Lately I’ve noticed a lot more protective styles during the summer months. Box braids, Senegalese and kinky twists have been the top styles.
Although these style are very stylish and convenient, they can do more harm than good if you do not keep these tips in mind.
Do not get your style (braids, twists) installed too tightly.
Many times you want your braids to be tight at the root so that they last longer, but if your scalp feels stiff, you feel a headache coming on or small bumps form on your scalp, the style is too tight. Be sure to tell who ever installs the style to be careful.
Watch for loose braids and twists
If your braids or twists become very loose and its hanging on by a thread, especially around your edges, simply remove the twist or braid. Waiting until it falls out on its own can run the risk of breakage.
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Don’t neglect your scalp and edges
Use a light oil such as coconut or jojoba oil on your scalp and edges as necessary, but stay away from heavy creams and butters.
Do not overload your hair with products
Use as minimal products as possible and avoid heavy products as they could cause major buildup.
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