Two strand twist as a protective style

Benefits of Protective Styles on 4C Natural Hair

How often do you wear protective styles? Are there benefits of protective styles?

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Benefits of wearing Protective Styles

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Protective styles ought to be part of your hair care routine because they help protect your hair from daily damage, manipulation and help retain length from your growth.

Which protective styles are the best?

The best protective styles should be protective, shouldn’t be held too tight, kept for too long until you notice build up and should be cared for, don’t install protective style and forget all about it. Protective styles range from two strand twists, temporary locs, box braids, flat twists, cornrows, bantu knots, wigs, clip in extensions etc.

Do protective styles grow hair?

Not literally. Our hair is always growing and if you don’t notice growth, your hair is probably breaking more than it’s growing. Protective styles mainly help with retaining length from your growth.

What makes a style protective?

First, preparing your hair for protective style is important. Before installing a protective style, cleanse, deep condition, moisturize your hair and if you choose to stretch your hair using heat, use a heat protectant and minimum heat. When installing a style, don’t hold the style too tight, that’s how you lose your edges and break your hair. I know you want your styles to serve you for a long period of time but is it worth it?

Once installed, care for the protective styles as you would with your hair. Don’t tuck your hair in a protective style and forget all about it. Moisturize as you would, protect your hair when sleeping and cleanse off the build up if you need to.

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Keeps Moisture locked in.

Protective styles keep moisture locked in longer than wearing your hair out. I can go a week without moisturizing my two strand twists. Reminder; moisturize your protective style pay attention to how often you need to re-moisturize.

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Help with length retention.

Protective styles help protect hair from damage and daily manipulation which causes breakage that has us feeling like our hair isn’t growing. Protective styles keep your hair tucked and protected.

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Reduce tangles and knots.

Tangles! Tangles! We all know how open hair keeps tangles, knotting and detangling can be a hectic job sometimes. Protective styles keep your hair stretched minimizing tangles.

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Protective styles protect your hair from daily manipulation, combing, brushing and weather conditions. You know how the heat, winds, cold and humidity affect our hair, protecting your hair during some of these seasons help minimizing damage and breakage.

It’s worry free.

We all know we have days or weeks when we don’t wanna deal with combing, styling, detangling or we are on a busy schedule and the hair is the last thing you are willing to deal with. Protective styles give you the break you much deserve and lets you focus on other important things.

Protective styles also saves you time getting ready especially for those of us who struggle with styling our manes. They have you looking like a goddess without spending an eternity and watching a thousand youtube tutorials.

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How does your hair benefit from protective styles?

Valerie Kinoti

Valerie Kinoti has loved all things hair since she was 8 and always dreamt of having long hair. Decades later she is living the long hair dream and sharing all tips, tricks she has learned over the years.

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