While protective styles are a great way to protect your hair from daily manipulation and help you retain length, they can also be the source of set backs if you aren’t careful.
Here are somethings I’ve learned not to do:
• Do not wear tight ponytails or buns as this can cause breakage.
• Do not use heavy hair gel / hard boar bristle brush to lay your edges flat. Try either applying moisturizer or all natural hair gel (I use Shescentit Macadamia Fixing Gel), brushing your hair gently with a soft bristle brush, and tying a scarf to flatten and smooth your hair.
• Do not place your place your buns in the same spot every ddy. If your use hair pins to secure your bun, breakage may occur where the pin is bring placed. Vary the placement. This also applies to claw clips. A couple of moths ago I noticed breakage at the ends of my hair that rub against the claw clips I usually wear to keep my hair off my shoulders.
• Avoid elastics with metal pieces and rubber bands, both can snag the hair. Try Goody Ouchless bands instead.
• Do not west head bands that sit too tight on the area behind your ears, this may cause breakage that you aren’t even aware of, I wasn’t until I was moisturizing one night and found the hair there shorter then it should have been.
• Avoid hair pins that snag hair.