The Truth About “Protective” Hairstyles

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With the colder weather upon us protective styling is on the minds and hearts of many naturals. But is protective styling really “protective”? What exactly are we protecting our hair from? Can you get through the winter without them?

Seasoned hair stylist, educator and editorial stylist Roni Jones shares 7 truths about “protective styling”:

1. Hydrated hair is protected hair.
According to Roni, “Hydrated hair, which is when hair is the strongest, is when the hair is best protected.”  Acquiring hydrated hair requires a thorough regimen of cleansing and conditioning with water soluble, water-based products with botanically-based ingredients.

Using traditional “protective” styling as a means for protecting your hair from the elements won’t matter if you’re not keeping your hair hydrated regularly.

2. Braids, crochets, twists, wigs and weaves are alternative styling options.
Whether it’s for vacation, preference, boredom, creative expression or something we do to give ourselves a break from our maintenance routines, alternative hair styling allows us avoid the work required to…