9. A full weave or wig – Long-term protective style
With wigs and weave techniques being engineered to make them look more realistic, this is an appealing protective style that can help you put your hair away for a substantial period of time while still looking cute.
To achieve the wig* or full weave a cornrow base is installed with your own hair before you apply the wig* or sew in the hair extensions* on top. In truth, the cornrow base is the true protective style in this instance. Yet with an artfully applied weave or wig, you should have a full head of hair extensions* to style as you wish while still having access to your own hair underneath to allow you to clean and moisturize it regularly.
A common mistake I see with wigs* wearers however is that some will take down the cornrows every week then re-braid them for the following week’s wig application. This would make the wig a short-term protective style in that instance.
If you can wash and moisturize your own hair while still in the cornrows, THIS is what makes wigs* a long-term protective style and leads to the best length retention.
There is certainly nothing boring about wigs or weaves with the plethora of hair colors and textures available on the market. With some imagination, you can get any look you desire while protecting every single strand of your own hair.
LAKISHA WILKINS says
I AM DEAF I NEED TO KNOW HOW MUCH MY HAIR BRAIDING AND I PAY FOR IT BRAIDING KINKY TWIST
OK THANK YOU VERY MUCH SO BEST KINKY TWIST?
Alma Ruddock says
I dont actually know how much braids or kinky twists cost, prices vary depending on the stylist you ask. Please check with local hair salon. Good luck,
how would you wash your hair weekly if braided and how long should you keep the braids to avoid manipulation. I have short natural hair and usually braid my hair keeping the braids for a month. is that too long?
I leave mine in for two months
i dont like wearing weaves or braids if i do put them in they last for only 1-2 weeks. so what protective styles can i use with my hair and how long will they last as my hair do not keep styles for long (1 week)
I have very thin/bald edges. What protective styles do you recommend?
Alma Ruddock says
Nothing braided if you have thinning edges I’m afraid. You should only do low manipulation styles like braid outs, twist outs and loose buns until you grow your edges back. Even after that any braided styles should not be used again because clearly your hair cannot take them.
I had Lupus at one time and lost lots of hair on the crown of my head. I use to wear a wig but they seem to be taking my edges out. I have been putting my hair up and wearing a weave ponytail. What do you recommend.
Brenda Mines says
hair go natural does all natural I love it now that’s what I call good hair
Jennifer Grimes Whitticker says
I love this website!
Kimberly Miller says
Too late! It is cut!
Patricia Gillard says
I love them too I just put in mine 2 days ago. I learned how to braid and twist after I went back natural 3 years ago took me over a year to learn tho lol
Margaret Graham says
At least you learned. I can’t really braid. I tried Havana twist with Marley hair…not the greatest. But I’ll keep at it like you! Hopefully I’ll get it.
Patricia Gillard says
Takes a lot of practice and I know I’m not perfect yet but it’ll save you money also. I really hope you get it I’m sure you will! And Marley was my fave type of twist until I discovers the kinky afro hair only thing is it doesn’t come long like the Marley hair and I had to double up to make it longer to cover my hair.
Dinah Briggs says
Will be getting one of these style very soon, good post, I love the Bantu Knots.
Bernice Watson says
I bought a huge Afro wig. Do you think I can do a two strain twist style with it or just cut it down.
Diva Dealzz - Protective styles says
I like to wear that Kinky twist protective hairstyle which looks perfect on me.