Q: Elle, how can I reduce the amount of hair that I lose when detangling and styling. I do wash and gos every2-4 days, and I only detangle with a comb once a week. However, I lose hair when I finger/comb detangle, then I lose hair when I apply leavin, then I lose more hair when I apply gel. Does this happen to you? I’m being gentle, it’s not like I’m roughly raking these products through my hair. But I lose hair with every step of the styling process, and I hate it! What’s going on? Mostly I’m seeing full strands, but there are a handful of broken hairs and ends on my hands and in the sink as well. Thanks. Sigh.
A: Well, how much hair are you approximately losing when you do your hair? Remember that it’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day, and often times with kinky curly hair, our shed hairs get caught in our hair unless we are manipulating it in some way. I never really see strands of hair on my clothes, so if I don’t touch my hair for a few days, I expect to see more hair come out when I finger detangle or comb in the shower, and also when I style because I know I haven’t gotten all the shed hairs out in the shower. Also, as your hair gets longer, the same number of strands will look like more if you ball the hair up because there is more of it. Sometimes I’m like, “Ohhhh my goodness, I’m totally going bald!” but then I realize that the actual amount of hair is probably the same. Something gross I like to do is put the hair on my shower wall “spread out” so I can get a better idea of how much hair it is (then clean it).
Regarding the broken hairs, are you sure it’s really a HANDFUL? I ask because that is quite a lot. I usually am fine if I see like…five or less broken strands when I do my hair. If it’s more then that, I try to think about what products I have been using for the week and what’s in them (moisture or protein), as well as the last time I washed my hair. If I think I’ve been using a lot of moisture and no protein (and if my hair feels kind of stretchy), I’ll use more protein that day in my products and assess how my hair feels the next time I condition, then may also do a quick PT in the shower. If I’ve been loving all over protein (which I sometimes do when I’m playing with my Blue Eco) and my hair feels a bit dry, I’ll give that a rest and switch to more moisturizing products.
Ultimately, if you are still concerned with your shedding, garlic pills are supposed to help – I took these for a loooong time (like, before I even BC’ed) and recently stopped due to my Viviscal Growth Challenge (as Viviscal is supposed to decrease shedding), and I’ve never had what I would call excessive shedding. The pills are fairly cheap as well, so you won’t be breaking the bank if you decide to try them. I got mine from Trader Joe’s mainly, but I haven’t seen them in the past few months. I’ve also gotten them from Whole Foods.
Anyway, hope that helps answer your question. Good luck!