Wearing protective styles with extensions can be helpful in growing your hair if done correctly.
I did another big chop earlier this year to start over as I was rocking semi freeform locs. Wearing my TWA (teeny weeny afro) is just as convenient as my locs but I sometimes want to change it up-a new look.
The Benefits of Protective Styling
- Protective styling allows you to try new styles. This can boost confidence.
- May support hairgrowth.
- When rocking a protective style, minimal maintenance is required. Many who experience hair loss do so because of constant hair manipulation.
- Provides protection from natural elements (heat and cold). Natural hair can be challenging to maintain moisture when it is too cold or too hot.
Traction alopecia is a concern when it comes to protective styling with extensions due to tension as many have already found themselves in a cycle of having to consistently wear weaves because of hair loss.
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Being mindful of the type of style and tension can greatly benefit you. I have worn a couple of protective styles recently, let’s talk about them a bit .
Crochet braids are a great go to due to your hair being braided in cornrows underneath. The scalp also has access to fresh air.
You can also maintain healthy hair by applying oil to the scalp. A healthy scalp yields healthy hair.
If box braid crochets are not your cup of tea, there are other style options.
These are just a few different style options. When installing crochet, being mindful of tension is still very important.
Individual Box Braids
Chunkier box braids provide a stronger “base” support to the braids. The smaller the parted section, the more strain your roots may undergo due to constant ponytailing and styling.
Have you ever had braids to pop off and you noticed crud and white specs on the root? I have noticed this in many braid style choices like micro braids and kinky twists. These may pop off mainly around the edges.
I choose to stick with larger partings to minimize hair loss. My hair actually stands a chance!
There will always be shedding when taking your protective style down so do not panic, however, if you notice a major difference in the thickness and appearance of your hair, the style may not be so protective after all. This can be prevented.
Steering clear of hair glues, high tension styles and any other style that could potentially damage your hair, supports maximum hairgrowth.