It is that time of the year again, yes, protective season. The temperatures are falling, and you can probably already feel the affects on your skin. Your hair may be trying to hang in there since you have been doing everything correct this past summer. But, eventually your hair will start to feel the affects of old man winter creeping up and he has no mercy, so let’s talk about protective styles, and how we can benefit from them.
Protective styles have some benefits, which are;
- reduce manipulation (constant styling can cause a lot of unnecessary shedding and breakage.)
- end protection (the coldness will attack the ends first, they are the most vulnerable and the most dry of our hair. Keeping them concealed keeps them moisturized)
- saves time ( sometimes the winter puts you in the lazy state, where you just want to relax. Sometimes you just need a break from hair.)
Now the question is, what styles are considered protective style? It can be a plethora of styles; two strand twist (but will get more benefit if you pinned them up where ends are not exposed), buns ( very easy, simple yet classic style), halo or goddess braid ( another simple but yet classic), and of course, braides, marley twist, cornrows..etc, wigs, and sew-ins. Always choose a style that will work with your lifestyle.
Remember, a protective style is meant to protect, so if it is not eliminating manipulation, and concealing of the ends, than it is not protecting anything.