As the weather changes and we begin to pull out our winter coats to brave chilling winds, Wash-n-gos and twist outs are no longer the go-to hairstyle. The winter is also synonymous for healthy hair growth challenges (i.e. protective styling challenges). I know you’ve seen them or may have even participated in one.
Anyhow, we often turn to protective styles because it’s low maintenance, super convenient, versatile, and it promotes healthy hair growth. A protective style promotes healthy hair growth because your hair is styled in a way that keeps the ends of your hair (the oldest and most fragile part of the shaft) protected decreasing tangling, breakage and shedding.
- Halo Twist
This Halo Twist is very quick and easy. Your ends are tucked away so this would be a great protective style if you’re looking for something that doesn’t take much time, can be dressed up or down, and doesn’t require additional hair.
- Twists w/Added Hair (Marley Twists, Havana Twists, Senegalese Twists, Nubian Twists, etc)
I absolutely LOVE Marley Twists! This protective style takes anywhere from 2-6 hours to complete depending on if you or someone else does your hair. It also requires some form of natural looking braiding hair such as Marley twists, Cuban twists, Afro twists, etc. This protective style can last up to 2 months.
- Crochet Braids
Crochet Braids are an excellent protective style because it’s quick, easy and versatile. You can do so much with crochet braids including the style above. Yes! You can crochet Marley Twists. You can also have the look of a twist out, rod set, box braids, and the list goes on. Plus, crochet braids aren’t as time consuming as doing individual twists and braids with added hair. Win-win! Tell me @TheChicNatural didn’t just sell you on getting crochet braids….Lies! She did that!
- Braids w/Added Hair (Box braids, Ghana braids, Poetic Justice Braids, etc)
Braids are another popular protective style. There are various types of protective styling braids such as: Box braids, Ghana braids, Poetic Justice braids, Faux Locs, Cornrows, etc. These braid styles can last anywhere from 2 weeks – 2 months. These braided styles can also be versatile as especially box braids due to the various styles you can achieve (like a bun; half up/half down; pompadour in the front, etc).
- Faux Bun Updo
The faux bun updo is another quick and easy protective style. You will need braiding hair for this style; however, you won’t be individually adding it to your hair. Any of the faux bun hairstyles are considered protective styles because your ends are detangled, tucked and protected. Looking for a classy, quick last minute protective style…this is it!
So, what’s your go-to protective style for the winter/holiday season? Comment below