Mechanical damage to hair commonly occurs because of the way hair is handled. If you are too harsh or aggressive while detangling or combing, or if your hair is regularly tied tightly in a ponytail, then it’s probably going to get damaged.
Basically, everything that puts tension or strain on your hair can cause lasting mechanical damage. Common causes include incorrect detangling techniques, tension from weaves, braids, and ponytails, and over-styling. Signs of mechanical damage, include knots, thinning edges, excessive splitting, and breakage.
However, just a tiny bit of care and forethought will go a long way to ensuring that you do not have to deal with the effects of mechanical damage.
How to prevent and treat mechanical damage:
The easiest way to prevent mechanical damage to your hair is by being a little mindful of how you treat it.
Handle your hair with care! Take your time, don’t rush, and be patient.
Combing and brushing
Always comb your hair from the tips upwards. This allows the tangles to be released easily.
Refine your detailing technique
Find a detangling technique that puts the least strain on your hair.Some prefer the classic finger detangle, while others prefer wet detangling with an oil concoction.
Ditch the stressful styles
Pay attention and be careful when creating hairstyles that require tension. If your scalp commonly gets red or some bumps appear, your hair is too tight.
If you see signs of mechanical damage, re-evaluate your hairstyling practices and techniques.
Your nighttime game matters
Protect your hair before you go to bed. If wearing a bonnet is not your style, at least invest in a satin pillowcase.
Change your hairbrush
Change to a flexible bristle brush that will give way before your hair breaks!
Keep your tresses flexible
Deep conditioning! Yes, this simple technique does wonders for mechanically damaged hair. Deep conditioner’s ingredients are carefully designed to soften and hydrate hair damaged by constant tension and strain, improving hair elasticity by restoring valuable moisture.
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