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5 Reasons It’s a BAD Idea to Protective Style Non-Stop

• Feb 11, 2013

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Protective styling — styling your hair in such a way that ends are tucked and protected — is an effective way to retain length in a relatively short amount of time. But moderation is the key to most things in life, and protective styling is no different! Here are 5 reasons it’s not a good idea to protective style non-stop.

1. You can better assess how products work on loose hair
Loose strands are the best template for testing how products work. You get a better sense of whether a product is absorbing or sealing properly, whether it smooths your strands, and how it’s affecting the texture of your hair. Take advantage of time in between protective styling to test new products and revisit old faithfuls to ensure they’re still performing well.

2. You can moisturize more effectively on loose hair
Styles like twists and box braids are easy to moisturize. But other protective styles, like updos and buns, keep so much hair hidden and tucked that it can be difficult to get a full saturation. It’s key to take advantage of time in between protective styling to do good deep conditioning and (if necessary) protein treatments.

3. Lint and shed hair buildup can lead to matting and breakage
Lint is an inevitability for women with textured hair. If it’s left on the hair for too long — and combines with spritzes, oils, and butters — it forms tiny lint balls that adhere to your strands, almost like glue. These are very hard to take down without causing serious breakage. You need breaks from protective styling so that lint doesn’t have a chance to accumulate.

4. It’s important to know how to maintain length with low manipulation styles
Unless you want to be in twists and cornrows for the rest of your life, you’re going to have to learn how to do low manipulation ‘out styles’. If you’re nervous at the thought of keeping your hair out, start small. Take your protective style down on Friday, allow yourself time to experiment on the weekend, and put the style back up in on Sunday night. Once you’re comfortable, gradually do the take down earlier and earlier in the week until you can go a full week rocking low manipulation styles that keep your ends in tact.

5. Constant protective styling can be emotionally draining
There is little point to being natural if you never ever get a chance to enjoy your big, bodacious, textured hair. Even if you’re working towards a hair goal, it’s psychologically important for you to spend time celebrating your hair as it is and have some fun!

What do you think ladies? Is taking protective styling breaks important to you? Why or why not?

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DreamGirl
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I’ve experienced some major damage because I rarely have my hair out. I’m taking a break for now,enjoy my hair a bit and stop being lazy with my hair.

cb
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I agree with #5

Kim
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I have been in back to back protective styles (all sew in weaves) through my transition natural hair. I do worry that I’m inept at styling and caring for my hair while it’s out. Also, my hair is prone to breakage and protective weaves have helped me to achieve bsl in just over a year.

I intend to come out of my weave this summer so that I can fully experience my natural hair, but I am more than a little concerned about uncontrollable breakage.

Tabatha
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I normally do protective styling every other 6 to 8 weeks. So my hair gets a break, but when I was in the navy it was easier to keep my hair in cornrows through deployment which was 6–9 months.

Sue
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@Tabatha, you make a good point. I wore cornrows done with my own hair all through elementary school, also about 6–9 months. Hair would be out during the holidays. I think continuous protective styling can be a major hindrance to someone who is not well acquainted with their natural hair. It can become a crutch, so to speak.

I’m surprised though that this article has not mentioned: Traction alopecia. Wearing weaves and cornrows + braids (esp. with extensions) puts tension on the hair! It’s important to take breaks to avoid breakage.

mlank64
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You know, it seems that there’s alot conflicting information in regards to productive styling. First, I hear protective style, now too much productive styles can break your hair. You know…its not productive styles as it is too much handling of the hair or over manipulation. My problem seems to be what can I do with my hair without having to overly handle it from day to day. I’m not really into braids and twist that involve extensions because I don’t trust anyone to put them in my hair. Most stylers braid too tight and I’m afraid to look like some… Read more »
Candice
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I usually rock a protective style for a week (two strand twists usually) and then wear it out the next week. Pineappling doesn’t work that well for me. At least not in keeping the curls looking fresh. What I do is wrap my hair with bobby pins around my hair (basically like I did when my hair was relaxed) and put on my satin scarf and bonnet. The next morning, I take it down and my curls are still perfect.

