I know! It has been quite some time since I have posted anything and I apologize for that. Life is getting a bit busier and I have a lot of planning to do!

Today's post is centered around one of my absolute favorite topics, natural hair and how to protect it. Since I've been natural, I've been introduced to the wonderful world of protecting my natural tresses with beautiful styles. Whether it is a faux bun, weave install or braids, I've taken advantage lol. At the moment I am currently rocking Senegalese Twists and will do so for about 2-3 months. After then I will be semi big-chopping again. Here are two photos of my current hair style now and the look that I am going for afterwards:

[caption id="attachment_1770" align="aligncenter" width="498"]Senegalese Twists Senegalese Twists[/caption]

As of late, the current popular "trend" regarding protective styles are "Poetic Justice" braids or Havana Twists. Here are two examples of each style below:

[caption id="attachment_1774" align="aligncenter" width="629"]Havana Twists Havana Twists[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1772" align="aligncenter" width="400"]"Poetic Justice" Braids "Poetic Justice" Braids[/caption]

Again, the purpose of the above styles are to protective your own natural tresses from the different elements but there are a few steps to be aware about in order to properly take care of your hair underneath.  According to The Mane Source:

  1. DON'T pull your braids/twists into the infamous "top knot bun" all of the time. This can cause breakage around your edges.

  2. DON'T use braid sprays that contain drying ingredients. You want to make sure that your hair style as well as your own hair are properly moisturized.

  3. DON'T wear your braids/twists for a long period of time. 2-3 months should be the longest amount of time that you keep your braids/twists in.

  4. DO massage your scalp. Massaging your scalp increases blood circulation which can speed up hair growth.

  5. DO wear a satin/silk scarf at night or you can simply sleep on a silk pillowcase to keep your hair from drying out from cotton.

If you follow the simple steps above then your protective style is sure to do it's job!