A self-taught hair stylist Malangeni Maqa has more than 20 years` experience in the hair industry. Maqa specializes with dreadlocks, plaiting and afro hair. He strongly asserts that he loves what he does, and also believes that a person cannot work with hair if they don`t love it. The insightful Maqa enriches our knowledge on hair breakage.
CAUSES OF HAIR BREAKAGE
Dry scalp is a major cause of hair breakage. Maqa argues that most people who plait with hairpiece sometimes forget to look after their natural hair. This failure to moisturise the scalp causes the hair to break. Another contributor to hair breakage is failing to rinse the relaxing cream thoroughly. “When I rinse relaxed hair with shampoo, the colour should turn white. A pink colour indicates that the hair was not properly rinsed”, cautions Maqa.
Maqa further points out that when hair drying, no smoke is supposed to show. The smoke is an indication that there are chemicals which are burning, which are not supposed to be in the hair. According to Maqa, this is one of the things that most people overlook as they believe that the smoke is caused by the heat of the hair dryer.
Undoubtedly, hair breakage can affect both short and long hair. Through this experience, Maqa has realised that hair usually starts breaking from the back. The reason for this being that the person leans the back of his/her head against the rinsing basin. As a result the hair does not get rinsed properly at the back.
TIPS ON HOW TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY HAIR
The enthusiastic Maqa advices that all hair should be relaxed according to its texture. Meaning that it is not compulsory to apply relaxing cream on the hair every month. Instead, it just can be washed and given treatment. “You can stay two-three months without relaxing, only washing and treating the hair. This of course depends on your hair texture”, explains Maqa. “There are other hair textures that can last up to six months without relaxer”, he adds.
Sometimes relaxed hair can have ends and not be equal. Maqa suggests that it is important to cut ends. He further expresses that one should not use any comb for afro hair but only afro comb. For example, a person is not supposed to use comb tail for afro hair as this comb is meant for relaxed hair.
“The most effective way to prevent hair breakage is to keep the hair and scalp moist. Hair food is one product that is best suited to do that”, he advises.
There are various treatments that can prevent the hair from breaking. “If you discover that your hair is breaking, immediately consult with the person in charge of your hair or someone you can trust to handle the problem”, urges Maqa. “You can do your own treatment if you have knowledge and experience with hair. If you don’t, consult a hair expert”, he recommends.
Breaking hair occurs as a result of improper hair maintenance, while excessive hair loss can be a symptom of something more serious such as a chronic illness. One has to be alert about that.