If you have been noticing more crown area hair breakage and can’t understand why when the rest of your hair is thriving, then let me illuminate you on what could be the cause and how to possibly fix the problem, if not from a medical issue such as an autoimmune disorder called alopecia.
One of the major culprits of crown area hair breakage is overdoing the amount or combining chemical hair treatments such as hair coloring, perming or relaxing processing. For starters, permanent hair coloring products typically have ingredients like hydrogen peroxide and/or ammonia that can be devastating to the health of those strands since it also affects hair cuticles as it removes pigment before laying down the color or bleaching. Perming also uses the same type of chemical that can dramatically weaken the hair from within. Chemical processing like relaxing isn’t risk-free either because it has sodium hydroxides that also weaken the hair’s structure.
As a result, your hair could be breaking off more in the middle of your head. In fact, if heredity failed to give you an ideally shaped U hairline or the texture or the type of curls of your hair is different at the top of your head from the rest, then you are more likely to be prone to crown area hair breakage. Therefore, you need to be especially careful by limiting how often you use chemical processing.
How you style your hair and the techniques that you use also can play a role in crown area hair breakage. Perhaps, you tease your hair to add more height to the top of your head can contribute to the problem. The same principle holds true for playing with your hairstyle too much by parting it too often or back-combing it in an already vulnerable area of your scalp. Then again, pinning your hair and the force it creates as you work it into a style, especially when wet or setting it with hair curlers also abuses hair with more friction in the crown area. Even worse, are adding weaves and braid extensions that put extra stress in the middle of your head, especially if worked in too tightly or are sewn-in.
Though it is hard to avoid heat from your hair dryer, it can help your cause to air dry that top section of your head instead of blasting heat that could damage it further. If you must use a hair dryer, don’t neglect to use a heat protecting product before picking up that blow dryer.
What else that can help is changing some hairstyling habits by giving your hair more freedom from tight restraints. Furthermore, your crown area hair is suffering more and could use deep conditioning to restore moisture regularly once a week. In addition, you also would be well served to use a daily moisturizing hair conditioner as well in that area.
The trick to getting the maximum benefit of deep conditioning in the crown area is not by piling on a lot of the hair product on the entire head and just trying to finger it through to the top. The best way to work the conditioner in the crown area is to part the hair in smaller sections before applying. If you do the application gradually and work your way through more mapped out areas of the head and concentrate on the scalp, then the hair has a better chance to receive the conditioner than just random delivery.
Increasing scalp circulation by massaging the top of your head is yet another way to help correct crown area hair breakage. By using your hands to invigorate the area, the hair can receive better blood flow to stimulate the strands. This can also help strengthen hair and assist with growth.
Though as unwelcome as crown area hair breakage is, you have options of possibly reversing the stresses that you might be putting your hair in once you try these hair care tips.