Protective styles are one of the most popular and easy ways for people with curly hair to look after their hair and help it to grow strong and healthy.
The reason why curly-haired people need protective styles is that their hair tends to be more brittle, break easily, and be more easily impacted by environmental factors such as wind, sun, water, and pollution. This is because weather causes hair to expand and contract, leaving it brittle – for people whose hair is naturally brittle, this can cause problems with breakage and dryness.
Here are five of the hottest protective styles of the moment. Which one will you choose?
The box braid is a classic, well-known protective style that’s popular because it can last weeks before needing a touch-up. You can also add in synthetic hair extensions during the braiding process to bulk them out if your hair is short or thin, and further protect your hair from damage. Once your braids are in, you won’t need to do anything at all to your hair; however, you will need a professional stylist to style your braids. It’s not one for an amateur to do at home!
Another one usually created by professionals, crochet braids, mimics the look of natural hair while protecting your own hair. Your hair is braided into cornrows, and then hair extensions are added using a crochet needle. They’re time-consuming to put in but look great and last a while – and they look like natural hair!
A great alternative to the classic cornrow, flat twists keep your hair close to your scalp (and all the lovely moisture that lives there) and can be styled in multiple different shapes and directions to give the look you want. You can also add hair extensions if you’d like. Even better, when you unravel them, it gives your natural curl pattern a fantastic boost!
Making an instant style statement; the Bantu knot locks moisture tightly inside the coiled knots to keep your hair moisturized and happy. They can also give your natural curl pattern a boost when you let them out! They’re also easy to do at home – you just need to make sure your hair is well-moisturized and detangled, then divide into sections and twist into knots. Secure with pins, and you’re done!
Bantu knots are one of the best natural hairstyles for short hair as they are easy to do even if your hair has less length.
Ponytails are an eternally stylish hairdo but aren’t necessarily known for protecting your hair. You can transform your ponytail into a protective style by using a faux ponytail instead of your own hair; just make sure to match the color and texture of your natural hair as well as you can. Pull your hair back into a ponytail and twist into a bun, making sure it’s well-moisturized before you start. Place the ponytail over the bun and secure it. Done! You can also wrap a piece of the ponytail around the top to hide where it meets your head.