Women who choose to wear their natural hair know all about the ups and downs of hair care, including the time and effort it takes to make sure their hair remains healthy and is able to grow. That’s where hair protection comes into play, but what does it really mean to “protect” your natural hair? Do you really need to? And how do you know that you’re using the best method?
What is Natural Hair Protection?
Natural hair protection is anything that you do that actually protects your natural hair. It includes the styles that you wear your hair in, the products that you use to keep your hair healthy and shielded against things like heat, as well as any part of your routine that keeps your hair free from things like friction, such as wrapping your hair at night with a satin bonnet.
It’s all about protecting your hair from the elements, like the sun, or really cold weather, that can leave your hair dry and brittle. Protecting your hair starts with your hair care routine and ends with the way you wear your hair when you’re done with styling.
Why Should You Protect Your Natural Hair?
We protect our natural hair because we want healthy hair. Natural hair protection isn’t responsible for growth, but it is responsible for retaining length. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair and you should be making sure that they’re taken care of so that they’re not splitting or breaking off.
Healthy hair needs protection and making sure that your hair is taken care of is the first step to reaching that goal. Without any protection for your hair, you’re more likely to experience split ends, breakage, and dryness.
What’s the best way to protect your hair?
Now that we know what hair protection is and why we should be protecting our hair, let’s take a look at some of the ways that we can.
When you hear the term natural hair protection, it’s usually centered around “protective styling”. Protective styles are types of hairstyles that keep your hair free from manipulation by tucking the ends of your hair away and keeping your hair secure. Less movement of your strands means less chances of stretching, pulling, and breakage. These styles include sewn in extensions, braids, twists, and cornrows, to name a few.
There are protective styles that are very useful in keeping your hair healthy, but using some of these styles over and over can result in tension on that scalp, when they’re done tightly, and that can result in loss of hair and breakage. In addition, getting a professional to put in some of the more complicated styles can really add up financially over time, and that’s only if you have the time to sit to have them put in.
What’s the best way then? Let’s take a look at wigs and how they can help protect your hair.
Wigs as a protective style option
Wigs are a viable way of protecting your natural hair. Get your hair into a simple two twist style or wear it any way that feels comfortable under your wig, and enjoy any style that you like, while protecting your hair in the process.
We recommend using wigs that don’t need any glue or lace to install, like the headband wigs or wigs with bangs from Protect Our Hair. These are easy to install and adjust for an amazingly secure fit. Three distinct advantage of using these glueless wigs as a hair protection option are:
- You can choose a hairstyle that’s ready to go without you having to do anything to your natural hair at all. No heat or chemical damage to your hair from a flat iron or chemical heavy styling product. Choose a wig with straight hair or curly hair. It all depends on your preference.
- You get to put on a hairstyle in no time. Glueless wigs won’t take you hours to install. In fact, they take all of three seconds to put in and you’re ready to go.
- You can style differently if you want to. If you feel like you want to add a little curl to your straight hair wig or you want to color your wig, you get to do that. It’s all up to how you want your look to come together.
These wigs have so many advantages, but the most important one is that they protect your hair. They’re more affordable in the long run than some protective styles that need regular touch ups and professional installation. They’re also a tension free way of wearing your hair.
Take a look at the different styles here, and let us know just what you think about hair protection using wigs. Feel free to reach out on our socials or comment below. Now, get to styling Beauties!