Protective Styling


Protective Styling is a great way to protect your natural hair in the winter months. Its easy and helps you to save time.

Protective Styling

There are many ways to define protective styling and just as many methods. This process is not exclusive to naturalistas or the relaxed, it promotes and maintains the overall health of your hair. In practicing this styling method you ultimately will protect the hair from external factors that result in damage and breakage. Damage can a result of the elements (wind, sun, and/or snow) or chemical alterations such as chemical straighters, texturizers or color. Or one thing that many of us do not think about is the scarves or turtlenecks we’re wearing causing breakage.

Beware of your scarfs and sweater.  Sometimes you notice a pull and then a small pop which is the sound of strands of your hair snagging and breaking into my scarf or sweater. This is a very common thing in which protective styling can help prevent. It’s not just scarves its knitted surfaces such as shirts or even some chairs.


What styles are protective?

Any style that prevents the snag and breakage of the hair can be considered a protective style. I will name a few styles but I don’t want you to feel limited to this short list.

Protective Styles

  • Two strand twist
  • Twist outs.
  • Rollers sets
  • Straw sets
  • Braids

There are many more. Feel free to comment and add your favorite protective style to the list.

What are the benefits of protective styling.

These styles allow your hair to rest from combing daily while also retaining moisture. But just because you are protective styling does not mean you can neglect your hair and scalp with expectations of obtaining or maintaining health hair. You must still shampoo and moisturize. I recommend moisturizing with your favorite moisturizer (I recommend moisturizers that are shea butter base such as SheAloe) prior to styling and use a daily moisturizing sprintz to further protect and nourish the hair/scalp.

(Don’t neglect the basic needs of your head.) It is equally important to cover your hair while you sleep to maintain the style and avoid friction that can break your hair while you sleep.

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17 thoughts on “Protective Styling

  1. Laquita

    Yep – wearing protective styles for long periods of time have made me lazy – although I did wash or rinse routinely I neglected my ends and scalp at times. I’ve gotten back in routine though and now pay more attention to overall hair care while wearing protective styles.

  2. Anonymous

    My preference is mini twist or braids…I love the twist because tahey usually last at least 3 weeks…and my braids normally last up to 2months…I do not shampoo my hair until I take the braids out. However, I do cowash ever other w weekend and roller set the braids,and deep condition every other time with the cowashing. I moisturize with EVCoconut oil and EVOO I seal my ends with shea butter :)Follow me on twittwe: @SheSaddy -Adrienne

  3. KurlyQue

    I’m a two strand twist lady and to the point that when I don’t have them in I feel incomplete lol. I have to admit that I often apply my moisturizing mix to my hair but forget about my scalp and ends. I already do the rest, but I’m going to start giving those other areas a lot more attention.

  4. DaniBmore

    I love two strand twists. I moisturize with shea, aloe gel, cator oil and coconut oil and wash weekly. I would like to start wearing some of those cute hats everyone has. i will be careful not to let it snag my hair.

  5. NaturallyColette

    I’m good at french braiding so my favorite (staple) protective style is when i have my hair in two-strand twists and then i do like an upside down french braid and wear it as an updo, of course tucking and pinning the top part anyway you want to.. Be sure to moisturize first!

  6. Shanta

    I love wearing my flat twists and twist outs. I usually wear braids but twists and twists outs are my all time fave protective styles now.

    1. NHR Post author

      Yes, shedding is a natural part of hair development. When you are protective styling your shedded hair has no where to go.

  7. Dee

    I have been natural for 5 years but have been a weave wearer. This June I started to wear and take care of my natural hair reducing press and flatirons. My hair is Mid Back length and I am on my way to waist length about 5 inches away.

    I am a fan of the braid out, because it gives my hair a nice curly wave, my hair is a 3b/c. However, I am lacking on what moisturizing mix to apply during the next day to wear out. I have my night time/wash routine down but those products are to keep the waves in for the next day. I would like some ideas of what should be in my “moisturizing mix” I have Aphoghee Curliffic Leave in, eco styler gel, As I am double butter for my ends, and Edenworks conditioner- Coconut Shea, CRN Curl Love and these are some of my daytime products. I find that the Coconut Shea has a lot of slip and allows my hair to hang a bit…but If I put too much of any product it’s basically like I am redoing the style and have to wait for drying due to, too much product. Any help would be appreciated.


  8. Fiona

    Hey! I’m Fee ^_^ I have type 2b-3c hair. At least thats what my best friend Shevauni says lol that hair freak. Anyways, twist outs usually dont work how I want to because my hair drops. Because i’m mixed with black and indian. Bantu knots are perf for me but i’m afraid its the only style that currently grees with my hair. Also my hair gets clogged and dirty very easily and very very dry even though I moisturize it often. I wonder if its because of my location. I live in Jamaica for college, and the temperature is blazing hot almost all day everyday. Any tips?

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