Hair 101

Protective Hairstyle or Not?

What is a protective style? A protective style is when you design or orchestrate your hair for your ends to be protected as well as the majority of the individual strand. If you need examples I have a Pinterest board with examples. 

I am personally not a fan of protective hairstyles I feel like I’ve grown this hair I need to show this hair, however I am aware of the benefits of having a protective hairstyle.

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The benefits that I’ve seen personally are: length retention, easy hairstyles, and styles are less time consuming. Those 3 things alone are motivators for some individuals.  My main reason for continuing protective hairstyles is the TIME REDUCTION. Anything that can cut down on my grooming time in the morning is a plus for me.

On the other hand, the protective hair styles I have tried, i.e. Braids or Kinky Twist, usually leave me with dry hair and split ends. Sometimes I can even start to have more breakage than if I would have just done a simple Wash N Go or even and a cute Updo.  However I don’t want to discourage you from doing them because you can definitely do a few things to lessen the chances of these taking place for you.

If you’re doing something simple like an UpDo or doing something along of the lines of a braided bun, then oil sheen and different oils are your best friend. Since your hair isn’t that revealed then you won’t be able to apply as much moisture as you would if you have your hair free, but anything is better than nothing. Another favorite for a protective hairstyle are braids or twist. The healthiest way I can tell you to maintain these are to go old school and get you some hair grease and grease your braids individually to the best of your ability.

If you have any questions or feedback let me know I would love to Curl Chat.

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