“During one of our BHS Street interviews we met a woman who shared a horror story with us. On one occasion she had gotten braids and left them in for 3 years. 3 YEARS. When she removed the braids her hair came with it. She was left with bald spots all over her head. Now, I'm hoping none of you would make this devastating mistake. But sometime we get lazy and decide - hey four months in the same protective style can't be that bad right? WRONG.” Says Reakash.
Protective styling is meant to be short-term temporary. We recommend protective styling for a month at a time - 2 months maximum. Any longer than that and your new growth will stretch and damage; this completely negates the point of protective styling. Protective styling is to give your fragile ends a break and focus on attaining new growth.