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True to its name, a Protective Hairstyle is meant for just that. PROTECTION! While known for its low-maintenance, convenience and versatility, one should never forget to ignore the health of the scalp. Below are 5 simple tips I am happy to share to keep your hair and scalp healthy and comfortable.
Experiencing Scalp Pain
1) If you are continually confronted with pain in your scalp long after installation, do your scalp a favor and rid yourself of the style entirely. Perhaps this goes without saying, but a substantial amount of tension is required to achieve your desired style, but excessive tension will create Traction Alopecia. Traction Alopecia is a form of Alopecia, also known as continual hair loss, predominantly brought on by ongoing tension and tightly pulled hairstyles.
Washing & Shampooing
2) While wearing a protective style, shampooing and washing your hair will often leave the wearer confused on how to properly clean the scalp and hair underneath. Most of the time, this is because one does not want to ruin their chosen look. But once implemented, it is imperative for you to come up with creative ways to thoroughly wash your locks. A few examples of protective styles that allow for easier upkeep are locs, removable wigs, braids, twists or sew-in weaves.
3) You just might experience occasional itchiness when rocking a protective hairstyle. Make sure you have protective hairstyle products to steer clear of incessant scratching and patting of the head. I recommend having on hand a non-greasy, lightweight leave-in mist or spray for speedy hydration. There is a vast selection of protective hairstyle mists and sprays to be found on Etsy made by small business owners.
4) Hair odor can occur no matter the hair type, and with or without a protective hairstyle. Learn more about what haircare products work the best for you and your hairtype by having a light-weight, non-greasy scalp-refresher, because the cooling sensation will counteract any foul odors.
5) No matter which protective hairstyle you choose, do not leave in for any longer than 8 weeks. 6-8 weeks to be exact. This timeline is very important, as you must allow your hair and scalp some breathing room and space to grow new hair.
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