When referring to styling their hair, a lot of times, women (including myself) use the term "Protective Styling" without even realizing that they actually mean "Low Manipulation" styling. 

Protective styling is defined as any style that completely tuck away the ends of your hair. The most common forms of protective styling would be braids, buns and weaves. Usually, protective styles last for a longer period of time (i.e: 1 month), and they help to keep your ends away from damaging elements. There are, however, some cons to protective styling:

~ Dryness & Tangles ~
When your hair's in a protective style, it becomes dry & tangle because it's untouched, and that, unfortunately, can lead to breakage. Therefore, some opt out on protective styling as it may be harder to maintain healthy hair or  retain length.

Low manipulation styling is literally what the term suggests -- low manipulation and it works on the basis of doing simple styles that require as little manipulation as possible. Examples would be twist outs, braid outs and bantu knot outs. These styles are simple and easy to install without causing any unnecessary damage. Low manipulation styles are actually a more ideal way of maintaining healthy hair and retaining length.

What's your "go-to" style? Low or Pro?

XO, Deanna

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