My hair journey has been a long one, full of experimenting with braided wigs, weaves, and every hair style in between. Along the road, there have been numerous ups and downs, but I’ve gained a few significant insights about caring for both my natural hair that is covered with protective styles and the synthetic hair that is on top of my head. Here are my top recommendations for maintaining the health of your wig and natural hair for continued development.
The first impression others get of us
We frequently emphasize the importance of hair maintenance, but why? Actually, one of the first things people notice about us is our hair, which can greatly influence someone’s level of confidence. Our hair is easier to care for and style when it is strong and healthy, and it can also assist shield our scalp from harm. On the other hand, it can be annoying and even painful when our hair is dry, brittle, and prone to breaking.
So what can we do to make sure that our hair is strong and growing steadily? Here are some suggestions that I’ve found to be effective:
Keep your hair moisturized
Proper detangling and deep conditioning of your natural hair serves as a necessity whether you’re getting new Knotless Braids or Criss Cross Braids to install. Put a dime-sized dollop of conditioner in your fully wet hair. Beginning at the ends and moving up to the roots using a wide-tooth comb for detangling brush. When untangling any knots or tangles, go slowly. Detangle your hair, then let the conditioner sit in for at least 30 minutes while you put a plastic hat on your head. In addition to improving moisture, this gets your hair ready for manipulation and tying down.
Avoid heat styling
It makes sense that a lot of individuals would want to frequently vary up their hairstyles utilizing heat-based techniques like straightening or curling. On the other hand, daily use of excessive heat on your hair can eventually be harmful. As more damage is done, the heat weakens the links in your hair strands, leading to split ends, frizz, dryness, and brittleness that are more obvious. The harm could eventually result in hair loss.
Adopt a gentler hair care routine centered on your natural texture rather than repeatedly going for the straightener or curling iron during the week. Find products that feed and moisturize your strands without weighing them down by first defining your hair type. When feasible, dry by air rather than using a blow dryer. The natural moisture in your hair will be preserved as a result.
Get regular trims
Many people attempt to delay getting haircuts as much as they can in order to grow their hair as long as they can. Split ends and damaged ends, however, can eventually prevent the growth of healthy hair. Split ends indicate that the hair strands have grown weak and brittle to the point that they are beginning to separate from the root. If left untreated, these split ends will keep moving up the hair shaft and harm and break more hair. To encourage healthy hair development, routine trims are necessary to remove split ends and damaged areas. By removing split ends and dead hair, you can encourage the growth of healthier new hair. Fresh ends are also less vulnerable to additional deterioration and splitting. This permits the unfettered progression of your body’s natural development cycle and the active hair follicles’ production of stronger, healthier strands.
Now, let’s talk about my favorite styles for healthy hair growth- Braided Wigs. These are wigs that have been pre-braided, so you can just slip them on and go. I love braided wigs because they’re low-maintenance and can be a great protective style. Plus, they come in so many different styles and colors, so you can switch up your look without committing to a long-term hairstyle. Do you know what to look for in it?
Be parted in a comfortable way
While center or asymmetrical parts are now fashionable for knotless braids, go with a part that complements the texture and growth pattern of your hair. This could refer to several parts, a zigzag section, or a side part. To guarantee that your new style lasts as long as possible, stick with what lays flat and seems most symmetrical on your head shape. Hair breakdown at the separation lines can result from heavy parts that go against your hair’s natural growth.
Choose the proper size
Less tension on your hair strands during the installation of Small knotless braids results in less pulling and breaking. Your roots are put under more strain as the braids become tighter and smaller. Choose thinner braids instead, being sure to leave the ends untidy. Long-term harm can be reduced by using knotless braids with a diameter of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Your natural hair can breathe more easily and the tension areas can be loosened by using larger braid sizes.
Only tighten braids as they start to loosen
As your knotless braids settle, resist the impulse to repeatedly tighten or reposition them. Overtightening can harm your hair’s delicate strands and prevent your follicles from receiving the correct blood flow. Instead, wait to get your braids tightened until they start to budge, which usually happens 3 to 4 weeks after installation. Instead than retightening the entire style at once when modification is required, concentrate on particular braids that have become loosened.
Change up your protective approaches
While knotless braids or braided wigs can add length and adaptability, I advise switching up your protective styles every 4 to 8 weeks. This stops your hair or scalp from experiencing excessive stress in one area over and over again. Use different techniques like cornrows, twists, or bantu knots to distribute the stress more evenly. Alternating styles also enable your natural hair to “rest” between fake hair implants. This guarantees continuous hair development and prevents over-manipulating your natural strands.
Use protective styles to include these cautious but efficient hair care techniques into your natural hair journey. Real and synthetic hair may both flourish for longer lengths of time between salon appointments with the right treatments, care, and patience. Make sure to provide your body with the nutrients it requires to nurture your strands from root to tip because healthy hair development begins on the inside.