Choosing a healthy protective style

I get it, you want a break from styling your hair daily. The issue is - whenever you DO go for a protective style, your hair doesn’t get any better. If you want to know how to choose the protective style that’s best for you, keep reading:

SENSITIVE HAIRLINE?
I’d classify a sensitive hairline as one that’s easily susceptible to being damaged. People with a sensitive hairline, usually have a sparse hairline to begin with (genetically, ongoing styling errors or hormonal problems that could be brought on by illnesses). They are generally limited to styles that will not put too much strain on the hairline.

If you have a sensitive hairline, it’s generally advisable to have a very quick daily treatment that’s dedicated to your hairline to make sure it maintains its optimum thickness. I created a simple routine that will help with that.

While you’re on the routine, encourage overall hair growth with these protective styles:

WIGS (pinned or sew-ins)
TRADITIONAL WEAVE (sew-in to exclude hairline)

SENSITIVE SCALP?
When I’m talking about a sensitive scalp, I’m thinking of scalps that are flaky, dry, itchy and get inflamed quite easily. You want to stay away from protective styles that tug at your hair follicles the entire time. One of the simplest things you could do to manage your symptoms is choose a style that gives you access to your scalp at all times. Incorporate a simple care routine that targets your sensitive scalp, using the Aphro Comb to direct treatment to areas that are causing you issues.

My suggestions for a sensitive scalp?
WIGS (pinned or sew-ins)
CLIP-INS

THIN, SPARSE HAIR?
The trend right now is rocking really thick and luscious hair. If you don’t have this naturally, and want to create the illusion of thicker hair without damaging your own hair, then I would suggest the following styles:
WIGS (pinned or sew-ins)
CLIP-INS

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HAIR THAT GROWS SLOWLY?
If your hair naturally grows slowly and you really need a long stint before you notice growth that you’re happy with, then you may need to consider going on a protective-style routine for a long stint. (but of course changing up styles to keep your scalp healthy)

BRAIDS
WEAVES (sew-ins)
CORNROWS
WIGS (sew-in)

When you change from one style to the next, give your hair and scalp time to rest - I cover this off in my simple routine for braids [weaves too]. The secret to realising hair growth is to protect your hair from breakage by nourishing it and choosing a protective style that will leave your hair alone for weeks at a time.

GENERAL RULE FOR PROTECTIVE STYLES

Overarching Rule for Everyone: Protective styles should never be the reason you don’t care for your hair, they should form part of the reason for caring for your hair.

WIGS (pinned or clip-ins) are probably the most versatile of all the protective styles. You can play around with styles while providing the best care for your hair and scalp. Your hair is hidden away from the daily forces that cause breakage, so you’re giving it the best chance for growth. Make sure you’re on a care routine for your curls that will allow your hair to thrive.

BRAIDS are fun, but come with a warning. DO NOT BRAID TOO TIGHT.
DO NOT MAKE THE BRAID THICKER THAN THE HAIR YOU’RE ATTACHING IT TO.
DO NOT LEAVE THEM ON FOR TOO LONG.
DO NOT MAKE THEM TOO THICK.
DO NOT MAKE THEM TOO THIN.
All of the above put a lot of pressure on your hair follicles causing problems for you. Healthy hair follicles produce healthy hair, and if you damage your follicles because of a weighty braided style, it could result in permanent hair loss.

TRADITIONAL WEAVES (sew-ins) are the safest style of weaves. They are a great way to tuck your hair away for a few weeks, while still playing around with ‘your hair’ daily. Make sure that the install is not too tight. A style will probably be still popping after 6 weeks, but to keep your scalp and hair healthy, remove the style every 4 weeks.

CLIP INS add extra volume to your hair and are great if your hair is already healthy and well nourished. If you’re up to trying this style, make sure you’re on a curl hair routine that leaves your hair healthy with a beautiful sheen.

Enjoy STYLING!!!

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