Monday, 21 November 2016

Dying Hair with Henna & Indigo

A lot of people might want the option to change their hair colour; a healthier alternative to dying hair with a chemical dye could be henna and indigo. We are all aware of the issues that are associated with hair dyes, now this is not to say that there are not a lot of people with long healthy dyed hair. However some other people may want a more natural alternative to hair dyes which may not require extra maintenance and care for their hair and this is where henna & indigo come in. Also for those with relaxed/texlaxed hair dying your hair with henna & indigo might be a healthier alternative as opposed to a box dye where your hair will be exposed to two chemicals both the relaxer and hair dye. Henna & Indigo are readily available In Nigeria as well as in other Countries for example in Nigeria you can get Henna & Indigo from Konga, the Sizzelle Store and many other shops.

I personally have been toying with getting my hair dyed with henna & indigo because I want dark black hair like I used to have. Henna & Indigo are plant-derived naturally occurring pigments that can dye the hair while still actually imparting the hair with numerous benefits. Henna is a plant that contains a red-orange dye molecule. It acts as a conditioner to the hair; it gives the hair shine and also has excellent strengthening capabilities. Indigo is a plant derived from the dried and powdered leaves of “Indigofera tinctoria” it contains a dark-blue dye molecule. Indigo adds strengthening qualities to the hair, it also possesses anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Indigo cleanses the scalp, restores the natural PH of the scalp and promotes hair growth. To identify authentic indigo powder it should be green in colour and smell like frozen peas. When mixed with water a blue gaze forms over the top. Also when you place wet indigo powder on a piece of paper or cloth, blue dye should leak out.

I am currently contemplating dying my hair with henna & indigo


Colour Information

Henna used on its own will give hair a reddish tint

Indigo used on its own will give hair a bluish blackish tint

Indigo mixed with Henna will give a medium to deep brown hue

Indigo applied over the top of Henna Treated Hair will give a glorious black colour

Amount of Henna/Indigo to be used – General Guide

100 grams (1 box) – Shoulder length Hair

200 grams (2 boxes) – Medium Length Hair

300 grams (3 boxes) – Long Hair

I will be highlighting how you can use Henna & Indigo together to get your preferred Hair Colour

Mixing Indigo with Henna for a Medium to Deep Brown Hue

Prepare the Henna by mixing it into a paste with some warm water and letting it sit for about 12 – 24 hours in a cool dark place by which time the dye would have been released.

Then mix the indigo into the henna paste until you get a yoghurt like consistency. If you feel it is too thick, you can add some warm water.

Allow the henna & indigo mixture to sit for about 15 minutes.

Next section your dry or damp hair and begin to apply the henna & indigo mixture as you would a relaxer or hair dye thoroughly coating all your hair strands. Be sure to protect your hands with gloves and drape a towel over your shoulders to prevent staining during application. You can also put some Vaseline around your hairline and ears to prevent staining.

Cover hair in a plastic cap and leave on for about 1-6 hours. You can also leave the mixture in your hair overnight to get a really dark effect. Also using an extra cap or scarf would produce more heat allowing faster dye release.

Then proceed to rinse your hair to remove any residue. Next you can do a light deep condition with a moisturising deep conditioner. (Rinse your hair, do not apply shampoo as this will strip your hair of the colour which needs about 24 -48 hours to oxidize.

You can repeat this process every month to maintain and improve the colour.

Note: The higher the proportion of indigo you use, the darker the brown will be.

Applying Indigo over Henna Treated Hair for a Black Colour

This is an excellent method for covering grey hairs, for this process you will need to apply Henna to your hair first before you can follow up with Indigo.

First you will prepare the Henna by mixing it into a paste with some warm water and letting it sit for about 12 – 24 hours in a cool dark place by which time the dye would have been released.

Then you will apply the henna as you would a relaxer or hair dye thoroughly coating all your hair strands. Be sure to protect your hands with gloves and drape a towel over your shoulders to prevent staining during application.

Cover hair in a plastic cap and leave the henna in your hair for about 1-4 hours. Using an extra cap or scarf would produce more heat allowing faster dye release. Then rinse.

Next mix indigo with warm water until you get a yoghurt like consistency. Optional tip – You can add a teaspoon of salt per 100 grams of indigo for a darker colour. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes.

Next section your dry or damp hair (previously hennaed hair) and apply the indigo paste as you would a relaxer or hair dye thoroughly coating all your hair strands. Be sure to protect your hands with gloves and drape a towel over your shoulders to prevent staining during application.

