Protective Styling: A Guide for Naturals

Protective Styling: A Guide for Naturals

Protective styles are great, can all of our naturals agree?! Yes, protective styles are great but only when they're done and maintained properly. Today we're going to talk about the best protective styles and how to care for your hair while wearing a protective style. 

Recommended Protective Styles:

1. Twists

Twists are top tier!! They're easy, low-manipulation, and they look amazing on every hair type. You can do mini twists, normal sized twists, or large twists. If you want, you can even add extensions and go for a look like Senegalese twists. Twists are very versatile so you can get however creative as you'd like. 

2. Braids 

Just like twists, braids are very versatile. They can be a great protective style as long as they aren't too tight.

3. Low buns or ponytails 

Low buns and ponytails that aren't tight can definitely be considered protective styles. Avoid doing tight and high buns or ponytails because those add a lot of tension to your hair and could lead to breakage. 

4. Wigs

Wigs are becoming more popular each and every day. They are great at protecting your hair and they also encourage you to leave your hair alone. It's important to make sure that your scalp is moisturized and your ends are protected before putting on a wig. 

5. Weaves 

If a weave is done properly, it can be a great protective style. Don't try to DIY your weaves unless you're professional or have experience. A bad weave can cause major issues that you do not want to deal with!

6. Faux locs 

Faux locs are super cute and you can add accessories to make them pop out even more! 

7. Clip Ins

Yes that's right, clip ins can be a protective style as well. You can flat twist or braid your hair up and then add the clip-ins if you'd like. Just make sure to leave out enough hair to cover the clips. 

Caring for Your Hair in a Protective Style:

To-do list PRIOR to getting a protective style:

  • Wash your hair, remove all build-up and dirt. Make sure your scalp and strands are squeaky clean! 

  • Moisturize your hair and make sure to seal your ends since they are the oldest parts of your hair.

  • Get a trim if your ends are split. The last thing you want to do is get a protective style with bad ends! The style literally won't protect anything and your ends will split higher up the hair shaft. 

Scalp care in a protective style:

  • If your scalp is dry, add a very lightweight oil like hemp seed oil, for instance.

  • If you start to see build-up or flakes on your scalp, use rose water to remove it. Note: You don't need to use a lot of rose water. Just pour a little bit onto a cotton ball and use that to cleanse your scalp.

  • Let your scalp breathe, it needs oxygen! You don't have to wear a scarf all day just because you're at home, take it off for a few hours. Just make sure to tie your hair back up before going to sleep.

Natural hair care in a protective style:

  • If you have a protective style that allows you to easily access your real hair, comb your hair out everyday or every other day. This may sound like a lot of work to some but it's very beneficial and we recommend you do this if your protective style doesn't include extensions. Gently combing your hair everyday or every other day will prevent tangles. Your hair sheds everyday, those shed hairs need to come out eventually. It's best to consistently comb out your hair because if you wait too long, you'll experience tangles, knots, and even breakage. 
  • If possible and if necessary, moisturize and seal your ends. If you seal your ends before your protective style, you should be good for a decent amount of time. The longer you plan on keeping a style in, the more you may have to re-moisturize your ends. 

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