Protective styles for short, and mega short hair

I was wondering if any knows any protective styles for short hair. I bc'd less then a week ago, and want to wear my hair in protective styles to keep split ends at bay. My hair is only 1 inch long when dry, and 1.5 when wet. I hope my only options isn't a cap of some sort. And that my hair isn't so short that only really skilled hands could twist it or something.

Thanks for the time of any one that posts!
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Last edited by Melanie_Linn; 07-14-2008 at 11:08 PM.
I bc'd in May and my hair is only a couple inches long. IMO the best way to keep split ends at bay (which you shouldn't have any if you just bc'd) is to keep your hair moisturized and don't comb or brush it. Just finger style and leave it be. Our hair really is too short at this point to do any real protective styles that don't include covering it 99% of the time. Make sure to sleep with a satin or silk pillow case and don't play in it too much. ( I am still struggling with that, lol.) HTH
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Have either of you tried the comb twists? This is a good protective style for really short hair. As it gets longer you can do the two strand twists. Hope this helps.
http://public.fotki.com/tjbrat26/the-big-cut/
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Have either of you tried the comb twists? This is a good protective style for really short hair. As it gets longer you can do the two strand twists. Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by tjbrat
i second this protective style!

what makes it protective is that (if you are styling on thoroughly detangled hair) your hair is wound around itself in a smooth coil, preventing tangles from occuring in the individual coils and keeping your ends largely protected from drying air, friction, etc. i think medium-sized coils are most protective because you aren't exposing as much hair and scalp to drying air.

moisten your hair with water. then smooth a natural oil or butter onto your hair as a leave-in conditioner. then begin coiling by twirling a loc of hair around your finger, starting from the scalp to the ends. rewet hair as you go along if it becomes dry.

wear either a scarf or cap at night to preserve the coils. if a few become undone, redo just those coils.

good luck!
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moisten your hair with water. then smooth a natural oil or butter onto your hair as a leave-in conditioner. then begin coiling by twirling a loc of hair around your finger, starting from the scalp to the ends. rewet hair as you go along if it becomes dry.

wear either a scarf or cap at night to preserve the coils. if a few become undone, redo just those coils.

good luck!
Originally Posted by rainshower
Shoot, my hair is longer, but I think I might try this style! My puff (which I've been wearing since I BC'ed last November) is t-i-r-e-d. I think I've seen more about "comb coils" than finger coils....is there really any difference? I'm rather hesitant about using a comb on my wet strands - even though I have a nice seamless fine-thooth comb .
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moisten your hair with water. then smooth a natural oil or butter onto your hair as a leave-in conditioner. then begin coiling by twirling a loc of hair around your finger, starting from the scalp to the ends. rewet hair as you go along if it becomes dry.

wear either a scarf or cap at night to preserve the coils. if a few become undone, redo just those coils.

good luck!
Originally Posted by rainshower
Shoot, my hair is longer, but I think I might try this style! My puff (which I've been wearing since I BC'ed last November) is t-i-r-e-d. I think I've seen more about "comb coils" than finger coils....is there really any difference? I'm rather hesitant about using a comb on my wet strands - even though I have a nice seamless fine-thooth comb .
Originally Posted by preciousjewel76
the difference is probably only the proficiency at which you can create the style. some people (me) find a comb to be cumbersome and prefer finger-twirling. others find that using a comb gives them more control and creates tighter, more polished coils. hair texture and product choice will also play a role in how the finished style looks.
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I've tried coiling and not only does it take f o r e v e r my 3c sections just unravel. The 4a part came out great. I didn't like it. but my hair is long enough to do braid and twist outs. Idk, I plan to just keep it moist until about October when it gets really cold and then I'll add extensions for protective style. I was told wool hats and scarves can really mess up your hair so that's my plan.
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When my hair was shorter, I did the finger coils also. Here's a nice picture of some that I always used for inspiration. Mine never looked as good as hers though!

http://public.fotki.com/earthchild/m...cture_405.html
When my hair was shorter, I did the finger coils also. Here's a nice picture of some that I always used for inspiration. Mine never looked as good as hers though!

http://public.fotki.com/earthchild/m...cture_405.html
Originally Posted by GlammourGirl
Ooooh, I love her coils! Thanks for that pic, that gives me a better idea of how they should look.
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yay! i think i found a style that should be easy to maintain for me. Low manipulation styles are key since i never really touched my hair when it was braided when i was younger. So finger coils seem like they would work for me.
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Shampoo- JC Hydrating Invigorating poo, Alaffia Shea & Virgin Coconut Enriching Shampoo, CV poo bars
Rinse out- Natures gate hemp, GSAS
Leave in- GDLI, Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Leave in
DT- Still working on that
Styler- Ecostyler Crystal, Queen Helene Royal Curl Creme
Sealer- castor, Shea butter,jojoba oil

I don't know how well I'll keep it up, my blog The Lions Mane
Do not beat me....lol....it doesn't look much different from a wash n go, however, it was a style that lasted for a week.

I did twist sets with conditioner and hair gel, dried it completely under a hair dryer and took them apart and here's a photo of the result. This would last an entire week. I used a honeybased hair twist gel I found at the bbs.

http://public.fotki.com/justNikki/1/twistouts/0806.html
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