It’s that time of the year again when protecting the hair is of utmost importance. Protective hairstyling helps the hair rest from chemicals, physical disturbances (pulling and tugging at the roots while combing et al count as physical disturbance) as well as harsh weather conditions (such as extreme heat, winter/harmattan). All these are things that affect the general health of our hair and eventually stunt growth.
Things to know:
1. Protective styles are for every hair type. (Short hair, Long hair. Relaxed hair, Natural (Curly/Coily) Hair.)
2. All types of hair need a break from all the handling they experience week in week out. They protect the ends of the hair.
3. The hair also needs a breather from environmental factors, that is, Atmospheric conditions (Heat, Humidity and Cold) and Pollution.
4. Protective styling provides the much needed extra time to spend on other things. Trust me, extra time to do more protective business than sitting at a salon (Or sitting up all night) trying to fix up your mane so protective styling is a winner, all day, every day.
Protective styles can either be achieved using your hair alone or with extensions. Styles for short hair are kind of difficult to come by however, that doesn’t mean that there’s no way out. For a chic look, a woman with short hair can protect her hair using extensions. Styles like Twists, box braids, cornrows, flat twists and even faux buns are a girl’s best bet.
For Relaxed Hair, in order to retain the length, health and bounce , it’s important to wear protective hairstyles. One can wear a military bun/French knot is tight, clean and simple. You can wear this protective hairstyle day to day to events, anywhere. You may add some hairspray, gel, or hair cream to smooth down the occasional fly away strand. You can also go for a faux ponytail. I call it “Faux” because it’s achieved with extensions. Make sure the colour and texture of the extension you’ll be using correspond with your hair. (#NoMasquerade) You could also braid or twist out your hair, with or without extensions. There are several other alternatives for relaxed hair. The most important thing to remember when choosing to do any style is to seal and protect your hair.
If you rock natural hair, anything from Box braids, Bantu knots (without the outs), Flat twists, Havana Braids, Sock buns, Corn rows, Mini Twist, Marley twists, Crotchet braids (Yarn braids, wool braids) will do. The list is endless. Find what works for you and JUST DO IT! Box braids and Havana twists work for me and all I do is just change up.
Now, before I refer you to Youtube to discover tutorials on protective styling, I want to say this: Weaves (or Weave-ons) don’t count as protective hairstyles. You know why? Your roots. They’re still stressed while you tug at your weave every day. Your edges tend to thin out plus the hair is all covered up under layers of hair, hence, the hair is neglected for too long so the effort is for naught. I’m not knocking weaves. You can wear weaves, just not as a protective style.
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