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Hair Breaking Off In One Spot

Q: I have an issue with my hair breaking off in one certain section of my head. It's always in that same spot and I don't know what to do. The rest of my hair seems fine. Is there any reason for this?


A: There's always a reason for hair breaking off even if it's not very noticeable at first.

You didn't say what spot on your head keeps breaking (nape, crown, edges) but spot breakage is usually caused by one of the following things.

1. Wearing the hair in the same over and over.
2. Pulling the hair too tight in the same spot.
3. Over processing the same spot.
4. Resting the head on the same spot.
5. Unconscious "picking" in the same spot (hair twirling, etc)
6. Hair weakened by heat styling in one spot.

Usually the way to treat it is to first pinpoint what's happening with the section of hair and if it's any of the above, just stop doing it and the hair will stop breaking.

If it's none of the above and the hair is still breaking it may just be a matter of strengthening your hair with regular deep protein treatments.



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Hair Breakage In One Spot Every Year
by: destarin

Q: My hair breaks of in the same spot (right side/back of crown)every year at the same time. Any comments?

Camille's Answer:

It sounds like you could be experiencing seasonal shedding is this happens to you every year and in the same spot.

If it's definitely breakage and not shedding the answer is to increase your conditioning treatments during the time when you usually have the breakage.

Make sure you balance protein and moisture treatments so you hair doesn't become too brittle or too limp.


My hair is breaking off in the back left side?
by: Dawnn

My hair has been doing this for the better part of seven months now and it is on the same side of my head.

I just notice that when I perm that side it does not perm for longer then a few days?

Please tell me what is wrong with my hair and how do I fix it, I have been using different products to try and strength it and I have also cut my hair to match the breakage part and it is still falling out.

The perm does not last long, so I thought it was from my working out daily. Do you have any help for me please.


Camille's Answer:

The problem might be one of several things:

- The relaxer you're using isn't getting the job done.
- Your hair's PH is off causing extra porosity.
- Your hair is damaged and needs an intensive restructuring with a heavy duty product like Aphogee.

Tell me, after you work out what do you do with your hair? Do you rinse the sweat out of your head?

Also, do you use curling irons or flat irons to style your hair?

Please let me know.

Left Side Crown Breaking Off
by: Anonymous

My hair also breaks off at the crown left side and I find it very frustrating. I'm not sure what to do.

I have very course hair and it breaks easily. I also notice that I could stand getting perms on the 5th week but waiting until the 6th week causes breakage and I get a very itchy scalp. It's like I could scratch my scalp to death at times.

I can't go past one week without washing it and it's very dry as well.

The above usually happens around this time (December, January, February into March) and after that it really picks up but I still have to be careful with it all year long.

I keep my hair cut short because that's when it looks it's healthiest.

Any suggestions?

Camille's Answer:

Hi Anon.

It sounds like you're dealing with a chronic case of dry hair and scalp.

Usually in the winter months which is the time you say you have the problem the most, we stay indoors with heating and that helps to dry the hair and scalp out even more causing the itches to be almost unbearable.

Also, dry hair is most likely the reason you have a hard time stretching relaxers beyond the 5 weeks mark.

I think every person who has relaxed hair has the ability to stretch to at least the 8 week mark (I used to go as long as 16 weeks when I had a relaxer and I have type 4a hair).

The key is to wash and deep condition your hair with a good creamy moisturizing conditioner and/or oil, a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer for about half an hour to help it penetrate.

When you do this your hair will be much easier to comb and handle. On top of that you need to use a moisturizing cream (not hair grease) with natural oils to seal the moisture into your hair and ends.

Check out these pages for more info on the topics of hair breakage and conditioners.

The importance of using deep conditioner.
Tips on conditioner for black hair.
Leave-in conditioners for black hair.
Protien conditioners for black hair.


Also, come join our new BWBC online community so we can talk more about your hair and work together to get it to grow back.


Hair Breakage just on Top
by: Angela B.

My hair is breaking off on the top, from crown to front. It's been about 4 inches for 7 months. I have not permed in 6 months and I haven't used heat in a year.

