Curly hair is very delicate, many people with curly hair will at some point experience hair fall. Hair fall is common for everyone, but for some, in particular Afro curly hair, it may be excessive.
In this article, you’ll find three hair fall treatment tips to keep your hair strong and healthy.
Curly hair tends to be on the drier side simply because of it’s make up. Because of how the hair curls, it is difficult for the small amount of natural oils to wind down the length of the hair to protect it from the elements, leaving most of it unprotected which results in dryness.
When the hair gets dry it breaks off or gets yanked out when brushing or combing, causing premature hair fall. This is why regular deep conditioning treatments are optimum for keeping your hair moisturised and hydrated, which helps prevent hair loss.
It’s best to do deep-conditioning treatments 2-4 times per month, based on how your hair respond to these treatments. If you find that your hair is dehydrated a week after doing a deep-conditioning treatment and you usually do them every two weeks, try doing it weekly. Watch how your hair responds to the treatment and adjust as you go to find the right balance.
Keep away from deep conditioners with alot of protein or silicones as they can cause buildup which makes the hair dryer and more rigid in the long run. Using these types of conditioners once in a while is ok, but not weekly or biweekly.
Check this post for more on deep conditioning.
Dry scalp conditions such as lots of dead skin or dandruff can cause excessive itching. When you scratch your scalp to get rid of the itch, the friction could lead to further damage to the scalp and pulling of the hair. This damage can lead to hair loss and slowed hair growth from the damaged hair follicles.
An oily scalp, can cause your hair follicles to get clogged, also leading to itching, scratching, scalp damage, and hair loss.
Scalp treatments are an excellent hair fall treatment to improve the health of your scalp. Different types of scalp treatments will help both issues mentioned above.
If your scalp is on the dryer side, then getting a conditioning scalp treatment done can help boost moisture. This could be a scalp mist applied daily or whenever your scalp needs it. Also, using a scalp oil regularly can help balance the natural scalp lipids and reduce dead skin buildup.
On the other hand, if you have an oily scalp, a scalp treatment aimed at cleansing the scalp can help get rid of the excess oil and build-up. Washing your hair more frequently, changing your hairstyle and using cleansing oils such as castor oil or coconut oil on the scalp will help soothe and balance the excess oils.
If you want to prevent or slow down hair loss due to dry or oily scalp, it is recommended to do a scalp treatment weekly.
Check out this post for a traditional scalp treatment, a herbal hair rinse.
Even though you can’t see it, residue build up on your hair. The build-up is from products, chemicals, minerals in the water, and dirt/dust. All this build-up cause your hair to become dry and brittle, leading to the hair breaking off and premature hair loss.
Clarifying or detox treatments can be done as hair masks or clarifying shampoos. Use clarifying shampoos or make your own detoxifying clay mask with Rhassoul clay and Bentonite clay, which will clarify without drying out your hair and scalp.
We recommend giving your hair clarifying treatments once per month.
Bonus Tip: The Most Important Hair Fall Treatment – Self Care
One of the most critical steps to preventing hair loss is to take care of your overall health. Being dehydrated and generally unwell can cause hair loss; drink plenty of water every day to keep your hair and skin hydrated.
It is also essential to ensure you do not lack any vitamins vital to healthy hair. These vitamins include Vitamin A, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Iron, Zinc, etc. You can get an adequate amount of these vitamins from a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables, however, you could also supplement these vitamins if they are lacking from your diet.
Hair fall is common but it doesn’t have to be excessive, follow the treatments above and let us know how you get on. Also, if you have any other favourite hair fall treatments, we would love to see them in the comments.
Be Well x