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If you consistently wear Protective Hairstyles, be sure to educate yourself on the cons associated with them. While widely known for being beneficial, convenient and elevating anyone's overall look, take these 5 hardly talked about cons into consideration before selecting your hairstyle.
1) Hair & Scalp Dryness: Unfortunately, some of us already have a scalp that is naturally dry, and doesn't make enough natural oils by itself. Such little oil is not enough to keep the scalp soothed and calm. Dry hair can become weak, brittle and break off, whether in a protective style or not. You are at higher risk for hair fragility if you are African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean or of African descent.
2) Scalp Itchiness: A consistently itchy scalp is without a doubt irritating and infuriating. Itchiness can be brought about by excessive tension, synthetic fibers, dryness or a combination of all of 3.
3) Extreme Tension: In order to pull off your desired look, a reasonable amount of tension is necessary, but be assured this can sometimes lead to headaches, scalp pain and swelling, possible breakage or bumps.
4) Foul-Smelling Hair: Once you have a protective hairstyle, naturally you are suddenly washing your hair less frequently. Understandably, you do not want to risk altering the style itself, but because of this, the smell of unwashed hair just may begin to fill the air, or at least enough for the wearer to catch it.
5) Trapped Moisture: There are protective hairstyle wearers who wash, shampoo and condition consistently, but this also presents its challenges. You will often find yourself unable to properly dry your scalp and hair, and eventually moisture becomes trapped, which can cause hair fungus or mildew.
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