I color my grey with a temporary rinse, every 2 months. I have used reconstructing conditioner, leave in conditioner and protein conditioner.

The rest of my hair is growing fast, and it's past my shoulders. I basically have a mullet.

Any advice ?

Camille's Comments:

I'm interested in finding out how you wear your hair on a daily basis and what you do to style it.

I would go to a stylist you trust and have a good DEEP trim done to remove all the damaged and over processed ends from your hair and also to get your hair into a style that makes sense and had some structure to it. This will actually not only look better in general but will help your hair stay healthier.

How often are you washing and deep conditioning your hair and do you moisturize regularly?

If you're doing all these things and staying away from heat and chemicals your hair shouldn't be breaking.

If you are doing everything right and breakage is still a big issue for you, might need to take vitamins or consult with a medical professional to see if the problem is stemming from inside and not the outside.


Hair breakage on my L side front mostly and some in back
by: Anonymous

My hair grows. A lot. But for some odd reason. On my left frontal lobe. It breaks often. And when I say break. I mean it's completely bare at times. And I don't know why. I've noticed that when my monthly friend comes. It breaks then. Could that be the reason?

I use 0 heat on my hair. I always air dry and deep condition weekly. I only use conditioner to wash my hair. And once every 3months wash with sulfate free shampoo.

I sleep with a silk pillow case and made a conscious effort to not sleep on one side too much.

What could be the reason my frontal lobe hair breaks? And what can I do to stop it.

Hair breakage on my L side front mostly and some in back ADDITION
by: Anonymous

It's actually my left temple. Not frontal.

Breakage
by: Anonymous

My hair breaks off on the left side in the back to the point it is blald what should I do.

Hair breaking and shedding on the right side behind the crown
by: Canadian girl

I have just recently noticed that I have a spot that needs to be covered all the time. When I comb my hair The comb is full that I can use it to make a wig for my daughter's Barbie. The left side is full and lustrous but the right is thin . To keep the area from being exposed I braid it in the back. To do this I brush the left, crown and front and pull it all back. I have new growth in the spot but am worried. Since my hair was long in October and is close to looking like an assymmetric bob in the rough. I do plan to use K-Pak Reconstructor to help strengthen the hair prior to processing it this coming weekend. My. Question is should I continue with the Reconstrutor for a couple of weeks then chemically process or just chopp it off and start braiding or twisting to give the hair a break from the chemicals?

I found something that works'n
by: Anonymous

So I've been taking a Biotin supplement the 5000mg one. Once a day. And it works wonders!! Also for my problem some areas. I been using this biotin liquid called Biotene H-24. I bought it from the vitamin shop. It's been really helping my hair. I hope whomever reads this, their hair problems subside.

breakage in one spot
by: gg

I was hit in the the back of my head with a rock when I was about 7 or 8 years old. Since then my hair breaks off in the same spot. As long as my hair is in a protective style it will grow extremely long. However, soon as I take that style out and begin to where my hair loose and have to manipulate it, it begins to break off.
I can always tell when it starts to break: the spot begins to itch and has a funny feeling to it. When that starts I know the breakage is on the way. I am now 1yr. 7mths into being natural. I have kept my hair in a protective style for months with no problems. I decided last week to take the protective style out and where it loose. Now that I have to manipulate my hair I feel the itching and funny feeling again. What can I do to prevent that spot from breaking when my hair is loose.

Ugh, me Too!
by: Anonymous

My hair also breaks off in only two areas. It's the sides of my head...but I always sleep on my side. Could that be the problem? My edges are fine, but both sides of my head have terrible breakage. I don't know what to do! I'm starting Castor oil tomorrow to see if it improves in a couple of weeks...I'm so stressed. My hair looks like one of those sand timing things, skinny in the middle because of the breakage on the side, but the top and bottom and back of my hair is flourishing.

