Shedding vs Breakage


Understanding the difference between breakage and shedding is an important part of any healthy hair regimen. Ladies normaly use these words incorrectly to describe why they are noticing hair that is falling out or left in the comb; however, hair shedding and hair breakage is two different things.

Hair shedding is hair that has reached the end of its growing cycle and NATURALLY falls from the scalp along with its root attached. The root is a tiny white bulb on the scalp originating end. If a hair does not possess this white bulb, then it is not a naturally shed hair, rather, a broken one. Shed hair tends to be longer in length than broken hairs which are generally short pieces of varying lengths.

If you have stretched your relaxer for a great number of weeks, your shed hair will have the curly new growth present on the area next to the bulb, and you will be able to see where the relaxed hair begins. Some find that garlic shampoos or products with garlic extracts help curb shedding. But remember, shedding is a natural, internal process and may not respond to topical, external treatments. So don’t be alarmed if nothing works for you. Changes in diet, hormone imbalances, birth control pills, and pregnancy can also affect the rate at which hair is shed.

Breakage on the other hand is not natural, and is an indication of an imbalance of important forces within the hair strand. Broken hairs do not fall naturally from the head, but are typically a sign of mishandling or abuse. The proper treatments, will help stop breakage in its tracks.

Hopefully, now you can recognize if your hair is shedding or breaking….

Thanks to the stylists at Salon de Sol (915 E. McLemore Ave. Ste 103, Memphis, TN 901-791-2622) for being the guest bloggers today.



About PK

A wife, mother, sister, and aunt. I scrapbook for a hobby. I am a business woman that owns two businesses. I love to talk & meet people. God is working in my life. The mission of this blog is to strengthen marriages. Marriages are the nucleus of our communities and we must nurture and strengthen marriages in order to transform our communities.

2 responses »

  1. Great post. I’ve been wondering about this. Question: How much shedding is too much? Mines seem to shed a lot even though if you look at my hair you won’t know.

    • Your hair sheds on a daily basis between 50-100 hairs. You normally see teh hair in the comb or brush you use. Try not to over manipulate your hair to try to control shedding but do know that you will have some shedding.

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