Kayce
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Agree to disagree on this one. I’m happy with my constant protective styling. I have been actively trying to grow my hair for over 4 years and out styles cause a ridiculous amount of dryness and breakage. Where I live is very cold and windy so that doesn’t help. I like my protective styles and don’t keep them in longer than 2 weeks so matting and product build up hasn’t been an issue. I have always had natural hair so enjoying big hair isn’t a desire of mine. I would like to experience long hair and for me, protective styles… Read more »
CaroBoules
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I agree Kayce, I’m on a hair growth journey, and I’ve had excellent growth since incorporating protective styling…I’m content however what annoys me is that OTHER PEOPLE nag me about when I’m going to style my 4b/4c hair down, when am I going to do an out style. Go grow your hair long and wear it out! And since when is it “psychologically important for you to spend time celebrating your hair?!” Is it not celebrated in protective styling?…I’ve received many compliments on my creative updos! Sorry I will stop the rant.

Candice
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Your regimen is exactly what the article said. It says not to protective style “nonstop”. Did you actually read the article? Which part are you agreeing to disagree with?

Nooni
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I PS non-stop with no problems

Kayce
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a) Yes. I did read the article there is no reason to be rude. My response was respectful so just calm down.

b) I consider myself protective styling nonstop because I will only take the protective style down every couple of weeks for a few hours just to clear shed hairs or just neaten it up and I put it right back in. I pretty much never wear my hair out. Since August I have worn my hair out for more than a couple of hours only once and that was a disaster.

Kayce
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a) Yes. I did read the article there is no reason to be rude. My response was respectful so just calm down.

b) I consider myself protective styling nonstop because I will only take the protective style down every couple of weeks for a few hours just to clear shed hairs or just neaten it up and I put it right back in. I pretty much never wear my hair out. Since August I have worn my hair out for more than a couple of hours only once and that was a disaster.

Victoria
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Wonderful food for thought! I definitely need to work on step 4 LOL. I’m usually afraid if I leave my thick yet thin stranded hair down for more than a few moments to take pics of it, it will become one big knot LOL.

Stephanie
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I never protective style. It takes too long and my head is too big and I have too much hair to be throwing a weave on top or wig. I’ll melt. Over manipulation and under-manipulation are basically the same thing. Access your hair health and give it what it needs on a daily basis. Sometimes it might need the waters of life. Other days you might not even touch it…

sara
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i 100% agree. some naturals think its a sin to let your hair out to breathe but now and again its completely fine. i realised that having my hair in protective styling too much it can get quite knotted without me realising.

Luv
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I totally agree with this post. When I first started my journey, I lived in protective styles and had no idea how to care for my hair when it was not protected. After a few years and a lot of research, I wanted to wear my hair. At first, I went running back to protective styles anytime I saw hair fall or my hair felt too dry. Then I got the hang of wearing my hair and I went a little over board. I wore my hair out all the time. It was beautiful and big, but my hair remained… Read more »
tabatha_frm_RI
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i’m on the fence about this one. b/c my hair is always in protective style. my hair texture is 4d/4e (lol) midback length, and crochet is and always has been my choice of protective style. my hair is doing fine, my edges are tact.….(ect) bottom line.… “do what works for you,know two heads of hair are the same”

Jacky
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Thanks,great tips!

JENNID
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It seems like this article is better suited to those who use wigs and weave as a protective style. Tips 1–3 are better suited for those who wear faux hair.Wearing your own hair is a whole other ball game. Moisturizing my your hair in twist or braids is not a problem. If a product sucks it gonna suck on loose or twisted hair- no difference. Lint and meshing are signs that your leaving a particular style in too long without tending to it properly. That varies from person to person though. I don’t get the need to be in separate… Read more »
binks
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This! I love protective styling because I don’t like to do my hair every day or prepping it every night. I honestly do it more so for the time it saves then for vanity. I like to wake up and just go with minimum effect without thinking what I’ am going to do to my hair. Plus, with the PS I get I can still wash, condition and moisturize and seal so it is a win-win for me. Sure, I let my hair breathe from the PS by wearing it out for a weekend or a few days before moving… Read more »
Lulu
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I didn’t wear my hair out that much when I was relaxed (close to BSL) so I’m not going to be any different with my natural hair. Big hair is cool once in awhile but not every day or even every other day. I just want healthy hair. That’s just how I’ve always seen it personally.

