How much time daily would you like to spend on your hair styling? I bet minimum but you definitely wouldn’t like going out with your hair sticking out in some sort of explosion on your head. Well, African-American women are blessed with thick dense hair that can be skillfully shaped into breathtaking hairstyles. However, natural dryness and brittleness of kinky hair is the other side of the medal that needs special care. Protective hairstyles aim to limit the stress of environmental factors on natural hair. Here we are going to share 60 easy yet very showy protective hairstyles and tips on how to care for your natural hair.
Benefits of Protective Hairstyles
Protection from the elements;
Maintenance of moisture;
Protective hairstyles are priceless in themselves, since besides a flawless elegant look, they keep your hair ends tucked and protected from aggressive damaging factors. How can you boost the protective effect?
Tips for Natural Hair Care
Nourish your hair and scalp with natural oils or apply hydrating balms before styling your hair;
Let your hair dry overnight;
Wear a hat to protect your hair from high or low temperatures;
Sleep with a satin scarf on your head.
Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair
Okay, so now let’s see how you can style your hair in a protective way.
1: Updo with Flat Twists
Some protective hairstyles like box braids and jumbo cornrows can pull on edges or weigh your strands down, which is the exact opposite of what you want. In order to combat this, you can opt for twists. They have the same effect but are lighter and easier to wear.
2: Classic Braids
When it comes to free-hanging shorter protective hairstyles, the bob-length multiple braids all over the head are ideal. The best part of braids? They last for weeks and take slim to zero effort to maintain.
3: Upswept Updo with Twisted Layered Bangs
The shorter layered twists look great, and it’s a perfect example of modern easy protective hairstyles. The front section can work as bangs framing the face and bringing in a cute asymmetrical element into your updo. The back is styled in an elegant upswept style that delivers a little extra height and a lot of classy vibes.
4: Headband Flat Twist Updo
Part your long or short hair on the side and twist the front sections into an ultra-feminine Bohemian braid. The hairstyle is fast and easy to accomplish at home with no special tools involved. It’s a great way to pull your hair into a protective hairstyle quickly, and then undo it at a moment’s notice.
5: Natural Flat Twist Style
One of the most common protective styles is flat twists because they resemble cornrows, but are easier and faster to do. If you are attempting to do an updo on your own and you want it to last for a couple of days, this is a must-try look.