Some of these tips are no-brainers and techniques that I already practice. Others probably wouldn’t work for me because of the fine and easily weighed down nature of my nape hair. So, I think it’s probably best to pick and choose the techniques that are likely to work for you and modify as needed:
- Don’t over-manipulate the hair at the nape with brushing and/or combing.
- Be very gentle when detangling the nape area (finger detangling is recommended).
- Wear styles that prevent your nape hair from rubbing your clothing as excessive friction can cause damage and breakage.
- Avoid placing a lot of tension on the nape hair with overly tight weaves, braids, bun and ponytail styles.
- Protect the nape at night with a silk/satin scarf and/or bonnet ensuring that this area is fully covered. A satin pillowcase adds yet another level of protection in the event that your headgear is prone to “slippage” like mine….
- This last technique is the only one that I hadn’t really thought of or applied previously and I found this great “How to” on it on K is for Kinky: Protecting and Growing Out Your Nape with the Braid Method. Now, this may not work for every style, but it looks like a great way to protect the delicate nape when wearing hair down and out as the braid can easily be hidden. I’m thinking that even a simple braid bunned at the nape would work for those with very fine nape hair like me or those who can’t cornrow…
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