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Protective styles for short, and mega short hair

Melanie_LinnMelanie_Linn Posts: 457Registered Users
I was wondering if any knows any protective styles for short hair. I bc'd less then a week ago, and want to wear my hair in protective styles to keep split ends at bay. My hair is only 1 inch long when dry, and 1.5 when wet. I hope my only options isn't a cap of some sort. And that my hair isn't so short that only really skilled hands could twist it or something.

Thanks for the time of any one that posts!
3c/4aMCiii normal/low porosity med elasticty

Shampoo- JC Hydrating Invigorating poo, Alaffia Shea & Virgin Coconut Enriching Shampoo, CV poo bars
Rinse out- Natures gate hemp, GSAS
Leave in- GDLI, Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Leave in
DT- Still working on that
Styler- Ecostyler Crystal, Queen Helene Royal Curl Creme
Sealer- castor, Shea butter,jojoba oil

I don't know how well I'll keep it up, my blog The Lions Mane

Comments

  • mozekemozeke Posts: 480Registered Users
    I bc'd in May and my hair is only a couple inches long. IMO the best way to keep split ends at bay (which you shouldn't have any if you just bc'd) is to keep your hair moisturized and don't comb or brush it. Just finger style and leave it be. Our hair really is too short at this point to do any real protective styles that don't include covering it 99% of the time. Make sure to sleep with a satin or silk pillow case and don't play in it too much. ( I am still struggling with that, lol.) HTH:toothy7:
    Last relaxer: 12/10/07
    BC date: 5/2/08
    It's your hair...do what you wanna do
  • tjbrattjbrat Posts: 67Registered Users
    Have either of you tried the comb twists? This is a good protective style for really short hair. As it gets longer you can do the two strand twists. Hope this helps.
  • rainshowerrainshower Posts: 4,420Registered Users
    tjbrat wrote: »
    Have either of you tried the comb twists? This is a good protective style for really short hair. As it gets longer you can do the two strand twists. Hope this helps.

    i second this protective style!

    what makes it protective is that (if you are styling on thoroughly detangled hair) your hair is wound around itself in a smooth coil, preventing tangles from occuring in the individual coils and keeping your ends largely protected from drying air, friction, etc. i think medium-sized coils are most protective because you aren't exposing as much hair and scalp to drying air.

    moisten your hair with water. then smooth a natural oil or butter onto your hair as a leave-in conditioner. then begin coiling by twirling a loc of hair around your finger, starting from the scalp to the ends. rewet hair as you go along if it becomes dry.

    wear either a scarf or cap at night to preserve the coils. if a few become undone, redo just those coils.

    good luck!
    "Dogs stink too, but I like dog stink." ~ rileyb
  • preciousjewel76preciousjewel76 Posts: 679Registered Users
    rainshower wrote: »
    moisten your hair with water. then smooth a natural oil or butter onto your hair as a leave-in conditioner. then begin coiling by twirling a loc of hair around your finger, starting from the scalp to the ends. rewet hair as you go along if it becomes dry.

    wear either a scarf or cap at night to preserve the coils. if a few become undone, redo just those coils.

    good luck!

    Shoot, my hair is longer, but I think I might try this style! My puff (which I've been wearing since I BC'ed last November) is t-i-r-e-d. I think I've seen more about "comb coils" than finger coils....is there really any difference? I'm rather hesitant about using a comb on my wet strands - even though I have a nice seamless fine-thooth comb .
    4A - dense, medium strands - APL/BSL - 3+ years natural!

    :love7:YAY!: GF Triple Nutrition Conditioner, YTCu Color Care Conditioner, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, LOTD AV Gel, EVCO, JCN&S, KCCC, buns and updos!
  • rainshowerrainshower Posts: 4,420Registered Users
    rainshower wrote: »
    moisten your hair with water. then smooth a natural oil or butter onto your hair as a leave-in conditioner. then begin coiling by twirling a loc of hair around your finger, starting from the scalp to the ends. rewet hair as you go along if it becomes dry.

    wear either a scarf or cap at night to preserve the coils. if a few become undone, redo just those coils.

    good luck!

    Shoot, my hair is longer, but I think I might try this style! My puff (which I've been wearing since I BC'ed last November) is t-i-r-e-d. I think I've seen more about "comb coils" than finger coils....is there really any difference? I'm rather hesitant about using a comb on my wet strands - even though I have a nice seamless fine-thooth comb .

    the difference is probably only the proficiency at which you can create the style. some people (me) find a comb to be cumbersome and prefer finger-twirling. others find that using a comb gives them more control and creates tighter, more polished coils. hair texture and product choice will also play a role in how the finished style looks.
    "Dogs stink too, but I like dog stink." ~ rileyb
  • mozekemozeke Posts: 480Registered Users
    I've tried coiling and not only does it take f o r e v e r my 3c sections just unravel. The 4a part came out great. I didn't like it. but my hair is long enough to do braid and twist outs. Idk, I plan to just keep it moist until about October when it gets really cold and then I'll add extensions for protective style. I was told wool hats and scarves can really mess up your hair so that's my plan.
    Last relaxer: 12/10/07
    BC date: 5/2/08
    It's your hair...do what you wanna do
  • GlammourGirlGlammourGirl Posts: 131Registered Users
    When my hair was shorter, I did the finger coils also. Here's a nice picture of some that I always used for inspiration. Mine never looked as good as hers though!

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  • preciousjewel76preciousjewel76 Posts: 679Registered Users
    When my hair was shorter, I did the finger coils also. Here's a nice picture of some that I always used for inspiration. Mine never looked as good as hers though!

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    Ooooh, I love her coils!:mrgreen: Thanks for that pic, that gives me a better idea of how they should look.
    4A - dense, medium strands - APL/BSL - 3+ years natural!

    :love7:YAY!: GF Triple Nutrition Conditioner, YTCu Color Care Conditioner, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, LOTD AV Gel, EVCO, JCN&S, KCCC, buns and updos!
  • Melanie_LinnMelanie_Linn Posts: 457Registered Users
    yay! i think i found a style that should be easy to maintain for me. Low manipulation styles are key since i never really touched my hair when it was braided when i was younger. So finger coils seem like they would work for me.
    3c/4aMCiii normal/low porosity med elasticty

    Shampoo- JC Hydrating Invigorating poo, Alaffia Shea & Virgin Coconut Enriching Shampoo, CV poo bars
    Rinse out- Natures gate hemp, GSAS
    Leave in- GDLI, Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Leave in
    DT- Still working on that
    Styler- Ecostyler Crystal, Queen Helene Royal Curl Creme
    Sealer- castor, Shea butter,jojoba oil

    I don't know how well I'll keep it up, my blog The Lions Mane
  • keepitmovin2.0keepitmovin2.0 Posts: 653Registered Users
    Do not beat me....lol....it doesn't look much different from a wash n go, however, it was a style that lasted for a week.

    I did twist sets with conditioner and hair gel, dried it completely under a hair dryer and took them apart and here's a photo of the result. This would last an entire week. I used a honeybased hair twist gel I found at the bbs.

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    Currently using:

    Poo: CON Sulfate Free poo
    Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals
    Leave-in: CJAOO Daily Cond
    Styler: KCCC sparingly and Ampro Olive Oil Gel where needed
    DT: KBB Lucious Locks Mask + EVOO/Avocado