Flat twist or braid nape
Why do you think your nape hair (and your edges) are the shortest pieces of hair on your head. They tend to go through the most stress during your daily routine because it rubs on your clothes, and we are always trying to smooth it out with hair tools and gels.
Flat twist or cornrow the nape for the duration of your style. Not only will this protect your nape hair, but this will keep your hair moisturized for a long time. You can also take out and re-moisturize and seal your nape hair weekly to ensure your hair remains healthy and protected.
Do not wear tight styles or over manipulate nape hair
Be mindful of the styles you are choosing to wear and how you are handling your hair. The hair around the perimeter is very fragile, sensitive, and very easy to break. Make sure to detangle with your fingers only and not with a comb nor a brush. You don’t want to cause more stress to your sensitive hairs on your nape.
Flat iron* your hair with common sense
You need to be especially careful when adding heat to your nape hair, especially if it is shorter than the rest of your hair. Personally, I wouldn’t even touch my nape hair I would just let it be for the duration of my straightened style.
Do not pass more than once on your nape hair if you choose to use heat. If you are continuously burning the back of your nape or just cannot get that itty-bitty piece of hair, then leave the heat alone.
When using chemicals, apply to your nape hair last
If you choose to use relaxers, permanent colors, and other kinds of chemicals on your hair, make sure you are taking the necessary precautions for the treatments as well. Chemicals can be pretty damaging to the hair already, so the care for your hair before is pretty important.
No matter what chemical you are using, it will break down the protein in your hair and the hair will become porous. The nape hair is already fragile and sensitive, so the time you spend loving on your hair because the chemical treatment is necessary if you want your nape hair to be healthy.
Use your chemical of choice last on the nape hair and for the least amount of time. This will allow the sensitive hairs to get their treatment long enough to not cause any damage or breakage to it.