Protective Styling: Twists and Braids

April 20, 2012  |  

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If you have natural hair or relaxed hair, you can do twists or braids as a protective style.  Over my years of being both relaxed and natural, I have tried so many different styles. I wore these styles most in the summertime because I did a lot more physical activity, it’s hot, and I wanted to swim!

This still goes for today! Anytime I want a week to 2-week break, I wash my hair and get to braiding or twisting. Braiding lasts much longer than twists but I still opt for both. I make sure I take care of them so they don’t get frizzy fast!

Sometimes when you twist your hair, it shrinks up a lot and may not stay well, especially if you have very soft hair. If you have fine hair, you may want to go for braids. If you have thicker hair, you can do either. Whichever you decide to do as a protective style, make sure you moisturize!! Try out an oil moisturizer, like Optimum Care’s Whipped Oil Moisturizer and put that on prior to doing your braids or twists. After they are done, you can use an oil sheen like Optimum Care’s Mineral Oil-Free Sheen Spray to give your hair a nice glossy finish.

If you want to add thickness to your twists or braids, you can add bulk hair extensions. If you do this, you need to make sure you don’t start the braids or twists very tight at the roots. You want to make sure you avoid breakage by pulling very hard.

Do you ever braid or twist your own hair? How long do you usually leave them in?

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