11. Bonus style! Faux ponytails or puffs – Short-term protective style
A faux ponytail piece or a puff is one of the quickest and simplest hairstyles to master when you just don’t have the time to do your own hair daily. With care, a sleek ponytail or puff can last a week to 10 days before needing to be re-done which makes for an excellent short-term protective style.
Protective styles don’t have to be boring. This is especially true with the variety of lengths and textures available if you enjoy adding extensions* to your hair. There are an infinite number of variations you can have with the aforementioned styles to keep you happy.
Accessories are also amazing tools that you can use to make your styles look fresh and keep you from being bored with protective styling. If you ever feel underwhelmed by the thought of doing a protective style, get inspiration on social media to get your creative juices flowing.
If you are not able to install protective styles yourself, finding the right stylist is vitally important to help you achieve cute styles while keeping your own hair healthy and thriving.
Traction alopecia is always a risk when it comes to any style that puts tension on your hair follicles and this doesn’t just mean braided styles. Ponytails or puffs pulled too tightly can also cause major damage to your edges. With this in mind, you must take care not to put too much tension on your strands or hairline in a bid to install your protective style.
Just remember that the aim of your protective style should be to help you protect your hair from the wear and tear that comes with frequent styling. This is what makes you retain length and leads to hair growth month after month.