5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Protective Hairstyle
There are plenty of ways to pamper yourself, but nothing beats having your hair shampooed and styled in a professional salon. Throughout the years, I've taken the beauty plunge countless times by experimenting with everything from lavender tresses to a braided bob and even gray box braids.
However, years of daring 'dos have also wreaked havoc on my natural locks. I've literally had edges snatched and brittle ends fly away because I simply didn't practice healthy pre- and post- care methods. It's easy to forget about weekly shampoos, greasing the scalp, and wearing a head scarf nightly when your real hair is braided and shielded from the outside elements. This is the gift and curse of protective styling, which can be categorized as any hairstyle that keeps your ends tucked away while promoting hair growth and decreasing shedding. The most popular styles include crochet braids, box braids, and marley twists, all of which are recommended for women with natural hair.
Oftentimes, we forget to take care of our hair because we assume protective styling will keep it from falling apart. Au contraire — these weaving methods can pull and tangle your hair just as badly as sew ins and extensions. Before your next appointment at the braiding salon, ask yourself these five questions and make sure your natural hair stays in check.