Did you know that keeping you hair off your shoulders is in itself a protective measure?
Hair can struggle to grow past the shoulders if it's constantly having to rub against clothes and chairs. The rubbing movement weakens the ends causing split ends and an increased risk of breakage. The problem is exacerbated if the tips of your hair are not properly moisturised.
When I learnt the benefit of keeping my hair off clothes I changed the range of styles that I wear a little: instead of having an afro roaming free all the time I pull my hair up using a hair band, clip or plaiting one large corn row sideways from one side of my head to the other.
Updos are a great of way of getting hair off clothes.
Short hair is naturally protective in that it doesn't reach your clothes anyway.
The only worry then becomes protecting hair ends from the elements: sun, wind, cold and air conditioning.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward