As much as we love wearing our beautiful afros, there comes a time when you need to get your natural hair into a protective style. Protective styling is quick, low maintenance hairstyles that help to retain length and to protect each strand in your head.

Who doesn’t love to be versatile? Who doesn’t love hairstyles that save time and keep your hair soft?

Some protective hairstyles are rod sets, twist outs, braid outs, flat twists, buns and braids. Protective styling can work for you if you do it correctly. Take a peek at our do’s and don’ts for protective hairstyles:


Choose a style that will reduce breakage and tangling. Protective Styles tend to fall into two categories: low manipulation and no manipulation.

Low manipulation refers to a hairstyle that requires some daily handling such as braid outs and twist outs that need to be re-braided or re-twisted at night. Other low manipulation styles are buns and French rolls that keep the hair free, but tucked away off the shoulders.

No manipulation styles require no daily handling such as twists, braids, cornrows and flat twists. These hairstyles seem to be the most effective when trying to eliminate breakage, and knotting. Low manipulation styles can result in some breakage if you do not perform detangling properly.

Keep the right style in for long enough in order retain length. With protective styles, you have to keep them in for an amount of time to be effective. You should change your protective hairstyle every two weeks.

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