Protective styles to help manage afro hair when you have an invisible illness


Protective styles to help manage afro hair when you have an invisible illness

 Invisible illnesses is not easy to live especially when you have a lot going on in your life. This could include managing the health of your afro hair. This is not easy to do when you have a flare-up, stressful job, kids or especially during this COVID-19 time. So, it’s best to protect your natural hair by rocking some protective styles. They will keep you looking glam while your hair health stays intact.
 

Protective styles to help manage afro hair when you have an invisible illness


 Mini Twists/Braids 
Mini twists/braids are an easy style that you can do right in the comfort of your own home. It doesn’t require you going to the salon because you are just twisting/braiding your natural hair small. The small twists/braids will take some time to do so ensure that you have a couple of free days or hours to get it done. Also, you can make them extra small or just average small, it depends on you. This style allows you to keep your hands out of your hair for an extended period. 

Protective styles to help manage afro hair when you have an invisible illness wigs

Wigs 

Another protective style that you can do, is to wear a wig. Every week is different as there are lace frontals, 100% human, part closure, curly, straight or even a colour wig. In the end, it depends on your pocket, what you’re comfortable with and the hair goal you’re trying to achieve. If you just want to go to the supermarket, then you can wear a cheap wig from the beauty salon store. If you want to go out and show out, then we recommend wearing your lace or human hair.  


Protective styles to help manage afro hair when you have an invisible illness braids

Braids 

 Braids can be done at your local salon or through the aid of youtube. And luckily, there are a million braided styles to choose from. You can do box braids, Senegalese braids, Hawaiian braids, knotless braids and so much more. Each comes with its styling technique, braiding pattern as well as hair. Regardless, each protects the hair. The braiding hair is wrapped around your natural hair and acts as a barrier. It prevents moisture from leaving the hair thus reducing its susceptibility to dryness. As well as, keeps the moisture that you worked so hard to apply using the LOC or LOC method in. And more importantly, it prevents 


Protective styles to help manage afro hair when you have an invisible illness head scarf

And when all else fails wrap it up

On days when you just can't even,  

Headscarves are your best friend! BFF!

Headscarves offer the cloaking abilities of a hat, but are way more versatile. With umpteen ways to tie a scarf around your head that  require minimal effort, they are perfect option for not only rushed, lazy, crazy days but they are also fantastic for helping your hair retain moisture and even concealing hiding hair loss. 

Protective styles to help manage afro hair when you have an invisible illness Head wrap

It’s amazing how a few simple styling tweaks, and turn a simple headscarf or wrap into a statement piece that can be worn everywhere from brunch to the office or post-work drinks. It really will save the day again and again.

Head wrap

All these protective styles require little to no maintenance of your hair from you. No need to fuss over how to style your afro hair for the next day or the upcoming week ahead. 

The protective styles will maintain the health of your hair as it keeps the moisture locked in for an extended period. Your curls need to stay hydrated to keep it in a healthy state.


What are your favroute  protective styles?
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