A Real Explanation of Protective Styling, Protective Hairstyles And Low Manipulation Hairstyles


Just as Life insurance is used to protect our families when we die.

Sunscreen is used to protect our skin from the adverse effects of sunlight.

Alarms systems are used to protect our homes from potential burglaries.

Policemen carry firearms because they have a duty to protect society.

This act of protecting things that are valuable to us is a common part of society.

The same principle of protecting valuables applies to our hair as well.



A protective hairstyle is any hairstyle configuration that keeps your ends safely tucked away. These hairdos require very little daily upkeep and help strands stay moisturized. On top of all that, the looks also promote hair growth since you’re not pulling and yanking (causing shedding). Not to mention, your fingers are less likely to fall into early arthritis due to constant twisting.

If one of your hair goals is to preserve your hair from damage or harm, then you should incorporate protective styling into your natural hair regimen whenever possible.

Avoiding daily styling is one of the key things that will help you to see a difference in your hair.

The Truth about Protective Styling


There is a lack of understanding sometimes of exactly what protective styling really means. Here’s why protective styling is so important.

Failing to incorporate protection into your natural hair regimen is one of the reasons that several women experience excessive hair breakage and fail to retain their desired hair length.

However, protective styling is only one component of your journey.

You must focus on your entire natural hair regimen and look for ways to incorporate more protection.

The term protective styling is often used in a limiting fashion. It should really refer to the process used to style your hair and not the actual style that you choose to wear. The actual style that you decide to wear should be referred to as a protective hairstyle. It can be confusing when you think about it, here’s  why the distinction is so important.

Protective styling is really about increasing the number of good things that you do for your hair and decreasing the number of bad things that you do to your hair.

Let’s look at an example of how you can incorporate more protection into your natural hair regimen.

If you fail to take your time and be gentle when combing your hair,it’s relatively easily to stress your hair strands and cause unnecessary breakage.

To mitigate this potential cause of hair damage, you can incorporate more protective styling. For example, use wide toothcombs, seamless bone combs, or incorporate finger combing into your

If you decide to incorporate finger combing as a protective measure, just be sure to remove any jewelry that you’re wearing and make sure your fingernails are well trimmed. Keep in mind that this is just one example of how you can mitigate potential hair damage when styling your hair by incorporate more protective styling into your natural hair regimen.

Now that we’ve gotten the difference between protective styling and protective hairstyles out of the way, another area that may also seem confusing is Low Manipulation Hairstyles and Protective Hairstyles



Unlike Protective hairstyles, A low manipulation style is one that is worn short term and may require minimum manipulation and styling maintenance throughout the week.

Examples of low manipulation styles include buns, twist outs, bantu knot outs, straw sets, braid outs and wash and go’s.

These are styles that don’t tuck away your ends but still keep them fairly protected.

Both styling techniques help to retain length.

Low manipulation helps with length retention because you are not constantly using brushes, combs and other tools to maintain your hair daily.

Protective styling helps with length retention because your hair is being protected for an extended period of time. Therefore the use of combs, brushes, and other tools are minimized for several weeks at a time.

Depending on your hair type, low manipulation styles will generally need a little work each day.

Protective hairstyles are kept for longer periods unlike low manipulation hairstyles.

You can wear your hair in a protective style for a week or two then let your hair down for a beautiful low manipulation twist out style. Twist outs and braid outs are great for giving your hair a breather from being wrapped up all the time and give you the benefit of enjoying your curls!

Low manipulation and protective styling are often overlooked but they are a crucial piece of growing longer hair. Add this to your regimen and you will see a big difference in your hair’s ability to retain hair length.


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