One really important aspect to learn when you are growing your hair is to understand, that the way you physically handle your hair on a daily basis, can have a tremendous impact on how well your hair retains length. If each morning when you wake up, and you are creating a style which requires your hair to be combed, flat-ironed, gelled and then brushed. The likelihood of you breaking your hair ends are dramatically increased. On the other hand if you finger comb your hair or place it in a simple, but protective bun your potential hair loss is dramatically decreased. Understanding how to create and maintian styles that require little manipulation is extremley benificial when growing your hair. An outline of what low manipulation hair styles are, and how to create and maintain them is given below.
A low manipulation hair style is a style which once created requires little to no maintenance throughout the week. Examples of this type of hair style are given below. To keep your style as stressless on your hair as possible, try to create thenm using finger combing. Keep the combing and brusing to a minimum.
Braids/Single Plaits... These are the ultimate low manipulation style as they don’t require styling in a daily basis and can be left in or upto 3 months if hair extentsions are used.
Cornrows... When created cornrows can left untouched so like braids they are classed as a low manipulation hair style.
Buns... The beauty of the bun is that your ends are hidden away so the is no chance of hair breaking it stays tucked away all day.
Rollers sets... A roller set, straw set, or flexirod set offers a different kind of low manipulation hair style. Those bouncy curls formed by a fresh roller set can be easily kept fresh for a week by covering your hair at night with a satin bonnet. In the morning you can do a little finger styling and go. If doing a roller set sounds like a good idea, but seems a little daunting or time consuming try doing a ponytail roller set they are quicker and easier.
Roller-less hair sets... These are hairstyles that are created by cornrowing, twisting, or plaiting the hair whilst it is wet or damp and allowing it to completely dry then unloosening it to create wavy/curly hair. You can use a hood dryer or allow hair to dry naturally.
Chiney bumps/Bantu knot...This style is best created on hair that is damp, but can work very successfully on dry hair. Using finger combing to form the bumps/knots makes this a very low manipulative style. Again at night this style can be maintained with out re-doing the knots by covering your hair with a satin cap and or sleeping on a silky pillow. Doing this will reduce overall the manipulation of your hair throughout the week. How ever if needed re-do the bumps/knots nightly.
Handling the Hairline
To smooth down your hair line without the stress of combing, try moisturising your hair then smoothing it down with your hands. Firmly tie a silky scarf around at your hair line and leave it there for at least 5 minutes or longer untie it to reveal a smooth hair line. another method to use it to moisturise your hair and then go over it with the back of your comb or run the teeth of a finer too comb over it not through it . The idea is that you are trying to make the hair look smooth but not actually comb it.
Black hair style videos
Here are some ladies sharing their hair styling tips for you to enjoy and be inspired by. All the styles suit Relaxed,Transitioning and Natural hair. Once your style has been created, the way to ensure your hair is maintained throughout the week with very little manipulation is to cover your hair at night with a satin bonnet or silky scarf. If your scarf or bonnet won't stay on at night, or you want to be super protective of your coiffure sleep on a silky pillow case.
So what are you waiting for, get creative!
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