02-19-2014, 06:13 PM
Join Date: Jan 2014
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.
Curl Pattern: 3B canopy with chunks of 4A and some 4B dispersed throughout the whole head.
Normal porosity, high density, medium width strands.
Thick and full, with a mind of its own. The multiple hair textures are very confusing at times!
Current length: Armpit length
Short-term goal: Bra strap length
Long-term goal: Mid-back length
Ultimate Goal: Waist length