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Transition to natural hair: Protective styling

One of the questions I am often asked is what type of protective styling should be done when your natural hair is either too short or you are currently transitioning and are afraid of your hear breaking. Afro hair thrives when it is protective. I myself usually only wear up-dos during the week and will leave my hair down at the weekend. That is not to say that you cannot wear your tiny weeny easily and with little damage. When your hair grows past a certain length however, you will find it easier to combat knots by putting it in more constructed styles.

Wearing protective styling with the aid of a third party/synthetic hair does not have to look bad. If you have to do it, now is as good as it gets with the emergence of a new found appreciation for hairstyles that look decisively African. Now I am not a big fan of extensions because of the way they are gathered and marketed and the general business conditions that goes into their manufacture and sale. But there are companies out there that are marketing a more Fairtrade approach if you will to this market. Beyond that, like I said, wearing fake does not equate to having long blond hair past your butt… However it is whatever make your happy and as long as you are growing healthy chemical free hair no one cares what you put on it!

Looking at the pictures below, you would think that this was her real hair.

However she is wearing extensions by Real Hair.

I met her at the fashion show and she was kind enough to give me a bit of information as well as allow me to take her pictures.

If you are hesitating to wear your hair natural because you don’t think that the curls will suit you, here is your chance to try it out. The one thing about wearing extensions however is that we either forget how to or don’t know how to maintain hair health. As you know I am a big advocator of scalp health and you will have to clean and moisturise your scalp at regular intervals. This does not have to mean buying expensive and greasy extensions cleaners and you can do a lot of the cleaning at home yourself. No on likes to wash their extensions too often due to the hair loosening up and looking messy. So in the upcoming series I will focus on maintaining a healthy hair/scalp while you have extensions.

In fact one of my friends Dami (Mrs O) has agreed to use some products I will make for hair which she transitions with extensions.

If any of you have tried these extensions then write in and let us know what you thought of them.

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • kasey August 23, 2011, 11:56 AM

    Where can this hair be purchased?

    • curlapothecarie August 23, 2011, 12:06 PM

      I will get the booklet and update the post with the information. Was not sure I wanted to advertise something that I myself have not tried but seeing as there is so much interest. Just promise you will give me a small review when you try it. xx

  • Mrs. O August 23, 2011, 12:38 PM

    Mrs. O is totally onboard!! Bring on the “maintaining a healthy hair/scalp while you have extensions series” – Lord knows I need it Xxx

  • curlapothecarie September 18, 2011, 10:20 PM

    Do it, I usually leave my hair out even in the winter but now I am considering expeimenting with some other styles. I still maintain that you should take goo care of your scalp. xx

  • Melvina February 28, 2012, 12:10 AM

    would love to know where she bought the hair, it looks so good.

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