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    Posted: Oct 05 2009 at 3:28pm

i have recently fallen in love with braidouts. after months of protective styling, one day after a wash i just didnt feel like doing anything to my hair and opted for a braidout. my hair had grown a significant amount during the times i'd been hiding my ends, but i really like the simplicity of braidouts and the fact that i do not have to manipulate my hair more than really once a week. what i was concerned about is me not retaining any length since my ends are fully exposed and i am currently shoulder length. i moisturize and seal my hair daily, but is that still not as good as hiding my ends?



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any style that leaves your ends out is not considered protective, so no, i wouldnt say a braid-out is protective, but like a roller-set, it sure is a much better alternative to heat styling
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It's a low manipulation style but not a protective one.  
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If your hair is fully exposed it's not a protective style. Especially when your shoulder length where the ends of the hair can rub against your clothes.
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I thought as long as the hair was not rubbing against your clothing it was considered a protective style.? I do braidouts and then put the hair in a Banana Clip. My ends are still moisturized and it doesnt rub or snag on my shirt
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Bell, its about your ends being loose and exposed to the elements, not just clothes rubbing
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so really i shouldnt count on retaining that much length with braidouts, even if i keep my hair super mositurized?
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Pretty much, yeah. But everybody's hair is defferent, so i guess it isnt all set in stone. But generally though, the less protected your ends are by being out (very often), the more likely you are to retain less length

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so what are the benefits of protective styling vs. low manipulation? i know you retain length with protective styling and low manipulation is good but what benefits should i be expecting from low manipulation?

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Originally posted by Wildfire Wildfire wrote:

Bell, its about your ends being loose and exposed the elements, not just clothes rubbing
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Thanks. All this time I really thought it was a protective style
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