One of the things I love most about natural hair is the ability to create versatile styles. What people don't often mention is the amount of time it takes to create these styles. Sometimes I just don't have the energy! That's why I like to give my hair—and myself—a break with protective styles. Protective styles keep the ends of hair tucked away in order to discourage tugging, pulling, and manipulation. They are also meant to encourage hair growth and can save so much time since the entire idea is to touch the hair as little as possible. Protective styles include things like wigs, buns, two-strand twists, and braids (with or without extensions) .
But here's the thing: Not everyone is a fan. Some consider protective styling as the key to hair health. Others say the tension of some of these styles can actually cause breakage, especially since hair isn't getting properly moisturized. Not sure what to think? We asked 10 popular YouTubers where they stand in the great protective styling debate. Here's their advice for anyone trying to keep their natural hair as protected as possible.