With the increase in braided protective styles, one has to wonder how to keep these braids from pulling out our natural hair. Whether you use kanekalon hair (expression) Marley hair (kinky) or multi braids, the fact still remains that your hair is pulled at some point and without proper caution, it could be pulled out. This post today, gives out four tips to maintain and keep your hair healthy and avoid breakage when your hair is in a protective style- Braids
1. Protect Your Hair At Night
Tying your hair up at night isn’t just a natural hair practice. It’s a habit worth cultivating. Wheether you braid or you install weaves, tying up your hair at night keeps your hair looking fresh and makes it last for longer. Sometimes when we sleep, we toss and turn and this sometimes strains your hair and causes frizz and even dries up your scalp and hair.
2. Keep Your Scalp Moist
This step is very important as one of the most prevalent causes of breakage is dryness. Spraying your hair with water from a spray bottle doesn’t waste anytime. Mix the water with olive and/or coconut oil if you like. Hair thrives on moisture, take advantage of it.
3. Avoid unnatural products when keeping hair moisturized
Using the right products to moisturise your hair is very important and this has nothing to do with natural hair, the most important ingredients to avoid are mineral oils and these are the key ingredients in most popular braid moisturizers, opt instead for natural oils similar to the ones I just mentioned earlier like coconut oil and almond oil. These oils are great for soothing the scalp and retaining moisture without building up and clogging your pores like generic braid sprays often will. If you are looking for non-greasy moisture use a natural leave-in conditioner instead.
4. Avoid constant up-dos
If you know me personally, you’ll know that updos and braided styles are my favorite things in the world, but it doesn’t make it any healthier for your hair. Tugging, twisting, and pony tails stress your hairline and makes your hair generally weaker. Try to limit your styling to… maybe 3, 4 times a week, just to protect your tresses.
5. Don’t pull too tightly when styling
When I was younger, I wouldn’t say a word if y hair hurt, because the hairdressers used to bully me. But now! I am very particular about this bit. When you braid your hair, it’s best to keep braids moderately loose and especially when styling, don’t hold your ponytails too tight or other styles. This could cause traction alopecia