Are protective styles really protective?
Not all protective styles actually protect. I know that sounds pretty obvious, but there’s a lot of beautiful braided, twisted, and weaved hairstyles out there that look amazing and take a tremendous amount of skill to create, but not all are actually protective.
How long should you leave protective styles in?
Don’t leave a protective style in too long. While it can be tempting to put your hair in braids and forget about it, this can cause tangling, dryness, and breakage if you don’t switch up the style. We recommend leaving protective styles in for about two weeks on average- and never push more than two months.
How do you maintain protective styles?
The Dos of Protective Styling
- Do moisturize on the regular.
- Do try an apple cider vinegar rinse.
- Do keep them in long enough.
- Do use the LOC/LCO Method.
- Do a pre-treatment.
- Do enjoy your protective style.
- Don’t forget about your edges.
- Don’t allow product to build up.
How do you apply protective hair style?
5 Protective Styling Tips
- If you opt for braided or twisted extensions be sure that the extensions don’t pull on your hair as this can cause breakage.
- Keep your scalp and hair clean by washing your hair weekly (every 2 weeks if wearing braids/twisted extensions)
- Keep your hair moisturised.
What protective style lasts the longest?
When it comes to length retention of type 4 hair, box braids are probably number one on the list – and also last the longest of these three. This protective style is super low maintenance and can be worn for a longer duration than twists.
Is a bun a good protective style?
buns can be truly protective as long as you are not using a rubber band to secure, and it is not too tight. doing either of these will likely cause breakage to your ends as well as pull too tightly on your roots.
How long should you let your hair rest after braids?
Wear your hair proudly in it’s natural state for at least two weeks – whether a wash and go, twistout, or a pretty updo – before reinstalling braids.
How often should you wash protective styles?
Since it’s super easy for dirt, oil, and other impurities to build up on your scalp over time, you’ll want to make sure you give your style a good cleansing session once every two weeks.
Do protective styles grow your hair?
Contrary to popular belief, protective styling is not necessary for speedy hair growth. Instead low manipulation styles are key. Instead it works on the premise that if you do simple styles and manipulate your hair as little as possible, then you will not do unnecessary damage to your hair and will retain length.
Is a braid a protective style?
There’s a reason box braids are one of the most popular protective styles—they’re easy to maintain, yes, but they’re also super versatile, meaning they don’t have to be boring. Increase the drama by parting them into bigger sections, which coincidentally also saves braiding time and keeps maintenance to a minimum.
Are Afros protective?
An afro is a perfect protective hairstyle for natural hair that doesn’t require a weave.
Do you have to wear a protective style?
Preparing for and maintaining a protective style takes a lot of work if you want to keep your hair healthy. Although, these styles are becoming more and more popular.
What are some protective styles for your hair?
Some common protective styles are box braids, crochet braids or twists, cornrows, flat twists, weaves, or twists. What does a protective style ‘protect’ your hair from?
Can you grow hair in a protective style?
No, there are so many ways to grow your hair! Your hair is still growing when it’s not in a protective style, and it doesn’t magically start growing faster when you install a protective style. The secret to hair growth is care and consistency, which you can give your hair no matter what style it’s in.
Can a high bun be considered a protective style?
High Natural Hair Bun. In some cases, a high bun is not viewed as a protective style. However, any hairstyle that tucks the ends the of your hair away, puts minimal stress on your hair edges and doesn’t require constant manipulation can be viewed as protective.