3. If you relax, save the nape area for last
Typically you would start your relaxer process wherever it is most comfortable for you so that you can get finished quickly. However, if you are having problems with your nape area we would suggest processing that area is relaxed last along with the edges so that the chemical is not sitting on there for the longest amount of time. If you do these areas first, then your nape and edges will always be weaker and more vulnerable than the rest of your strands, so if you want to avoid an impoverished looking nape, then leave the perimeter for last if you are relaxing.
4. Do not include the nape in any protective styles involving extensions(affiliate link)
In the video we are about to show you the young lady is sporting a braided protective style, however, she braids her nape area and does not add any kind of braided extension hair to it. This way the nape has no additional weight added to it and remains protected and un-tampered with for the duration of the style. Even if you are not into extensions, your styling options can affect your nape hair ( buns already mentioned).
5. Protect Protect Protect
Keep your nape braided either in single individual braids (no extensions(affiliate link)) or in a single cornrow across when you are not moisturizing and sealing it, that means 99.9% of the time. When you are wearing your hair down, the cornrow will be nicely hidden but your nape will be less likely to break. The moral of the story is, moisturize, seal and leave that nape alone until you are satisfied with your progress.
6. Don’t scrape the nape
Yes, I’ve stressed on setting it apart and protecting it, but this point still deserves to stand alone. In styling and detangling we may tend to use combs, brushes, hair pins and clips to help us manipulate the hair and train it in the direction we want it to go for the purpose of the style. Do not take a comb, brush or any styling tools or accessories to the hair, especially the nape area that you are trying to grow out.
It is best that you use finger detangling in this area and avoid using anything that will scrape the scalp in this sensitive area. Perhaps that pin for the chignon is not such a great idea after all. Aside from creating friction that can break off the hair, you may risk irritating the site and contribute to abrasions which may turn to sores if you are not careful.
Check the video from KinkyStyles1980 below and see how she protects her nape.
Updated by Marsha Buchannan