Natural hair is fragile by nature. Fine natural hair is even more fragile. That’s why when it comes to “handling” your hair, you must be gentle.
Manipulation is necessary to care for, maintain and style your hair but over manipulation will cause breakage. If your goal is to grow your hair to the longest length possible, you can not over manipulate your strands. Continuing to do so on your natural hair will cause breakage and the sad part is it’s avoidable.
Now, for full disclosure.
While I have been able to maintain length on my fine natural hair, there would be a lot more retaining if I could keep my hands out of my hair! I have been so guilty of
styling playing in my hair way too much. You probably are too if you just can’t get enough of your natural hair #Guilty
One of the ways you can defeat this “hand in hair syndrome” (hash tag HIHS) is to utilize protective styling.
Protective Styling to Prevent Breakage
Protective styling is grossly under rated in the natural hair community. Some people don’t put that much stock in it. However, it’s proven to help with length retention time and time again.
Protective styling doesn’t have to be difficult either. You can do simple styles that don’t require much manipulation. For those of us with fine natural hair, the best protective styles are easy to do and should be kept in for about a week vs protective styling for weeks on end.
In the video below by KaShEeRaLaTaSh on Youtube, a timeless protective style is shared. You can put your hair up in a way that it can be maintained for over a week if done right:
This article was originally published in 2012 and has been updated to provide additional information.