Brushing your hair too hard when detangling your mane can rip and tear your hair. Try using a silicone-based detangler on wet hair, and instead of using a fine-tooth comb, use a brush with a cushioned ball tip. Make sure you hold the hair very gentle and start at the ends and work your way up. My fellow longhaircareforum.com members swear by Denman Brushes. They rave that this brush is great to use to blow dry and detangle their hair. The Denman Classic Styling Brush D3 is currently on sale right now for $8.99.
Not Trimming your hair
I know, i know....black women hate to cut their hair...especially when you've been trying to grow it for years and it's now starting to touch your back! Well ladies, in order for your hair to grow long AND HEALTHY, you MUST TRIM! You have to trim your hair every eight week or when you see a need to, if not your hair will start to split. The split will continue up to the strands and start to break off. If you don't have the time and money to see a stylist to get a decent trim, a good product to try is Aphogee Gloss Therapy Hair Polish until you're able to see a stylist who can nip those split ends in the butt.
Tight Ponytails...A NO NO!!!!We all love the look of a slick and neat ponytail, but did you know that you are breaking your hair as your pulling and tugging it into that clip? Pulling the hair tightly back puts stress on a delicate area and can cause thinness to your hairline (which is not cute). If your using a rubber band to keep your hair in place you are cutting your hair. If you are suffering from hair lost around the edges, trying mixing peppermint oil with your castor oil and apply it ever night to the balding edges. As you apply, massage the oils into the scalp. When putting your hair into a ponytail, try to use a gentle, cloth-covered elastic band instead to secure your style. My favorite brand to use is Goody.