Michelle
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I’ll probably try #5 around the end of April in time for my birthday, but right now protective styling is the break I’m taking from having my hair out from August last year.

yoco
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My routine is usually as follows: Wash on weekend (Sat or Sunday) and either do twists or braids (my own hair)- pull them back into a pony tail or low bun. On Monday, if I get up in time, I take out twists or braids and wear in a very defined twist or braid out. If I don’t have time, keep the twists or braids in the pony or low bun On Tuesday, I’ve either have just taken out my braids or twists or am working with a 2 day old twist or braidout that I have lightly spritzed with… Read more »
Barbara
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I plan on protective styling for 3 months straight so I shall see. So far PS has helped me retain length.

Ev`Yan
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Such a timely post! I used to wear wash ‘n go’s constantly when my hair was less than 6 inches, but now that it’s at about 8, I can’t do it unless I want to battle with knots & tangles. So for the last several months, I’ve been wearing my hair up—either in chunky twists pinned up or in medium-to-mini twists in a bun or Gibson tuck. I never wear my hair in twist outs or anything; I only see my hair down when I’m taking my twists out & prepping to put them back in. I LOVE the ease… Read more »
LadyDavis
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Your comment was very helpful. I’m a new natural (almost 3 months since I did the BC and 6 months since my last relaxer). My Twa is growing fast. I’ve been wondering what am I going to do with it once it grows longer and I’m realizing wash n go’s won’t work when that time comes if I want to retain length and moisture. Thank you. I will be doing protective styles. Although, knowing me there will be times I’ll wear it down on occasion, only because I love the versatility of our hair, I tend to get bored with… Read more »
Sunny
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I completely disagree with the advice given above. Protective styling done correctly with proper care of your hair in between is absolutely healthy for your hair. It is when you completely ignore your hair is when you have a problem. I am a Natural Hair Stylist and Owner of a Natural Hair Salon, Allure Beauty Bar in Frisco, TX. Protective styling to include weaves, braids, and twists with our with extension hair is a great way to grow your hair without the temptation of cutting or damaging out of frustration. The trick is to ensure that you do not leave… Read more »
Candice
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Why am I not at all surprised that a hair stylist would advocate for protective styles that are put in at a salon? Out styles can be done at home for free!

Sunny
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Absolutely you can do your own protective styling, my point was simply that protective styling regardless of where it is done is not a bad thing for your hair if done properly.

jemjt
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I think u are agreeing with the article. You’ve stated no more then 8 weeks to wear weaves etc…and unless I’m incorrect that’s what the article is implying…“take a break” to give your hair tlc then go back to ps…hair will grow I agree…but health over length..cause I’ve seen people with long natural hair..but transparent ends …not something to admire in my opinion. But you got a point…if anything is done correctly…it will produce great results.

Brownsugasmile02
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THIS: “…but health over length..cause I’ve seen people with long natural hair..but transparent ends …not something to admire in my opinion.”

You can say that again!!!

selinda
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I’m on two protective style challenges right now-one through March an done through April. One of those challenges is on this website, which is now making me a little confused : (. This is my first time really giving protective styling much of a shot-so I hope that these challenges pay off and that I am not worse off tucking my ends. but-I know that that Wanakee lady taught that as a method to retain length so I’m going to hang on in there-at least through March.

Mary
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I just disagree with the notion that wearing one’s hair out is the only way to enjoy one’s hair. I don’t feel like I’m “hiding” my hair when it is in cornrows. It’s just another style, another expression.