Cover hair in a plastic cap and leave on for about 1-8 hours.

Then proceed to rinse your hair to remove any residue. Next you can do a light moisturising deep condition, do not use a protein deep conditioner.

Points to Note:

It is important to use indigo almost as soon as possible after mixing it as the release of colour starts immediately.

When washing out henna and indigo be sure to thoroughly rinse your scalp to prevent any dye residue from settling there.

Do not use shampoo for 24-48 hours after treating hair with henna & indigo.

You can do this henna & indigo colouring process over a two day period if it is more convenient for you.

If you have a lot of grey hair which you want to cover up it may be advisable to do more frequent henna and indigo treatments in the beginning so as to maintain the hair colour.
Then as time goes on you can reduce the frequency.

In your attempt to cover up grey hair do not use indigo alone as this will make the hair still grey in colour and will not give any noticeable improvement or worse, grey hair may turn blue.

You can repeat this process every month to maintain and improve the colour.

To get good colour indigo it is advisable not to mix it with anything else apart from water.

Henna & Indigo may cause your curl pattern to appear looser over time.

You can also do a conditioning henna treatment where you allow the henna to fully oxidize before you mix the conditioner in or a henna gloss treatment where you apply the conditioner to henna from the start.

You can also mix your henna with about 3-4 green tea bags, water with lemon juice or orange juice or vinegar as opposed to warm water alone.

When buying henna and Indigo be sure to buy Body Art Quality.
    
Indigo used on its own does not tend to dye hair properly, it is best to use it mixed with henna or on henna treated hair.

After dying your hair with henna & indigo you may want to switch to more gentle shampoos to preserve the colour.

Do not use metal utensils when working with henna & indigo always use plastic or glass containers.

Thank you all for reading this post on dying your hair with henna & indigo. If you have experience with dying your hair with henna & indigo please share your method and results. I will also love to know if any others are willing to try this method of dying hair. Please don’t forget to leave any questions or comments you might have.


Forgive me my loves, I am currently trying to sort through the Hair Growth Challenge Participants and will be making the announcements shortly. 

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Frank Herbert, Dune

Monday, 14 November 2016

Product Review – Lotta Body Moisturise Me Curl & Style Milk + Wash Day Results

Hello everyone just wanted to share this product review of an awesome product I have found recently which is the Lotta Body Moisturise Me Curl & Style Milk. I have recently started using this product in conjunction with my own brand of moisturiser the Wura’s Secret Hair Moisturiser and I must say I have gained good results from the Lotta Body Curl & Style Milk.



On the product bottle the Lotta Body Curl & Style Milk is said to contain Coconut & Shea Oils. It has 3 main product claims which are clearly stated in front it defines curls, tames frizz and adds moisture and brilliant shine. Another reason why I like this product is because it is clearly stated to be for people with relaxed and natural hair.

The Lotta Body Curl & Style Milk is said to deeply hydrate hair from the inside out, leaving hair soft and nourished with brilliant shine. It moisturises dry, frizzy hair for springy hydrated curls. It also detangles, conditions and controls curls while adding brilliant shine, body and bounce.

Product Instructions: Apply to damp, towel-dried or dry hair. Distribute evenly through hair with fingers from roots to ends. Style as desired.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water (Eau), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Cetirmonium Chloride, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-37, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, PEG-150 Distearate, Ceteareth -20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Acetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Coumarin, Limonene, Dizolidinyl Urea, Methylisothiazolinone

Pros

It can be used on all hair types i.e. whether your hair is natural or relaxed. I think this is important as I like when products are meant to cater to all hair types and do not place unnecessary restrictions on certain hair types.

It acts as a good hair moisturiser and keeps your hair feeling hydrated over a long period of time.

If you have coarse hair like me, it would help to soften your hair slightly.

It gives good curl definition.

I really love the dispenser top it makes the product extremely easy to use.

It can be used for all hair types and I particularly recommend it for those with low porosity hair (in fact regardless of your hair’s porosity I do believe it would work well), it does not contain a lot of protein.

I quite like packaging of this product; I think the Lotta Body line is being responsive to what its customers want.

It is also at a reasonable price point.

Cons

It is slightly thicker and creamier than I would have liked but I suppose this is necessary when it comes to ensuring your curls are well defined.

Rating – 4.5/5 (Very good) I definitely recommend this product

Now on to the wash day results, here I took a picture of the voluminous bun I put my hair in after it was done air drying in two plaits/braids. After washing and deep conditioning my hair. I let it air dry using only the Lotta Body Curl & Style Milk. I also applied my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil to my scalp and used it to seal my hair.



