What is protective styling?
First, there are many ways to define protective styling and there are as many methods.
Protective styling protects against split ends and helps retain length. In practicing this styling method you ultimately will protect the hair from outside factors that result in damage and/or breakage. You can receive damage from the elements (wind, sun, and/or snow) or chemical alterations such as flat irons, texturizers or color and also the one thing that many of us do not think about is the scarves or turtlenecks we’re wearing causing breakage.
Sometimes, you’ll notice a pull and then a small pop which is the sound of strands of your hair snagging and breaking into your scarf or sweater. This is a very common thing in which protective styling can help prevent!!!
What Styles are considered protective styles?
Next, any style that prevents the snag and breakage of the hair can be considered a protective style.Here are a few examples of some hairstyles but remember the list is endless..
- Two strand twist
- Twist outs
- mini twist
- Straw sets
- and more
Before we go any further can you please leave your girl some comments on some protective styles that you all have tried..or just about anything😁
Benefits of Protective Styling
Now, that we know the basics let’s get to the GOOD STUFF and talk about the overall benefits of protective styling. When you decide to do a protective style it gives your hair a rest from the daily preparation and combing while also retaining MOISTURE.
Even with protective styling that doesn’t mean to neglect your scalp and hair and think that it will still flourish, you MUST remember to always Shampoo and Moisturize. Before, installing or preparing for protective styling I recommend using a Shea butter for moisture and a daily moisturizer spritz to further protect and nourish your hair and scalp.
PSA :: ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT WHEN SLEEPING, TO ALSO PREVENT BREAKAGE. I don’t always …so this rule is okay to break..but to each is own.
How Long YOU should Keep In A Protective Style?
You shouldn’t leave a protective style in too long. It can be tempting to put your hair in braids and forget about it, this can ALSO 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 more than two months.