An Ultra Protective Hair Regimen For The Girl Who Does Not Like Weaves Or Braids

Weaves and braidsI put my first weave in when I was transitioning to natural back in 2008. The hair was long, not quite waist length but long enough where it felt slightly uncomfortable. I remember when I was thinking about getting the install, I was so excited because it was my first time and the thought of not touching my hair for a whole month in the name of protective styling was equally as gratifying.

I had the install done on a Thursday after work but by Saturday evening I was back at the salon begging my stylist to make time to remove it. There was nothing wrong with the hair itself, I'm sure the install was perfect but I just couldn't get past the fact that it felt like I had a cat permanently afixed to my head. The fact that I couldn't touch my scalp caused some kind of weird anxiety that I don't speak about often! Needless to say my stylist finally removed the hair and I went home a happy girl vowing never to put myself through that torture again.

There are many women out there who use weaves as their chosen form of protective styling with absolutely no issues and have been very successful at keeping there own hair healthy and growing. However if you are like me and you just cant get down with a weave or braids, then figuring out a regimen of protective styling that will keep your hair healthy and retaining length is your number one priority. Here is a simple protective styling regimen you can use to meet your hair goals while side stepping weaves or braids.


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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Taira Reed

Who in the hell doesn’t like braids?!?

Fatimkaa Ceesay

Taira I was about to ask exact same question ..lol

Sebrina Jackson

I can’t wear them. Too much strain on my hair around the crown.

Jamjamj Davis

Oh there are TONS of ppl on this page convinced that every picture posted of someone’s braids are too tight, too heavy, and a whole bunch of other negative things.

Nikki Christian

I’m tender headed … I like braids just not the torture of getting them in … and when they are done “not too tight” they slip off faster so that I have to endure the pain of getting it re-done sooner

Ahseya Ramsey

Girl!!! Same here !

Lucia Yassin

I certainly don’t like braids!!! Damaging to my hair.

Mel Brady

Try crochet braids!

Ja'Naye Jackson

I have noticed a lot of people that are on this page does not like braids but I honestly feel like it is because they have no knowledge of braids. I have plenty of customers, adults and children, which all are natural except 3, whose hair I keep braided. As far as the children, I keep their hair trimmed washed conditioned and braided. If hair is braided correctly it gives length. All my children customers hairs have grown at rapid speed because of their braids and I mean edges and all because I know how to include the edges but not pull the edges. I do not use all of those remedies I c on here I just wash clip condition and braid. As far as the natural adults go I do not braid their hair as much but that is because of their tender headedness lol……but when I do decide to braid they see the results. I justvthink to each its own. But I love braids myself but I also keep my hair cut short because when its down my back, as it has been my whole life, I get tired of doing it 🙂

Socearre Moskalski

I can’t wear braids or weaves. They are too much for my fine hair. No matter how loosely they are installed I always suffer massive breakage and damage on my edges and crown. I don’t dislike braids. They are pretty. I just can’t wear them.

Maybell Lena Killion

Thank.you.so.much for posting this! I really thought there was something wrong with me for not wanting weave on my head. It’s not me and I see it everywhere, so, I have felt like the odd man out but not right today, lol! I have a stylist that does amazing designs on natural hair, I am keeping it up! Thank you!

Maybell Lena Killion

I love braids BUT I also love my edges!

Hair world

looks lovely

Tish

This has been very helpful, I found someone that braids so gently that I just knew that they wouldn’t last. So with her and my daughter help I have a new protective style using the combination of cornrows and crochet, it’s timesaving, lightweight and beautiful.

Tish

This has been very helpful, I found someone that braids so gently that I just knew that it wouldn’t last, I was wrong. So with her(Shanita) and my daughters (Angel) help I have a new protective style using the combination of cornrows and crochet, it’s timesaving, lightweight and beautiful. Hope this helps anyone else that’s still searching for the perfect protective style.

Lisa Moody

Thank you so much for this article. My first and last weave lasted exactly 3weeks. I just didn’t like the inability to properly care for my scalp and getting braids is torture to my tender head…not to mention the cost! Kudos to those that can but I ‘ll be sporting my buns, ponytail and curly piece this summer!

Nee'nee Francis

I was just thinking about this. Working so hard to keep my hair healthy I hate hiding it under braids and weaves -_-

Manny Nzekwu

Looks interesting .