Because I love us for real, I’ve compiled a short list of the best ways to address protective style installation. Enjoy!
The internet is overrun with "information" about Black Hair and protective styling. The unfortunate part of this fact is that many/most bloggers, YouTubers and the like, have experience with one type of hair - THEIR OWN! This is especially concerning to me as a protective styling and natural hair expert for two reasons:
1. Y’all are wasting money and energy using ineffective products styling and caring for your hair, inevitably resulting in tears.
2. There is a significant amount of damage being done by heeding the advice of those not well-versed in the subject of natural hair care. All kinds of damage; heat damage, stunted growth, breakage. The list goes on and on!
Let's start with Sew-Ins.
ALWAYS use polyester or nylon thread, NEVER cotton. Cotton absorbs moisture, expands, and increases the likelihood of developing mold & fungus during the length of wear. Cotton also soaks up dirt & oil. Nylon is strong & tangles less easily, does not absorb moisture and makes for a more seamless installation, as cotton tends to be a bit more bulky. (A step further....use brown thread for sew-ins if your hair is dark to help avoid cutting your own hair during takedown.)
Protective Styling for thinning or damaged hair.