9 Questions To Ask Yourself If Your Natural Hair Is Suffering From Breakage

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ARE MY PROTECTIVE STYLES TOO TIGHT OR POORLY MAINTAINED?

So many of us are guilty of this one. We grow frustrated with our natural hair and throw it into twists or braids, so we don’t have to deal with it. We think it’s a win-win because we don’t have to do our hair and our ends are protected within the style, but this idea only works in theory. Protective styles can be a great way to retain length by eliminating daily manipulation, however, they’re only effective if they are installed correctly. If you get braids that are too tight, they are likely to pull out your edges and leave your hairline a patchy mess. You might even end up with a bald spot where the hair won’t grow back if you rock the same overly tight style over an extended period of time. Also, even though your hair is tucked away it’s still crucial to maintain its care while in the protective style. That means continuing to treat your scalp to eliminate product buildup and moisturize your braids or twists. Try the Uncle Funky’s Daughter Defunk Hair Refresher Tonic ($15.59, target.com) to soothe an itchy scalp and stimulate growth while wearing braids or twists. This spray will also help to neutralize potential odors from long-term protective styling and remove buildup on the scalp.

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