cicatricial alopecia
by: Anonymous

I also had a spot on the crown of my head that I noticed as a teenager that never seemed to grow more than about an inch. I tried just about everything, nothing really worked. The rest of my hair seemed fine, but by the age of 27 the spot had doubled in size. None of my hair dressers could figure it out. So I finally went to a dermatologist and she instantly told me it was cicatricial alopecia. She said many African American women acquire this due to scarred tissue in the scalp caused by years of hot combs and relaxers. She told me to "go natural" and began treating it with oxygen treatment. The condition of my hair is improving and the spot is finally growing. All black women should really look this condition up.

bald spot
by: Anonymous

blk femle,26yrs old...I tried to stay away from perms and unluckily tried a texturizer in 2012 thinkin it wasn't the same. this cause a bald spot at my hairline in the back and side...I started using 'groganics hair grown n wild' and slowly my sides in front are groing in very slowly and I just started taking biotin pills to maybe speed up the process...I wear my hair in cornrows and some weaves and have avoided relaxers of any kind since 2012..wondering wat can I do to regain my hair? I tried castor oil with coconut oil, it didn't seem to work that well for me :(...I cnt wear my hair up because of the spot , I also have thin hair so im wondering how to gain thickness. sometimes I want to chop it all off... help plz

bald spot
by: Anonymous

blk femle,26yrs old...I tried to stay away from perms and unluckily tried a texturizer in 2012 thinkin it wasn't the same. this cause a bald spot at my hairline in the back and side...I started using 'groganics hair grown n wild' and slowly my sides in front are groing in very slowly and I just started taking biotin pills to maybe speed up the process...I wear my hair in cornrows and some weaves and have avoided relaxers of any kind since 2012..wondering wat can I do to regain my hair? I tried castor oil with coconut oil, it didn't seem to work that well for me :(...I cnt wear my hair up because of the spot , I also have thin hair so im wondering how to gain thickness. sometimes I want to chop it all off... help plz

hair breakage
by: kathy

My hair itches all over but mainly on one section and it's the very top of my head and it itches so bad that it makes it sore to touch.

Hair nightmare
by: Anonymous

I used to have thick, full, long hair. I always has the back short because it used to be shaved yrs ago but i relaxed my hair myself and left the relaxer in too long in one area in the back of my head. well now it's short and broken off. i still have length in my hair it's just short in different sections of my head. i just try to keep it trimmed but you can see through my hair around the sides of my head. Oh yea, my edges are through. i blame that on the silk bonnet with the elastic. I just decided to buy a silk pillow and just lay on that at night.

Hair Breakage
by: RM

Hi, I have a great deal of hair breakeage. I thought it was because I was in the menopause stages, and various things has happened in my life. Now that everythng has settled down I noticed that in the back of me head I sweat and my hair would get really thick and wave up that when I comb my hair all I hear is pop. I have longs strands of hair on the floor and in the sink. I have taken a look at several pieces before and noticed the part which was at the scalp is wavy, so I can tell it is breaking from the scalp. I have the same problem at the top of my head. I am not bald but my hair continue to break and the back is hard to comb because I can hear the bracking. My family has good hair, but my oldest sister whos hair is better than all of the sisters she is having the same problem.

Hair on my carpet
by: Anonymous

I do take medications+ womens 1 a day and try to eat broccoli but my hair is shedding to the point where I see it on the carpet, bathroom floor, kitchen. I figured shedding is normal but i have never seen it like this before. my hair is somewhat thin/thick..i'm so tired of it i want it to either just grow or i would like to chop it off short. has anyone else seen hair on the carpet???

Shedding Hair Chemical Damaged hair
by: Nikki-Poo

I relaxed my hair 3yrs ago and left my perm in the back nape too long. The results were breakage. I don't think it will grow back at all cause I grease that area,treat it, moisturize it and it seems to only grow maybe 1 or 2 inches if that. Now my hair sheds non-stop. I do take 3 different kinds of meds, but I drink water,eat broccoli,take womens one a day to try to reverse the effects of damage that has been done. I need so advice on this seriously!!!! I'm due for a relaxer in a couple of days. My hair itches. When my stylist relaxed my hair 8 wks ago there was so much hair that was in the comb after my relaxer!! A comb full of hair!

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