Whether you’re natural or not, having your hair in a protective style is good for many reasons. First, your hair is styled in a way that you do not have to worry about tending to it on a daily basis. Of course this is important especially for people that are on vacation. Personally, I do not like having to deal with my hair while on vacation. It allows me to just get up and go without me having to put much thought or effort into my hairstyle.
Second, if you’re transitioning to natural hair, protective styles are great for growing out your hair. Even if you’re already fully natural or relaxed, protective styles can benefit you as well. By not putting your hair through it’s normal routine like combing and adding loads of product, this allows the hair to grow uninterrupted.
Here’s a list of some of the hottest protective styles for the summer! Also be on the lookout for my next video describing how I prep and upkeep my natural hair for a protective style.
*All images are not my own.
This hairstyle can be done in many ways: big or small, long or short. As you can see I like mine very long and a bit smaller. My twists are medium sized and waist length. The smaller and longer the twists are, the easier it is to do different hairstyles.
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Same thing goes for box braids. You can even add pops of color like my sister did to make your style unique.
via Pinterest: Joy (LILSWEETS4U) Jacobs
Kinky twists are reminiscent of Senegalese twists, but a different type of hair is used and as you can see it curls on the end. This style is cute, easy to manage and will blend flawlessly with natural hair.
via Pinterest: Laura Ndtama
Havana or marley twists can be done with either regular braiding hair or marley hair. This is where the difference comes in. Havana twists use kanekalon fibers so the hair is more sleek and marley hair is more coarse so it has a different look.
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Faux locs have been the newest craze lately. They can be done with either kanekalon hair, marley hair or yarn. It all depends on the look that you want.
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Crochet braids can be very versatile. You can do pretty much all of the above styles plus much more with crochet. Your hair is cornrowed first and then the extra hair is crocheted until all spaces on your head are filled. More people are turning to this methods for braids and twists now because it takes about half the time to finish.
Conrows can be done in a variety of styles and colors. Lately, many people have caught on to the “boxer braids style”, which are cornrows! You can get your own hair braided or get extra hair added for length or color. Perfect for the hot summer months.
Wigs and sew-ins will always be a staple for protective styles. These are probably the most versatile, especially a wig because you can change it whenever you want! Typically, people like to wear either curly or wavy hair in the summer because it’s a bit easier to deal with. Above, this is a wig that I purchased and you can see how I styled it here.