If you have used any other Lotta Body Products please share your experience with them or if you have any other good hair moisturiser recommendations I would love to hear them.


I will be announcing the winner of the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge in my next post which will be up soon, so if you want to win this is the final call please refer to this post here for more details.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"You are only limited by your own imagination" - Benny Bellamacina

Monday, 24 October 2016

Relaxer Update

Hello loves, I am back with a relaxer update. I know it’s been a while since I last blogged and I can attribute this to a combination of trying to juggle everything all at the same time, anyway I am going to be consistent with posts from here on out.

I really want to encourage everyone who still wants to qualify to win in the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge to send in their before and after pictures to get a chance to win the fabulous prize. To win please send your pictures to wurassecret@gmail.com It would be also nice if you can share details of your breakthroughs, observations, comments on how you followed the rules whilst doing this Hair Growth Challenge and any other information you would like. To find out more on how you can qualify to win please refer to this link.

Now let us get into the relaxer update. I started off my relaxer day prep the night before I was to get my hair relaxed. I used my Wura’s Secret Detangler to go through all of my new growth as well as my entire hair, making sure I detangled in sections. I had to pay particular attention to the roots of my hair because that was where I had the most tangles. I spent a total of one and a half hours detangling my hair. When I was done I applied some V05 Silky Experiences Shea Cashmere Moisturising Conditioner throughout my entire hair and sealed with Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil. I then put my hair in about 5 twists.

I got my hair texlaxed on 21st October, 2016, at this point I was exactly 13 weeks post relaxer. I found my hair to be quite manageable during this stretch and I think something which helped was wearing my hair in two braids for about a week as a protective style towards the end of my stretch.  I used the Crème of Nature Argan Oil Relaxer in Regular Strength to texlax my hair. I find that this relaxer is milder on my hair than the ORS one so I have decided to use it or the ORS one depending on which is available to me.

I got my hair texlaxed at the Savvy and Chic salon owned by Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow. If you are yet to check out her salon please be sure to, as they do an awesome texlax.

The stylist before applying any relaxer on my hair put some oil around the perimeter of my head. Then she divided my hair into two sections and applied the relaxer to my new growth. I asked her to put the relaxer on my edges last so that they would not be too over processed. I had the relaxer in my hair for a total of 30 minutes and this got my hair texlaxed. Now the reason why the relaxer was left on my hair for an extra 15 minutes, as the standard texlax time is 15 minutes is because my hair is very coarse, low porosity and does not take too easily to relaxers.  The Stylist thereafter applied conditioner to the ends of my hair to prevent relaxer run-off when my hair was being washed.

The relaxer was then rinsed off with water and then my hair was washed twice with the Crème of Nature Neutralizing shampoo. I used a mixture of the Crème of Nature conditioner that came with the relaxer, Wura’s Secret Conditioner and ORS Replenishing Conditioner to deep condition my hair, I went underneath the steamer for a total of 10 minutes.

After the deep conditioner was rinsed off, she sprayed my hair with some detangler I forget the name and proceeded to detangle my hair. She then applied some Hawaiian Silky Moisturiser and ORS Serum to my hair and blow dried my hair straight with a brush in like a brush chase method.

Then she sealed my hair with some Savvy & Chic Shea Butter. She also applied my Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil to my scalp. See the results below:



She did a slight trim of my ends to get rid of some scraggly ends. However I have observed that as more of my hair is texlaxed, the weaker the relaxed ends look so I might cut them all off later but until then I am going to continue babying my ends. I have been thinking of doing a longer term protective style – let’s see how it goes and please watch this space.



I hope you all enjoyed my relaxer update, it would be nice to know how your hair has fared and any protective styles you are thinking of doing.

PS. Please don’t forget to send in your pictures for the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge I want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to win.

I am so ecstatic that this Blog has reached 500,000 views and I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making this possible and now it’s on to 1,000,000 views.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning" - Mahatma Gandi


Saturday, 17 September 2016

The New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge is Officially Over

Hello everyone, I am so excited to announce that the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge is officially over (the end date was the 14th of September, 2016). I would like to thank everyone who participated and I hope you all experienced tremendous improvements in the health and length of your hair. Please share your experiences in the comments section below I would love to know how you fared.



