If you are truly serious about growing your natural black hair, you will need to find out everything you can about protective hairstyling. This is the only way you will be able to maintain all of your natural hair growth.
Most women who are natural are all too familiar with the term “hair shrinkage”. This is one of the disappointing results that occur when Nigerian women decide to wear their hair naturally. Hair shrinkage can make the hair appear shorter than it really is. It can also make a woman believe that her hair is not growing. The reality is that your hair is growing all of the time, and when you are nourishing it properly, it will grow even faster.
The benefits you will get from wearing your hair in a protective style is that you are protecting the ends from becoming damaged and breaking off.
There are numerous chat rooms, forums, and blogs that go into depth about the benefits about protective styling. You can even find tutorials and pictures that will help you understand more about the styles, and help you choose a few styles that may interest you. The great thing about wearing protective styles is that you can change your look as much as you want to. You are not stuck dealing with only one or two types of hairstyle options. Most women like to change their looks on a daily basis, and protective styling allows you to have this freedom.
So, if you are looking to wear spicy, funky, and elegant hairstyles while maintaining every inch of hair growth you get, you should consider your choices when it comes to protective styling.
You Can Choose Styles That Are Simple, Sleek, and Stylish
These are looks that work well with hair that is at a medium to long length. These types of styles include single twists, single French braids, box braids, and cornrows. Braiding is usually the choice of many women because they are easy to maintain and they are versatile.
You can also choose to wear a bun during your hair growth journey. Wearing a bun will ensure that you will not play in your hair and manipulate it to the point to where it begins to shed and break off.
There are some hairstyles that you can wear and they include:
- Flat twists
- Bantu knots
- Two strand twists
How Long Should You Wear Your Protective Style?
This is a matter of personal choice. Some women with natural black hair choose to wear protective styles continuously especially if they are looking to see a major increase in their hair’s health and growth. Other women use protective styling when they want to give their hair a break from relaxers or other chemical applications. You will usually notice more women wearing protective styles when the weather is warmer because they are more comfortable.
Protective styling is a choice that many more women of color are choosing for their hair. They have realized that they can achieve greater hair growth while wearing sophisticated styles.