Overprotective protective styling?

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My hair is not as thick and full as i would like it to be. Could it be that im over doing it with the protective styles i do? Im so used to weaves(sew ins,wigs,braids) and i hardly rock my natural curls. so could the weaves be thinning out my hair? i wasnt born with thin hair but maybe all the weaves over the years have taken its toll...idk...
Just wondering what I can do to achieve fuller hair.
Yes - constant traction hair styles can pull hair out.
yikes! ok thought as much 😬😩
Is your hair thin all over or just the edges?. I used to wear wigs a lot. I didn't notice it causing a problem anywhere but my edges. I have to be careful with over doing buns and headbands too.
My hair is not as thick and full as i would like it to be. Could it be that im over doing it with the protective styles i do? Im so used to weaves(sew ins,wigs,braids) and i hardly rock my natural curls. so could the weaves be thinning out my hair? i wasnt born with thin hair but maybe all the weaves over the years have taken its toll...idk...
Just wondering what I can do to achieve fuller hair.
Originally Posted by Banafrit
I'm still reading The Science of Black Hair and some other hair info websites, but even if it's not tight sew-ins or braids (i.e. little to no traction), the type of hair that you choose can actually change the quality of hair that grows from your own follicle.

Synthetic kankelon (sp?) or marley kinky hair is, ostensibly, better because it allows your own hair to breathe better and absorb the benefits of your hair products. Human Hair, on the other hand, is in competition with your own real hair for the benefit of the products; it is absorbing the moisture, sealants, etc. as readily as your own hair when you apply them. Of course, related to Blueblood's comment, real human hair is often heavier than synthetic kinky hair causing more weight to pull on each hair strand than is normal.



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Banafrit it's because of what you're experiencing that I don't protective style. My edges will come out in a heart best. I wouldn't protective style. Unnecessary.
Is your hair thin all over or just the edges?. I used to wear wigs a lot. I didn't notice it causing a problem anywhere but my edges. I have to be careful with over doing buns and headbands too.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Yea my edges are thin but my hair in general is thin too or just not as thick as i would like it to be. only looks full when i fluff it out but you can run your hand through it like a cloud of cotton candy lol. It might be the cornrows i do right b4 a sew in or to wear a wig.
My hair is not as thick and full as i would like it to be. Could it be that im over doing it with the protective styles i do? Im so used to weaves(sew ins,wigs,braids) and i hardly rock my natural curls. so could the weaves be thinning out my hair? i wasnt born with thin hair but maybe all the weaves over the years have taken its toll...idk...
Just wondering what I can do to achieve fuller hair.
Originally Posted by Banafrit
I'm still reading The Science of Black Hair and some other hair info websites, but even if it's not tight sew-ins or braids (i.e. little to no traction), the type of hair that you choose can actually change the quality of hair that grows from your own follicle.

Synthetic kankelon (sp?) or marley kinky hair is, ostensibly, better because it allows your own hair to breathe better and absorb the benefits of your hair products. Human Hair, on the other hand, is in competition with your own real hair for the benefit of the products; it is absorbing the moisture, sealants, etc. as readily as your own hair when you apply them. Of course, related to Blueblood's comment, real human hair is often heavier than synthetic kinky hair causing more weight to pull on each hair strand than is normal.
Originally Posted by pinkpostitheart
never thought of it like that...very good to know. Thanks! I will keep this in mind and try to limit the weaves
curlicious I see what you are saying but one thing about me is I get bored real easy. I like to change things up from time to time. But I must admit to myself that I do wear protective styles more than my real hair. I will now try to change that based on the helpful info im reading. Thanks ladies!
Your hair can't take constant pulling. It needs a break.
Your hair can't take constant pulling. It needs a break.
Originally Posted by adthomas
^^^This

I first heard this as a teenager from women in their 50's and 60's who were suffering the long term effects. I then read articles written by and heard dermatologists/ trichologists say the same thing.
Ok i see im really going to have to chill on the protective styling...mainly the braids an sew ins. Thanks everyone!
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