Now that the Hair Growth Challenge is over I would like to encourage everyone that took part especially those resident in Lagos to send in their before and after pictures to wurassecret@gmail.com for a chance to win our Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil.  To qualify to win don’t forget to like our facebook page. I will leave a 2 week window period open to give anyone who wants a chance to win ample opportunity to take their pictures.  Depending on how many entries I get there may be more than one winner. Also please note that I may publish some of the photos on the blog as well when I announce the winner. I look forward to receiving your before and after pictures. I will also love to hear about your breakthroughs, observations, comments on how you followed the rules whilst doing this Hair Growth Challenge.

For everyone who took part in the Hair Growth Challenge, who are not resident in Lagos, Nigeria and therefore not eligible to win the prize; you can also still send your before and after pictures to wurassecret@gmail.com I will really love to hear about your breakthroughs, observations, comments on how you followed the rules whilst doing this Hair Growth Challenge and I will definitely be sure to make the prize winning part of the next Hair Growth Challenge open to more people.

I will also be posting my own before and after pictures and sharing details of how my hair fared during the New Beginnings Hair Growth Challenge in a future blog post so please be on the lookout for that.

TONKABELLE, XOXO



"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day" - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The proper ways to detangle Hair to prevent Breakage

Hello everyone forgive my hiatus on the blog I am back and thought it important that I share the proper ways to detangle our hair to prevent breakage. Now black hair is not usually straight and varies from being curly, wavy or kinky. As a result, detangling our hair improperly might result in breakage, split ends, damaged cuticles, etc. I therefore created this post to share the proper or healthier ways to detangle our hair, these tips apply to those with relaxed, texlaxed and natural hair and I bring them to you after I have experimented with different methods of detangling my own hair. 



Now let us get into the tips:

Never detangle dry hair: Whenever you are faced with a situation where you have extremely tangled hair, it is important that you avoid detangling on dry hair. If you attempt detangling dry hair without the aid of any product whether you use your fingers or a comb, you will be sure to get a lot of breakage.

Be sure to use a product with loads of slip: If you have hair that is tangled or matted you would need a product that will provide your hair with loads of slip/lubrication so that it can make the detangling process easier. A lot of people use various products which work best to detangle their hair. In my own case I use either my Wura’s Secret Moisturiser or a cheapie conditioner to detangle my hair. Other products that can be used to detangle hair include natural oils, hair moisturisers, detanglers, etc. Some ladies with natural hair wet their hair with water first and then apply a product for slip and detangle that way. It is simply about finding out what works best for your hair.

Do not underestimate the power of finger detangling: Our type of hair has loads of bends and curves so combs might not be the best tool to use especially at first when your hair is extremely tangled. In a situation where your hair is extremely tangled it is advisable that you first use your fingers to get as much knots and tangles out as possible before you go back in with a comb.

Be sure to use a wide tooth comb to detangle: It is important never to detangle your hair with a medium tooth or tiny tooth comb trying to make your hair smoother as this would only result in breakage. Rather detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb to prevent excessive breakage as this is the best tool for detangling our hair. You can also use a wide bristle brush such as the Denman Brush.

Detangle starting with your ends first: You can detangle starting with your ends first and then go up a quarter of an inch at a time, bit by bit, till you get to the roots this will help to prevent breakage usually caused from detangling the hair from root to tip.

You should detangle hair in sections: Detangling our hair in sections is an ideal way to prevent breakage. For extremely tangled hair it is best to work in at least 6 sections to ensure that you adequately detangle your entire head of hair. Simply take a small section of hair detangle thoroughly and twist or plait it or secure with duck bill clips, hair clips or bobby pins to separate the detangled section from the remainder of the hair, repeat until you have done you entire hair. This process is a gentler more thorough way of detangling our hair as opposed to detangling it all at once.

Above all be patient and gentle when you are detangling your hair; never be in a hurry to rush through.

Now it is important I list some ways to avoid having tangled hair to begin with:

Avoid tangled hair during wash day: It is very common for our hair to get tangled whilst we are washing and deep conditioning so we may find that after air drying our hair we are left with very tangled hair. To avoid this, make sure that every step of the way during the wash day process you are detangling your hair. So for example if you do pre shampoo treatments be sure to detangle whilst you are applying your pre-poo of choice. Then when washing your hair be sure to wash downwards instead of wringing the hair or bunching it up, you can also lightly finger detangle at this point. When deep conditioning, after the conditioner has been left in your hair long enough you can detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb under running water. You can also work in sections. Towel dry or t-shirt dry also in one direction and never wrap the hair up to avoid tangles. Also when air drying be sure to employ methods such as bunning or air drying in pony tails to avoid tangles. If you can make sure that at each step of your wash day, your hair is being detangled, the result would be smooth, silky detangled hair.

