Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just ditch the notion of protective styles, wear our hair flowing in the wind 100% of the time – like every single day and retain lots of length?
In our dreams…
Why Do Protective Styling?
Wearing your hair out every day is not a good idea if you are seeking to retain length. Exposing it to the elements (sun, wind, etc.) in addition to the rubbing of your hair on your clothing makes it more prone to breakage. It may not happen one time or even two times but the cumulative effect of wearing your hair out is what affects the ends of your hair.
Protective styling is a surefire way to protect your ends so that you can enjoy more length but it certainly doesn’t have to be your only way of styling.
How Often to Wear Protective Styles
You can still enjoy wearing your hair out from time to time. You just have to be strategic about it. By picking and choosing when to wear your hair out, you can mitigate the wear and tear on your strands and still enjoy your hair. For example, I will wear my hair out when I go to special events and 1-2 days during the week with one of those days being on the weekend.
Best Protective Styles for Fine Hair
With fine hair, protective styling is best done in short spurts. This ensures that the hair doesn’t tangle and get matted. Long term protective styling can be disastrous because due to the fragile nature of fine hair, leaving it “locked” in one state for a long period of time can cause the strands to literally lock up on it each other.
Buns, french rolls, flat twists, medium sized twists, large sized twists, medium sized braids, and large sized braids are great short term protective styles. You can even wear your hair in its naturally curly state by way of a wash and go and still style it in a protective fashion.
Protect your hair from breakage by utilizing protective styles in your hair regimen at least 80% of the time. When you proactively protect your hair when styling it, you will be well on your way to having your best hair!
Stay tuned for Good Hair Habit #7 – Don’t Give Damage a Free Pass