Lulu
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THIS. I think it’s why alot of ladies are unhappy with their hair. Many of us have deeply ingrained the message that hair is beautiful or their hair is optimal when it’s out and flowing in some way. And we even get pressure from loved ones to do so like another posted posted above.

Grey Poupon
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Lmao @ physiologically. Y’all play too much lol.

Grey Poupon
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Psychologically. Damn iphone.

LilaYogaVie
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#5 resonated with me as well. However, I am learning to “listen” to my hair in much the same way I listen to my body when it comes to nutrition and fitness. I live in a very cold, dry climate most of the year so wearing out styles for more than two days in a row is rarely an option for me. I am learning to improve my skill and repertoire with protective styles. My lack of styling skill has until now meant that braid outs or twist outs were for the times when I wanted to show off my… Read more »
J Marie
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I don’t do protective styles often. It was too much when I first started going natural and found that doing a simple bun was my thing but I wear my hair loose more than in a protective style. I didn’t see any damage to it and it is midway down my back and that let me know that a lot of natural ladies stress too much over the styling and stress does more damage than external things. I’m glad someone posted this to help us realize that it’s okay to give your hair a break as well as yourself.

SJ
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I mean speak for yourself but some ladies really do have trouble retaining length without protective styles. I have very fine hair so when I wear my hair out too often in this harsh winter weather,I don’t experience as much retention (or none at all).Protective styles have been good to me. But I agree with you when you mention that hair is just hair and not worth stressing over. Patience and a free attitude is vital; I think you can still have these things even with constant protective styling.…

Toni
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I’m fairly new to natural hair and this article and the comments have thoroughly confused me. I flat twist my hair every night and wear it out every day. Am I protective styling? And how does one not twist (or something similar) every night in order to wear the hair down/out?

Brandy
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Its only a protective style if you keep the twist in daily. You are just creating a style with the twist-out.

Alicia
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Wearing twists at night for a twist out is actually not protective styling. Protective styling occurs when one styles their hair in a way that tucks and protects their ends. Some examples of protective styling would be wearing buns and updos, styles that tuck the hair away from shirts, which can damage the hair if worn out too often. Hope this helps!

Anonymous
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Hi! Protective styling is when your ends are tucked away, it can be different updos like the buns or janelle monae inspired styles or braids and twists. You are doing twist outs and that’s not a protective style. And for your other question I usualy sleep with my hair in a pineapple (beacuse of lazyness) it’s when your having your hair in a high ponytail it makes your hair more stretched but after 2–3 days your definition will be mostly gone. If you like definition but don’t like to twists every night can I recomend to do big twists every… Read more »
Toni
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Thanks for your responses. Would you clarify for me: if your ends are out in braids or twists/cornrows, how is it protective styling? And my hair won’t go up into a bun, are there other protective styles for shorter hair?

Tiffany
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There are 3 basic types of protective styling:
1. Ends protected from the elements by not exposing them to the elements (a pompadour or bun for example)
2. Strands protected from one another, to avoid tangling and matting, by wearing twists, braids, or any style that keeps smaller portions of the hair separate.
3. A combination of #1 and #2, such as twists, braids or the like in a pin-up/up-do style. This protects both your ends for the elements and individual strands from tangling together.

Tiffany
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When my hair was in the awkward “short but not a TWA” stage I tried my hand at the tuck and roll style (search the blogs or youtube) and I also did individual twists and pinned them. It was not the cutest time in my life but it worked. You can jazz it up with hair accessories and hats.

