By Audrey Siva­sothy, author of The Sci­ence of Black Hair: A Com­pre­hen­sive Guide to Tex­tured Hair Care

Crown area hair break­age can be very dis­tress­ing, espe­cial­ly when the rest of your hair is flour­ish­ing. It can also be frus­trat­ing when your hair’s hem­line is shaped like a W rather than a healthy U or V because of crown area and mid­dle area break­age issues. Don’t be dis­cour­aged! If your crown area break­age is not the result of a med­ical issue, there is hope for restor­ing your crown area to its nor­mal full­ness and length. The key is to iso­late the crown area and pam­per it to life. This arti­cle will give you 7 quick tips for encour­ag­ing hair growth in your crown area again.

1. Investigate. Is your crown area breakage caused by physical trauma?

It is help­ful to deter­mine the exact cause of your break­age, espe­cial­ly if it is caused by han­dling and phys­i­cal trau­ma. Often times, mechan­i­cal dam­age is some­thing you are ful­ly aware of— how have you han­dled your crown air hair in the past? Is your sew-in done too tight­ly? Have you been rough comb­ing your crown area? Wrap­ping? Have you been neglect­ing to ful­ly mois­tur­ize the area? Apply­ing too much heat? Did you over­lap a relax­er? Have you been roller­set­ting too tight­ly? Has repet­i­tive col­or­ing affect­ed your crown? Once you deter­mine a phys­i­cal cause for your crown area break­age, sim­ply dis­con­tin­u­ing the prac­tice will turn your crown around in sev­er­al weeks.

2. Diagnose. Is it a protein/moisture balancing issue?

Next, you will need to deter­mine if the break­age can be fixed with either pro­tein or mois­ture deep con­di­tion­ing. You’ll need to read my arti­cle: The Fine Art of Pro­tein and Mois­ture Bal­anc­ing for help with deter­min­ing your required pro­duct solu­tion for your crown area break­age. More than like­ly, restor­ing the mois­ture bal­ance will be your focus. Once you know whether your pro­duct focus should be pro­tein or mois­ture, you’ll need to deep con­di­tion week­ly with heat to restore your crown area. When you con­di­tion your hair, make sure that you sec­tion the hair in incre­ments so that each and every sec­tion of hair, espe­cial­ly the crown, is treat­ed. You’d be sur­prised the num­ber of peo­ple who sim­ply coat the edges, bare­ly scrunch through the mid­dle, and slather the ends with con­di­tion­er pro­duct. You have to get in there good and make sure the crown area gets some love!

You also want to be sure to mois­tur­ize (either pro­tein or mois­ture-based) the crown area dai­ly. Part through and real­ly iso­late the crown. Real­ly focus your dai­ly mois­tur­iz­ing efforts in the mid­dle. Very few peo­ple treat the mid­dle sec­tions of hair to mois­tur­iz­er on a reg­u­lar basis.

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Fredrick Claessens
Some of the­se drugs may decrease your body’s sup­ply of the min­er­al potas­si­um. Symp­toms such as weak­ness, leg cramps or being tired may result. Eat­ing foods con­tain­ing potas­si­um may help pre­vent sig­nif­i­cant potas­si­um loss. If your doc­tor rec­om­mends it, you could pre­vent potas­si­um loss by tak­ing a liq­uid or tablet that has potas­si­um along with the diuret­ic. Diuret­ics such as amiloride (Midamar)*, spirono­lac­tone (Aldac­tone)* or tri­amterene (Dyre­ni­um)* are called “potas­si­um spar­ing” agents. They don’t cause the body to lose potas­si­um. They might be pre­scribed alone, but are usu­al­ly used with anoth­er diuret­ic.^:’. Check out the most cur­rent post on our… Read more »

I like the help­ful infor­ma­tion you provide in your arti­cles. I will book­mark your weblog and check again here fre­quent­ly. I am quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!


I get plea­sure from, cause I found exact­ly what I used to be look­ing for. You have end­ed my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye


Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It tru­ly use­ful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give some­thing back and help oth­ers like you aid­ed me.


thanks! my teen has TONS of break­age in her crown. this will help us address the prob­lem. I had no idea what to do!


My crown is 4c that’s why it’s the dri­est and short­est -.-


I was wear­ing that weave in the front like a bang a glue in over time my hair start­ed to thin out so now no more weave for me I detox my scalp of all that glue and any thing else that was in my scalp my hair was on a stand still for a while had to fig­ure it out im pro­tein sen­si­tive also its grow­ing now .I stopped wash­ing it for a while now .


I’m hav­ing seri­ous issues with crown break­age and sore­ness of my scalp! Any advise!? I’ve used Doo Gro strength­en­ing oils, coconut oils (organ­ic), Ker­at­in conditioners…you name it, and NOTHING seems to work! Hel­l­llp Please!


Hair Fin­i­ty, plus lots of mois­ture and water

marsena sellers

i am hav­ing the same prob­lem. Have you found any­thing that works for you?


Remov­ing sebum from the scalp. Brag­gs apple cider vine­gar + organ­ic sham­poo. Check hor­mone and thy­roid levels,take vit­a­m­in B com­plex. Use a hair spritzer aloe gel+water+hempseed oil.drink gal­lon of water per day. Itch­ing scalp with or with­out peel­ing or inflam­ma­tion: 1).peel onion skins and gar­lic skins.2)Put skins in a mason glass jar with min­er­al water. Let the oils extract 24 to 48 hours. Wash with organ­ic sham­poo then rin­se with onion and gar­lic extract. Do not apply any com­mer­cial con­di­tion­ers. Oil the scalp with hemp oil then spritz hair with the aloe recipe above.


How often do you rec­om­mend for this? Thx:)

patricia jenkins



*advice! Sor­ry typo! =)


Hav­ing trou­ble open­ing your link above for fig­ur­ing out a bal­ance I have break­age in the mid­dle of my head I have start­ed deep con­di­tion­ing with cho­les­terol and haven’t seen much dif­fer­ence yet it has bin about three weeks how long should I keep this up before I should switch or see results


Had this prob­lem a while back and found, in addi­tion to mak­ing the crown a5th sec­tion when deep conditioning/adding my leave in it helped to stop wear­ing my puff. I noticed at the end of the day the cen­ter of my head would be real­ly itchy–finally real­ized I was cut­ting off cir­cu­la­tion to that spot.

Samantha Harper

I recent­ly took down my dreads (3 week process), and I was expect­ing some hair loss. How­ev­er I still had length to my hair. Before the dread­loc take down, I have ALWAYS has issues with my crown, itch­ing, some­times hurt­ing, ten­der to the touch and A LOT of break­age. I will con­tin­ue to remain nat­u­ral, but I want my hair at its great­est and health­i­est lev­el.