Hair Today Gone Tomorrow: 4 Things to Know About Protective Styling

The dry season or harmattan as its better known in Africa is upon us already and gone are the days when we rocked our gorgeous ‘fros, wash-and go’s and twists and all sorts…

A true natural knows that it’s all about the edges, that’s why we are either rubbing in JBCO, or using the inversion method, or slicking our hair edge control… Healthy hair is all about the edges and once you neglect this you’d be dealing with Alopecia.

Traction alopecia is gradual hair loss caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. This commonly results from the sufferer frequently wearing their hair in particularly tight braids. Those bumps you see around the tension areas are usually caused by this condition and if you continue without doing anything, it would lead to permanent hair loss….

So how do you prevent this, read on to find out…

Limit Your Protective Styles to Six Weeks Max

Your hair still needs to breathe even if it’s in braids or locs… Take time out to wash and air your head… let down your hair Rapunzel…


Refrain from Tight Braids

Your stylist might want to pick every tiny bit of hair but you got to put your foot down sometimes babe and say no!!! Tight sew-in for your weaves, tight braids, tight tights… basically anything tight isn’t good for you at this period.


Pick a wig over a weave-in

Now would be the time to invest in that wig you’ve been seeing on Instagram but haven’t gotten around to buying… Wigs have made looking fabulous effortlessly easy and choosing a lace front closure would bring on some versatility to an other wise boring style…

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Don’t Over style Your Hair

I know this one is hard but bear with me for a second. When you pull your hair back and style into that updo, you are actually putting pressure on your edges as most of the braids we do are heavy, whether we like it or not. The turning and twisting causes friction so my advice is for you to style your hair as loosely as possible…


Congratulations to our winners from yesterday… you people like awoof sha

  • Gbemi Sajuwa
  • Pearl Igberaese


The answers for yesterday’s questions are in and here they are:

  1. Water/conditioner
  2. Pre-poo – anything you do before shampooing your hair -oiling anything… LOC – leave in/liquid, oil, conditioner, PS – protective styling
  3. Teyonah parris, Omoni Oboli, Solange Knowles, Nse Ikpe Etim, Lupita Nyong’o, Chimamanda Adichie

For more cool stuff, keep looking out for ‘Froday tips…


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