Nikki
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For me, flat twisting every night for a down style would be problematic because I would be manipulating my hair too much which would result in breakage. Not sure how much length you have but I would where my hair in twist for at least a couple of weeks before a wore an out style when I first went natural. I think it is fine to style your hair as you want but if you end up not seeing much length retention the first thing I would look at is how much I am in my hair every day. If… Read more »
JustLeavingaComment
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I might do it for periods of 2–3 days just for a breather. Mini-twists stay in for 7 days max. I’ve found it’s best to not wear the same style or part too much or it can cause breakage. If I part my hair on the right one day, I change it to the left side or a center part that next day. If your bunned head itches on day 2, just let it down, moisturize, and wear another style. No big deal. Protective styling can be a prison or a vacation…it just depends on one’s flexibility and reasoning.
Tamey Simpson
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I agree and disagree with this. The reason I agree is because, I have been natural for 2 years but have only worn my natural hair out maybe 7 times the most. I’ll rock a afro puff but thats it. It took alot for me to look at myself in the mirror and like what I saw. I was used to seeing braids or a weave because I was scared of what people would say. I already knew I had to get some braids. I wore my braids and weaves in all different styles for 4 to 5 weeks. Get… Read more »
Dana
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Hey Tamey, You gotta be a bit more careless of what other people think. No one wants to be thought of as unattractive of course, and we do want to look presentable, but natural hair is not un-presentable and it’s very attractive. You know the expression “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? We are among the very small minority of people with such exquisitely-textured hair, and it’s unique. Other races copy US! Yeah, it requires more care, but that only makes it more valuable. Don’t be afraid to wear your pretty hair unstraightened. I’m sure the haters wish… Read more »
MixedChick
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Everyone “copies” everyone, and always has since the beginning of time. I hate that in order to have confidence, you have to bash other races. This isn’t a race thing, so please stop it.

Kelly
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I didn’t get the impression that Dana was bashing other ethnic groups, she was simply stating a fact. Some members of other non-Black ethnic groups DO copy Black people — sometimes collectively — and often do it after denigrating Blacks for the very thing they copy. There are good and bad people in every ethnic group, but racism exists in subtle and not so subtle forms. Just because we have non-Black family members and friends, we can’t pretend it doesn’t. I got the impression that Dana was trying to encourage Tamey by telling her that Black hair is presentable in… Read more »
Guest1234
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I had to reply because I saw your comment had a high number of “thumbs down.” I just wanted to say thank you for your honesty. It takes a lot of courage to come into a natural hair community and admit that it took a while for you to see beauty in your natural hair. This site, in particular, has always bothered me because, notwithstanding all the “positive” talk that some of these women push, it’s still very taboo around here to address the emotional and mental challenges to confront some of the feelings of inferiority and ugliness we’ve been… Read more »
Jesusinthecity
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Totally agree! Kudos!!!

JENNID
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YES!! Thats why I always say its more than just hair. But its so not cool to say so these days. They just call you a nazi because you dare to make black women question why we have such a confusing relationship with our hair. We aren’t suppose to question.

Ana
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I agree. This was not a good article. SO mayn naturals have never tapped into the beauty, ease, and convince of protective styles. Not to mention it IS healthier for your hair and holds in moisture.

And! depending on how curly your hair is it wont mat unless you leave it in a protective style for a month or more.

Charlotte
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I think this was going well until you make a statement that sounds a bit black and white. Protective styling is not good for everyone’s hair. My hair is finer than fine, my mom has straight hair, my dad’s hair is tightly tightly curly. My hair was not always curly and my curly texture is unique. I tried protective styling and have spent these past few months recovering my hair from massive breakage. I used to get split ends so I thought it would help. What protects my hair from split ends is effectively moisturizing it, my hair is low… Read more »
Dee
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If you plan to protective style long term switch it up don’t just have one hairstyle for the entire year. Rotate between sew ins, wigs, braids, twists and cornrows assuming you wear each style for 6 weeks leave your hair out for 2 weeks then braid again the 5 protective options given can take you 10 months with your hair breathing every 2 weeks. Do different variations of the protective style chosen each time I know people who are in box braids from January to December!

