People often ask me why I wear wigs, don’t you like your hair? I generally like to keep my hair in a protective style for most of the time due to the fact that I suffer from hand in hair syndrome and pure laziness. Most people are under the impression that if you are natural and still choose to wear weaves, wigs and braids you don’t like your natural hair but that’s hardly the case. I find that when I keep my hair out for a long period of time I over manipulate it. My hands are constantly in my hair, those who know me know how much I love washing my hair, I just love the way my hair feels all springy when it’s wet. The constant styling and daily combing ends up becoming a problem because I soon become very lazy and impatient with styling and sticking with my regimen. I would end up not twisting my hair for bed, throwing on my ‘doek’ (silk scarf) and leaving it all for the next day which leads to tangled hair for me. When you don’t stick to your regimen, in terms of moisturising and conditioning your hair, hair can become dry and lead to breakage over time. So instead of not treating my hair as I should I either wig it, bun it or have it braided.
Also depending on the length of your hair the ends of your hair constantly rub against your clothes which can cause dry ends which in turn leads to breakage when your hair is worn down. So simply tucking your ends away is also a form of protecting your hair from the elements and over manipulation. Let’s face it we don’t always want to add extensions to our hair, there is always a cute updo that you can rock with some accessories thrown into the mix.
Now this doesn’t mean you don’t have to take care of your hair because its in a protective style. The fact that it’s in a protective style means you have to stay on top of your moisturising routine as you wouldn’t want to cause further damage to your hair when you take it out. The two main important things for me are keeping a clean scalp and keeping my hair moisturised using the LOC method. These are key to keeping your scalp and hair healthy, if you take care of your hair in a protective style you will also be able to retain length and thickness as well. Isn’t that what we all want after all?
So to show you how I protective style I will be doing a protective style series where I will share with you my go to styles and my regimen for each style. What are your favourite styles for keeping your ends tucked away?
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