Black women, in particular, are naturally blessed with kinks, curls, and/or coils that can be shaped into intriguing hairstyles. Our unique strands need a bit more maintenance to keep them healthy, nourished, and moisturized. However, because of the extra maintenance that comes with having beautiful natural hair, we tend to slack off of our regimen sometimes or get tired of constantly styling. Protective hairstyles are a great way to give ourselves a break while maintaining our hair's natural beauty.
In the natural hair world [or community], protective styles are very commonly known and are even a must to many. Protective styles include but are not limited to twists, braids, wigs, and buns. And the major element and purpose of a great protective style is how well one's ends are concealed and protected.
No matter what hair type you have, protective styling is vital for length retention and to sustain natural kinks, curls, and coils. Natural hair is undoubtedly more prone to breakage and damage. But with proper protective styling and care, breakage and damage can be significantly reduced. If you have been dying to keep your hair protected while looking great, here are my top 5 protective styles that actually protect your natural hair.
Faux locs are a beautiful hairstyle that gives a loc'd look without the commitment. This style is an amazing protective style because it completely conceals all of your hair and protects it from outside elements and possible damage. Although this style is a bit time consuming to install but the results are worth the wait.
Wigs are a great protective style because they literally require very minimal effort and maintenance, they cover your ends to protect them from breakage, and they can look gorgeous when installed properly. But, wigs are not just a one and done situation you must still take care of your hair and scalp under the wig. Washing, deep conditioning, and moisturizing are recommended before installing the wig onto your head.
A bun is possibly one of the simplest hairstyles you can do. As an added bonus you can jazz them up with hair pins, decorative bobby pins, special scrunchies and hair ties, and more! The most important thing to remember is that the bun should conceal your ends and should not pull too tightly.
The process of getting crochet braids includes first cornrowing one’s hair then applying the extension hair to the cornrows. Mind you the name of this hairstyle refers to the method in how the hair is added. Unlike a weave, the extension hair is attached to one's hair (the cornrow), not a weft, through various looping and knotting.
Tuck and roll styles
These hairstyles require no additional hair and can be done in as little as 5 minutes. Tuck and roll styles are just as simple as bun hairstyles and can be jazzed up similarly to bun hairstyles. All you do to achieve this type of style is tuck and roll your ends, just like the name suggests. The most important element of this type of hairstyle is that your ends are concealed and protected.
It is very important to keep your hair moisturized and healthy in order to actually retain length so please don't neglect your hair while protective styling. We recommend that you use our Taylored Hair Oil to keep your scalp nourished and healthy while protective styling.
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