Shedding + Breakage

How I Keep My Ends from Tangling, Knotting and Breaking Pt. 3 Geniece’s Advice

I did my big chop in the winter of 2004. While my hair seemed to retain length over the next year and a half it eventually plateaued and remained at the same length (shoulder length) through the fall of 2009. I asked myself “What am I doing wrong?” The answer: Unintentionally breaking my ends. I’ve... Continue Reading

How I Keep My Ends from Tangling, Knotting and Breaking Pt. 2 Elle’s Advice

Our second feature is from Elle. Be sure to check out our first feature from Chinwe. When I had a TWA, I didn’t really think too much about my ends knotting, tangling or breaking. Detangling was a breeze and since my hair wasn’t rubbing on anything, I didn’t think friction was an issue. However, when... Continue Reading

The Science Behind Hair Breakage and Shedding

Can you tell the difference between shed hair and broken hair? On the surface, it appears to be an irrationally simple question. Shed hair will have a visible bulb and tends to be longer (closer to the full length of your hair) while breakage is typically a shorter segment of hair without a visible bulb,... Continue Reading

How to Bounce Back from 5 of the Biggest Natural Hair Mistakes

BGLH Style Icon Toni In the natural hair community, we spend a lot of time, energy and money on preventative and maintenance care for our tresses and with good reason. Our natural hair is delicate, and deserves the best care we can provide (especially after years of flat iron and relaxer abuse). We cowash, use... Continue Reading

How Much Natural Hair Breakage is Normal?

In my short time as a blogger in the natural hair community, I’ve come to realize that there is one word that incites an unparalleled fear and universal panic in naturalistas across the board: breakage. The dreaded (accidental) snap, the tiny wisps of hair on the sink, or the awful realization that more of the... Continue Reading

5 Products to Help Your Natural Hair Recover from Summer Breakage

With all the twist outs, braids, blow outs, highlights and out-styles you sported over the summer, it’s possible that your hair is not at its best health and is experiencing some breakage. Here are some products for every budget that you can use to combat and reverse the effects of breakage caused by summer styling.... Continue Reading

5 Things EVERY 4C Natural Should Know About Breakage — And How to Prevent It

  The first thing that pops into my head when I think about youtuber Karen of Glamfun is of course the very catchy tune, ‘Wash and Go’s don’t work on nappy hair.’ Recently, she has been in the spotlight for her hair struggles and decision to relax her natural hair. She spoke in depth to BGLH... Continue Reading

Breakage, Shedding & Thinning: How I Overcame All 3 to Achieve Waist-Length Hair

by Kara of NaturalCurliesTV (pictured above) Breakage, shedding and thinning I have experienced them all! I am almost 100% sure that most of you have experienced at least of one them. I am going to give you a rundown of times in my life when I have experienced breakage, thinning and shedding and how I managed to... Continue Reading

How a Faulty Henna Treatment Caused My Hair to Fall Out in Chunks

by Cassandre of Have you ever watched your hair disintegrate into a hot mess right before your eyes? Hair falling out all over the place, color looking all ratchet, treatment made your hair feel like straw? I have. It was 6 weeks ago when my BFF was telling me about her grand ol’ plans to... Continue Reading

How to Use Elastic Bands on Natural Hair Without Causing Breakage

by Lillian Mae of I’ve worn tons of styles since going natural.  However, elastic bands take center stage as the go to tool for the majority of styles that I’ve worn. Who doesn’t love a big, bodacious, blinding puff? I know I do; the bigger the better! The style is convenient, simple, easy to achieve and can... Continue Reading

3 Tips For Dealing with Natural Hair That Constantly Breaks and Splits

Split ends and breakage are the bane of length retention. However, sometimes hair just naturally will split and break even with the best care possible. This article is intended for those who really are doing everything right (gentle handling, happy with your wash and moisture routine), but still see split ends and breakage. If you... Continue Reading

4 Common Practices That Cause Natural Hair Breakage

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard all the common tips about breakage: keep your hair moisturized, be gentle, pay special attention to your ends, avoid too-tight protective styles and updos, sleep with your hair protected (or at least on a satin pillowcase), and more. While those are all great things to keep in mind, I’d... Continue Reading

Kelly Rowland: I’m Rocking This Bob Because of Color Damage

Say it ain’t so Kelly!! You might have noticed the sexy songstress is rocking a hot bob lately. Well, it wasn’t entirely by choice. In an interview with People Magazine Kelly shared that the bob is the result of color damage. Check it out; I wanted to experiment and color my own hair. That was... Continue Reading

6 Tips To Prevent Breakage From Ponytails and Buns

by Meisha of Braun Sugar There are two main reasons why many women avoid wearing ponytails and buns. The first reason is thinning of the hairline and breakage. The second  is breakage around the ponytail holder. Here are some steps I use to ensure that I don’t encounter either of those problems. Lazy day bun... Continue Reading

How To Prevent Damage To Your Edges

If you stay ready, You ain’t got to get ready [Repeat 2x] Wise words once spoken by the Oakland born, Compton raised, and Pomona living west coast rapper Suga Free. What exactly does that have to do with natural hair, Christina? For me…everything! It’s really important when it comes to how I go about preserving... Continue Reading