Protective Styling

Posted by Vanessa Williams on

Hello MagniQueens!

Our overall purpose here at MagniChic Extensions is to promote healthy hair, whether you'd rather wear your natural hair texture or prefer relaxers, perms, Jheri curls or tex-laxers. We all are thriving for healthy hair that doesn't break-off, maintains the right balance of moisture, can hold styles and grows. 

From what I've experienced personally, the best way to ensure healthy hair is to take care of it by establishing a routine that doesn't require excessive manipulation, refraining from too much heat from hair tools and staying consistent. It has been proven that with the proper use of protective styles anyone can achieve their hair dreams. Popular protective styles range from braids, twists, and buns to wigs and extensions with a plethora of options in between. Choosing what's best for you depends on your schedule, your budget and how often you plan on spending time styling your hair or getting your hair done.

Since there are so many options when it comes to protective styling, choosing what works for you can be a daunting task. Thanks to YouTube, social media and various websites we are becoming more informed and are able to grow our hair longer and healthier than ever before. Because we are a hair extension company I will discuss 2 protective styling options that involve hair extensions: Wigs and Sew-Ins.

Wigs are becoming more and more popular because they provide versatility like sewn in hair extensions without the commitment of keeping  them in for 6-8 weeks. Wigs gives us the option to sew them down, glue them down, tape them down, clip them down, or just put it on without reinforcement (not recommended for high active lifestyles). Wigs also provide the least amount of tension on your hair verses braids and sewn in hair extensions which, for those with weak hairlines like me learn to appreciate. If you want a wig that will last more than a few weeks its best to get one custom made with either a lace closure or a frontal and high quality extensions. Wigs have been know to last well over 2 years with the proper maintenance and care so because of this, wigs are our most favorite protective style.

Sew-ins are great protective styles as well however finding a stylist to properly install them can be difficult especially depending on your location. There are plenty of hair salons and beauticians that offer hair extension installations however be sure to ask for a consultation prior to getting your installation so that you feel comfortable with the care your hair will receive. Sew-ins can run anywhere from $150 to well over $500 not including the hair so you want to make sure your hair won't be breaking off or falling out because your installation up to par. Always look for reviews online, ask the beautician how long their installations last (should be no more than 3 months although ideally you want to take your installations down after 8 weeks for maintenance), ask the beautician what recommendations they have for maintaining your hair underneath, look for tips on how to cleanse and moisturize your hair while you have your sew-in and most importantly make sure to keep your scalp as dry as possible to prevent molding of your hair. One thing that I enjoy most about sew-ins is that they usually look more natural then wigs (even though stylists are doing amazing things with wigs and closures these days) and not manipulating  my hair for 6-8 weeks at a time allows me to see amazing growth results.

At the end of the day choosing a protective style is a personal choice. Ensure you do your research and due diligence in order to make the best choice for you.

In closing when making any choice whether it's about your hair, your job, your family or anything take this scripture with you:

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."  


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