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Protective Styles = Length?

CouvagirlCouvagirl Posts: 38Registered Users
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?

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  • SandraDgroovySandraDgroovy Posts: 139Registered Users
    oops thought I lost one post, and double posted and I can't figure out how to delete a post.
  • SandraDgroovySandraDgroovy Posts: 139Registered Users
    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.
  • CouvagirlCouvagirl Posts: 38Registered Users
    Thanks Sandra!

    I love the double post :lol:

    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 :tongue:
  • SandraDgroovySandraDgroovy Posts: 139Registered Users
    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!
  • shycurlshycurl Posts: 197Registered Users
    I just read this thread in the 4a section about the payoff of protective styles...

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=68500

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

  • CouvagirlCouvagirl Posts: 38Registered Users
    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. :happy7:

    Hair should be free...
  • CouvagirlCouvagirl Posts: 38Registered Users
    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!


    Hey,

    What's baggie? :dontknow:
  • SandraDgroovySandraDgroovy Posts: 139Registered Users
    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.
  • CouvagirlCouvagirl Posts: 38Registered Users
    Very interesting! I have not heard about that.

    I'll have to try it.

    Thanks!
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    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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  • CouvagirlCouvagirl Posts: 38Registered Users
    Thanks Suburb!

    I love wash n goes too!

    BTW I love your avitar. I'm a big BlackAdder fan :lol:
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    Couvagirl wrote: »
    Thanks Suburb!

    I love wash n goes too!

    BTW I love your avitar. I'm a big BlackAdder fan :lol:
    Thanks. Call me twisted but seeing Hugh Laurie lark around in that Prince George costume and wig makes me hot.:lol:
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  • CouvagirlCouvagirl Posts: 38Registered Users
    My word! LOL :lol:
  • retromariretromari Posts: 79Registered Users
    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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  • CouvagirlCouvagirl Posts: 38Registered Users
    Thanks Oatmeal!

    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 :tongue: Maybe if I don't comb it too much it will help. :lol:
  • shycurlshycurl Posts: 197Registered Users
    Couvagirl wrote: »
    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. :happy7:

    Hair should be free...

    I know. I'm so confused. LOL

  • ParatyParaty Posts: 394Registered Users
    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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  • kaymoorekaymoore Posts: 298Registered Users
    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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  • PJ26PJ26 Posts: 66Registered Users
    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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  • TrinigirlTrinigirl Posts: 159Registered Users
    Thanks ladies!

    I'm having some major breakage concerns (6 months into transition). I've been very gentle with my hair but I'm losing hope :ncool:

    Hopfully I can keep going on my natural journey. Maybe I'm just having a bad hair week :tongue:
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  • calicurly4lifecalicurly4life Posts: 43Registered Users
    This is encouraging. I just joined the "grow out challenge" Im only on eweek into it and i wasnt sure how much longer IO could wer protective styles. Some ppl on here were talking about wearing protective styles at least 5 days a week! Too much for me. I have been wearing it in a bun or braid when I'm home and then maybe wearing it down when i go out. Those are my options bcuz I dont know anything about twist outs. hopefully that is enough to keep my ends healthy and my hair growing!
  • squirrely_curlysquirrely_curly Posts: 106Registered Users
    try combing hair only once a week
    also dont put hair in a rubber bands when its wet
    it will pull your hair out when its weak
    use clips barrets and bobby pins to put up your hair

    my favorite styles are
    twist/knot-outs its makes my hair curlier its the only way i can get a fro so i love it
    i love wash n go
    i also like twists but the back of my hair unravels
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    my hair is puffy, curly kinky, wavy, straight all at once
    Products: garnier frutis sleek and shine leave in coditioner, coconut oil, shea butter, IC styling gel, aloe vera gel,Tresemme straightening gel, IC heat protetor serum.
    favorite styles:wash and goes, twist/knot outs, sleek and straight,and curlie fros bc they make me look taller
  • TrinigirlTrinigirl Posts: 159Registered Users
    Thanks SC!

    I love twist outs too! I've noticed that as I'm approaching month 7 my hair is becoming strong and my relaxed hair is MUCH weaker.

    I visited a stylist who told me that the only solution to the breakage is to cut all the relaxed hair off :sad7:

    Can't imagine rocking a TWA. Not my style at all. But the way my hair is going it may end up being my style :(
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  • TennsTenns Posts: 40Registered Users
    I think your hair will be fine as long as your not manipulating it a lot. You should be able to wear your hair out, and retain your length. Also, I would highly recommend that you not use heat on your hair in trying to retain length.