If your natural hair is flourishing raise your hand! Today’s post will consist of everything revolving around protective styling. As a frequent wig wearer, I not only want to make sure my wig is laid, but my hair underneath is protected.
There are so many ways to protect your natural locks. From wigs, weaves, braids, head scarves, extensions, and simple up dos, the possibilities are endless.
What is Protective Styling?
Protective styling is when you wear your natural hair in a way that protects it from the elements. Now, this does not necessarily mean covering your hair with a head scarf or turban to keep it protected, but it can be!
The goal of protective styling is to ensure that your hair is healthy and has the opportunity to grow. For most naturals, length retention is the end goal of protective styling. However, it is not the only goal. Have you ever had a ton of split ends, breakage, or hair that just can’t hold a lick of moisture? Like most of us, some of these hair problems can be solved by protective styling.
The elements can do a lot of damage to natural hair. That’s why protective styling is useful when the summer months get a little too heated or the winter is colder than usual. Extreme heat or extreme cold can cause hair breakage and damage to natural hair, so usually a protective style can ensure your curly, coily, or kinky locks stay healthy. However, you can protective style whenever you feel like it because you’re That girl!
Protective styling also extends to your night time routine. Using a satin bonnet, scarf, or wrap can help you cut down on hair breakage and split ends. If you don’t want to get a bonnet though, you can accelerate your hair growth game with a satin pillowcase. Oh so, bougie!
Why is it Important?
Hair growth for naturals means more than just having a specified wash day, using Shea Moisture products, and doing wash-and-gos! To get to the level of hair health and length that you want, it’s imperative that you protect your hair. Natural hair is fragile, and it takes hours of finesse every week to keep it under control!
Protective styling is elemental and can really change up your natural hair regime! Plus, trying new styles is always fun!
What are Your Options?
The possibilities are endless. Protective styling can consist of twists, braids, braided up-dos, wigs, weaves, extensions, turbans, head scarves and so much more. There are several styles that you can take advantage of. You must find what works best for you and your lifestyle.
My favorite ways to protect my hair are by wearing wigs, extensions, or braids. Here’s me with a few of my go-to hairstyles:
Should I Feel Bad About Not Wearing My Natural Hair Out?
Short answer: No.
Long Answer: Trying different hairstyles and doing what works best for you in no way should make you feel bad. If you are more comfortable protective styling, like trying new styles, or just rather wear a weave, no one can speak on it, except you! Do whatever makes you feel most comfortable and what YOU think is best for you.