Some of you want to start your hair journey without having to sacrifice your love for braids, weaves, clip-ins and whatnot. Luckily, not only is it possible to grow out your hair using them, but is actually a very useful protective hair style given the low manipulation that it entails.
However, it is necessary to have certain care given that if there is slacking they may give you the opposite of what you wanted!
So here they are:
- Don’t tighten the braids- this is the first one since most of the styling options entail braiding. This is due to the fact that a lot of pressure through tightening is a huge factor for edge problems, thinning and excessive shedding and/or breakage. In some extreme cases, it can even influence alopecia!
- Don’t make it longer than 3 times your real hair- the motives are almost based off on the same ones of the previous point, the pressure from the weight of the hair, will lead to problems such as thinning, breakage and edge problems.
- Change them every 4 to 6 weeks- so you have the time to restore moisture and strength back to your strands from the period that you were not able to do just that. Also even if you don’t tighten them or use them for too long, it is still pressure in your strands, so it is a must that you take a break.
- Every two/three days spritz hair with moisturiser- mix some moisturiser with water and spritz it in your hair with a container such as the one from the photo below, about every 2/3 days (more than that and you may risk unraveling your braids). This ensures that your hair is never fully dry, avoiding potential breakage when you finally take out the braids or hairstyle
- Base your scalp as much as you can- so that your scalp is not unattended which may lead to a dry scalp and thus dry skin that usually looks like dandruff. Use a container like the one in the photo below and every other day (or less) base your scalp with nourishing oils. As well, take advantage of your braids to use oils such as castor oil or jojoba oil that its properties are known to stimulate hair growth.
- When you take it out be delicate but expect shedding- when you do take out your hairstyle be delicate in the case of waiting until your hair is moisturised to comb it (shampoo your hair and do a moisturising treatment before combing or take out braids with a leave-in that gives you a lot of slip) so you don’t break off all the hair you preserved. As well, expect to have lots of shedding given that if your hair sheds about 50-100 strands a day naturally, imagine how many strands are waiting for you from the 4 or 6 weeks that you kept your hair!
- Do a harsh protein treatment followed by a moisturising one when you take them out- give some TLC to your hair to make up for the period that it was resting. Restore some strength with a protein treatment such as the ORS Mayo (here) and bring back some moisture by following it up with a hydrating conditioner.
- If possible wear your own hair for about 2 weeks before you go again– so you can give a break to your hair so the hair can fully restore as well as take a rest. It is also a time to let your scalp breathe a little.
- From all protective styles the best one is wigs- as the last remark it is actually a recommendation given that with wigs you can have a normal hair routine without really ruining your style. Unfortunately, the best wigs are usually very expensive.
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