1. The more product the better. When in a ponytail/bun whatever my hair does best when I use alot of heavy products. I get less breakage from tightness and the holder.
2. At night when wearing ponies loosen the holder or take it off, moisturize, and scarf it twice to preserve.
3. Alternate styles. I cant wear ponies for longer than a week no matter what I will get breakage.
4. When wearing ponies make sure the holder is not too tight at all. I didn't notice at first but after a while my ends began to thin something fierce.
5. Soak all holders in oil. I use evoo.
6. Baggie method! I am in love with this method. But I am finding that the more I do the pony baggie the more my ends break, but that's probably because of tight ponies, hairs still moist. Doing only full head baggies Until I see an improvement.
7. NO GEL! unless absolutely necessary. I only use IC sparklelites to smooth my ponies when needed.
8. Braids or sewin weaves are the best PS for me. I get no breakage unless I completely ignore the hair, or the braids are too tight.
1. Wash in braids as often as possible. Stops tangles b4 they start.
2. frequent cowashing increases moisture better than anything Ive tried.
3. Deep condition with every shampoo and twice a week when possible.
4. Use protein when having problems even when you think you don't need it. Protein treatments like aphogee stop breakage and helps the hair hold moisture, protein conditioners like CPR and other reconstructers build strength and I use for maintenance between treatments. With any protein always do a deep moisturizing treatment after to maintain a good balance.
5. Use clarifying poo to rid buildup. Use moisturizing poo after. Always pre poo before and DC after.
6. Make sure to detangle thoroughly under running water in the shower after DC.
1. Rollerset to straighten instead of pressing.
2. Flat ironing roots only instead of entire head.
3. Find a really good heat protectant.
4. wrap/pincurl to maintain.
5. Try a silk wrap, its one of the best methods out there. After straightening wrap and wrap in plastic sit under dryer 10-15 min. Unwrap and you will be in heaven.
-Always wear a satin/silk scarf to bed and/or when inside.(hell, I even wear it outside)
-DO NOT use heat often. I use it at the most once every 2-3 months, and only for trims and to check length.
-For a straight look do a rollerset and silk wrap. I get amazing results with this.
-When in need of a break take one, put in some braids or a weave
-Don't forget the hair when in the braids/weave. Still moisturize.
-Keep a good protein/moisture balance.
-Clarify every 2-3 weeks to remove buildup.
-moisturize and seal with oil every day or every other day.
-use porosity control or an ACV rinse when hair is porous.
-Protect ends as much as possible until you get past SL and/or until you reach your next goal.
-Weaves/Braids are great protective styles.
-last but not least- consistency. When you find your staple products and techniques stick with them. They may change overtime with length, adjust accordingly.
Will be back as I come up with more to add to the list.
These techniques/tips are not designed for everyone. They may not work for everyone. So don't sue me if all your hair falls out!:)