Protective hairstyles help to keep ends hidden as much as possible. These styles allow one to only moisturize when the need arises, and thus, has less manipulation. Whether you’re a hair naturalist or transitioning, protective styling is one of the most tactful ways of promoting healthy hair. It preserves the length and holds in moisture for long. The sun, wind, and environmental moisture tend to expand and contract the hair, hence, causing it to break and lose length. Therefore, below are five tips for protective hairstyles for natural hair and their benefits.
Box braids are a no brainer protective hairstyle for natural hair and they last up to six weeks. Irrespective of your natural hair length, twisting some synthetic hair into each braid can keep it tight and secure for long and prevents any damages that may result from over-styling. Box braids give girls a break from time-consuming natural hair routines and specific costs associated.
Flat twists sit on the scalp and can be styled in various directions and shapes to create both a playful and feminine look. They create a uniformed curl pattern when worn after a week or two, resulting in an instantly defined natural hairstyle that is kink and fuss-free. Flat twists are great alternatives for traditional braiding styles.
Bantu knots gives you a 90’s throwback fashion style sense while securing and strengthening your hair strands. They lock in moisture and elongate the natural curl patterns of your hair when undone.
Crotchet curls is a protective style which mimics the volume, looks, and texture of natural hair. Crochet braids intertwine synthetic hair extensions with cornrows to create a full-bodied, afro-like look without the use of traditional weaving needle or glue.