Protective Styles = Length?

Hi!

I'm not a big fan of protective hair styles (ie buns, braids, twists etc). I love braid outs! In addition eat healthy foods, workout and take hair vitaims.

Do you think that I can retain and increase my hair length without using protective hair styles?
oops thought I lost one post, and double posted and I can't figure out how to delete a post.

Last edited by SandraDgroovy; 02-09-2009 at 03:38 PM.
I wear my hair out most days of the week and my hair has grown. Every now and then I will wear a braid, but I tried the bun thing and I experienced a little breakage. Not sure if I did it correctly, but until I figure it out, I don't want more breakage from incorrect technique.

Wash-n-go, plus a healthier lifestyle (supplements, workouts, healthy eating) has worked for me.
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Thanks Sandra!

I love the double post

I've been having a lot of breakage as well. My problem is that I have split ends. Not sure why. I think i need to use a better moisturizer.

I love wearing my hair loose and free
Ugh-split ends! I hate 'em, I do a search & destroy every couple weeks, and a trim every 6 months if needed.

I used to baggie my hair a few nights a week, and it helped soo much with keeping my hair, especially the ends, moisturized. I need to get back to that!
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I just read this thread in the 4a section about the payoff of protective styles...

The Payoff of my protective styles :)

Ashkins118's hair is lovely!! The protective styles are definitely working for her.

Thanks Shycurl! I'll check it out.

I just don't understand why hiding your hair to gain length and then not showing it off.

Hair should be free...
Ugh-split ends! I hate 'em, I do a search & destroy every couple weeks, and a trim every 6 months if needed.

I used to baggie my hair a few nights a week, and it helped soo much with keeping my hair, especially the ends, moisturized. I need to get back to that!
Originally Posted by SandraDgroovy

Hey,

What's baggie?
The baggie I use is a plain, clear, plastic shower cap. I use it to deep condition my hair-I apply the product all over, put on the cap, and sleep...I have seen women only baggie the ends of their hair. The next morning, I cowash it out.
Sandra, RN & fitness competitor.

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Very interesting! I have not heard about that.

I'll have to try it.

Thanks!
I love wash and goes, but it's only since doing protective day styles half the time that my hair has retained its length. Mostly twist and curlouts and bunning. Rest of the time I W&G
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I love wash n goes too!

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Thanks Suburb!

I love wash n goes too!

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Hi Couvagirl!

There doesn't seem to be a straight-forward/yes-no answer to your question. Protective styles allow your hair strands and follicles a time to rest, relax, and grow! Basically, it's a vacation for your hair!

Like yourself, I love my hair to free! Right now, I'm wearing a protective style (individual braids) and it is killing me. I miss touching my hair.

I live in Chicago, so I wanted to protect my hair from the harsh temperature. I also wanted to give my hair a vacation from my hands -- since I'm constantly touching and manipulating it!

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It makes me nevous when I hear that in order for my hair to get some real length it has to be tucked away to take a nap. I love touching and playing with my new growth too Maybe if I don't comb it too much it will help.
Thanks Shycurl! I'll check it out.

I just don't understand why hiding your hair to gain length and then not showing it off.

Hair should be free...
Originally Posted by Couvagirl
I know. I'm so confused. LOL

Like everyone else said, it does give the hair a break and it is not so much growth you are gaining (your hair will grow regarless) but the styles allow you to retain length because there is less risk of breaking your hair off within a week's time when it is in braids/twists versuses out and exposed to the daily combing, the elements, rubbing against coats, and clothing.

With those things in mind, you don't have to wear braids or twists all of the time to retain length if you are gentle with your hair in other respects. One lady on youtube with very long, thick, and healthy hair (5 years natural) wore afro/wash n' go's for her first three years natural. It all depends on how you take care of your hair daily and also your texture (is it prone to tangling when in a wash and go ?) During weeks I plan to be busy, or I know I will be lazy, I protective style so my hair doesn't suffer. On free weekends, I leave it out.

Some people want to keep their regimen simple, which is another reason they protective style. This is why the "out" protective styles are a good balance (braidout, twistout, twist n' curl) since you can still touch your hair, but have your ends protected. Protected can mean either tucked away (I pin my out styles up so the ends are off my coats) or keeping the ends stretched to avoid tangling.
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I think you can balance between wearing protective styles and wearing your hair free. My balance is wearing a protective style at night and then releasing in the morning to have a nice twist out/braid out/coil out. The style can last anywhere between 1-4 days. This is better than wash and go's for me...it gives predictability, stops me from putting my fingers in my hair continually and allows me to wear my hair out too.

If you like to wear your hair out---then do that. Your hair will grow either way. But the less manipulation the better.
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I think balance is key as well. I twist my hair once a week. Sometimes I leave it in for a weekend, most other times I leave in for a day and take it out the next morning for a twistout the rest of the week. My hair doesn't mind at all, in fact...it's grown used to it, it's growing just fine, I just have to pay attention to my ends...trimming etc.
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