Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Difference between Hair Shedding and Hair Breakage


There is a world of difference between shedding and breaking hair, however it is a common misconception to use both words interchangeably.


Shedding is a process that is necessary for hair re-growth, it is a natural and healthy process which occurs in everyone after the hair strand has attained the end of its growth cycle. When a strand of hair falls naturally, a new strand of hair grows in its place. A piece of hair is therefore shed to enable a new strand of hair grow in its place.

Shedding is a healthy function of the scalp, however there are periods where shedding may be increased due to pregnancy, treatments such as chemotherapy, menopause/ menstrual cycle/ birth control pills, harmful hair styling practices, heredity, illness, poor nutrition and so on.

Hair breakage on the other hand, occurs when the hair splits at varying sections of the hair shaft. It is often as a result of improper and unhealthy hair care practices, stress, improper nutrition, illness and so on

A broken strand of hair

How to identify whether your hair is shedding or breaking:

1. Take a fallen piece of hair and examine it closely (no need to go plucking hairs from your own head).

2. Check how long the hair strand is; if it is quite long chances are that the hair is a shed piece of hair. If it is a shorter strand, chances are that the hair is broken.

3. Most importantly, check whether there is a white bulb at one end of the hair. If a white bulb is present then you can be sure that the hair strand is a shed piece of hair. If there is no white bulb however this is a broken piece of hair.

A shed strand of hair

Knowing whether your hair is shedding or breaking is very important as this will enable you to correct the problem at hand. Hair breakage obviously requires immediate attention, however if hair is merely shedding there is nothing to worry about except instances where the shedding is excessive.

I hope everyone is getting excited for Christmas, tis the season to be jolly after all. I will be posting some holiday hair styles to give everyone some inspiration and to ensure you all look fabulous for the Holidays, so please watch this space.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks

15 comments:

  1. Informative post! Keep it up!

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  2. I just found your blog yesterday & I love it so much. Following you right away. I just went natural and transitioned for 2months before doing a big chop off the hair so you can imagine I'm obssessed with hair right now and loving my hair for the first time since I was a child :-). Every single post on you blog has been really helpful. Thanks a lot. Does the wura hair care line cater for natural hair or just relaxed hair? If it does, how can I get the secret growth oil, and condtioner? Please check my own blog out www.stylefash25.blogspot.com & follow Great job dear well done

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    1. Hey Stylefash25 I am glad that you are falling in love with your hair all over again. As Wura's Secret Hair Products contain only natural ingredients they cater for every type of hair. For more information on how to get the products kindly send an email to wurassecret@gmail.com Heading over to your blog right now:)

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  3. And oh I forgot to add, you have great hair. I see why people would think its natural because very few relaxed hair look that healthy here:)

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    1. Thanks for the lovely compliment and I am your newest follower :)

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  4. I rarely see hairs with the bulb when I checked but a couple of days, I saw one hair with a bulb and it's funny but I was excited that I could now tell the difference.
    Nice post!

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    1. Thanks dear Dr. Fomsky the white bulb is usually tiny - at the very tip and is actually quite easy to spot as long as it is there. I am glad you saw the bulb, now it will be easier to identify.

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  5. Great post, very informative

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    1. Thank you for your comment dear Shereen :)

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  6. This is one part I have considered really difficult. I haven't really been able to view that white bulb, lol.

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    1. It is there oh my dear African Naturalista if you look hard you will see it. Believe me lol!!!

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  7. hi u r doin a gr8 job keep it up. Pls is thr any bad effect of not washing off deep conditioner after conditioning d hair wth it

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    1. Thanks dear for your comment and lovely compliment. Sorry for the late reply. If deep conditioner is not rinsed off the hair it may feel very weighed down and have product build up on the shaft. It is usually important to read the labels of products carefully, a deep conditioner should be rinsed off.

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  8. i love your blog and am already following you on instagram. keep up the good work. plus am sure with your blog my hair will bounce back to the long, full and healthy hair it use to be. Thanks for the hair recipe will try them out and give u feedback.

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