Protective hairstyles are one of the ways to guarantee hair growth but we get it wrong sometimes. From adding too much tension to your scalp to neglecting your hair while in that protective style. Despite its many benefits, it is important to avoid making certain mistakes when it comes to protective hair styling. Today, we’ll be going over common protective styling mistakes that might  be holding you back from healthy hair growth.

  1. Your hairstyles are too tight. No hairstyle should cause too much tension on your scalp. If you have to take painkillers after getting your hair done, then that hairstyle is not a protective hairstyle. Tight braids, cornrows, and other styles can put a lot of pressure on the hair, which can cause breakage and damage. These hairstyles, when done too tightly create too much tension on your scalp  and are very harmful as continuous practice can cause breakage from the scalp also known as traction alopecia. To avoid this, it is important to use a gentle hand when styling your hair, and to avoid pulling it too tightly. Instead, opt for styles that are more comfortable and less damaging to the hair. Also, choose a stylist that prioritizes hair health and will be gentle with your hair.

  2. Neglecting your Hair while it’s in a protective style. While protective styles can help to protect the hair from external damage, they do not protect the hair from the inside. To keep your hair healthy and strong, it is important to make sure to properly moisturize and nourish your hair and scalp, even when it is in a protective style. This can be done by using a good quality leave-in conditioner, and by regularly massaging the scalp to stimulate blood flow and promote healthy hair growth.

  3. Leaving your protective style in for too long. Protective styles can be a great way to give your hair a break from daily styling and manipulation, however, leaving them in for extended periods of time can actually lead to damage and breakage. This is because the hair is still exposed to the elements, and can become dry and brittle if it is not properly moisturized and cared for. To avoid this, it is important to make sure to regularly moisturize your hair and scalp, and to avoid leaving protective styles in for more than the required time.

  4. Repeating the same hairstyles. If you repeat the same hairstyle too often, your hair may become damaged or break. This is because constantly styling your hair in the same way can cause damage to the hair shaft and lead to split ends. Additionally, constantly using the same styling products can cause buildup on your hair, which can weigh it down and make it look dull and lifeless. It’s generally a good idea to mix up your hairstyles and switch things up every once in a while in order to give your hair a break and prevent damage.

In conclusion, protective styling can be a great way to help protect your hair from damage and breakage. However, it is important to avoid making certain mistakes, such as leaving protective styles in for too long, using too much tension, and neglecting to properly care for your hair and scalp. By avoiding these mistakes, you can help to keep your hair healthy and strong, and enjoy the benefits of protective styling.

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  1. Fiona Nfodzo

    Thank youuuu
    I needed this education

  2. Thokozile

    For how long should you have a protective style?

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