How to Protect Your Hair Without Protective Styling

The dry season is here and many of us have already started reaping it’s benefits; that’s if you were prepared for it. As the name implies, dry season comes with a lot of dryness; dryness of the skin and hair to be precise and it’s important now more than ever to keep our hair/skin moisturised all the time. Like I said in my post some weeks ago, our skin and hair dries out a lot faster in this season than in other seasons. For this reason, it’s necessary for us to moisturise more often then we usually do and take active measures to retain all the moisture that we put in our hair. That brings us to the topic of protecting our hair from dryness. When many of us hear ‘protect hair’, we think of protective styling. There’s nothing wrong with that because protective styling is the most talked about means of protecting natural hair. However, there are several other options available for protecting natural hair that many of us overlook. For those of you who are not huge fans of protective styling or those who just need a break from it, this post is for you. Today, I’ll be sharing some of the other means of protecting natural hair apart from braids, weaves and the likes.

The best way to protect your hair from the harsh elements of the atmosphere apart from wearing protective hairstyles is to cover it. This is the reason why many natural hair blogger and YouTubers claim that wig is the best protective hairstyle. Therefore, all the options I’ll be sharing today will be based on covering your hair. First, let me list the benefits of covering natural hair in this dry season.

  • It helps keep your hair moisturised for a longer period of time.
  • It protects your hair from friction against various materials that can cause breakage.
  • Covering your hair with the right accessory can be a bold fashion statement.
  • It helps you wear your twists and braids until they are dry. This way, you don’t have to unravel your twists or braids prematurely because you can cover your hair when you need to go out.
  • It can make washday less stressful because you can go out on a date while you’re deep conditioning, all you have to do is cover your hair with the right hair accessory.

I can go on and on because the list is endless but I’ll stop here for the purpose of brevity.

Now that you know all the benefits of head coverings, let me give you a list of the ones I’ve been using lately.

Headwrap

This is on the top of my list because of it’s versatility. Headwraps come in different colours, materials and sizes and can be styled in different ways. With one headwrap, you can create as many as five different looks; you can go from chic to simple without doing much work. In my opinion, no other head covering can make a fashion statement like the headwrap. If you need some inspiration on how to tie your headwraps, I have a tutorial on my YouTube channel. Click here to watch. 👉https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jU5nq7Nf0aM
Turban

This is similar to the headwrap and there’s the alternative of buying the one that has been made into a hat (like the one I’m wearing in the picture above). It is a good alternative on a lazy day when you just want to get up and go. The down side to this is that there’s a limit to how creative you can be with turbans.
Face cap

This is my second favourite after the headwrap. Face caps come in various colours and shapes and can be worn with various outfits. What I like the most about them is that they also help to protect your face from the sun. They are my go to whenever I’m going to the market or on days when I know that I’ll be walking a lot in the sun.
Beanie

This is an alternative that many of us Nigerians overlook. They also come in different colours and sizes and are great for keeping us warm when the weather is cold. The tip to rock this hair accessory is to make sure that your hair is uniform under the beanie so that it’ll form a nice round shape when worn.
Hat

This is a good accessory that I’m yet to embrace as I do not own one at the moment. Hats are very fashionable and they also come in various shapes and sizes. One of the advantages of wearing hats is that a lot of them help to protect your face from the sun. I’ll definitely get one the next time I go shopping.

Scarf/Veil

This was my favourite head covering when I first went natural, I always wore it to church as an accessory. They are also very fashionable if worn correctly. I like to wear my hair in a cute style (an updo or an afro) then just throw the scarf over my head. This is the best option if you want to protect your hair for a short time, probably on your way for an event because your hair will be as good as new when you take down the scarf.
It is advisable to go for head coverings that are made of or lined with silk/satin so that they do not damage your hair. Close contact of the hair with cotton or wool can be damaging to it so if you want to wear any head covering that isn’t lined with satin or silk, first wrap your hair with a silk/satin scarf before wearing the head covering.
Ladies, what head covering is your favourite and why? Please share with us in the comments section. 👇
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