I want to discuss protective styling with you. Protective styles are those styles which see that the ends of your hair are tucked in and protected from either the weather, your hands or whatever. I don’t know if this is an accurate definition but this is what it means to me. A lot of naturals have seen that this aids in length retention. However, you must still make sure your hair is always moisturized. If braiding, make sure it isn’t tight because you will probably mess up your edges #Alopecia.
Pictures of my sister reveals her hair in twists. She has her hair in twists 90 percent of the time compared to my 10 percent. This way, she has been able to retain so much length (11Inches). However, she washes her hair herself and treats it like an egg so I say this contributes to length retention. She stays away from tight hair and her hair stylist (mine as well) is the only one who touches our hair when we need to braid. We had to teach the stylist how to take care of our hair when braiding and how NOT to use small combs to detangle our hair before braiding. With this stylist, our hair has stayed healthy!
You can see I protect my hair a lot but my favorite styles are actually Bantu knot-outsand twist-outs. I actually find my hair tangling more when I do these styles, so I try not to wear my hair out too often.
The style you choose to protect your hair in is totally up to you. The keyword is ‘protect’.
Have fun with your hair and hope I helped!