Make sure that your protective style is protective

By Erma W.

In recent years, protective styling has become a hot topic.  So many women have fallen in love with protective styling because it offers multiple quick and stylish hairdo options.  However, improper handling and care of protective styles can make them problematic.  Listed below are some tips to help you employ the "protective" function of protective styling.

1.  Make sure that your hairstyle protects your ends.  The purpose of protective styling is to keep your ends tucked away.  Buns, extension braids, and French rolls are examples of protective styles.

2.  Make sure that your protective style is gentle on your edges.  Smooth edges do complement buns and ponytails, but edges that are pulled back too tightly can become thin.  The formal name is traction alopecia, and it can also be caused by braids that are too tight.  If your braids are painful, tell your braider right away.  Your braids should not hurt your hair.  Remember, there is a difference between "taut" and "tight."

3.  Don't forget about your real hair while you have a protective style.  Throwing your hair in braids, or under a weave or wig and just leaving it may save time, but it may also result in setbacks (breakage, split ends, etc.). Wash your hair to keep your scalp clean, but be sure to dry your hair thoroughly.  Hair that is not dried completely can rot.

Protective styling doesn't have to be boring, but it should live up to its namesake for your hair to reap its benefits.

Happy protective styling!

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