Natural Hair – Protective/low manipulation hairstyles

We all know that it is good to protect your natural hair, but why do we need to and what exactly do we mean by protective hairstyles. Are all protective hairstyles the same and what makes one protective hairstyle better than another? Also what is the difference between protective hairstyles and low manipulation hairstyles, aren’t they the same?

Have you had one or more of these questions run through your mind? Well I have, so did my own research and I can share with you guys what I discovered in order to help you make more informed choices when it comes to your natural hair care regime.

Topics covered in this blog post

  1. What is a protective hairstyle for natural hair
  2. What is low manipulation hairstyles for natural hair
  3. Examples of Protective hairstyles
  4. Examples of Low manipulation hairstyles
  5. What is the difference

1. What is a protective hairstyle for natural hair?

Believe it or not, protective hair styling is all about the ends of your hair, which is the oldest part of your hair that is more prone to damage. By tucking the ends of your hair from being exposed to the atmosphere, you reduce the possibility of breakages to that part of your hair. The aim is to tuck away the ends of your hair safely away in hairstyles that require little to no manipulation, saving you time on a daily basis as the idea is to touch your hair as little as possible.

There also appears to be a myth that protective hairstyles encourage hair growth and this is where there appears to be a distinction between protective hairstyles and low manipulation hairstyles.

2. What is low manipulation hairstyles for natural hair?

Low manipulation hairstyles are more about creating a style that don’t require you to tug or pull your own hair often, as opposed to tucking your hair ends away like you do for protective hairstyles.

Now, I am not saying there isn’t an overlap between protective hairstyles and low manipulation hairstyles, but the distinction is in the actual hairstyles and how you care for your hair with those hairstyles.

3. Examples of Protective hairstyles

Buns, Bantu Knots, Wigs, Weaves or Braids.

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4. Examples of Low manipulation hairstyles

Braids, Wash & Go, Twist Outs or Puffs.

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 5. What is the difference

It may sound a bit confusing but I find that when I actually stop and think about it, it makes sense. Although protective hairstyles and low manipulation hairstyles sound similar and are sometimes used interchangeably, they essentially serve two different purposes. One is to protect the ends of your hair by tucking it away and the other is more about the versatility of styles that encourages minimal manipulation to your natural hair.

No matter the method you choose, the aim is to promote healthy hair. So, if you are stuck on what hairstyle to do, can check out my YouTube Channel where I posted a video showing you 4 simple natural hairstyles.

Also, do you know what your hair type is? Strange question I know, but knowing your hair type is crucial to building an effective hair care regime. Why? Because knowing your hair type has a huge impact on the products that you should be using for your hair because the reality is that different products work for different types of hair. I have written a post all about hair types, so you can CLICK HERE to check out that blog post.

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