Over the past couple of months I’ve went from box braids to senegalses twists. I did senegalese twists the day after Christmas and took them out last Wednesday because they were irritating me and I just wanted to wear my hair out.
I really enjoy leaving my hair out and having my kinks run free but I know that now with the weather being so cold protective styling is the best way to keep my hair moisturized and retain length. The myth has always been that wearing your hair in braids makes your hair grow, but how many men with long hair do you know that wore box braids to make their hair grow? Don’t worry I’ll wait…
That’s the question I have been asking myself for the past few days. I have declared this year the year of protective styling but I have a very short attention span when it comes to my hair. Especially now that I take care of my hair and style my hair myself. I Just love the look and feel of my hair being out.
Although I have upped the moisture in my hair care routine I understand the benefits of protective styling. Whether its a wig or braids, any style that allows for minimum manipulation to the hair is best. There are many natural and relaxed ladies who swear by protective styles and agree that it has helped them in retaining length. But in personally don’t think it is always necessary or essential. I have found in my 8 months of being natural that as long as you are taking care of your hair, it will grow. I have only used heat 3 times since going natural and that was to stretch my hair with a blow dry to do my braids. I have now decided to remain heat free and see how it goes.
Although I don’t agree that protective styling doesn’t make a difference to growth I do believe that it is a great way to create versatile styles. I have just discovered Fingercomber.com and that’s about to be my new addiction lol because I wants me some Havana Twist hair. I also want a natural looking weave to create a wig cap or a weave style.
Here are some of my favourite Natural hair Youtubers talking about protective styling
I absolutely relate to everything MahogonyCurls. Love this beautiful lady.
LongHairDontCareLLC is great at breaking things down and explaining things. She really takes her time to make you understand what things are or mean. This video is great for anyone that wants to know the difference between protective styling and low manipulation styles. I also love the hair family explanation.