The sole objective for a protective style is to hide ends so that they will not get damaged and to prevent manipulation. While in this protective style one should not experience pulling, tugging, tightness, chaffing, or anything of the such. All of these things indicate that hair is coming out from the root and if continued can cause permanent hair loss. Crochet braids, box braids, sew-ins are all good but sometimes they can cause more damage. While you may see growth, you may also see a lot of hair coming out as well.
Damage from braids;
Braids are notorious for targeting the perimeter of your head. It is the most sensitive part, and when it is constantly under the strain of tugging and pulling, you will notice hair loss and thinning. How to prevent this? It is hard preventing this, regardless if the braid is loose, because if you allow it to hang it is still pulling, but to help reduce this, one can put braids up loosely where it will not pull down or back. Also, always go to a stylist who has healthy hair practices. They will know different tricks to help reduce the tension on your edges.
Damage from crochet braids, sew-ins..etc;
These particular styles hit you two fold. One is that the braiding of the hair can be too tight, which will cause hair loss. Two, persistent covering of hair will cause hair to become weak, fragile and prone to breakage. As stated above, if you want something to grow in healthy, it needs sunlight, water and air. Your scalp is lacking all of these things when it is covered. For this reason, your hair will grow but it will come in very weak, and it will most likely break off, which defeats the purpose of protective styling. How to prevent? Make sure that your stylist does not braid the hair tight, and is gentle when threading hair through. Also, be sure to not keep styes in for long periods of time, and then go right back into it once you come out. 3 weeks should be the max, but with how much the weave cost, I am sure that this is not economical.
With any protective style, try to take precautions and ask yourself will it do more harm than good? When going into a protective style make sure to prep your hair so that it will be strong and well moisturized. When coming out of a protective style be sure to repair and allow hair to rest for at least 4 weeks. The best protective style is when you do it with your own hair. Try styles with your own hair, you can take it out once a week to be cleaned and moisturized and redo it. And again, choosing the right stylist is key for the health of your hair. Ask questions, referrals, and more questions before you let them in your hair. For tips on pre and post protective style follow this link>>> http://www.everbutter.com/…/what-you-should-know-before-pro…