What Is A Protective Hair Style?
There is a lot of talk in the black hair community about protective hair styles, especially about what exactly constitutes a protective style. Wondering what all the fuss is about? Read on to learn more from the hair experts at Levell’s Salon!
What makes a hairstyle protective?
The ultimate goal of protective hairstyles is to maintain the health of the hair by protecting it as much as possible from all of the things that weaken and damage hair: environmental factors (heat, pollution, humidity/dryness), heat styling, manipulation, and friction (from clothes, furniture, etc.). Therefore protective hairstyles are usually heat-free styles in which the ends of the hair- the oldest and most fragile part- are tucked into the style.
By minimizing the amount of heat styling and handling the hair endures, as well as keeping the ends of hair safely tucked away, hair growth is encouraged and more length can be retained without losing it due to split ends.
Types of protective hairstyles
If you are trying to protect your ends and achieve longer hair, there are many stylish protective styles available. A few of the most popular protective styles include:
- Free hanging braids (box braids, jumbo braids, mini braids, etc.)
- Braided updo styles (goddess braids, braided faux hawks and pompadours, and much more)
- Bantu knots
Choosing a protective hairstyle does not mean sacrificing style for hair health! At our Marietta black hair salon, our stylists provide a wide range of protective styles. We can help you achieve the look you want, whether classic, romantic, or edgy, so give us a call today at 770.423.9900 to make your appointment!
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