Protective Hair Styling & Its CONS

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Although convenient and advantageous for the long-time wearer, protective hairstyles are also known for possessing a few cons. Everyone should know about the disadvantages associated with protective styles, especially a long-term wearer. Continue reading.

Dry Hair & Scalp: If you already have a naturally dry scalp and do not make enough natural oils, this can certainly be an issue. What little natural oils you are barely making is not enough to coat the hair and soothe your scalp. Should your hair remain in a dry state, expect your hair to become fragile, brittle and eventually break, even while in a protective hairstyle.

Itchy Scalp: There is nothing more distracting and annoying than a constant itchy scalp. This can be caused by excessive tension, dryness and/or synthetic fibers from hair extensions irritating the scalp. Speaking of excessive tension, keep reading.

Excessive Tension: This goes without saying, but a reasonable amount of tension is required to achieve a desired look. However, excessive tension can lead to bumps, scalp swelling, itching, pain and/or possible breakage.


Smelly Hair & Scalp: The frequency of shampooing and washing your hair is often reduced tremendously when wearing a protective style. Because of this, a malodorous stench will undoubtedly catch your attention. Usually, protective style wearers do not want to risk altering their desired look. On the flip-side, others may wash and clean consistently, but are unable to properly dry the hair and scalp. Ultimately, moisture becomes trapped, which can cause mildew and/or hair fungus.

Be mindful that while protective styling promotes hair growth, it is imperative to always remember to practice the necessary pre and post haircare techniques to keep your scalp healthy and free of irritation.

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