Hi, this is Sandy from Shallamar’s Hair Solutions. Today’s topic is I am going to be talking about how to grow your hair with protective styles. What are protective styles? and how can you grow your hair wearing protective styles? Some protective styles would be something like a sew in weave, lace, wigs, 360 wigs etc. They’re very popular these days. Braids, twists, anything that is going to cover your hair and have most of your hair out of the way for everyday styling. For an example, if you did a sew in weave and all your hair was inside of the weave, so that none of your hair would be out or was exposed. So whenever you comb and brush and style the hair, it would be on the weave or sew in hair. The drawback on the sew-in weave is sometimes too much tension is placed on your hair especially on the hairline, and that can cause pulling. Also, there are times when once someone gets a sew in, they do not do any kind of treatment while the weave is in.
If you’re going to do a sew- in weave as a protective style. You will need to treat your hair while the weave is in. We at our salon (Shallamar’s), encourage our clients to come back and do a protein treatment once every two weeks while the sew in is still in. We have a liquid protein treatment that we use that strengthens the hair while the weave is in. Another thing is you’re going to need to get a sew in that is not sewn too tight or it’s not pulling on your hairline. If you get a sew in that’s sewn too tight or it’s too much synthetic hair in the weave when it was braided done, it will cause tension on the hair and make it even worse. Ultimately defeating the purpose of growing your hair. So if you’re going to use a sew-in as a protective style, you’ve got to be careful how it is sewn in your hair and how tight it is. Make sure there is not too much tension on your hairline.
You can also do a sew-in and leave some hair out. That’s also a form of protective hairstyles. The problem with that is the leave out becomes a problem because then the leave-out gets all the pulling and tugging on the flat iron in and that becomes a problem. So if you’re going, do a sew-in with some leave out, make sure you’re using hair that’s very similar to your own hair so that you’re not trying to put too much tension on your leave out to try to blend the hair. For instance, if you have natural hair and he uses straight hair for, for the sew-in, and you leave some of your own natural hair out, you’re going to have to keep flat ironing your hair to blend in with the straight hair, which then becomes a problem. So you have to be really careful with some of these protective hairstyles that you’re doing. Some of the most effective ones are lace wigs because you could bring your own hair down, you can put the wig on, and if it’s a customized lace wig, it’s even better, because you can take it on and off without gluing.
With a customize lace wig or 360, you could braid your hair down, you can put the wig on. Some of the wigs, come with bands on them so you could hold them in place. You could wear the wig while out or at work and when you get home you can take I off. The only time a wig becomes a problem is when you start to glue it down. You should not use glue on your own natural hair. The glue is not meant to go on your natural hairline. The glue is made to go on the scalp. So that means it goes, on the scalp directly, not on the hair. Lace glue was made for people with no hairline or with no hair so they could glue it down on their scalp. If you have hair and you put glue on your own hair, it’s going to take your hair out. if you put glue on your own hair, it will take it out.
If it doesn’t take it out the first time, it will take your hair out at some point in time with repeated use. There’s this new gel called, Got To Be Glue, which is good to use, it holds has a glue, but you got to be careful when you’re removing that. You don’t want to pull it off. You should actually water it down and use conditioners to lift it off. If you’re pulling it off, that will cause a problem.
If I wanted to get a protective style and I braid all my hair down and I got a customized wig. That would be a great way to grow my hair, providing that I am not using any kind of glue. We do a lot of customized wigs at our salon, (Shallamars’s ), it is best to customize the wig and get it measured, so it can be made exactly to your head get a band and some adjustments in it, you will be able to put it on and take it off and it will still look natural and that’s a very good protective style.
You’re still going to need to wash and treat your own hair in between wearing the customized wig. Every week or every two weeks you need to take the wig off, take your hair down, wash it, get it treated based upon what kind of treatment plan you’re on, and then put it back on. That’s a great protective style to help your hair to grow.
Braids? Is that a good protective style to help your hair? You got to be careful again on how it’s braided. If it’s too tight, it is going to pull your hairline. You could get bigger brands like the feed-in braids or the Ghana braids, etc. You still got to be careful that it is not too tight. It is also a great idea to alternate between different protective styles.
You may not want to keep doing braids all the time or keep doing sew-ins all the time. You may want to alternate them. You may want to do sew-in for a while, do some braids, maybe alternate between a full sew-in and sew-in with some leave out. All these are a good protective style to help your hair to grow. Just be sure that the hair is not getting too much tension and you are not doing the leave out in the same place all the time. That causes that part of the hair to be weak. So if you keep doing the leave out in the same place all the time, your hair will get weak and will break, defeating the purpose of growing your hair with a protective style.
Be careful of the tension on your hairline to avoid breakage. Some other great protective hairsyles to help your hair grow would be some flat twist or a box braids or micro braids, just be careful with breakage. It’s very important for you to get a professional consultation and I recommend this a lot because it’s very important for you to figure out what’s going on with your hair. What parts of your hair is too weak. You don’t want to put pressure on the weaker parts of your hair.
If your hairline is too weak, then you must pay attention to any hairstyles that may create tension on your hairline. For some people, if the crown of their head is very weak then you can’t be doing too much ponytail. There are so much different things to take into consideration. So it’s better that you get a professional consultation before you decide what protective styles you want to use. If you’re going to do wigs, I’m going to suggest a customized wig because those customized wigs are customized to your head so you won’t have a problem with the fit. The problem is if you do a lace wig and it’s not fitting correctly, you are then tempted to put some glue to make it fit correctly on your hairline and next thing you know, you start to glue and next thing you know, you lose your hairline and so the protective style went against what you were trying to do in the first place, which is where the problem is.
What we’re going to encourage you to do is get a protective style that doesn’t include glue you don’t want to glue. And if you’re going to glue, you may want to shave your hairline before you glue it because it’s better if you shave it because at least when the glue comes off, the hair will grow back. You’re going to have to wait a while for it to grow back, but it will grow back. So that’s the thing. You can grow your hair with protective hairstyles. You can use wigs, you can use braids, but they going to have to be done correctly and they can be done too tight. That’s only going to worsen the problem you’re trying to fix. So let’s conclude. In conclusion, I’m going to say a customized wig would be a good way to go. Has long as there is no glue
Weave, would be a good way to go with no hair left out. If you’re going to do a weave or sew in with some hair , left us. Use a texture that’s closest to your hair so you don’t have to keep working on your hair to blend it. Also, if you’re going to do sew in with some leave out, don’t do it in the same location all the time. Change sides, change the style and also don’t keep doing it with, with some leave out. You can do some leave at one point, with all of it sewn in at some point. Do some braids, do some wigs. Change it up as you’re doing these protective hairstyles to try to get your hair to grow because the purpose is to get it to grow and to keep it in good health. Okay, so again, this is Sandy with Shallamar’s Hair Solutions, I can always be reached at 407 507 3000 or visit our website and make an appointment for a free consultation. We will need to see your hair to do a consultation. So unfortunately I will not be able to do a consultation for you on the phone. Hopefully I was able to help you get some ideas on how to grow your hair with protective styles.