My bun is my staple style around my house when my son is not napping. I prefer my hair down most of the time, but lately that just has not been feasible even on the weekends with captain destructo around.
Now that he is walking, things have been a little easier for my hair, because grabbing my braids and removing the hair from my nape area seemed to comfort him whenever he was in my arms.
I can’t blame Jon totally, my hair is super fine, and the nape area being the most fragile, tangles very easily often creating knots almost in the middle of the strand. This is common among most women with very curly hair, and with breakage and chemical damage that some of us may endure, we have been forced to figure out ways of getting that area growing healthy again.
If you have a broken nape, and you want to find ways to nurse it back to health we have a few suggestions for you that might just do the trick.
1. Separate your nape hair from the rest of your hair
When you are working on portions of your hair, it is better to separate it from the rest so that you can focus on it, handle it in a gentler fashion than the rest of your hair and assess your progress.
2. Massage the damaged area with castor oil
Castor oil is probably the most popular and recommended oil for any sort of mild alopecia or as a general aid for hair regrowth. Massaging your scalp is known to get your blood flowing and the follicles jump started, when you do your massage, focus on the areas that need the most help making sure your hair is already well moisturized.
3. If you relax, save the nape area for last
Typically you would start your relaxer process wherever it is most comfortable for you so that you can get finished quickly. However if you are having problems with your nape area we would suggest processing that area last (along with the edges so that the chemical is not sitting on there for the longest amount of time.
4. Do not include the nape in any protective styles involving extensions
In the video we are about to show you the young lady is sporting a braided protective style, however she braids her nape area and does not add any kind of braided extension hair to it. This way the nape has no additional weight added to it and remains protected and un-tampered with for the duration of the style.
5. Protect Protect Protect
Keep your nape braided either in single individual braids or in a single cornrow across when you are not moisturizing and sealing it, that means 99.9% of the time. When you are wearing your hair down, the cornrow will be nicely hidden but your nape will be less likely to break. The moral of the story is, moisturize, seal and leave that nape alone until you are satisfied with your progress.
Check the video from KinkyStyles1980 below and see how she protects her nape.