Protective Styling | What You Want vs What Your Hair Needs

Monday, July 13, 2015

FroBunni | Two strand twist bun on natural hair

Over the last few weeks, protective styling has been more about my resolve than my hair. Protective styling works great for me, and it is a good way to retain length. But for me, I like to show off my hair. I have internal battles each night over if I want to remove my twists, and attempt to prep my hair for a style the next day. Of course, all of this time will be worthless; the humidity and impromptu rainstorms often make the time and effort into a hairstyle pointless. It’s exhausting, but I can’t seem to shake the desire to style my hair, even though my ultimate goal is hip length hair. So lately, protective styling has been about my own internal strength and determination.

I’ve always said that the hardest part about being natural is deciding if you’re going to take care of your hair based upon what your hair needs versus what you want. If your hair needs daily moisture, and you don’t want to wet your hair everyday in hope of preserving a style, then your hair will suffer. If you want to wear your hair straight, but your hair is easily heat damaged, then again, your hair will suffer. I’ve often found that the naturals who are able to unconditionally love their hair, are the ones that can also put their wants and desires aside for having healthy hair.

And here is why I am at a crossroad. On the one hand, I must protective style to retain length and for my hair to be healthy enough to grow to hip length. And on the other hand, I feel I should be able to wear my hair out everyday…

In the end, I’ve decided that hip length is more important to me, and I’m already seeing the results of my efforts.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful article. You have summed up my own personal hair battle better than I ever could; your words are down right beautifully eloquent. LOL!

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