Hair breakage at the crown is more common than most women think. This article will explain the causes of hair breakage at the crown, how to fix hair breakage around the crown section, and how to hide breakage at the crown – until you are able to repair it!
One of the biggest challenges many people face with going natural is dealing with hair loss and hair breakage at the crown (the top part of your head). If you’re struggling with this, I know it can be really frustrating, but I promise you’re not alone!
Although this article is written through the eyes of a curly head girl, all hair textures can benefit from the below tips!
So let’s dive in….
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Why do I have so much hair breakage at the crown?
Natural hair damage can happen anywhere along your hair and it can be caused by several things. But hair breakage at the crown is an especially common problem because that area can be subjected to a lot of stress and handling when we style our hair and go about our daily routines.
Whether it is from dry hair, heat, or chemical damage; from tight, pulled-back hairstyles like buns and braids; from rough detangling; or from rubbing and irritation from hats or headscarves—hair damage at the crown can be very distressing.
Luckily, with a little TLC and patience, hair breakage at the crown is entirely fixable. You’ve made it this far on your natural hair journey, so don’t give up hope now. Healthy natural hair is attainable and worth it!
I like to say that you should treat your natural hair journey like you’re dating your hair. Take the time to get to know and love your strands.
Like when you’re dating a person, you should invest your time and money into the relationship and get to know your partner! Try different products and see what works best for your hair through trial and error. You might be amazed at how much you can grow together!
Everyone’s hair is different, so what works well for some people might not work as well for you. Do your research, keep an open mind, experiment with different products, and always stay patient with yourself. Repairing damaged hair can take a lot of time, but you’ll be so glad you stuck with it.
If you need help repairing the hair around your crown, read on! In this article, I share my best tips for identifying damage and how to treat it.
3 Signs you have Hair Breakage at the Crown
There can be many causes of hair breakage at the crown, but there are pretty much just three sure signs that you can look for. Hair breakage at the crown can occur even if the rest of your hair is healthy and thriving, so be careful to look out for these signs:
1. Short hair on the top
Look at the hairs on the very top and middle of your head, especially around where you tend to part your hair. Are those hairs a lot shorter than the rest of your hair? Do those hairs never seem to grow out? This is a strong sign that something is causing breakage at the crown.
2. Thinning or balding
Take another close look around your crown area. Can you see or feel any areas with thinning hair? Maybe some spots are even balding? This is another strong sign that your current hair routines and habits might be causing more damage than you realize. Damaged hair can be weakened to the point where it falls out and causes thinning or balding in areas.
Balding can also be a sign of other more serious health issues, so if you find anything you’re really concerned about, it might be a good idea to also seek an opinion from a health professional.
3. Scalp soreness
Scalp soreness can be a sign that something is regularly putting too much tension and stress on your hair follicles. When hair is pulled back or tugged tightly into sleek hairstyles, buns, braids, etc., the tension can put a lot of stress on your scalp and weaken the hair follicles, which eventually leads to the hair breaking around the crown.
If your scalp is always sore, that could be an early warning sign for lots of hair breakage down the road.
How to fix hair breakage at the crown
So you’ve discovered the signs of breakage at the crown. Maybe you have a lot of short hairs at the top of your head, or you’re suffering from chronic scalp soreness.
It sucks, I know. I’m sorry, girl!
But good news: hair breakage is usually completely reversible. There are plenty of easy ways to help your hair and scalp recover. It might take some time and patience to see the results, but your hair will thank you if you take these steps towards protecting your hair and you stick with a healing routine.
Here are my 9 best tips for helping your crown recover and stay protected:
Give your hair a rest
If you’re one to always have your hair pulled back into a tight hairstyle like a sleek bun or tight braids, try changing up your hairstyles and wearing your hair down when you can. If you can’t wear your hair down, then try to loosen up your usual hairdo or find an alternative hairstyle that doesn’t tug as much. Don’t pull the hair as tight as usual if you can avoid it, and your scalp will thank you!
Turn down the heat
Heat styling tools like blow dryers can get really hot and cause your scalp to get dried out and damage your hair. Your crown area is especially vulnerable to getting dried out from the heat. If you use any heat styling tools on your hair, try turning down the heat settings so they aren’t so hot and use the cool setting on blow dryers instead of any heat at all. And of course, try to limit the use of these tools altogether if you can, or save them only for special occasions.
In addition to styling tools, keep in mind that hot showers can also dry out your scalp. I’m never one to say no to a nice hot shower but consider turning down the heat in your shower too. I am not necessarily recommending cold showers but do whatever you are comfortable with!