Be careful when you are stretching your relaxers: When you are stretching your relaxers you need to make sure you apply a lot of moisture to your hair, most especially your new growth to prevent the tangling and matting of your hair. So products that might work for your relaxed hair may not work as well for your new growth.

Try to detangle your hair at least once a week: In a situation where you are not wearing a longer term protective style it is advisable to make sure you detangle your hair at least once a week even if it is with your fingers alone. This will help to prevent any future tangles.

Avoid protein overload: We all know that it is important to deep condition our hair, however deep conditioning with protein conditioners can result in matting and severe tangling of the hair when the protein in the hair is excessive, i.e. protein overload. This tip especially applies to anyone with low porosity hair. It is therefore important to balance out protein and moisture deep conditioners.

Thank you all for reading my post on the proper way to detangle our hair to prevent breakage, please leave any questions, comments, tips that might have worked for you in the comment section below. I have loads more exciting future posts in store please watch this space.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking" - Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday


Monday, 29 August 2016

Indian Practices for Growing Longer Hair – Oiling

Hello everyone, I will be creating posts on some of the practices adopted by Indians to grow their hair healthy, long and beautiful, the first instalment is on oiling techniques. We all know that Indians have some of the most beautiful hair in the entire world; of course some of this comes down to genetics however another reason is because of the hair care practices they adopt to grow their hair long and healthy.

There are many practices adopted by Indians in hair care, which are quite peculiar to them and I will be incorporating their oiling technique to my hair for the remainder of the hair growth challenge and thereafter to see how my hair progresses. I will encourage everyone to do the same as the techniques are simple enough and something that we can all follow. Without further ado let’s get into the post.

(Here is a picture of my bun after church, I achieved this fullness quite easily)


The most common oils used by Indian women for hair growth are amla oil, neem oil, brahmi oil, bhringhraj oil, mustard oil, sesame oil and coconut oil. Indian women apply oil to their hair regularly and the principal ways they use it will be itemised below:

As a pre-shampoo treatment: Before shampooing their hair, Indian women may do a pre-poo treatment. However their version of pre-poo treatments differs slightly. This is because they would usually use only an oil as opposed to other methods of pre-pooing where conditioners, deep conditioners, leave-ins and so on are used. The popular oils used for pre-pooing are amla oil, bhringhraj oil and coconut oil. To pre-poo they make sure that they massage their scalp with lukewarm or normal temperature oil for about 5 -15 minutes. The oil is applied liberally to their scalp as well as to their entire length of hair. You may also choose to wrap a warm towel (it should not be hot) around your head for about 15 minutes to allow the oil penetrate better. You can however cover your hair with a plastic cap, leave the pre-poo in your hair for 30 minutes and above or even overnight; then rinse out and proceed with your normal wash day routine. Now this is something I will be incorporating because scalp massages will actually stimulate blood flow to the scalp encouraging the hair to grow longer, they are also very relaxing. Another benefit of pre-pooing is that it fortifies the hair against the wash day and detangling process making it less prone to breakage.

As a scalp oil: Indian women oil their hair daily or every other day and wear protective styles such as a long braid or a bun. This technique locks in moisture and prevents hair breakage and dryness. Whilst oiling, giving yourself a little massage as you go along, will go a long way in growing your hair, you can spend between 1 – 5 minutes daily on a hair massage. I personally will start giving myself a scalp massage as often as I can.

As a Leave-In: Indian women often use oils as a leave-in conditioner and apply it to the ends of their hair after washing and conditioning it.

I hope this post has given us ideas on some of the practices we can incorporate for longer, healthier hair. I am really thinking that I need to get my hands on some Indian oils such as amla oil, brahmi oil and bhringhraj oil, if anyone knows where I can get these oils please share in the comment section below.

Also if there are any Indians reading this post we would love to learn more about your hair care practices, especially how you oil your hair for hair growth. Thank you all for reading this post on the oiling techniques employed by Indians to grow longer hair, until next time my precious lovelies.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"That's the nature of being a parent, Sabine has discovered. You'll love your children far more than you ever loved your parents, and - in the recognition that your own children cannot fathom the depth of your love - you come to understand the tragic, unrequited love of your own parents". - Ursula Hegi

Friday, 19 August 2016

How to stop Hair Breakage in the Middle of your Hair

Hello everyone, I am back with a post on how to prevent and stop hair breakage in the middle of your hair. Hair breakage in the middle part of our hair is a common problem which most of us may have experienced at some point in our lives. Audrey Sivasothy, author of "the Science of Black Hair" describes this as when your hair falls in a w-shaped pattern along the back of your hair as opposed to a u or v shape or a blunt hemline.

