It has been over four weeks since my last protective style. To coincide with that, a couple weeks ago I encountered the urge to change up my look once again. While making my rounds on one of my favourite sites, Pinterest, I came across a protective style that I have never tried before. Typically, when I get my hair braided I tend to request the installation of either long Box Braids or Senegalese Twists. This time, I decided to switch it up and try a braided up-do.
To prep my hair I;
- Cleansed with shampoo
- Revitalized it with conditioner
- Added extra moisture by applying a hair masque
- Thoroughly detangled
Of course, I didn’t accomplish this style myself. I visited my trusted hair braider, Angela, who ensured that the install was not too tight.
I am truly in love with this hairstyle. It’s low maintenance and can be worn in a bun when needs be. I am pretty excited to share with you all how I maintain this braided up-do. However, that is for another blog post.
Until then butterflies 🦋.
In my previous blog post entitled, “The Hair Journey – My Plan to Growing Healthy Natural Hair Part I”, I outlined some of the steps that I have taken in an attempt to grow out my natural hair. In today’s post, I want to speak on my decision to make protective styling a main component in my hair routine.
Throughout my natural hair journey, I have dabbled with various protective styles whether it be box braids, braided twists, faux locs and now, sew-ins. I would always welcome these changes as they came at a time where my hair and I were not having a harmonious relationship. I would keep each protective style installed for at least two to three weeks and then would get the itch to take it out because I miss my hair.
However, I gained much from each protective style experience. Namely;
- There was no excessive combing or handling of my hair in anyway which could lead to breakage.
- I was able to switch up my look without having to sacrifice the health of my natural hair.
- I saw where my hair retained length from utilizing these protective styles.
Because of those reasons, I have decided to wear protective styling on a more frequent basis to achieve my hair goals. Now, of course, this certainly does not mean that I will be neglectful of my hair. I intend on caring for my hair during this process in order to reap the full benefits of such a growth method.
I commit to;
- Having a three-week break between each protective style.
- Using a variety of hair treatments while out of protective style.
- Caring and maintaining my hair while in protective style.
In future posts, I will expound on how I care and maintain my hair while in protective style.