The thickness of your hair and how tender headed you are is a key indicator to what styles are good for you. Protective styles are an amazing way to switch up your style and grow your hair, however not all protective styles may be meant for you. Believe that the integrity of your hair is much more important than the style you decide to have in for days to weeks.
If your hair is on the thinner size, we recommend low tension styles such a knotless box braids, Senegalese twists, Havana twists, bantu knots, flat twists, crown buns, passion twists, braided pigtails, ponytails, cornrows, wigs, and crochet styles. All of these styles should be done with medium to large parts to minimize the amount of tension on your hair and scalp.
If your hair is on the thicker size, all of the styles mentioned earlier on are great, and your hair is equipped to handle styles such as faux locs, butterfly locs, lemonade braids, and braided buns. However, these styles can be extra drying, so it's important to moisturize your scalp more often than box braids.
No matter the thickness of your hair, the tightness of any style can have negative effects on your hair. Scalp-pulling styles can lead to hair loss, hair thinning, balding, and long-term tension to your scalp. Making sure that your stylist or yourself isn't braiding to cause unbearable pain is crucial to hair growth. We believe that protective styles are meant to protect your hair and allow you to switch up your styles with growth in return.
Lastly, the type of braiding hair you use can affect your hair, scalp, wallet, time, and personal experience with protective styles. Most braiding hair on the market is filled with toxic chemicals, which is why people use the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse to remove the chemicals. Have you ever wondered why they put chemicals on the braiding hair to begin with? They apply a layer of alkaline, on synthetic and human hair, to prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungus in warehouses and when using. Bacteria, yeast, and fungus can all develop when water get's trapped in the hair fibers. The alkaline increases the integrity of the hair, by not only protecting it, but adds luster, and makes it softer. Although these are all amazing things, when you do this rinse it removes all of these components, and decreases the longevity of the hair, but it's necessary because it's a cancerous chemical, and causes allergic reactions among many people.
BUT GUESS WHAT?
Unclouded Hair is the first brand to provide an alternative to pre-cleaning hair and these toxic-chemicals. We have created an organic alternative, and we fully disclose our ingredients to ensure that our customers know exactly what they are applying to their hair and scalp. We not only make sure that the integrity of the hair is kept, but the ingredients we infuse into the hair will also be transferred onto your hair and scalp to help you lock in moisture, because protective styles, and the hair prep for them can be drying. The curly hair community, the black hair community has been handled by others that don't have our hair, and wear our styles for too long. That is why we believe that transparency is key, in everything we give. Better hair, is better care.
-Your Curl and Hair Extensions Friend