Many women have chosen to incorporate protective styling into their hair care regimens. Rightfully so, as protecting the hair aids in retaining length. They also diminish the chances of breakage and stress on your natural strands. The less you manipulate your hair the more it will grow. Here are some protective styles for natural tresses that provide versatility:
A very popular style among women with natural hair, two strand twists are versatile and can be the foundation for other natural styles. Virtually anyone can add this style to their regimen as long as you have at least one inch of hair. This style is great on any hair length rather short, medium or long. If you get tired of wearing the twists, unravel them to create a wavy/curly look, add a headband or any type of accessory and you're good to go!
Can be done on wet or dry hair and can last several days, especially if you protect your crown of glory during the night while sleeping. This is a very easy style to achieve and adds curl definition and waves without having to use rollers.
Similar to that of cornrows, but utilizing two sections of hair instead of three to create a twist pattern rather than a French braid pattern. This is also great if you are transitioning to natural because it works well on chemically processed hair as well. This style can be unraveled after a few days to create a twist out. Or, you can also create double protective styling by only flat twisting the front of your head and then roller setting the back.
This is the style that allows you to "set it and forget it", meaning once the weave is applied you don't have to worry about manipulating your hair at all for at least 6 weeks! If practicing healthy hair care practices while wearing this style, can do wonders for growing your hair. Why, you ask? Providing that your mane has been braided underneath, your head is completely covered as there is no exposure. However, I recommend that you still shampoo, condition, and moisturize as normal. This ensures that the hair underneath is still being treated and cared for.
As you can see, integrating protective styles for natural hair into your regimen gives you more variety in styling. The above mentioned styling techniques are not an all inclusive list as there are many other styles for you. to choose from
Start with freshly shampooed and conditioned strands