Why Protective Styles can be More of an Escape Than a Preventative Styling Method

Why Protective Styles can be More of an Escape Than a Preventative Styling Method

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Do you wear protective styles to actually “protect” your hair from day-to-day wear and tear, or are you just wearing them as an excuse to not deal with your hair?

This is a question that many of us struggle to answer because deep down inside no matter how bad we want to actually be this strong fearless naturalista, we still battle with insecurities that come along with wearing our natural hair.

I’ll be the first to admit, that I used to just wear protective styles, so that I didn’t have to deal with my naturally kinky tresses.  I used to be so ashamed of my hair that I would cover it up with weaves and braids, just so that I didn’t have to face the facts.  But, over the years, I came to the realization that I could buy all the hair that I wanted to alter how I looked on the outside, but it had no affect on the battle that I was dealing with on the inside.

It wasn’t until I did the big chop, that I came to terms with the beautiful creation that God placed on my head. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have my love hate moments with my hair, but now I wear protective styles because I like having the flexibility to always switch up my look, instead of being dependent on it to make me feel beautiful.

I came across this article on CurlyNikki, written by Chelsea Satine of BlackNaps.org that inspired my post. I have attached a sneak peek of it below for you to check out.

Why do you wear protective styles? Talk to me.

Protective styling is probably one of the best things invented, not only does it get us through the harsh summer and winter months, it also gives us a new look when we run out of options and styles to do with our natural hair. However, although protective styling is great, do you think we use it as a crutch sometimes? I know I do! I can remember tons of times when I installed some braids or twists, because I simply didn’t have time or didn’t want to deal with my hair. Of course this does not seem like a problem to some, but in my opinion, it is. Here’s the problem, with using protective styling as an escape:

-When your hair is not as manageable as it usually is-and it sometimes isn’t- if you choose to resort to protective styling before taking care of your natural hair, this may lead to more breakage. Instead of protective styling, try deep conditioning!

-You’ll probably start investing more in protective styling than your natural hair. Braids, weaves, or twists range anywhere from $80-$200 or more. Imagine if you invested that much in hair products or if you went to a hair salon to treat your natural hair.

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ITS LIT!! Malia Brown is the creator of UrbanSocial and Natura magazine. She is the former college ambassador for ESSENCE, a Journalist, and an on-air personality. Malia is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she reports on beauty, pop-culture, political affairs, and race relations.

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