7 Tips for Repairing Crown Area Thinning & Breakage

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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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46 thoughts on “7 Tips for Repairing Crown Area Thinning & Breakage

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

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  6. 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 .

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  7. 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!

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      • 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.

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  8. 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

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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