We love protective hairstyles but are they hard for new naturals? Being a new natural has its challenges. Styling, washing, conditioning and even nighttime routines can make for longer than usual hair care and who needs or wants those kinds of headaches. Sometimes you want something simpler to just get you through the day. Is that even possible when first out of gate as a natural hair newbies.
We are here to help. One of the best ways is to hip you to a quick hairstyle that will have you out the door in a flash and looking oh, so lovely and fab by using the power of protective styling. Protective hairstyles allow us to take a break and retain our length, however it can be costly to implement because the hair and the labor cost can be horribly expensive. I rarely wear them but find this an important component in the natural hair journey. Many naturals swear by them for gaining length or keeping hair healthy. Whatever your reason for wanting to try one is most likely a good one. One of the biggest concerns for many going natural is, will it be super expensive?
If it’s too costly to go to the hairstylist, search on YouTube where there are thousands of videos instructing ladies on how to do box braids, weaves, or even creating your very own wig. You’ll learn from the YouTube gurus who have perfected the style and you get to learn it in different ways.
In addition, this benefits you because no one knows you’re hair like you do. You’ll be able to install the style without the hairdresser telling you you’re tender-headed or trying to up-sale your visit.
Yes I know what you’re thinking… if this is actually GOOD for your hair. We all know the danger of synthetic wigs not keeping our natural hair properly moisturized. Some days you just don’t feel like styling your hair so just put on the cheap wig and rock it for the day. Hell, you can even rock it for a few days or months if it holds and just be good to it and treat it right!
They may not last as long or stand up to wear and tear like the authentic ones will, but they are easy alternatives for a lazy hair day or week. Don’t knock it till you try it, so rock that cheap wig like a boss!
You can go to cosmetology schools in your area for the students there who are eager to do your hair. It’s completely free of cost to you and you’ll get banging protective hairstyles to wear for a while. Although the students are new to hair styling, their supervisors are right there with them making sure no harm is done to your hair.
You really need to consider buying hair online. Your local Beauty Supply Shop may not be as big as some of these hair warehouses that have amazing prices because they buy in massive amounts. Also, you can buy hair just about anywhere with very reasonable prices so opt for shopping around but do take heed to reviews (not the ones on their sites) to see how well the quality of the hair is and check on their customer service.
If you have a really good friend or your friend knows someone who can do protective hairstyles really well, call them up and ask for a favor. They probably will end up doing it cheaper than a salon or free and you can tip them if you wish. (Tip them well so they won’t mind doing it again!). This tip is super helpful and quite often you just need to ask around for someone who can do the job for you. Never expect to get your hair done for free and make that known up front. People want to be appreciated and quite will charge you cheaper if you show them you value their time by doing your hair.
Hope these tips helped you and that you’ll take them into consideration for the next time you decide on rocking protective hairstyles.