by Sabrina Perkins of Natural Hair for Beginners
Being a new natural has its challenges. Styling, washing, conditioning and even nighttime routines can make for longer than usual hair care and who needs or wants those kinds of headaches?! Sometimes you want something simple to just get you through the day. Is that even possible when first out of the gate as a natural hair newbie?
What is Scab Hair?
We are here to help. One of the best ways is to hip you to a quick hairstyle that will have you out the door in a flash and looking oh, so lovely and fab by using the power of protective styling. Protective styling allows us to take a break and retain our length, however it can be costly to implement because the hair and the labor cost can be horribly expensive. No one wants to break the bank on a new weave even though they want the utmost care for their hair. So this article speaks to saving money on protective styling such as braids, weaves or even wigs.
DIY (Do It Yourself!)
If it’s too costly to go to the hairstylist, search on YouTube where there are thousands of videos instructing ladies on how to do box braids, weaves, or even creating your very own wig. You’ll learn from the YouTube gurus who have perfected the style and you get to learn it in different ways. In addition, this benefits you because no one knows you’re hair like you do. You’ll be able to install the style without the hairdresser telling you you’re tender-headed or trying to up-sale your visit.
Synthetic (Cheap) Wigs
Yes I know what you’re thinking... if this is actually GOOD for your hair. We all know the danger of synthetic wigs not keeping our natural hair properly moisturized. Some days you just don’t feel like styling your hair so just put on the cheap wig and rock it for the day. They may not last as long or stand up to wear and tear like the authentic ones will, but they are easy alternatives for a lazy hair day. Don’t knock it till you try it, so rock that cheap wig like a boss!
Hit Up Cosmetology Schools
You can go to cosmetology schools in your area for the students there who are eager to do your hair. It’s completely free of cost to you and you’ll get a banging protective style to wear for a while. Although the students are new to hair styling, their supervisors are right there with them making sure no harm is done to your hair.
You really need to consider buying hair online. Your local Beauty Supply Shop may not be as big as some of these hair warehouses that have amazing prices because they buy in massive amounts. Also, you can buy hair just about anywhere with very reasonable prices so opt for shopping around but do take heed to reviews (not the ones on their sites) to see how well the quality of the hair is and check on their customer service.
Call A Friend/Family Member
If you have a really good friend or your friend knows someone who can do protective styles really well, call them up and ask for a favor. They probably will end up doing it cheaper than a salon or free and you can tip them if you wish. (Tip them well so they won't mind doing it again!)
Hope these tips helped you and that you’ll take them into consideration for the next time you decide to protective style.