As you all know I'm not a fan of protective styles because I personally don't feel there's no such thing! There's no style that's protective! In this case, let's just call it protective styling for the people who want to call it that. The most popular protective style is twists or braids right?... I personally like to wear twist every now and then but by no means it's a protective style to me. The be honest twists and braids allow your ends to be more exposed that any other style. Remember your ends are still there, still rubbing up against clothing and other things. It's just as exposed as other styles. The idea of hiding your ends is not a good idea anyway because your ends need to get the extra moisture in the air also. Letting your roots and mid shaft be expose but not your ends...Don't they all need the same attention. Yes your end do seem to get dry but it's because we just seem neglect them all together. Yes we are taking better care of our ends now but don't forget about the other part of your hair because what's the point of have dry mid shaft and moisturized ends but all of hair need the same attention. Ok so people say protective styles make your hair grow faster...I don't find that to be true. I only seen protective styles work for a few people but I also notice they were doing something different than others. They were treating their twists as if it was a wash n go. I will explain what I mean by that later. If you are looking to grow your hair, twists aren't what's going to make your hair grow. The key to growing hair is WATER. As women of African decent, we have been taught to care for our hair incorrectly. We are still being taught in correctly. My problem with twists is that alot of us will put twists in our hair and not wash it for a week or even 3 weeks. That's NOT good! Your hair is begging for water. Look at women of other races we tend to think their hair grow so fast...their hair grow not faster than ours the difference between them and us is they wash their hair alot more often than us. We somehow have this mind set of I want my hair to last me a few weeks...at max you aren't suppose to go a whole week without washing or co washing putting some kind of water on your hair. Who told you that...Probably the same person who told me that...SOCIETY! BLACK SOCIETY to be exact! Hair is like a plant it need water to survive. You don't water your plant once every 2 weeks. We have to learn to give hair water more often. Back to treating twists like wash n go's...I see other naturals on youtube who do that which is how you can make twists work for you as far as growth. And how do you treat twists like wash and go's...they wash or cowash their twists every 3 days or so. That's what making their hair grow adding that water more often. Now with that said I still have a problem with twists...remember your hair can be trained and it starts to take the shape that your hair is wearing. I find that twists can braids are great for training the hair to curl but wearing them too long over a period of time can also cause the hair to be thinner. I noticed it from clients I had and from my hair when I use to wear twist faithfully. The problem I had with twists when I was wearing them is that my ends would get thinner and thinner, I would find myself cutting them alot. Don't get me wrong I"M NOT SAYING TWIST ARE BAD! we just need to switch them up sometimes by wearing a different style and if you are looking for growth they need water about every 3 days.
Wash n go's I opt for them. Wash n go's require that you wet your hair more often and I like that and so will your hair. I redo mines about every 3 to 4 days. My hair feels alot better since doing them and most importantly my hair growth really took off when I started doing them. I do retain length and I personally feel that the ends stay more moisturized when I do the wash n go's than with the twist outs. I don't get single strand knots nor do my customers when I do their hair. Most of the time when people don't like wash n go's it's because it wasn't done quite right. I have converted alot of people into wash n goer's and they have all given me a hard time about it at the beginning but now they are true believers of it. Let me tell you the benefits of wash n go's...
-You are forced to wash hair more which gives your hydration (notice I said Hydration not moisture hydration meaning hair moisturize inside out not just out)
-They don't mess with the shape of your hair( meaning they don't thin the hair)
-They promote more hair growth (that's constant water and stimulation from the shampoo or conditioner promotes growth)
-They force you to learn and take care of your hair.
-They are not as time consuming as a twist (especially once to get it down)
-Everyone can do them...I promise you can. Everyone's hair can be trained to have a stronger definition if there's no damage (Training natural curls is my specialty)
If you wear twists because you like to wear them then continue what you are doing but if you are someone who's wearing them because you want hair growth they don't help you anymore than any other style. The Key to hair growth is water. We have to change our mentality of not wanting to wet our hair. The fact is our hair need water often. The kinkier your hair is the more water you need. If you don't believe me look at my youtube videos where I was wearing twists and then look at my videos when I started wash and going it. Also think about this when most of us do the big chop we are mostly wash and going look how fast our hair grow. Then all the sudden when we get a little length we twist our hair and stop wetting it as often and our hair growth seem to slow down. It grows because hair grows regardless but it doesn't grow as fast.
*Twists no water for a week or more (NOT GOOD)
*Twists with regular watering about every 3 days (Is Good but would suggest switching it up sometimes)
*Wash n go's (Is Good needs to be done every 3 to 4 days though)
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