- Box braids and cornrows protect one’s natural hair from damage by daily styling.
- It’s however essential to note that braids should be installed properly and not kept in for long to prevent the risk of hair damage.
Natural hair, especially textured hair, can be more prone to breakage if it is not properly cared for.
Often, we may follow all the necessary steps to maintain healthy hair, for instance, washing and conditioning regularly, but we tend to forget one key factor which is embracing protective hairstyles.
Protective hairstyles can help retain hair growth, retain moisture, and reduce manipulation hence hindering the risk of damage.
Njoki, a natural hair guru says that the only way people can grow their hair is by adopting protective hairstyles, which can maintain hair length.
''Our hair grows about half an inch every month. Doing protective hairstyles such as cornrows, sew wigs and braids is therefore highly recommended so as to retain length.
She also provided guidance on the ideal duration to sport the hairstyle.
''These hairstyles should last up to one month to reduce manipulation and retain growth.’’
Here are some examples of protective styles that can be done.
Box braids and cornrows protect one’s natural hair from damage by daily styling. It’s however essential to note that braids should be installed properly and not kept in for long to prevent the risk of hair damage.
When it comes to twists, there are different ways to style them to suit one’s preferences. They are a great option for a protective hairstyle.
Tying the hair in a bun helps protect the ends from rubbing against clothing and surfaces hence reducing breakage.
Wigs and Weaves
These help protect the natural hair by reducing exposure to heat, styling, and environmental damage. Consequently, they offer versatility in trying different looks without altering the natural hair.
In conclusion, doing protective hairstyles is one way of caring for the hair, as it retains length and moisture.
These styles however should not be too tight as they can cause damage to the hairline. It is also essential to keep the hair moisturized and give frequent breaks.