The afro puff. A staple style for me and my future daughter. This style is all-around convenient. It's easy to achieve and can save your ends for a day or two from rubbing against the fabrics of your shirt. However, as easy and stylish as the puff may be, it can be just as damaging if you don't assemble it correctly. Here are some common mistakes that can make this staple style a hindrance to healthy hair.
1. not moisturizing your ends
No matter what style you try to achieve, moisture is key! Although a puff prevents your hair from rubbing against the harsh fabrics of your shirt, (cotton or wool) you still need to protect from other elements. If you're in a colder climate like I am now, (*side eye towards the Midwest*) it is VITAL that you moisturize your hair. How can you do this? Try spritzing your hair with water and then applying an oil or butter to seal in that moisture. The picture above is of me with a puff. I loved my hair like this! However, I needed to add a little more moisture to make my hair not appear as thirsty and make my curls pop!
2. Using a Tight Headband
This step is essential for installing a non-damaging puff. Wearing a puff that is too tight, can cause breakage around the temple of your hairline- not to mention cause a serious headache. If the puff is one of your staple styles and you install it consistently, using a tight headband could cause your hairline to thin over time.
Try using a stretched out headband. Even if the headband was recently purchased try your best to stretch it out before "puffing" your tresses. When I use a new headband, I do everything to stretch it out, I'll even step through it with my feet- do whatever you need to do to stretch it out sista! Stretching out that headband is a win-win for your hairline and will save you a headache. Not to mention, a loose headband can allow your puff to appear longer and bigger.
3. Refusing to Believe That Two Is Better Than One
I know, I know. You're not a 8-year-old girl anymore, but the two puff-balls have came back in style. While it is still adorable to see, it is also stylishly chic. Wearing one puff as opposed to just one really isn't a mistake, but I think you should at least try it- even if you have shorter hair! Look at my version of this style. I substituted my two puffs for two buns, but you get the idea!
And those are really the only "mistakes" you can make with wearing a puff! What do you think?
What's one of your staple hairstyles?