4. Avoid updo’s or tight styles in the first two weeks, tight or thin styles cause a receding hairline
Avoid feed-in hairstyles that start very thin (frame 1), micro/thin hairstyles will cause your hair to break (frame 2), hairstyles that are close to your hairline (frame 3), you can always lay your edges for a neat look and tight hairstyles that will damage hair follicles, cause breakage and may leave patches (frame 4).
Updo's and tight styles, especially in the first two weeks of a protective style may result in scalp issues, which lead to itching and hairline problems. The scalp is still sensitive at this stage. Avoid tying the hair in an updo, whether low or high in the first week and opt for low tying from the second week. Rather do a side-swept style using pins to hold the hair in place.
5. Retouch your style between 6 and 8 weeks
After a month, you can retouch the first two or three rows of your style (if on braids) to keep it looking fresh or you can start planning for your next protective style. Remember, there's no need to let your hair "breathe" during this time, there'll be plenty of that during the rest of the year! Anything beyond the recommended time is more likely to cause harm (excessive breakage and matted hair).
6. Be patient with your growth - follow your regimen and you'll see results!
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