We all want healthy luxurious hair and regularly using protective styles is helpful in reaching this goal. When protecting your tresses, it’s great to tuck away the ends but be mindful of the negative consequences when these styles cause too much stress on the hair.
Did you know that you can do more harm than good by pulling your hair too tight? Not only is a tight hairstyle painful but it can also stunt hair growth. Pulling hair too tightly can ruin your edges and in some cases cause Traction Alopecia, which is baldness caused by too much pulling and friction. Alopecia is very hard to reverse when ignored over time so prevention is the best treatment.
No worries! There’s no need to fret Heat Free Hair Lovers – we’ve got you covered. Here are a few tips to help you avoid these troubles:
Variety is key! Rotate hairstyles and change up your hair routine. Rock ‘Heat Free Hair’ extensions for a month, then slick it back in a ponytail; next try some braids, then maybe a blowout. Wearing your hair the exact same way for an extended amount of time without giving it a break can cause stress on your tresses, especially if those hairstyles are pulling and straining your hair!
When sporting braids and twists, pay special attention to those edges! If you notice tiny red bumps around your edges after the braids are installed this may be a sign that your hair is under too much stress, which is harmful for your scalp as well. We often try to wait until the hair loosens a bit but listen to your hair and talk to your stylist about ways to avoid those bumps and the pain in the first place!
Avoid wearing tight ponytails too often. Smoothing the hair back into the same style every day can really wear down your edges and cause breakage.
Avoid wearing tight head gear like headbands and hats in the same position for extended periods of time as this can slowly cause breakage.
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. By following these tips and talking to your hairstylist about your concerns, you should be able to avoid really tight hairstyles. Loosen up, listen to your tresses and give them a break! My recommendation? Try rocking a Heat Free Hair Wig and giving your hair a rest underneath. Do you have any tips for knowing that your hairstyles are too tight or avoiding them all together? We want to hear your advice – sound off below!