Okay so we’ve come to the end of the road now guys!
This is going to be the third and final post in this series. Thank you so much for following along. I pray that something has been shared here to help you along the way. With that being said, let’s get started (and finished😂)!
8. Protective and Low Manipulation Styling
Styling our hair can be both time-consuming and difficult sometimes. The plan in the natural community usually is a protective or low manipulation style, such as, braids or twists, or something like a bun maybe. These can all be great tools to take a break from our hair and retain some length.
•Protective styles include: weaves, wigs, box braids, Senegalese twist, kinky twists, Wigs etc.. The list could go on and on but the one thing that they all have in common is the fact that they allow your hair to be “tucked away”, unbothered for few weeks🙌🏾. My 1st Amazon wig
•Low manipulation styles could be flat twists, 2-stand twists, Bantu knots, or any other style that would let you leave your hair alone from anywhere to a few days up to a week or 2.
The important thing to remember here is that you still have to care for the hair that you are protecting. Hydrate and moisturize underneath and try to keep scalp as clean as possible during this period of time. Braids can still be washed, as well as, weaves. When you cover your hair with any style without caring for the natural hair underneath, it becomes a style of NEGLECT instead of PROTECT.
9. Clip Ends as Needed
Ouch! I know this very necessary step hurts us all. but it has to happen at some point to see healthy hair grow. Get rid of the splits! They won’t EVER let you be great, sis. Seek aid of a professional stylist if you’re uncomfortable taking scissors to your own ends. There is an abundance of information to refer to and the numerous YouTube videos that are out there on dusting or clipping ends at home.
Also, notice above I underlined the word needed. This means, though it’s important to keep your ends healthy because they are the eldest parts of the hair strands, you don’t want to clip unnecessarily. Some naturals choose to clip on a schedule, which is fine, it’s your own prerogative. But Ive found success in clipping when my ends are in need of being clip simple because you could be clipping off ends that do not need to be cut off and subsequently stunting your own growth retention.
10. STOP THE COMPARISONS!
Because we are all unique, each head of hair is different. Don’t do yourself a disservice by wanting someone else’s hair when you could be cultivating your own beautiful garden of kinks. God gave us variety for a reason so embrace your own💕❤️💕
AND above all else remember HEALTHY HAIR IS GOOD HAIR, no matter what the curl type or pattern is.
Thanks for reading!