Although the term was coined not too long ago, protective styling has literally been around for ages. Protective styling is a way to give your hair a break for awhile and allow your natural hair to grow. For those who still happen to be clueless, protective styling is just a fancier way of referring to braids, twists, sew ins (weaves), faux locs and the like. Protective styles are on the come up, especially during the summer months when you don't want to go through the hassle of constantly flat ironing your hair due to the humidity. Most styles are cost effective and convenient. Don't be that boring person who sits in a chair for eight long hours just to leave the braids/sew-in untouched. Get creative and try out some new styles. Get funky with it *cues cha-cha slide theme music*.
If you happen to be lazy when it comes to doing your hair in the morning, getting a protective style allows you to save both time and energy. You don't have to touch your hair unless you want to and even then, it takes little to no effort to create a style. Styling your protective tresses will allow you to stand out and be as versatile as you'd like. Believe it or not, while your hair is playing hide and go seek, it's actually producing new growth because it is not constantly being touched. Growth is one of the main reasons people spend their money on protective styles and honestly, it's so worth it.
Ladies, don't be fooled. A lot of people equate protective styles with women not having any hair or balding. FALSE. Most women who choose to do protective styling have hair and usually a lot of it, they just want to keep their hair healthy for a set period of time. Want to give your hair a much need hair-cation this summer? Mix it up and try a protective style. What would you be losing? Nothing, you would be gaining length and giving your hair exactly what it needs -- a break.