We have all, at some time or another, encountered a bit of hair shedding trouble. It seems, at least for me, that my natural hair shedding, with all the curls and coils, is much more noticeable. To add to a little more mystery to the mix, at times, it is difficult to differentiate between excess shedding and breakage.
Faith, a Me, My Hair the City reader, recently reached out to me via Twitter. Within 160 characters she shared her natural hair shedding woes and asked a few questions. My response: Hi Faith! The first thing I would recommend you do is figure out if your hair is shedding or if it is breaking. The best way to do this is to take one of your hairs that have come out and look at both ends of the strand.
If one of the ends has a white bulb then that is a shed hair. It has fallen from your scalp on its own. However, if neither end contains a bulb then it is a broken hair. If you find that the hairs are mostly shed and it seems that there are more than usual (hair normally sheds between 100-150 strands a day) then you may have an internal issue.
Stress other health factors can cause hair to shed abnormally. I suggest you contact a dermatologist if this is the case. If you determine that the hairs are broken not shed, I suggest you immediately press the pause button on straightening your hair.
Continued heat, without proper moisture, can damage hair cause it to break. Give your hair a flat iron intermission, for at least a month, and see if the breakage stops. Try deep conditioning with a moisturizing and protein rich conditioner. But, be careful, exposing your hair to too much protein can cause breakage as well.
Look for a product(s) that give you a 50/50 balance with moisture protein. I suggest Sofnfree GroHealthlys Milk Protein Olive Oil Really Deep Conditioning Treatment.
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed cosmetologist. I have educated myself on the subject of natural hair but, the advice I offer is not that of a professional hairstylist.