Hair Breakage

Hair Breakage vs Hair Loss

The Difference between Hair Breakage and Hair Loss


There is a distinct difference between hair loss and hair breakage.  Hair breakage is a fracture on any area of the hair shaft. If there are short pieces coming out when you brush or comb your hair, you are experiencing hair breakage.  Some of the causes of hair breakage include nutritional imbalances, fungal infections, improper use of hot tools, over processing the hair with chemicals, transitioning from relaxed to natural, excessively dry, brittle hair.

Common hair breakage areas on the head include hair ends, also known as split ends. The hair line, nape and area above the ears break off because of tight ponytails, and if you wear extensions and leave these areas out for blending and hiding extension pieces. Improper detangling and blow drying your hair when it is dripping wet can cause breakage because your hair is weaker when it is wet.

To avoid hair breakage, trim your hair every 6 to 8 weeks. Avoid styles that cause your hair to rub together like tight ponytails, or heavy extensions. Let 80% of the water come out of your hair before you blow dry, and use heat protectants that protect up 450 degrees before you flat iron your hair. Wait 6 to 8 weeks to relax your hair.

A great heat protectant is Brazilian Blowout Dry Oil. Its light weight and protects your hair from heat and gives an amazing shine.


Hair Loss



Hair loss is a result of the hair coming out from the root.  The result can be noticeable, for example a bald patch, or hair loss can be unnoticeable until you realize your hair does not look and feel as full as it use too.  Remember, hair breakage always will result with short pieces of hair falling from your scalp.  Hair loss will always be long whole strands, with or without a hair root at the end.

If you have some hair shedding this is normal. You will always lose 50 to 100 strands a day.  This type of hair fall is part of your hairs growth cycle.

Stress, medication, crash diets, unhealthy diets, hormonal imbalance from birth control, pregnancy, menopause, thyroid problems, hormone therapy, fungal infections and nutritional imbalances such as iron deficiency are some of the major causes of hair loss.

In order to know the cause of hair loss, your primary doctor has to run blood test to see if there is an imbalance in your body that may be the cause of the hair loss.

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    • sophia
      sophia says:

      Hello. Sorry for the late reply. In the salon I apply Joico Smooth Cure Leave In Rescue Treatment on wet hair, place the client under the dryer for 15 minutes until 80% of the hair is dry, then when they come out from the dryer before I blow dry their hair, I apply Joico Smooth Cure Thermal Styling Protectant. The 1st product is a leave in heat protectant and the second product seals in the leave in and is an extra layer of protection from heat up to 450 degrees.


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