What is Protective Styling?
What is protective styling for our hair? Specifically, it is a style that protects the hair from physical and environmental factors. These aspects can stress the hair causing irreversible damage overtime leading to breakage and unhealthy hair.
For instance, here are common factors that can cause damage to the hair.
- Heat from flat ironing or blow drying the hair.
- Manipulation from daily hairstyling.
- Chemical straightening and color treatments.
- Constant dampening or wetting the hair. Examples are swimming and activities that lead to sweat.
- The environment which includes sun, humidity, pollution and wind.
The purpose of protective styling is to grow healthy longer hair by reducing split ends, knots, and tangles. This includes but not limited to:
- Wash & Gos
Yes, I included headwraps! Feel free to learn more about the benefits of headwraps here.
Additionally, there are two types of styles you should always question when protective styling your hair. If it is a no-manipulation or low manipulation style. ?Here is more information between the two.
- No-manipulation styles doesn?t require any hairstyling whatsoever. Such styles are braids, weaves, locs, headwraps and twists.
- Low manipulation styles are easy to maintain but require everyday hairstyling. There are your buns, twist outs, braid outs and wash and gos. All require some type of manipulation throughout the week.
Who are considered candidates for protective styling?
Simply, anyone with hair that is prone to breakage or can easily become damaged. Especially those with fine, curly or african hair types. Therefore, they can include:
- A busy person with limited time to style your hair.
- You live in a humid, windy, or cold weather environment.
- Your hair is color treated or chemically straightened on a regular basis.
Noteworthy, you can add extra precautions to your hair care regimen preventing signs of future damage. Through the use of wide tooth seamless combs and finger detangling. There is more about this topic here.
So, what is your thought on protective styling??