Stronger, Longer Hair Challenge
I do it all the time and I see it all the time- Hand In Hair (HIH) Syndrome. It’s so easy to do. It’s definitely something a lot of new naturals do. We want to play in our hair and feel it. Whether it’s our own hair or extensions, it’s a fun habit…but it can do damage.
You’re stressing your hair out. You are making it frizzy and that isn’t good. Messing with your hair excessively can lead to breakage also. Once you style your hair and your hair is dry, you shouldn’t constantly touch it after that.
Give your hair a break.
Why do some women love touching their hair? There are several reasons. (1) They want to make sure their hair is perfect. You obsess about your hair being perfect and so you always mess with it. (2) You made a recent change to your hair like a cut or texture change so you want to constantly touch to feel this new texture. (3) You just love your hair so much that you want to play with it all day. (4) You’re just bored. And several other reasons.
Good ways to combat HIH:
Get A Protective Style: Something that involves your hair being flat against your head or in twists or braids. You can’t run your fingers through it and you won’t want to touch it because you’ll want it to stay pretty. (Make sure your stylist doesn’t tug too hard when twisting or braiding)
Focus on style: Try new trendy styles like Pompadours, Braided crowns, fishtail braids, etc… If you try and focus on your hairstyle, then you won’t want to touch your hair for fear of messing it up!
Updos: Updos are helpful because they can look bad with a slight tug on a wrong part of your hair, so keep your fingers out!! They protect your ends since they are tucked away. A well manicured updo in styles such as a bun or throwback roll updo should keep your fingers from wandering!
Find a new habit: Manage the amount of time you play in your hair. Whenever you notice you’re doing it, stop and find something else to do lol.
How many of you are victims of HIH and what do you do to combat this?
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