To keep highly textured hair from becoming tangled, dry, or damaged by environmental forces like wind, extreme temperatures, or wool coat collars (smile), many people choose to style their hair in ways that protect their tresses from the elements.
Wearing ‘tucked-in’ styles is also a tried and true method for retaining hair growth for all hair textures, because ends that are protected – in a bun, a braid, a twist, or a roll – are less likely to break or split. Some protective styles include:
- Cornrows – these flat braided styles are just perfect for low-profile hats, and for remaining neat for long periods of time. They can also be rinsed or even washed to extend the life of the style.
- Twists – made with either two strands of hair (double-strand twists), or twisted around a finger or comb (comb coils, finger coils), twists are a versatile, attractive protective style. They can be styled into an updo or ponytail, or easily accessorized with barettes, a headband, a pretty scarf, or decorated hairpins.
- Individual braids – These may take a long time to put in and take down, but they often have an even longer life span than twists. Plus, they can be washed or rinsed more readily without as much tendancy to tangle or lock.
- Buns. These classic knots protect the ends of hair by simply being tucked in. Position low at the nape, high on the crown, or wherever you like!