Since the start of my healthy hair journey, I have read countless of articles about how protective styles may assist with the growth of your hair. I instantly became intrigued when I saw the many pictures that would accompany these articles. African-American women would have two-four inches of hair growth after upholding their hair in protective styles for at least six months. Of course, they would take their protective style down and wash your hair, but the point is they would continue protecting their ends.
By the way, in case you are unfamiliar with what a protective style is, it is protecting your ends from getting damage or breaking off. Believe it or not, the ends of your hair can be damaged by the sun as well as the wind. I didn’t believe this to be true until it happened to my hair.
Upon ascertaining that protecting styles can assist with the growth of your hair, I immediately began wearing protective styles. I started with box braids and wore them in my hair for two weeks. I noticed that after three days of wearing box braids, I would get redness and sores on my scalp. Ignoring the reaction that I got from the box braids style; I kept it my hair for another week.
After two weeks had passed, I took out the braids and noticed that I had excessive shedding and I had lost some of my edges. I then went on to trying other protective styles such as the braid out method and Bantu knots and put my hair in a bun afterwards. I noticed that I had shedding with that as well and I had to cut my ends because they would become tangled.
I think that you should try to find protective styles that best suit your hair. I find wearing big braids under my wigs to help or protective styles using my real hair. Be very careful when trying out protective styles because some of them can cause breakage.