How to Stop Hair Line and Root Damage Due to Protective Styles

5d8dc488f9724b4938fe878f0896b273As amazing as protective styles are it can be difficult to keep the roots of your hair including your hair line and edges free of damage after the install when it is not done properly.

Your only option will be to remove the style and nurse your hair back to health. We have all heard all the scary stories of missing hairlines when wearing our gorgeous hair extensions. This post wants to focus on how your can avoid damage all together.

 Do not wear your style too long

If you wear your weaves or braids repetitively with no rest, you are going to immediately notice severe damage to your hairline.

Wearing weaves or braids, no matter the length add unnatural weight to your hair, and the fact hat your hairline and edges are the weakest part of your head, they are the first to show signs of damage.

If your install lasts more than 1 month and you get one almost immediately after, your hair line will start growing shorter and then slowly but surely it will start to recede. The moral of the story is, you should not wear your protective styles for too long. 8 weeks maximum.

 Braids and twists 


To ensure your braids don’t cause any damage, your number one job is to make sure your scalp and edges are correctly moisturized. Doing that will keep your hair from becoming dry and brittle, so deep condition your hair prior to your install.

Next, if you have been getting braids off and on for a long time, after about 3 installs start asking your beautician to leave out the very tips of your edges.

She might stick her nose up at this, but even if you take large amounts of breaks, your edges still have stress from braids from every install.

Another thing you will want to do is after you take your braids out, make sure you wash and style your hair in cornrows or twists for 1-3 days.

Because your hair has been pulled, styled, and manipulated for a month or more even while in braids, your roots might need some really good rest. No touching or styling.

 Weave (Sew-Ins, Lace Front, etc.)

If you have some hair left out, protect it every night! You would be surprised how damaging leaving your hair out at night can be if your hair if it is not wrapped in silk/satin. these material help you to retain moisture.

If your hair is braided all they way around, the best thing you can do after taking out an install is make sure to take a break. Your hair was in a great protective style, but it was under a lot of weight, and your hair was not able to get oxygen flow to breath.

Taking care of your hairline can be easy and painless by doing all the normal hair maintenance, and is very crucial to the state of being to your edges and hairline. Comment below and tell us your best tips for protecting your edges while wearing a protective style.

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About Tyne Dickson


My name is Tyne, I'm attending my 3rd year of high school at a performing and visual arts program. I'm a proud theatre major with a 4.2 GPA. My plan is to go to college for theatre as a minor and major in psychology as a career option. My days consist of early wake-ups and being late night work. I have been natural all my life, and have had serious trials and tribulations with my hair, and I have reached a goal of mine to be able to write and help others with their hair as much as others have helped me!

About Tyne Dickson


My name is Tyne, I'm attending my 3rd year of high school at a performing and visual arts program. I'm a proud theatre major with a 4.2 GPA. My plan is to go to college for theatre as a minor and major in psychology as a career option. My days consist of early wake-ups and being late night work. I have been natural all my life, and have had serious trials and tribulations with my hair, and I have reached a goal of mine to be able to write and help others with their hair as much as others have helped me!

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Enez Laurendine

Some people can’t protective style! Or use every method of it! I’ve come to terms with me not being able to wear box braids for a whole 2-3 months! I can only wear them for 2-3 weeks which is why I do them myself and I’m not out of $200

Tina Day

SMART

Phoenix McGee

How about restoring the hairline in men and women?

Krystal White

These problems come from either your braider and/or your own neglect

Kadi Sunshinekisses

This is neglect and twisting the hair 2 tight. That’s why is not every style I wear, even tho its protective

Enez Laurendine

Bingo! Neglect!!! People put in a protective style and think that’s the end of it!

Markisha Tingle

I don’t even have patience for a protective style i just where a high puff and keep it moving

Antinea Nicole Ellis Johnson

I would shave it bald.

Tina Day

Lol

Carlene Cadogan

umm protective styles shouldn’t damage hair … hence the “protective” in the name. they don’t know what they are doing and take a thing too far and ruin their hair.

Cami Cam Swans

Alisha Perine lol

Martha Branham

Good article

Alisha Perine

Cami Cam Swans we just had this convo the other smdh

Nichole Reynolds

..it’s all good, John Legend says he loves all your curves…and your edges. Lol

Imani Batiste-Henry

OMG… LOL!

Tina Day
Kadi Sunshinekisses

Lol lol

Maria Bello

Any remedy for receding hair line like the one in the picture displayed

Jade Davies Phiri

….

Shalonda Lee Hood

This is the craziest oxymoron I’ve ever seen. This is why I don’t believe in “protective styling”. Just take care of your hair and you’ll be ok. All this crap and terms people keep coming up with is unnecessary. Next thing, they’ll tell you to turn upside down and your hair will grow faster…that’s so dumb.

Palma Rosa
Palma Rosa

Um……believe it or not, people are actually doing that.

Ifraj Ingram

I know a lot of braiders braid customers hair to tight plus sometimes people leave braids in to long on top of extra tight edges is a recipe for disaster

dee
dee

Good article. Nice writing from some one so young and talented! Keep up the good work Tyne!