Am I the only one who loves protective styles? Like faithfully, stand by your protective style, do or die chick?
For me, protective styles are a staple that date back years before I even thought about transitioning to natural hair – I remember being a hair-obsessed adolescent who was as faithful to the creamy crack as I was to cornrows. Was I the only one rocking box braids, micros, and rope twists as a teenager?
Learning to embrace your wonderfully kinky hair does not mean you cannot love protective styles. Here are five reasons why:
Styling your hair can take a lot of time, and your tresses can get overwhelmed by all the manipulation. It’s nice to give your hair a breather – along with your arms and hands.
- They save time.
A trusty set of box braids, and many other protective styles for that matter, allow you to just get up and go. No need to unravel braids, twists or Bantu knots every morning to get that banging braid-out, twist-out or Bantu knot-out.
With protective styles, the possibilities for your natural hair are endless. Bobby pins become a naturalista’s best friend when wearing braids or twists. You can have your hair down in a side swoop one day and put it in some elaborate updo the next.
- They give length.
If shrinkage can get you down, a head full of long, flowy braids is just the pick-me-up you may want to try. It can also help to fight off the hair envy some of us may feel every now and then. The length that comes along with protective styles may give you the opportunity to try things you wouldn’t be able to try with your own hair.
Accessories can really bring out my protective styles; a flower here, a headband there. If you ever get bored with the normal style of your braids or twists, you have plenty of options to personalize your look.
Are you a protective style fanatic? If so, what’s your favorite style?