Which is why when I do protectively style my hair I go for a simple bun and if I have the time two strand twists. The truth is you’ll most likely retain more hair if you protective style your hair more frequently because your hair isn’t subject to as much manipulation and your ends won’t be exposed to as much damage.
However, if you prefer twist outs, braid outs, bantu knot outs or other set or protective styles more you can still retain a good amount of hair length.
10 Ways To Build a Low Manipulation Regimen:
Choose styles that do not require much combing or brushing to maintain. Go with a style that may only require adding a little bit of moisture, primp and go.
Detangle hair that is damp (not wet) to avoid breakage. For those who prefer to dry detangle make sure you apply a product that will give you some good slip to get through your hair. (You can check out this list of 10 Cheap Conditioners. They are perfect for dry detangling.) You may also want to try implementing Finger Combing or Finger Detangling for a more gentle approach.
If you notice that it’s time for a trim to get rid of split ends, go for it and do not delay! Split ends tend to cause the hair to tangle more easily. The longer you wait the more hair you’ll have to cut. More signs its time for a trim.
When you’re conditioning and moisturizing liberally apply product to your ends. The ends are the oldest and most fragile part of your hair requiring the most attention especially if you’re not protective style your hair often.
Your hair can get snagged on your clothing, so if you are wearing your hair out be mindful of your hair coming into contact with wool or cottons.
Moisturize even more. Since your hair is being worn out, it may not hold moisture has long as it would in a protective style. The L.O.C Method is the best way to moisturize during and after your wash process. But if it doesn’t work for you in that order try L.C.O or some other order.
Photo Credit: Instagram/naturalneiicey By now I am sure you have heard a thousand times over about the benefits of protective styling. Sometimes you just want your hair to be free! Yes, protective styles are definitely effective, but you can retain hair length with a low manipulation regimen, too. Below you will find 10 Steps for […]