Protective styles are a great way to experiment with color, texture, and length all while growing your natural hair. However, not all protective styles are PROTECTIVE. In fact, there is such a thing as defective styling. For example, styles that require very small hair sections and tight braids can actually cause hair breakage and traction alopecia. If you want to keep your edges intact, avoid those styles! Here are a couple of trendy DIY inspired styles that effectively protect your hair while looking great:
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This popular style is DIY friendly, lightweight and effortlessly beautiful. Great for a boho beach look or a pool day, this style is perfect for the summer.
Method: Can be crocheted into hair or twisted (via rubber band method). Use a strong gel/butter to grip the twist and blend with your own hair.
Longevity: This style lasts about a month depending on your hair type. For thick, type 4 curls, this style is short term as your natural hair gradually separates from the silky water wave texture.
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Braids are a tried and true hairstyle for many naturalistas. Why not shake it up this summer with knotless braids? While these braids are difficult to DIY, this style is beautiful and easier on your natural hair compared to traditional box braids.
Method: Instead of knotting the braid at the scalp, this style starts with your natural hair and feeds in the braiding hair gradually.
Longevity: lasts up to 8 weeks (4-6 recommended). To refresh your braids, try our moisturizing hair milk.
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This easy and versatile style can be achieved with your own natural hair, best of all, it’s lightweight and great for any season!
Method: Prep your hair with a curl-defining cream. Then, use the two-strand twists method with smaller sections of hair.
Longevity: Lasts about 2-3 weeks and can be styled with hair jewelry.
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This African style produces heatless beach waves and fluffy curls once taken down. Better yet, this style is a great protective option while intact.
Method: Using a curl cream, take a section hair and twist it into a small coil, winding it around the base of the scalp until it forms a knot. Seal your ends with hair butter before tucking them into the knot.
Longevity: These coiled buns can last up to 2 weeks before takedown.
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Crochet braids are extremely versatile and low maintenance. With this DIY-friendly style, you can achieve braids, locs, and a number of trendy styles from the comfort of your home!
Method: Braid hair into cornrows or a unique braiding pattern depending on the desired style. Use a crochet hook to loop extensions through the braided pattern and secure with a knot.
Longevity: This style lasts about 4-6 weeks. Keep your natural hair moisturized with a daily spritz of hair milk.
When it’s time to take down these protective styles, be sure to let your hair breathe for at least 1-2 weeks before installing another beautiful look!
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