My protective style of choice. What is protective styling one may ask? Well, there are a lot of definitions out there of what constitutes protective styling but to me, it is when I minimise the exposure of my hair to the weather elements and hair rubbing on my clothes especially my ends. Hair ends are the oldest part of the hair shaft and are dryer because they are further away from the scalp which produces the sebum that lubricates (oils) the hair. One natural sister once said, “Everyone ought to know to treat elders with respect and so goes with the older hair, the ends. We have to respect our ends and handle them very gently.”
Because our ends are dryer, they are more brittle and more prone to splitting and breakage. It is of utmost importance therefore to protect the ends from excessive dryness that is often brought about by excessive direct sun exposure, dry cold weather and cotton clothes rubbing on the ends. I am not an advocate for not wearing ones hair out at all. I think you need to enjoy your hair and wear it whatever way you want to but I also think you need to listen to the needs of your hair and try to do what it needs for that time.
I love twists on my hair. Firstly, they are very easy and fast to do and undo which is a very important factor in very tight schedule. Twisting also helps me to keep my hands out of my hair so I can achieve some sort of low manipulation for the duration of my twists which is normally about a week or two and low manipulation of the hair does lessen breakage to some extent. When I wear my hair out and I am at home, supposedly busy, I still make time to play with my hair, trying out different hairstyles for as long as three hours sometimes. Can you imagine how my hair will be feeling when I decide that I need to move on and do other stuff? It’s so bad but hey, sometimes I just feel like playing with my hair a lot.
Here are the mini twists that I did lately. These are two days old.