Protective hairstyles are a great way to minimize hair breakage and promote hair growth and healthy tresses. It consists of not wearing your hair loose by tucking in your ends which are the most fragile parts of your hair since they are the oldest.
We all love the heat of the summer but with it also comes hair exposure to salt water, chlorine, heat, humidity and other factors that could damage your hair, which is when the protective hairstyles come into play.
Also frequently washing, detangling and over-manipulating your hair can cause breakage, buildup, flaky scalp or excessive dryness. That’s another reason why protective hairstyles are good, they keep your hair off of your hands, and any other external factor that could affect it.
If you are considering going for protective hairstyles, here are 6 ideas that could work for you:
This is one of those protective hairstyles that you can’t get tired of! There are so many variations to it, you’ve got the box braids, which is the most popular and it’s called like that because your own hair gets divided into sections that form a box pattern, that section is braided and then a hair extension is added to it and those long beautiful braids can be worn for weeks or months.
This means that during that period of time, your own hair won’t be manipulated while you have the braids on, giving it time to breathe and recover.
There are many other varieties that you can go for, like ghana, cornrow, two strands, micro, etc.
The best option when it comes to twist-out is going for a two strand twist-out which is easy to master. It’s one of the low maintenance protective hairstyles and also helps your strands to keep moisture.
This style not only gives you length but it also promotes hair growth since there’s little manipulation going on. It’s a great option for those beauties who are transitioning as you can wear it as it is or adding accessories like a headscarf and have it on for a couple of days.
This protective hairstyle is a winner, it always gives you that elegant touch you are looking for! From wearing it to the office, fancy romantic dinner or a Sunday brunch an updo will do the trick. There are different types of updos, from buns to pigtails.
4. Bantu Knots
Don’t get fooled by the alien-space look that this protective hairstyle gives you, the results you get from them are totally worth it.
It consists of dividing your hair into sections, twist each one and wrap them around your finger into small knots. This protective style was used more like a fashion trend back in the ’90s and it surely is making a comeback.
A headwrap or hair scarf is a good option for a protective hairstyle, is simple and requires minimal effort. You can have your hair in twists and place it under a colorful headwrap to start off your day.
When everything else is not an option for you a wig can always do the trick. Nowadays there are different types of wigs that do not require the use of glue to place it in your head and work well as a protective hairstyle.
Apart from this, is a fun way to change your style and trying something different.
Protective hairstyles can do so much for your hair! They help you out when you don’t know what to do with your hair anymore or when you just need a break from manipulating your hair.
Have you tried any of these protective hairstyles? Share your experience with us in the comments below!
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