Sassy
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In my experience, protective styling has been my key to retaining length. During my first year of being natural I wore my hair out and free. That led to a lot of tangles in my tightly coiled texture, and I had cut a good bit of it out. In my second year, I protective styled exclusively. I’d wear a style for 1–2 weeks and wash, then wear another protective style. I think this article had some good points, because no style should be left in indefinitely…but to some textures fare better in protective styles than others.

adavis
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I agree with Sassy in that protective styles helped me retain my length. Since my hair is in the 4b-4c range, wearing it out leads to too many tangles and knots. My hair grows better and healthier when I don’t touch it

Jesusinthecity
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I found this article a bit confusing as well, especially since the website is hosting a protective style challenge right now where you have to wear your hair in a protective style everyday for 90 days, with just 2 opportunities to wear your hair out during the challenge. Maybe it’s just bad timing for the article, but it makes me wonder is the contest promoting what’s best for natural hair or is it just a chance to get people involved in the site and the forums. I’m still doing the challenge, but definitely makes me think and scratch my head… Read more »
Tired of wasting my time on this blog
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Tired of wasting my time on this blog
It seems that the article doesn’t really doesn’t give solid reasons as to why protective styling is not a good idea. Every reason presented is weak starting with #1, what if I don’t try new products all the time. Or for the other reasons if you don’t keep the braids or style in too long, or don’t wear buns and wear braids or twists instead. I was expecting to be informed of something that was a little more convincing than this. The longer I’ve been subscribed to your blog I’m starting to be turned off. How about something about black… Read more »
Kelly
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Loved your post!! I also didn’t feel the article presented a compelling enough argument against protective styling especially since so many naturals who have long natural hair — including many featured on this site — achieved length by wearing protective styles most of the time — some 90% to 95% of the time. What would have been a better article is something on traction alopecia and how wearing too tight styles of any sort can contribute to that. Statistically, traction alopecia affects Black women more than any other ethnic group. It’s a big problem in our community amongst Black women… Read more »
Charlotte
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I agree these are not great arguments. The only important points here are about varying your style, the emotional drainage, and the fact that ps can cause breakage. My hair got too much breakage from ps. Tangles on loose hair? Well, I do the loco method usually either once or twice daily and when I go thru a section upon adding the cream or conditioner, I am able to manually remove any tangling. I literally do that every day. I can’t wear my hair up right now I had too much breakage from ps.

Dai
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I serechad a bunch of sites and this was the best.

Kelly
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Different strokes. I feel like this. Some people are against the idea of saving and investing money because they want to cash in their investments or spend now and “enjoy their money now.” If you decide to delay spending, spend in moderation now, it may mean going on a vacation later, having money for a house down payment later having money to retire later, etc. It’s kind of like that with hair. Do what you can to preserve it or save it now and then you can “enjoy your hair” even more than you do now — later — when… Read more »
Charlotte
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But you still seem to be making the assumption that protective styles are right for everyone. Although they did make me bitter about having long hair, I did it anyway for the sake of my hair health, only to find that it caused my hair so much breakage. I now wear my hair down every day all day and I never see any breakage, split ends or single strand knots. When I wore my hair in protective styles I saw breakage every time I took them out, and my ends, when they are braided, they dry out and split open.… Read more »
Kelly
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That’s wonderful about your length retention and your natural hair journey. However, if you read my post carefully. The first thing I stated was “Different strokes.” Later, I posted for “my specific hair type, it didn’t work to retain length. Other people can wear their hair out and retain length no problem.” That would be someone like you, Charlotte! Later in the post, I stated ” … protective styling is how many of the hair icons featured on this site got to the length they’ve achieved (again, not all of them but a good number of them).” And that’s true!… Read more »
Charlotte
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I was referring to your analogy about saving money or cashing in. It sounded to me like you were saying that ppl who choose to wear their hair free a lot or most of the time are taking some sort of chance on their hair health, but whatever. I would encourage anyone who has grown long hair via protective styling to thoroughly examine their midshaft for distress because midshaft breakage is very very common and often overlooked. One key reason I think my hair grows so well regardless of how I wear it is because I do NOT style it.… Read more »
Kelly
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This is the last reply I’ll post and then if you choose, I’ll let you have the last word on this because I don’t like going back and forth with people — especially online or on a blog. I’m not going to take back anything I posted or back pedal. I stand by it as my experience and the experience of other naturals. I’m glad that your hair regimen worked for you and I’m sure it works for others as well. The fact of the matter is that there are some naturals who would like to have longer natural hair… Read more »
Tomiko
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Hello. My name is Tomiko Fraser Hines and my picture is the one used for this story. If you don’t mind, I’d like to give proper credit to the photographer, Derek Blanks, for the use of his picture for this story. Thank you. : )

Tiffany
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Hey Tomiko!

