Nowadays many women are preferring natural hair to chemically relaxed hair, but transitioning to a natural style involves some challenges. Natural hair is very susceptible to damage, and most hair styling practices are damaging. The following are some common causes of damage to natural hair.
- First of all, when hair strands rub against each other, there is friction. Friction occurs when hair is combed, brushed, washed, conditioned, or manipulated in any way. The result of friction is most often tangling.
- Hair is also damaged by tension. Tension is applied when the hair is braided or pulled into a puff or whenever the hair is pulled tightly. This pulling can result in a type of hair loss called traction alopecia.
- Heated styling implements, like blow dryers or flat irons, remove moisture from the hair. Dry hair is likely to break.
- A shampoo with a pH higher than 5.5 can create a pH imbalance, which can damage the cuticle. Many shampoos contain the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate, which strips the hair of its natural moisturizers. Regular harsh shampoos can damage the cortex of your hair, the bonds that give it strength.
- Finally, chemical treatments, like relaxers and dyes, strip fatty acids from the hair to make it porous, allowing water to enter and swell the hair shaft. A swollen hair shaft creates more friction, tangling, and damage.
If your hair is damaged, you’re likely to notice that it is dull rather than shiny, that it has lost elasticity and doesn’t stretch out as much as it used to, and that it is brittle and easy to break. Damaged hair is also more likely to tangle and to have split ends.
The longer your hair is, the more likely it is damaged. The more you have manipulated it through braiding, the more likely it is to be thinner than you would like. t444z in South Africa is a hair regrowth formula meant to strengthen and regrow natural hair that has been damaged through braiding and other stresses put on it. It contains natural ingredients like shea butter, castor oil, rose oil, and many other herbal ingredients. It comes in shampoo, a conditioner, and a hair food, and it is designed for all types of African or ethnic hair.