Products that are designed to keep hair healthy and well-maintained are a part of a billion dollar industry. However, it is not just what you put on your tresses that will keep them in top notch shape; it is also what you do with them. Protecting your hair is the first key to preventing breakage and other harmful issues that are true enemies to having a great head of hair.
What hairstyles can a woman fashion her tresses in order to protect her locks? Braids and chignons aka “The Bun” are excellent styles for aiding in hair growth and defending against the elements. Chignons secure ends which can become badly beaten and split over a period of time, while braids can offer even stronger security. Braiding is protective because it weaves hair into firm intertwined patterns making it more difficult for outside elements to cause havoc.
In a nutshell, any hairstyle that tucks your ends away or doesn’t need to be combed for a while (a week or more) is viewed as being “protective.” Some other examples of protective styles would be:
- Sewn-In Extensions
- Spiral Sets
- Flat Twists
In the twisting world, flat twists offer more versatility because unlike two-strand twists, they work equally well on relaxed or natural hair. How do you create a flat twist? Flat twists are created in the same fashion as cornrows, but are made with two sections of hair instead of three. The key is finding a hairstyle that works for both your schedule and overall personal style. Nevertheless, these low maintenance protective hairdos will enable you to shield your tresses from damage that could impede growth and the ability to build stronger strands.