1. Styles that are too tight and too thin
We all love a good set of braids and often want to keep them forever – because what’s the
point of sitting for hours on end to have them done and not keep them for as long as possible, right? Here is the fact, though. The hair around your temple and nape is fragile, regardless of your hair type. The point of protective styles is to give hair a break from combing, styling and manipulation.
This, however, doesn’t mean you should keep braids for too long, nor should they be too thin. We recommend keeping braids for six weeks. However, if you're going to keep them for longer than that, we recommend you touch up the first two or three rows on week six.
Remember, braids that are too thin and too tight strain the hairline, weakening the hair follicles and resulting in breakage - the thicker the style the better. Don’t allow your stylist to pull too tightly when installing braids, this should be non-negotiable.
Tip: Take breaks between hairstyles to nourish your natural hair. Even if you keep your hair natural for just two weeks, use time to feed it with nutrients that will strengthen and repair it.
Straighteners, hair dryers and curling irons contribute to hair loss around the delicate hairline area. The goal is healthy hair and attaining a certain style sometimes isn’t worth it, especially at the risk of losing your hair. Avoid using heat on your hair. Natural hair styles like bantu knots, twist-outs and braid-outs are great ways to dry and stretch your natural hair without heat and get that curly style. These methods are gentle on the hair and will stretch it to around 75-85% of its full length. It is also a myth that hair cannot be braided or look neat if the hair is not blow dried.
Tip: A good hairstylist will be able to braid/style your hair without using heat at all, take your Moisture mist with you as it will assist to make the hair softer and easier to part, be more vocal with your stylist and guide them where necessary after all... you are paying for a service.
Relaxing and colouring hair also play a role in receding hairlines. Dyes and Relaxers carry strong chemicals that strip away or weaken the protein from your hair which can weaken the hair and make it even more fragile.
Natural hair grows longer, stronger and thicker, thus ensuring healthier hair and scalp condition
Tip: if you must colour your hair the less harsher option is henna based hair
colouring and if Relaxing your hair is your thing we recommend you stretch out your relaxers perhaps 3 to 6 times a year vs the mythical 6 weeks or consider transitioning to go
4. Night time rituals
It’s just a pillowcase, what harm will it do right? We’ve all heard the importance of sleeping on satin pillowcases or with satin scarves. But we never really take this seriously. Not only are satin pillowcases a dream to sleep on, they’re good for your skin and hair .
Unlike cotton pillowcases which draw moisture out of the skin and hair when we toss and turn while sleeping, satin retains moisture, minimising the likelihood of breakage. It really does make the world of difference!
Infused with 16 super oils including Argan, arnica and jojoba oils, the Earthy Healthy hair oil R170 together with healthy hair habits will help to repair your hairline, encourage growth and volume as well as lock in moisture.
Note: Hair line issues unless there is a medical reason are almost always self inflicted therefore do your best to adopt healthy hair habits, if in extreme cases, your follicles are completely closed and no longer repairable due to traction you might need to consult a medical professional to assist.