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Do you have trou­ble get­ting the back of your hair to either grow or main­tain as long a length as the rest of your head? Have peo­ple ever asked if you shaved the back of your head when you have not? (It hap­pened to me when I was relaxed!) Is your hair always longer in the front and short­er in the back? If you answered yes to any of these ques­tions, then this is the arti­cle for you! Here are 5 key rea­sons as to why your hair may be break­ing in the nape region. Many of the fol­low­ing are actu­al­ly per­fect­ly good length reten­tion and nat­ur­al styling tech­niques, but they do have their pit­falls!

1. Long term pro­tec­tive styling

If you pay close atten­tion, you will notice that the back of the head where your hair con­tacts your clothes/scarves is a lint trap! The hair direct­ly next to the clothes will eas­i­ly trap fluff and lint which can build up with great ease espe­cial­ly if you con­di­tion and mois­turise reg­u­lar­ly. This is because the ingre­di­ents that help smooth the hair can also attract lint. If you intend to keep a pro­tec­tive style for 2 weeks or more, try to undo and redo the perime­ter at least once a week. This will allow you to remove the lint in small amounts before it wraps itself around mul­ti­ple strands and cre­ates an impos­si­ble-to-remove lint trap that forces you to cut your hair or that breaks your hair dur­ing the next detan­gling ses­sion.

2. The satin bon­net

Satin bon­nets are great for pro­tect­ing your hair while you sleep but if you have one which is either too tight around your head or has an exposed piece of elas­tic, you could be in line for some seri­ous nape dam­age. The more the bon­net rubs against your hair, the more dam­age it inflicts. If the elas­tic is ‘naked’ where the fab­ric was either not stitched prop­er­ly or with wear over time, you will also end up with unnec­es­sary and dam­ag­ing fric­tion. The ide­al bon­net should sit just next to but not direct­ly on your hair­line. A wide band bon­net is also a good choice as it may not move as much if you are a toss and turn­ing type of sleep­er

3. Smooth edge obses­sion

I’ve said it before, but I will say it again. Con­stant­ly brush­ing your edges and fre­quent use of gel can real­ly hurt the hair at the nape for some nat­u­rals. Some nat­u­rals can get away with dai­ly brush­ing and gel use but if your nape is suf­fer­ing, then do not keep doing it. Go for the good old’ smooth down with water fol­lowed by a scarf tied for 10–30 min­utes. It is much less dam­ag­ing.

4. Head­bands
If your reg­u­lar styling involves wear­ing elas­tic head­bands then you need to be very care­ful when wear­ing and tak­ing them off. It is all too easy for two or three stray strands to get trapped with­in a head­band lead­ing you to yank at them. Over time, this fric­tion dam­ages the hair and leads to break­age. Ide­al­ly, you should not wear head­bands as part of a con­tin­u­ous dai­ly style. Sure, they’re pret­ty and can cer­tain­ly show­case short hair espe­cial­ly, but give your hair a break some­times. Half head­bands which fit across the front of the head from ear to ear but not around the back of the head are a good option if you feel you need a head­band all the time.

5. Puffs and pony­tails
Last but cer­tain­ly not least , if you pull your hair into puffs or pony­tails and are not care­ful about ten­sion, you can eas­i­ly dam­age that del­i­cate nape hair. As a gen­er­al test, once your style is com­plete you should be able to bend your head down­wards at the neck and not feel any tight­ness at the hair­line. To test the front hair­line, you should be able to pull your face into a gri­mace with­out feel­ing ten­sion. If you can do both of these at the same time with­out feel­ing ten­sion, your style is per­fect.


Have any you expe­ri­enced nape break­age? What was caus­ing it?

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You got it! my sis­ter is a liv­ing tes­ti­mo­ny to the head­band one. I stopped using a par­tic­u­lar satin bon­net because it gave me an headache. I always ask peo­ple these 5 ques­tions when they tell me about their reced­ing hair­line. I’d also like to add, heavy and tight hair­styles which many of us enjoy doing.


The nape of my hair is the longest, strongest, and health­i­est.
My front bangs on the oth­er hand… :(


Same here. My nape is strong and grows fast. My bangs are short and so frag­ile. The hair in the front grows very, very slow… Kin­da frus­trat­ing!


real­ly help­ful tips! as soon as i saw the satin bon­net tip i loos­ened my head­scarf straight away lol. whats so weird is that i havent ever had prob­lems with the nape of my hair because its much loos­er than the rest of my hair (4b/a hair but 3c/4a nape)but im sure to remem­ber this


The hair at my nape is a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent texture/curl pat­tern than any­where else on my head (it’s a low-poros­i­ty, low den­si­ty 3B/3C in com­par­i­son to the rest of my head, which is high/mid poros­i­ty, medi­um denisi­ty type 4), and I’ve been won­der­ing if my pro­tec­tive styling reg­i­men has exac­er­bat­ed how thin that area is. Short of always wear­ing half-up styles, does any­one have any sug­ges­tions on how I should deal with this? That region has always been the bane of my exis­tence!

Wow, it sounds like our tex­tures are very sim­i­lar! I am also 3B/3C in the nape area and type 4 every­where else and I had severe nape break­age from a god-awful weave instal­la­tion. Ini­tial­ly, I was using JBCO and I saw some growth, but not what I was expect­ing to see. I can admit now that I might have been slight­ly impatient…only slight­ly :) I went to a styl­ist who sug­gest­ed that I try using a bit of warm water mixed with tea tree oil and it worked won­ders! I would mas­sage it into my scalp every oth­er day, and… Read more »

It total­ly does help! I already mas­sage with essen­tial and car­ri­er oils (tea tree is one of my faces, yay!), but now I’ll focus more of my atten­tion there. Also, thank you for the tip about using larg­er sec­tions! I have a ten­den­cy to twist tighter in that area because of the loose pat­tern, so I’ll be gen­tler in that way too. Thank you so much for all of your sug­ges­tions!!