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A Beginner's Guide to Protective Hair Styling

A Beginner's Guide to Protective Hair Styling

May 13, 2019

Do you want to keep your hair healthy while flaunting gorgeous hair styles?

We’ve got two words for you: protective styling!

They might have just entered the fashion front but our grandmas have been using this effective technique for decades now.

That’s because from keeping your natural hair in maintained to promoting its growth― the benefits of protective hairstyles in infinite. Plus, they ensure that you don’t keep fiddling with your hair too much.

But before you dive straight into the braiding process, let’s look at all the things you need to know about protective hairstyles.

Styling Options: What Counts As a Protective Hairstyle?

It all comes down to your ends. They are the most fragile part of your hair and will split or break when exposed to the elements or constant styling. So in order to protect them, women tend to opt for hairdos that keep them tucked.

Some of the best protective hairstyles include:

  • Braids
  • Cornrows
  • Flat twists and twist-outs
  • Pineapple updo
  • Box braids and braided wigs

The best part about all these protective hairstyles is that they work for everyone.  Whether you have curly hair styles, relaxed hair or body wave hairstyles― these styles will work for you.

The Reasons: Why Should You Get One?

There are numerous reasons why you should choose a protective updo.

Let’s look at some of them:

  • Rain or shine, your hair stay tucked away from harm when they are styled in a protective way
  • It minimizes hair damage and breakage that incidentally boosts hair growth
  • Keeps your hair soft and supple for longer
  • Braided hair is easier to manage when you’re wearing a wig. They also keep it in place
  • The protective dos are pretty low-maintenance

Styling Tips: What Should You Avoid?

Have we convinced you to go for a protective updo?

If the answer is a yes, then you should always make sure to style your hair properly. A few loose strands or a wrong style might render the hairstyle useless.

So here are a few things to keep in mind when you style your hair:

  • Tuck those ends: Your hairstyle is supposed to protect your ends. This is why you shouldn’t leave any stray strands when you’re opting for a protective bun.
  • Too tight is not right:Make sure that your hairstyle isn’t too tight. Otherwise, you’ll wind up with a severe headache.
  • No pulling or tugging:Most protective hairstyles involve a lot of braiding. So just make sure that you avoid straining your hair when you’re styling your hair.

Wrap Up

In the end, we know that donning a big do every day may seem rather tedious at first. Nevertheless, you’re going to get used to it eventually. Plus, it’s worth the hassle when you weigh in all the benefits of protective styling.

Don’t Have Time for Regular Braiding?

No worries! You can always install a braided hair unit. Not only do they protect your hair but they also amp up your hair game.

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