Protective styling can be a hit or miss; it could also be beneficial or detrimental depending on the individual and/or style chosen. In this post, I want to share 10 biggest protective styling mistakes you should avoid at all cost if you want to grow your natural hair long!
While many have achieved great results from protecting their hair, many have also achieved disappointing and damaging results which sometimes negates the purpose of protective styling.
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What You Will Learn in This Post
1. You don’t take care of your hair while it’s being “protected”
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3. Your stylist trims the hair that’s sticking out of a braid (cornrows, singles, twists e.t.c) to give your style a more polished look
4. Your braids are too heavy
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5. Your braids are too tiny
6. Braids are too tight
Tight hairstyles can rupture the hair follicles, which can permanently damage your roots and hinder new growth. This is why it’s difficult for many women to regrow the hair around their edges, long after a hair mishap.
7. You cut off your hair when taking down your braid
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8. You have an Impatient and Ignorant Stylist
9. You do the same style each time
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10. You keep the style in for way too long!
Hair kept in braids, particularly heavy and tiny ones for a long period of time will eventually be weakened and thus shed in chunks or even break off.
This is especially true when cleansing, conditioning and moisturizing is not done whilst the hair is in braids. The length of time your hair can handle and benefit from a protective style will vary from person to person.
Personally, I have found that I achieve the greatest benefits with protective styling when my hair is left in braids no longer than 5 weeks. Anything after this time frame often results in excessive breakage, even if I was diligent with cleansing and moisturizing.
Take Home Point
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