Mid shaft splits are a common problem among those of us that have kinky fine hair strands. To say the least they are pretty annoying and if the problem is not solved, it will be harder for you retain length because of this breakage. While you may never be able to get rid of mid shaft splits and those little pesky wisps of breakage, you can greatly reduce the number of them that you experience.
As I always stress on this blog, especially for those of us with kinkier hair constant manipulation is something that you do not want to do, but we have to manipulate our hair at some point right?
We have to wash our hair, detangle our hair, and of course style it. Which means that at some point we will have to see those little pesky fallen hairs, but we can cut down on the number that we see by using caution.
1. You may want to ditch the brushing and combing routine. What? no brush, no comb! Yes, finger combing may be a better option because it is more gentle and if you come across a snag you can feel it.
For some of us, (me included!) the elimination of a comb or brush completely may not be suitable. In this case, you can finger comb first, and then use a wide tooth comb to get the spots that you couldn’t get as well with your fingers.
Brushes especially are not good for the hair! They literally can rip your hair out. If you are brushing your hair daily, please stop.
2. Most of us really love the way stretched hair looks, but did you know that stretching the hair exerts pressure on it that may break your hair. Of course you still want to have some variety in your styling, but be sure to give your hair a long resting period from that blow dryer with the comb attachment and that heat from the flat iron that melts the proteins in your hair.
3. Try to set aside some time where you are not focused on stretching your hair out fully. Keeping some of the texture in the hair, reduces the pressure that you put onto it.
The Natural Haven Blog, has a great post on this as well, with neat diagrams of the bends and curves that are present in kinky hair which makes it so easy for it to break. If you are looking to learn the science of our hair this a great blog to read.
You can read the Natural Haven’s post about this topic at: http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2012/07/mid-shaft-splits-cause-and-prevention.html
Using these tips will help prevent the excessive breakage mid shaft splits cause, but also keep in mind expect less than perfect hair. Even with the best of care it is possible to still see some sort of breakage. So if you still see a few wisps of broken hair, this is natural.