Many people have a love-hate relationship when it comes to protective styling. Some people tend to find protective styles boring with a lack of style while others love the versatility that protective styles have to offer.
Well, we are here to share some of the benefits of wearing a protective style. With the colder weather rolling in, a protective would be a great way to preserve the health of your hair.
Protective styles or low maintenance styles are a great way to “protect” your hair from daily wear and tear. And no, you do not have to add hair in order for a style to be considered a “protective style”. The key to protective/low maintenance styles is to protect the ends, minimize how often the hair is manipulated, and to protect your hair from environmental elements that can affect the condition of your hair.
Some of the benefits of protective/low manipulation styles:
1. Low maintenance: protective/low manipulation styles are a great way as we mentioned earlier to maintain how often the hair is manipulated. Depending on your hair texture, type or density – too much manipulation could cause breakage, split ends and thinning. Therefore, a protective style is a great way to give your tresses some much needed rest.
2. Retain length: When the hair is tucked away and protected from manipulation, the atmosphere as well as getting snagged on your clothing, that helps to maintain the ends. The less breakage you see the better your chances are for retaining length. Length retention starts at the ends. If your hair is breaking as fast as it is growing, then you will begin to think that your hair is not growing. It’s not that your hair isn’t growing, it is simply the fact that you are not retaining length.
3. Retain moisture: You will be able to retain moisture better when your hair is in a protective style. The retaining of moisture starts at the cleansing and conditioning phase. It is very important to cleanse and condition the hair prior to having the hair put into a protective style. When the hair is properly cleansed, the conditioner will be able to penetrate the strands easier. Your leave-in and/or moisturizer prepares the hair for the styling process and depending on the quality of the ingredients – the leave in will also help the hair seal in moisture from the cleansing and conditioning process.
2 key things to remember when getting a protective style that involves adding extensions:
1. Do not be afraid to speak up if you feel that there is too much tension being placed on your hair. Remember, we are trying to protect the hair -not cause damage.
2. Make sure you are getting the right protective style for your particular texture. If you are getting braids, twist.. anything that is considered to be an individual installation; ask your stylist how often you should return to get the perimeter of the hair refreshed.
We hope you find these tips helpful. Should you have any further questions about protective styles, please ask your questions in the comment section. If you’d like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to reach out to us through our contact page.
Healthy Hair Care Writer: Tnisha J.