Love your work over the years, keep it up! Derek Blanks is the bomb! Yes, credit should be given where it is due.

AC
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Honestly I’ve come a long way on my natural hair journey, at first I would never protective style (hair was too short and didn’t like the concept) but now protective styling is cool if what I do can be considered such. Whenever I feel like I need a break I just twist my hair up and try to keep it in for a week, I just start missing my hair so much lol! However the women on this site really have me thinking, I need to stretch it a little bit and try to go for a month of protective… Read more »
nylse
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why is everyone so confused and combative? Honestly (and I only speak for me) it’s just hair. I did all this stuff when I was growing up and didn’t have a name for it and my hair was fine. If everyone would just take a deep breath, read each article — chew the meat, spit out the bones, and know your hair. It’s really not very complicated. Some will grow very long hair with protective styles and some won’t. Everything just does not work for everyone. Know your hair.

Jill
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I was so happy to see this article. I have loved wearing my hair out daily but I figured I should try protective styles to see if I could jump start my growth. I have been natural for about 18 months and just started protective styling to get over a growth “hump”. In just the 2 weeks I have found that I get tired of hiding my hair. I have become so accustomed to wearing my hair out it was a challenge to have it hidden. It’s nice to know that its not the worst thing for my hair to… Read more »
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Tanya
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Interesting. I have been natural for 8 years, and I protective style 95% of the time. I have retained a great deal of length (MBL) this way. I am very familiar with what my hair likes, how it behaves with different products, and know how to moisturize it effectively while in twists (which is my protective style of choice). And I LOVE the look of my protective styles. I have been very creative with my twists, and don’t feel like I’m missing out because I don’t wear out styles often. When in out styles, my hair requires a lot more… Read more »
maryam
Guest

same here. i dont quite agree with the reasons stated.

Charlotte
Guest
Ladies I have a problem. My hair is hip length and I got some really bad advice that I should not do wash and go’s, only braid out’s and now my hair is ruined. I’m not blaming the person, mostly myself for not noticing sooner. And it was very emotionally draining because I feel like I am in a prison I can’t enjoy my hair. I don’t really know about bunning yet. I’m not sure if it is helping or hurting, but what I intend to do is trim off my hair gradually, and I think maybe I will bun… Read more »
NewbieNatural
Guest
OK. So I’ve just started transitioning in October. And I got box braids and kept them till the beginning of December. I took them down and I was very careful with taking them down, but when I tried to wash my hair, it got all matted and tangled. And then to make matters worse, my mother took a plastic pick comb and started raking and yanking and pulling my hair. It was coming out in clumps! I couldn’t give my hair a break, she insisted that I get them done again for Christmas, so I did. Now it’s been at… Read more »
tasha
Guest

i’m glad i read this article, although i realize protective styling is important, i love my hair and want to wear it out more often without feeling guilty. low manipulation styles are a great option, thanks for the info!

Dorothy
Guest

Completely agree with number 5, I stopped perming a couple years ago and I’ve been wearing braids ever since. Its difficult to love my hair because i never spend time with it.

tO2OAmAzon
Guest

When I do twists I notice my ends are split to “h” when I take them down. It does not matter if it was twisted 2 nights ago or a week. I tuck my ends after sealing them (Infusium 23 leave in, olive oil, black castor oil mixed with coconut and almond oil and then a shea twisting cream). I’m looking at them now after twisting day before yesterday. Nah, I’m going to have to find something else. Will be cutting again.

Aliyah Morrison
Guest

I already spent enough time with my hair getting two strand twists today back to protective styling . No more having to deal with the awkward stage length . I know what my hair likes and doesn’t like . I’m going to be wearing twists for a couple of years then I’ll take if down . Maybe another 4 years I want to get to my length goal which is armpit length when stretched .

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