Have you ever gotten a protective hairstyle that was so tight you needed to take a Tylenol just to go to bed and get some salvation? I know I have and I’m sure some of you can agree with me on this pain. However, for those of you who can’t relate to this struggle, I need you to pay close attention to what I’m about to say. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, DO NOT PULL A BLACK PERSON’S HAIR IF YOU SEE THAT THEIR EDGES ARE SLICKED BACK OR PULLED BECAUSE MOST LIKELY THEY JUST GOT THEIR HAIR DONE IN A PROTECTIVE STYLE AND THE FUZZ THAT USUALLY GROWS AFTER A FEW DAYS TO RELIEVE THEM OF THE PAIN FROM THE TIGHTNESS HAS NOT YET SUBSIDED.
For example, when someone pulls your braids because they think it looks nice and bouncy,you just want to give them that side-eye like Rasputia did to Norbit when she thought he moved her car seat up. However the only difference here is we usually don’t want to say ” how you doing“, we honestly want to say, ” what the hell is wrong with you, can’t you see my braids are still tight“.
So Where do Women generally go to get Their Protective Hairstyles Done and What are the Most Common Struggles
A Lot of the time, we as Black women like to go to the salon or to a hair braider to get our hair done. Plus they do a pretty decent job, but why do they have to pull every strand of hair on your head into the braid or the protective hairstyle? Like your edges get pulled back so much from the tightness that it makes you feel like your head is on fire. For example, if you’re like me then your protective hairstyle choice would be braids? So why is it if braids are supposed to be a protective hairstyle that the stylist doesn’t realize that pulling our edges is not protecting anything but rather enhancing something, which is hair thinning or baldness? Plus that’s definitely not what we’re looking for when doing or paying for a protective hairstyle, which I’m sure many of you can agree on. I remember as a kid my mom had asked her friend whose braiding technic was similar to that of the hair braider to braid my hair since she didn’t feel up to it that day.
Oh my goodness, when I tell you as this lady was braiding my hair, it was like I was in hell because of how tight she was doing it. All I was thinking about the entire time was god damn, a chick is not going to have any edges after this. The braids were tight. I don’t mean tight like skinny jeans that are two sizes too small, I mean tight like spandex after you eat a good meal. I wish I had a picture to show you guys but honestly, I don’t because after sitting in the chair for 2 hours to get my natural hair braided. I took them right out the same day because I couldn’t take the pain.
Even though protective hairstyles can cause damage to your hair if done incorrectly or without a proper stylist. They do have their benefits.
Protective hairstyles are great to have because they do allow your hair to be protected from breakage that would be as a result of consist tugging, pulling, brushing, and combing. It also enables your ends to be locked away, which encourages splits ends not to form, which then keeps your hair strong and ends sealed. I know with the way I’m writing, I sure you guys probably think that I’m not a fan of protected hairstyles but I truly love them.
So Here Are Some Examples:
So How Should You Treat Your Hair While it’s in the Protective Hairstyle and After Removing it
- Two Strand Twist
- Bantu Knots
- Lemonade Braids
- Havana Twist
- Dutch Braids
- Flat Twist
- Faux Fish tail Braid
- Curly Cornrows
- Dredge Locs
- Passion Twist
- Senegalese Twist
- Goddess Locs
- Knotless box braids
- Crochet braid, twist or Curls
- Box Braids
- Fulani Braids
- Faux three strand pony extension
The possibilities are endless. Especially when your hairdresser has magic fingers. Meaning when they do your hair it’s not too tight, they get your baby hairs right, and then when you undo your hair you see new growth.
- Even with a protective hairstyle, you should always maintain your daily hair treatment routine. Meaning that you should always apply oil or grease to your scalp daily or at least 4 times a week depending on your hair texture. Remember that dry hair is the fastest way to increase breakage and start shedding. You don’t want to take out your protective hairstyle and realize that all you did was increase the chances of your hair falling out because your hair texture is as dry as the desert in the daytime.
- Also make sure that whoever is doing your hair does not braid, pull or twist around your edges too tightly because that will increase your chances of thinning and balding around that area.
- When sleeping or laying down, ALWAYS wear a silk bonnet or silk scarf because silk allows for textured hair to retain its moisture. It also protects it from breakage since it reduces the friction that occurs between your hair and your cotton pillowcases as you lay down. Lastly, it helps to decrease fuzz within the hair making it last longer.
- When removing your protective hairstyle, make sure to apply grease to the area before you undo it. The reason being is dryness induces hair breakage. Adding the oil will reduce the chances of hair shed as you are undoing the protective hairstyle.
- Finally, once you remove the protective hairstyle, always do a deep conditioning treatment for 30 min prior to washing it using humectants like coconut nectar or honey, and penetrating oils like Jamaican Castor Oil and Shea Butter in order to add life back into your hair.
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