Protective styles necessary?

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My last relaxer was in January and I big chopped early July. I've read in order to retain length a protective style must be in order. I'm not a fan of braids I've never ever even had braids. But can I still maintain healthy hair and retain length without using any type of protective style? If it is that necessary then ill definitely do it.
Im going to say protective styling is absolutely necessary. But you cant help hating braids and its not like braiding is your only options for protective styling, or that you must protective style 100 percent of the time.

I think you can have a good balance of what you want and what is necessary. I dont like braids, but I do love flats twists and buns, which are both protective styles as well

try a 4-5 month protective style bootcamp type thing, see if intense protective styling changed anything for you, if not, you can go on the way you were
My last relaxer was in January and I big chopped early July. I've read in order to retain length a protective style must be in order. I'm not a fan of braids I've never ever even had braids. But can I still maintain healthy hair and retain length without using any type of protective style? If it is that necessary then ill definitely do it.
Originally Posted by alexisevans
It depends on your hair. Some people need a lot of protective styling. Some dont. I dont do much ps. My hair does not like me to leave it in braids or twists for more than a few days. I just started to do buns some but not consistently. For me the key is babying my ends.
I don't think it is necessary, it will depend on your hair. The only protective hairstyle I do are buns because I am not satisfied how my hair looks in any other protective hairstyle
My last relaxer was in January and I big chopped early July. I've read in order to retain length a protective style must be in order. I'm not a fan of braids I've never ever even had braids. But can I still maintain healthy hair and retain length without using any type of protective style? If it is that necessary then ill definitely do it.
Originally Posted by alexisevans
They are necessary for most people. If you don't like braids then that's cool because there a a million protective styles out there like weave, buns, and twist.

The thing that I've realized with people who don't do protective styling is that their hair doesn't grow much depending on your hair texture if you leave your hair out it'll tangle and knot up. It's embarrassing knowing you've been natural for two years and your hair hasn't grown past your ears.

Since you are transitioning you can wear your hair outages it shouldn't be that big of a deal, but after a while with all that new growth it's gonna get tangled a lot.
For me it's necessary. My hair was growing in protective styles, but I stopped for 3 months and really didn't retain as much length as i would have liked. I love it though! Gives me a break and I get lots of growth!
When I transitioned, I didn't do ps. Mostly, because I didn't know I needed to. But even though I didn't, my hair grew out to 4 inches. I have a nice size curly fro minus the shrinkage. Lol but I got a much needed trim. Now my hair is about 3 inches.
No wearing fake hair is not always necessary to retain hair growth. A good hair care regimen is what is required for growth. Healthy hair should be able to be styled on its own and worn without it falling out.
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Would it be ok to wear hair down during the weekdays and after work/school and weekends to put it up? Or should it be up at all times?
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You can gain/retain length by PS when you get home. That's what I do. I'm not comfortable wearing braids or buns so my hair is usually down but when I'm home its in a bun our bonnet.

My last relaxer was in January and I big chopped early July. I've read in order to retain length a protective style must be in order. I'm not a fan of braids I've never ever even had braids. But can I still maintain healthy hair and retain length without using any type of protective style? If it is that necessary then ill definitely do it.
Originally Posted by alexisevans


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I'm currently transitioning. I do flat twist outs, buns, braid outs.

The thing that I've realized with people who don't do protective styling is that their hair doesn't grow much depending on your hair texture if you leave your hair out it'll tangle and knot up. It's embarrassing knowing you've been natural for two years and your hair hasn't grown past your ears.

Since you are transitioning you can wear your hair outages it shouldn't be that big of a deal, but after a while with all that new growth it's gonna get tangled a lot.
Originally Posted by BeautyisMiree
Actually wearing some protective styles can cause tangling because the shed hair isn't being removed. This is why my hair will only tolerate being in braid or twist for a few days. If I don't get a comb through my hair at least once a week I have bad tangling issues to where I have to cut out knots where shed hair tangled in my hair. Everyone is different. have read of people leaving bradis in too long and once they took them down ended up with shorter hair than when they put them in because of the knots. Also if buns or braids are too tight it can cause breakage or traction alopecia.
I never did protective styles while I was transitioning, but that's just me. They can help some people, I'm sure, but they're by no means necessary
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Would it be ok to wear hair down during the weekdays and after work/school and weekends to put it up? Or should it be up at all times?
Originally Posted by Sgilmore
There are no rules.

Everyone posting on here will have different hair types with different hair properties in different climates leading different lifestyles.

Find out what your hair likes by trying it out.

One thing no-ones hair likes is neglect so as long as you are taking care of it then you will notice what does and doesn't work for you.
when i do braid outs or bantu knots, i see little peices of hair on my sink, its not alot but this is everytime i do it. (every friday / i put it in a bun if its ugly) is this normal????


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I've always wondered why many people with natural hair feel that they have to protective style. If you have very fragile or fine strands of hair then you may need to utilize protective styling. But protective styling is not necessary for everyone.

I think that it's usually a matter of manipulation. Some people play in their hair or otherwise manipulate their hair a lot more when it's down. So wearing it up keeps their hands out of it and thus allows the hair to just patiently grow. And sometimes, like I mentioned above, a person has hair that breaks easily and can barely stand any type of styling.

My hair seems to grow the fastest when I wear it out.
The reason I think that is the case for me is because wearing my hair out is a lot more low maintenance. When I wear my hair in a ponytail or bun I have to fix it every day. When I wear my hair down I don't have to do much to it. So it's not manipulated as much, and my hair needs low manipulation.

The first year I went natural, I didn't know what to do with my hair so the only style I ever wore it in was a twist-out. And my hair grew from my collarbone to my bra strap in just that one year. Now, last summer, I stopped wearing twist-outs because they weren't practical since I was swimming so much. So I only wore my hair in buns. Due to the fact that I neglected my hair last summer and wasn't properly washing the chlorine out, my bra-strap length hair fell out to armpit length. From summer of 2013 up until December/January I wore my hair in buns trying to recover it and it didn't grow! Now I've started taking care of my hair again and I'm going to start wearing it down again so that it can grow again.

I'm saying all this basically to make the point that you're just going to have to figure out what's working for you. If you wear your hair out for a month or two and don't see growth then you may need to start protective styling or it may just be that you need to switch up your hair care routine.
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