loose hair

In the sum­mer­time, I per­son­al­ly love the free­dom of being able to wear my hair loose. How­ev­er, the down­side is that retain­ing length can be a chal­lenge for me if I don’t pro­tec­tive style. For­tu­nate­ly, I have found ways to do both – wear my hair loose AND retain length. If you want to do the same, check out the­se tips to help you for­mu­late your own sum­mer reg­i­men.

1. Switch between pro­tec­tive and loose styles

You may not have to wear styles that are strict­ly pro­tec­tive or strict­ly loose this sum­mer. Rock both! One idea is to alter­nate between two weeks pro­tec­tive and two weeks loose. Anoth­er idea is to go pro­tec­tive one week, loose the next week, and start all over again the fol­low­ing week.

2. Go for stretched styles, like braid outs and twist outs

Style Icon Fun­mi

Alter­na­tive­ly, if you want to wear your nat­u­ral hair more loose than pro­tec­tive, pick a style that stretch­es your tress­es but also requires lit­tle re-touch. This can be a twist out or braid out that you don’t manip­u­late often. Do you want some actu­al exam­ples of 4B/4C reg­i­mens? Then oheck out this long-haired, month­ly twist out rou­tine by our style icon Fun­mi. She rocks a twist out for about two weeks then pulls her hair into a low pony­tail (or bun) until her next wash day. Anoth­er exam­ple is style icon Olivia’s stretched style. She main­ly wears puffs stretched via twists or buns.

Style Icon Olivia

3. Do a prop­er wash-n-go with min­i­mal tan­gles

Wash-n-gos aren’t for every 4C nat­u­ral, but not all 4C’s need to avoid them either. (I’ve done them with suc­cess.) If you want to try them, check out our recent post on 6 Tips to Reduce Tan­gles and Knots on 4C Wash and Go’s.

4. Fake the look with cro­chet braids


Final­ly, there is the option of wear­ing cro­chet braids for the loose look while keep­ing your real hair pro­tect­ed under­neath. We have many posts on this style on this site. Here is one of our posts enti­tled 5 Ways to Rock the HOT Cro­chet Braid Trend. Also check out this mini-tuto­ri­al on cro­chet braids with an invis­i­ble part by Nel­ly2fine:

FINAL NOTE: Check out this pre­vi­ous post we did for MORE tips:

7 Tips for Retain­ing Length on 4C Nat­u­ral Hair With­out Pro­tec­tive Styling

How do you wear your hair loose this sum­mer with min­i­mal length loss?


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I’m look­ing for ways to be able to enjoy my hair with­out hav­ing to wear pro­tec­tive style. IDK what i’m doing wrong but i only ever see real pro­gress in pro­tec­tive styles :(