In the world of natural hair care, protective styling reigns supreme. When it comes to these styles, it’s all about getting your natural hair to flourish and remain healthy while still looking amazing. But for those of us just starting out on our natural hair journey, it can be hard to decide on the right style to not only reflect our inner creativity but to also protect our precious strands.
With so many types of hair protection to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to start or which styles are best for our hair. Let’s take a look at three of the most common types of protective hairstyles: Braids, Twists, and Wigs.
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For women with afro-textured natural hair, braids are one of the most popular and easier protective styles to put in. Braids are generally done with either your natural hair or by adding in hair extensions, and involves intertwining three strands of hair for each braid. Braids protect naturally kinky and curly hair especially by keeping the strands tucked away from humidity and heat. Braids help prevent hair breakage and can promote hair growth.
While braids are easy to do styles that really do protect your hair, it can also be the cause of hair damage if not used correctly. A lot of the time, they’re left in for too long without proper maintenance. It’s a long lasting hairstyle but your scalp needs nurturing so a routine of washing and touch ups are always advised.
Also, if the braids are put in too tightly, your strands will literally be pulled out of your scalp. This usually happens gradually, so it’s always a good idea to switch up your protective styles.
There are lots of braids hairstyles, so explore a little before settling on the length and type that you want to try. Three of the more popular braid hairstyles are :
Side Swept Cornrows
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Twists (also called two strand twists) are very similar to braids, but involve two strands instead of three. They're also a lot easier to master and are very low maintenance.
Like braids, leaving these in for too long without maintenance will be very counterproductive for your natural hair. Also the style in which you wear twists matter as well. If you’re constantly putting your hair into a ponytail or doing only one type of hairstyle that pulls on your roots, your hair will eventually break under the tension.
There are lots of choices when it comes to twists as well. Four of the more popular ones are:
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The Senegalese Twists
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The Jumbo Twists
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The Full Out Twist
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There are a lot of stories of how wigs are bad for your hair, and in some cases those are very true. Some wigs use glue to keep the hair in place and this can cause allergic reactions, clog your pores, and damage your hair, especially when removing them. Not to mention that cutting lace is not something beginners (or even some experts) love doing.
When it comes to wigs, if you’re not breaking your pockets for the really expensive, natural looking ones, you’re settling for the ones that don’t look natural at all at the cheaper rates. At least, that’s how it was before Protect Our Hair.
At Protect Our Hair, we have headband wigs and wigs with bangs that don’t use lace or glue during installation. It’s a literal throw on and go hairstyle. You could also trim, style or dye to your taste. You're getting one wig with the option to style it in multiple ways. All of our human hair wigs are affordable and low maintenance, so you can rest assured that you're getting high quality hair at a price that won't damage your pockets.
This protective style doesn’t pull on your edges or cause tension on your scalp. It’s secure and can be worn and treated like your natural hair. Here are three of the most popular wigs from our collection:
We’ve barely scratched the surface of hair protection, but these three types are a good starting point for anyone looking to get creative and super stylish with their protective styles.
Which one are you going to try first? Let us know! Got any questions for us Beauties? Feel free to reach out. Get to styling sis!