Here is a picture of Lungi, a fabulous South African blogger when her hair was still relaxed, she is now fully natural. She kindly gave me permission to use her photo, please be sure to check out her blog - BLungi for hair, beauty, travel, lifestyle and loads more.


Hair breakage in the middle part of our hair occurs because the middle part of our hair sometimes tends to be coarser and drier than the other parts. Also because it is more difficult to reach when applying products in our hair, the middle part of our hair may be neglected and subsequently break off. Hair breakage in the middle of our hair may also occur as a result of physical elements such as incorrect relaxer application, improper use of chemical services, heat damage, using hair pins in the middle section of your hair or tight ponytails in the middle section of your hair, tight weaves, tight braids and so on.

I shared with you all in my last relaxer post how I was experiencing some breakage in the middle of my hair and how I intend to nurse that area back to health. There are several ways hair breakage in the middle of our hair can be stopped and even prevented, I will be sharing them below:

Section your hair and pay particular attention to the middle portion of your hair when moisturising and sealing: When you are experiencing hair breakage in the middle of your hair it is important that you concentrate your moisturising and sealing efforts particularly in the middle portion of your hair. A rule of thumb to help you and what I have been doing lately is to first section my hair (I usually do 4 sections) and then moisturise the middle sections of my hair first before I go over the rest of my hair. We usually have a tendency to moisturise the outermost parts of our hair better as they are easier to reach however to stop hair breakage in the middle of our hair it is important to moisturise and seal that section properly.

When deep conditioning focus on the middle section of your hair: Deep conditioning is an excellent way to repair the hair and add nourishment to it. It is important to deep condition regularly to correct hair breakage in the middle of your hair. In a situation where you are experiencing hair breakage in the middle part of your hair you will need to focus the deep conditioner in the middle portion of your hair making sure to apply it properly over that section.

Protein Treatments: Protein Deep Conditioners are an excellent means of fixing hair breakage. It is important to incorporate protein deep conditioners in your regimen to reduce breakage in all parts of your hair including the middle section of your hair and to make that part of your hair stronger.

Detangle hair gently particularly the middle section of your hair: When detangling your hair you need to be extra careful with the middle section of your hair in a situation where you are experiencing breakage in that area. Handle that part of your hair with a lot of care making sure to use a product that would provide lots of slip to make detangling easier. Also try finger detangling that area first before going over it with a wide tooth comb (or you can skip that step altogether if you feel you do not need it).

Limit Heat: The frequent use of blow dryers can cause hair breakage which can also translate to breakage in the middle section of your hair. The mechanical damage from brushing your hair while blow drying; can also lead to hair breakage in various areas of your hair including the middle section. It is therefore advisable to air dry as much as possible for healthier hair and to prevent the middle section of your hair from breaking off. Also heat styling tools such as curling wands, flat irons and so on should be avoided.

Scalp massages: Scalp massages concentrating your efforts on the middle part of your hair will go a long way in growing it out and will also stop breakage in the middle part of your hair. Spend a few minutes whenever you can giving yourself scalp massages all over your head concentrating on areas where you need it the most. It is important to use an oil that will actually stimulate growth (please refer to this post where I share the 5 best Oils for Hair Growth) such as Wura’s Secret Hair Growth Oil or Castor Oil.

Avoid wearing harmful protective styles: There are certain protective styles which rather than aiding hair growth – may actually hamper it and cause breakage in the middle section of the hair. Protective styles such as tight braids or weaves should be avoided. Also it is important to make sure your ponytails or buns are not too tight and to keep on switching their position on your head.

Protect your hair at night: At night it is important to cover your hair with a silk/satin scarf/bonnet to prevent hair breakage. However to prevent or stop your middle hair from breaking off, it is even more important that the hair that has been covered is loosely put in a hair scrunchie or something that would not apply too much tension to the hair. You can also do some loose twists or braids and keep them protected underneath the scarf/bonnet.

I will encourage everyone to try out these tips to stop or prevent hair breakage in the middle of their hair. Thank you as always for taking your time out to read this post, it means a lot to me – please don’t forget to share with others who might find it beneficial. If you have any questions or comments please share.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" - Ralph Waldo Emerson