Hey Naturalista’s!!! Transitioning? Don’t know what to do with your hair? Want something new? That will be low manipulation? Nothing is working for you, ready to relax it? STOP RIGHT THERE IN YOUR TRACKS!! DONT DO IT!!! Why not put your hair away for a few weeks so you don’t have to bother it? Protective styling is your answer!!!! Protective styling is any hairstyle that helps protect the hair from over manipulation. Also Protective styles prevent your hair from extreme weather, both hot and cold, and it prevents the hair from drying out. When you protective style you are giving your hair a “break”. Many install a protective style so that they can go days, weeks, or a few months without having to do your hair!
My Instagram, and Facebook has been blowing up with many naturalistas tucking their tresses away for the winter. So why not try a protective style? You don’t have to worry about your hair… why not right. Here are a few protective styles that you can try on your hair. If you don’t want to try them yourself, you can always find a local salon that can do many of these styles.
1. Box Braids
Yes the old school box braids are back and in full effect. They are sooo super cute and easy to do as well.
Check out a tutorial here:
2. Senegalese Twists
I LOVE THIS LOOK… one day I am going to try these on myself 🙂 Check out a tutorial on how to do these here:
3. Havana/ Marley Twists
Now I know all of you have probably watched my Marley twist video LOL. I SOOO am doing my hair next week like this again so I hope you all don’t get tired of seeing them LOL! But here is my video on how to do the Marley twists.
4. Kinky Twists
The good old kinky twists 🙂 super cute Here is a video on how to achieve kinky twists:
5. Afro Puffy Twists
LOVE THESE! If my hair was shorter I would definitely get these in a bob kind of look!! SUPER CUTE!!!
6. Spring Twists
Now I first seen this style on a fellow instgrammers post. These are super cute too!!!
7. Nubian Twists
Before you install remember to:
1.Wash and deep condition the hair
2.Moisturize your hair
3. Detangle your hair
4. Oil your scalp
IMPORTANT!!!!!! Now… Just because your hair is in a protective style, don’t forget you still have to take care of your hair while its away 🙂
Daily: You must still remember to moisturize your hair. Daily and/or at night. You can use a water based leave in such as Oyin Handmade juices and berries to spritz your hair. Don’t oversaturate it because you don’t want your hair to frizz. Also remember to oil your scalp, with coconut oil or the oil of your choice.
At Night, sleep with a satin bonnet or if you hair can’t all fit in a bonnet, a satin scarf or a satin pillow. It is important!! You want to keep your protective style looking nice.
These styles can last probably up to 2 months. I wouldn’t suggest leaving them in for longer. Leaving protective styles in for a long time can cause damage. And we don’t want that!!
Will you be protective styling soon? What are your plans?