oil on Saturday night, let it sit for thirty minutes then rinsed.[/quote]

    That sounds great! Normally, I mix olive oil, honey, and conditioner to do my deep treatments. I’ve never tried plain olive oil because I thought it would be too greasy, but now I might try it.

    #401013
    Avatarlushaholic
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    If you’re having alot of breakage then you may want to try a protein treatment on a rare occasion. I like the Sally’s generic version of Joico K-pak. The original version is great but the generic version is just as good and about a 1/4th of the price tag – 5.95. I do it about once every 4 months and it makes a nice difference, and my hair seems stronger and more resilient afterwards. But be sure to follow with a good deep conditioning/moisturizing treatment afterwards for at least 30 mins. Jessicurls WDT is my favorite for this. I did this combo last night in fact, and my hair feels brand new today. :cowboy:cowboy.gif

    #401202
    AvatarFidoGwen
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    Okay, what is K-pak? I hear it mentioned fairly often, but I have no idea what it is . . . . . 😳

    #401584
    Avatarlushaholic
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    K-pak is a protein treatment made by Joico (Joico K-Pak), it’s a really good PT, but a bit pricey. There is an identical cheaper version that can be found at Sally’s. [url=http://www.sallybeauty.com/shop/1215/264022]Here[/url] is the link to a photo and description of it. HTH 🙂

    #401610
    AvatarCherish
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    If there is no bulb it’s definitely breakage.

    K-Pak is excellent for arresting the problem, and would be my #1 choice. I also like Aveda’s deep penetrating revitalizer for heavy duty protein tmt. Lots of people seem to like Nexxus Emergence, but I found it drying – this was when I had relaxed hair and breakage was sometimes an issue. Another good, not so heavy duty protein tmt is Nexxus Keraphix.

    #414639
    Avatarniclar
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    not sure but im sure its possible. if the hair breaks uneven then a split may occur…

    #439968
    AvatarCurlyLdyDT
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    [quote=nappyqunats]I have been wearing twists for two months now. I redo them every 2 – 3 weeks. in between each rotation I would wash with shampoo (paul mitchel-baby shampoo) and deep condition (ion reconstructor).

    well today i was detangling my hair after deep conditioning and noticed that I have major breakage at the top of my head. there are some other spots but the damage is most obvious at the crown of my head.

    my hair is about 10 inches long over all and at the top of my head the hair is about 1.5 inches. It becomes even more noticeably after I put my hair into 10 big plaits. the hair sticks out because its not long enough to hold in the plaits.

    I am wondering if it can be cause by bad combing. I use a cushion paddle bush to detangle. I was wondering if i shoul[/quote]

    I think you should stop using the paddle brush to detangle. I know a lot of curlies are big on using them, but I only use my Denman as a blow dryer brush after detangling with a wide tooth comb. Also, how tight are your twists? If you’re pulling the hair too hard to make the twists, your hair is going to break. What product are you using to make your twists? That may be the culprit. Try a non-twist style for a week or so to see if the breaking stops.

    #440781
    Avatarst. louis blue
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    Oh boy. Paddle brushes scare me to death, but that said I can’t understand why your hair wouldn’t be breaking all over if that were the culprit. Is there anything at all in your routines that puts more stress on that section of your head? Do you wear headphones or something? I’ve gotten severe breakage at the top of my forehead from my habit of looking cute by storing my glasses atop my head. Snatch! Gone!

    Also, I was in the habit of not using my telephone earpiece, and had a phone with the nub antenna. Couple of months later, I looked up and had a hole in my hair from where the antenna just steadily pulled the hair out.

    Is your hair in the broken spots exceptionally fragile? If you can’t figure out some particular stressor on that section of hair, then it might be the case that you just cannot keep the twists in so constantly, because the hairs there find that too stressful.

    I’m sorry that you’re dealing with this. Ten inches to 1.5 inches is a serious impact. The good thing about hair, it does grow. Hang in there.

    #440784
    AvatarDoc
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    Are you possibly wearing anything that may be rubbing the top of your head such as tight stocking caps at night or tight/wool hats or scarves?

    Wool especially can lead to breakage; if you wear wool hats you my want to consider lining them with satin

    #440786
    Avatarst. louis blue
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    I have a silk bandanna that I bought at tenderheaded.com, which I tie on my head before I put on any hat of any material. My edges are just too fragle. It’s easier for me to do that than to sew liners into my hats.

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