Going Natural? Protective Styling to Save Your Hair

June 08, 2011 at 12:00 am | Lifestyle

Meghan Reid

Meghan Reid

June 08, 2011 at 12:00 am | Lifestyle

Going natural is like exploring a whole new world of hair — a world full of new words, products and hairstyles!

One of the most important things to know about is protective styling. This type of styling is quite self-explanatory — styling that actually protects the hair and retain its length. There are different types of protective styles, such as braids, twists, buns and, even hats. All of these styles retain length, because they require little or no manipulation. The more the hair is left alone, the more it can grow.

Protective styles involve hair ends being covered, so the hair is not out, which leads to dryness and/or breakage. For example, two-strand twists are great as a protective style because the ends are not exposed and the twist can last for about 1-2 weeks, and longer, if you choose to add hair. Of course you will need to spray your hair with your favorite oil and/or water, but that’s it!

Braids serve as great protective styles when they are not tiny and tight around the hairline. Small (pinky-size) or medium size braids are great for protecting your hair from dryness and breakage. Also, the braids shouldn't be too long, because the weight can pull on your hair line.

Buns are great protective styles, because the ends are covered and it's always a timeless look. A loose bun to the side or back creates an elegant look that allows the hair to rest and retain moisture. It’s a style that is simple and easy to do.

Lastly, hats can be used as a protective style as long as the lining of the hat is satin or a similar fabric. A wool hat will not work, because wool dries the hair and causes breakage. A satin-lined hat works best, because the hair doesn't get snagged. Satin allows the hair to stay moisturized. If you can’t find a satin-lined hat, then wearing a satin scarf under the hat works too.

There are other protective styles that you can do that will retain length and lead to healthier hair, but these are the most common. Protective styling is important if you want to retain the length of your hair or if you just want healthy hair in general. Plus, it can save you time and money, which is always a good thing. 

So, what are some of your favorite protective styles?

 

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