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Mix up the way you part your hair
When we curly girlies style and care for our hair, we often section our hair into four quadrants. The sectioning pulls the hair away from the crown and puts tension on the roots around the top of your head.
If you always section your hair the same way when you style it, try to mix it up so that you aren’t always pulling the same hair in the same direction. You can also section your hair into more, smaller parts so that you don’t have to pull the hair so far in one direction or another.
Try a deep conditioning or protein treatment
A lot of breakage in the crown area can be caused by dryness and lack of moisture in the hair and scalp. The top of your head is vulnerable to moisture loss, and the hair there can naturally be drier and coarser than the rest of your hair.
If your crown area is feeling dry, consider investing in some deep conditioning or protein treatments to moisturize and revitalize the area.
Many people also just neglect their crown area when treating their hair and give all their attention to the ends. Be sure not to forget about this important part of your hair and take care of your crown area when you’re applying moisturizing products.
You may even wish to use more products or additional products on that area of your hair if you’re struggling with dryness. Moisturizing mists can also help hair stay hydrated throughout the day.
Up your hydration
Again, moisture is a key element of a healthy scalp and head of hair. Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water every day. And when the weather gets dry, consider using a humidifier in your house, bedroom, or office to help keep your environment from getting too dried out. In cold months, heaters can dry out your space, so using a humidifier can help keep the moisture levels balanced.
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Always opt for satin or silk
Common clothing and bedding materials like cotton can be rough on your hair, causing tangles, dryness, and damage. If you can, consider making a few swaps: trade your cotton hat for a satin-lined hat, trade your cotton pillowcase for a satin or silk pillowcase, and trade your headwraps for silk ones.
In addition to your daywear and pillowcases, many women with natural hair choose to sleep in bonnets, do-rag, or silk wraps. These soft, extra layers serve as important protection from the friction and tension that your hair can suffer when you toss and turn in your sleep at night.
Even if you don’t think you’re an active sleeper, we all have some natural movements in our sleep that can put stress on our hair whether we realize it or not.
So always look for smooth, gentle fabrics when purchasing anything that will come in contact with your head. And besides, there’s really no downside to this. You’ll be living in luxury with your new silk and satin belongings, queen!
Use caution when detangling
Anyone with natural hair probably knows that detangling is a hugely important part of caring for and maintaining your hair. I know, detangling can be a big job, and sometimes you just don’t have the time or patience for it. It can be hard to keep up and give it the effort it deserves.
But too much pulling and tugging during the detangling process can be really damaging to your hair. Rushing through this step can result in a lot of breakage in the crown section.
Instead, approach the detangling process as one of the most important steps in your hair care routine. Plan ahead so that you always have enough time to dedicate to doing the job right.
Take a deep breath and be patient.
Always work in small sections and work your way up from the ends of your hair to the scalp. Use detangling spray or conditioner, and a detangling tool if you have one.
Try a massage
While you don’t want to tug on your hair too much, a gentle scalp massage with hair oil can increase blood flow and encourage healthy hair growth. The use of hair oil can also be a way to add more moisture to your scalp.
Using all of your fingertips, gently massage in circular motions all over your head. If you have long nails, be careful not to scratch yourself or snag your hair.
It is recommended to massage for at least a few minutes. If you’re gentle, you can give yourself head massages as often as every day. But of course, the keyword here is gentle! A rough massage with tugging and pulling can do more damage than good.
Trim your hair
It might seem counterintuitive but getting a hair trim can go a long way towards healing your damaged hair. Your damaged hair is not doing you any good and it is probably distressing to have it around.
A good hair cut can help you feel fresh and start anew on your hair journey. Cutting off split ends down to where the hair is still healthy can help you look and feel your best. It also helps encourage healthy hair growth and recovery, so you’ll be helping to speed up your transformation.
How to Hide breakage at the crown
Change your Part
Changing your part is a strategy for fixing breakage but it also is a great way of hiding hair breakage at the crown.
Try an Updo or Braid
You may want to wear your hair in a loose bun or braid to hide your crown section. It is important not to put too much tension on your edges. You want your updo and braid to be loose and artfully messy.
Wear a Wig
Wigs can be a great protective style. As you are treating your hair, a wig can conceal and alleviate stress from your crown section.
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Final Thoughts on Hair Breakage at the Crown
Hair breakage can be traumatizing but if you commit to a proper regimen and incorporate some of the above tips you will see a difference. Most things do not happen overnight so try to be patient and trust the process!
What are your biggest struggles with hair breakage?