By Chinwe of Hair and Health
You have heard it over and over again, especially if you have type 4 natural hair: Protective style. Protective style. Protective style. And what do protective styles usually consist of when it comes to our hair type? Braids and twists.
Does this have to be the case? Do we have to protective style non-stop in order to retain length? Well, if you read last month’s post on the topic (for all hair types), the answer is no. In this post, you will find some real-life examples of type 4 naturals who have managed to retain length without protective styling non-stop:
1. JoStylin – type 4 natural with waist-length hair
In the video above, JoStylin discusses her routine, which is a simple mix of braids and braid-outs. The source of her length retention is not so much about protective styling for “protection” but for ease, especially when it comes to washing or general control of her hair. Outside of that, she fearlessly wears beautiful braid-outs on blow dried hair.
2. Kasheera – type 4 natural with 14 inches in 3 years
If you peruse Kasheera’s channel, you will notice a variety of hair styles ranging from twist-outs to wash-n-gos as well as plenty of updos on stretched hair. Though she has only been natural for three years, she has retained a good amount of length in that time. In one of her videos, she shares that she primarily wears twist-outs.
3. Lala – type 4 natural with waist-length hair
To achieve her length, Lala has worn twists or a pinned-up style during the week and loose, but stretched hair on some weekends. If you look through her channel, you will also notice a variety of other styles on stretched hair.
For my type 4 ladies, how do you style your hair when not protective styling?