A protective style is any style where the ends (the oldest and most fragile part of your hair) of your hair are tucked away/"hidden" & moisturized to avoid friction and wear& tear from the environment.
I put my hair in protective styles on a regular basis for 4 reasons:
- Less manipulation
- To keep my ends tucked away from clothes, wind, etc which could possible result in damage
- I LIKE THEM
- Because I'm lazy!
Before I began my healthy hair journey, I wore my hair down almost every day. My hair was somewhat healthy, but thin and never went past shoulder length. When researching healthy hair care practices, one common practice I saw in the MAJORITY of long haired ladies was the implementation of protective styles (buns, french rolls, braids etc.).
Even my Mother,who has mid-back length hair, protective styles on a normal basis.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
I knew I had to make a change in my hair care practices in order to yield results, which I did and I am now slowly receiving.
I can count at least 10-15 relaxed success stories (going from short and thin to long and thick) who credits protective styling as one of their reasons for achieving such results. I tend to go with the majority NOT the minority.
Of course protective styling alone does not give you thick and healthy hair and of course you can still reach your goals without them...but for ME...I do them because I like them and I have seen results.
So, in my case...protective styling is a necessity AND personal choice!
What about you?