Natural Hair Tip #3: Protective Styling

Hey guys!

I’m here with another natural hair tip! Todays tip is going to be about protective styling.Now we all know how good protective styling can be.


  1. Allows you to give your hair a break
  2. Prevents you from over manipulating your hair
  3. It allows you to retain growth
  4. & depending on what you choose to do for your protective style, it allows you to change up your look and do something different.

Now as we all know, as good as protective styling can be, you can also cause yourself to not get any benefits as well. One thing some people tend to forget is the fact even though you are wearing your hair in a protective style, you need to still protect your hair that is underneath that style. 

For example, I know when people do styles like senegalese twists or box braids, they will do something to ensure their scalp stays clean and free of flakes and then follow up with an oil. As we know, after a week or so, our scalps tend to begin itching when we have braids in and some times that can lead to flakes which in turn leads to a dirty scalp.

You should also make sure that you are at least keep the braids moisturized as well. Most people usually spray their hair with water or a water/conditioner mix and then seal it with an oil.

Another to take in consideration when getting a protective style such as braids, is the person doing them. You don’t want your braids to be too tight to where it’s pulling on your edges. I mean, we can’t be walking around with no edges, so we gotta protect them! (lol)  If they are braiding your hair too tight, tell them. If they can’t get it right, personally, I would leave. Not everyone knows how to handle natural hair. If you get your hair braided and leave with a headache because of it, I would take my hair down.

Obviously you want your style to last, but too tight can result in other problems in the long run.

Some protective style that I have done throughout my journey (I make crazy faces in some of pics, so don’t mind that lol):

What are some tips you have for protective styling?? Leave them in the comment section below! =)

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. My go to protective styles are corn rows. Other styles take too much of my time. I love your tips

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    1. Thanks! & I wish I knew how to cornrow, it would definitely be my go too as well

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  2. My go to protective styles are crotchet braids and box braids :).

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    1. I’ve never done crotchet braids. I do want to try them eventually. Just have to find someone to do them lol

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      1. I realize I said crochet braids, I meant crotchet hairstyles lol, I haven’t tried crotchet braids either. Yes finding someone to do them that doesn’t charge too much is a challenge.

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  3. yahaloma says:

    I love your tips. A lot of people tend to forget to take care of their hair underneath the protective style. I had to learn that the hard way. Lol Awesome post! 🙂

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    1. Thanks! & same, I think a lot of people did lol.


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