The Main Causes of Hair Damage for African American Women

African American women are obsessed with their hair. It’s not a secret, it’s not an individual thing, we spend a lot of time on our hair.   With all things we do to our hair we end up with a lot of damage and it can seem like the end of the world. There are things you are doing that are causing all this damage and hair loss that you may not even be aware of every day. We will review some of the main causes of hair damage and hair loss and maybe you will spot some of your bad habits.

Is Your Hair Damaged

You could be walking around with damaged hair and not even know it. Maybe you’ve just thought that’s what you’re hair looks like. You may have noticed that your hair is getting shorter instead of longer and have wondered why. Here are some things to look for in damaged hair:


  • Hair that is dry and dull with no shine
  • Limp and lifeless hair that can’t hold a curl or style
  • Frizzy and unruly hair
  • Weak and brittle hair that breaks easily
  • Split ends

These are sure signs that you have damaged hair. Now to find out what’s causing it and get some hair growth remedies.

Improper Use of Combs & Brushes

African American hair looks strong but it’s actually very delicate and needs to be treated gently. When handling your hair, do so delicately. Pulling too hard with a brush or comb causes stress to the strands and leads to breakage and hair loss. This applies to detangling too. Pulling too hard when detangling causes damage to the hair. If you wear your hair in braids or a weave don’t make them too tight, this leads to pressure on the scalp and hair loss.


The use of relaxers is a popular choice among women these days. While there’s nothing wrong with relaxers, you need to be sure you’re not applying them too often or overlapping with color. When the chemicals overlap they break down the layers in the hair and cause weak spots. This leads to dull hair that easily breaks. If you get your hair relaxed, don’t color it at the same time, the hair can’t handle that many chemicals at the same time.

Heat Styling

Almost every day we reach for the hair dryer, curling iron or flat iron or a combination of all three. All this heat is hard on the hair and causes the hair to break down and weaken. This also leads to breakage and dull hair. The breakage is the reason you may not be retaining length.


One of the biggest causes of hair damage is just plain neglect. If you don’t take proper care of your hair it will show. This means shampooing and conditioning regularly and most importantly moisturizing. African Americans generally have dry hair that needs to be constantly hydrated and moisturized. When it grows from the scalp it coils around itself and this doesn’t allow for the natural oils from the scalp to travel down through the strands. This leaves us with dry, brittle hair that needs a lot of maintenance. The hair needs to be regularly moisturized to prevent dryness and breakage.

Damaged Hair can be Reversed

It can be very distressing when your hair is damaged. The first step is to figure out what you’re doing wrong so you can stop doing it. There are ways that you can reverse the damage. Our next blog list some hair growth remedies that will show you how to fix your damaged hair. Don’t worry, we’ll have your hair healthy, shiny and beautiful in no time!

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