It’s always great to switch things up with your hair once in a while. Giving it a break by wearing a protective style cuts back on the amount of time you’d have spent styling it, maintaining the length and generally, remaining low maintenance. While protective styling can be beneficial in promoting the growth of your hair and retaining the length of your hair, it can also be detrimental to your hair line and especially the weaker parts of your hair which need protection. Here are some protective styles that if not well done and maintained could just damage your hair.
Weaves, Wigs And Extensions
Weaves, wigs and other extensions help in keeping your natural hair safely tucked away. However, wearing them for too long can cause breakage, especially if it starts balling and folding. Wearing a wig or weave on damp hair leads to a foul smell, and even leads to mildew and bacterial infestation. If you plan to keep a weave for some time, it is important to properly shampoo and deep condition your hair. Most people sweat on the scalp, as such shampooing your hair regularly is important. Wigs with cotton and nylon caps absorb moisture for your hair leading to dry damaged hair; opt for netted caps which will allow your hair to breath. Additionally, dry and damaged hair will lead to the overuse of products which can easily clog your pores. It is highly recommended that you ensure that your hair is well tucked away to avoid balling and folding which can lead to breakage.
Although cornrows are viewed as a protective styling, they can be damaging to your hair, mainly depending on the technique applied by your stylist. A technique that applies too much tension on the root can be daunting to your hair. Use of small bits of hair, and too much extension and often pulling in the different directions can rip off your hair. If you are going to get cornrows it is important to ensure that your stylist is gentle enough to protect your hair.
Whatever protective style that you use, it is important to understand that wearing it for too long can damage your hair due to pulling, tugging and generally the application of different styles. Additionally, be ready to give your hair breaks during the different styles. This allows for a proper wash and deep condition while it is open and free.
Braids can cause your hair to break and especially if your style is pulled tightly, causing traction and too much pressure to the hair line. The hair line is the weakest part of your hair as such it is important to ensure that your stylist takes utmost precaution while installing the braids. Tying them too tight can also add tension to the hairline. Instead, let them hang loosely and do not keep them for too long a period of time. Braids should also be chunkier on the roots than the rest of the extension. This helps in ensuring that your hair is protected every time the braid is manipulated.