The versatility of curly hair allows it to hold multiple style. However, it is prone to dryness and brittleness – which can leave bundles hard to repair or keep healthy. Aside from a rigorous conditioning routine, women can take a break from maintaining their curly hair by wearing protective styles. Protective styles keep the hair unexposed to the elements and give you a break from working your natural hair. We’re going to share some of our favorite hair dues.
Cornrows are perfect for relaxed or curly. Cornrows can keep for up to 2-3 weeks with the proper maintenance.
Don’t underestimate the bun. Keeping your bundles tied up can help keep it from being snagged on purses or bags. However, be careful not to pull your bun back to tight as this could snap the hair along your edges.
Roll and Tuck
The roll and tuck method is a great way to keep your curl ends free from damage. Start with a part and roll and tuck your curls inwards. Use bobby pins to secure the curls.
Chunky twists are an easy go to and quick to style if you’re in a hurry. Those with long, curly bundles will be able to achieve long chunky twists. If you want to add extensions, you can cornrow your hair and crochet hair extensions in and then twist.
Faux locs are perfect for those who want the loc looks without the commitment. Be sure to set some time aside to install these because they take longer than most hair dues, but can last up to 3 months with the proper maintenance.
Goddess locs, unlike faux locs, have wavy or curly at the end. The leave out at the end can make your faux loc look like your natural hair.
Crochet braids are perfect styles to keep the natural hair look without having to expose your locks. To apply, start with cornrows first and use a crochet hook to fasten the hair around the base of the cornrow.
Bantu knots are relatively simple to apply to your weft. To get the best results for this style, you’ll want to style your knots right after wash or while your hair is wet. Leave them a few days and take them out for a second, curly style.
Ombre braids are a subtle style to add bold color to your look. Dye your extensions from the bottom up to create the ombre look.
Remixed Box Braids
Remix your box braids by adding single strands of color to your look. Using Jumbo/Kanekalon Braids will help give your braids a longer look without weighing your hair down.
Parted Marley Braids
Marley braids can give your thickness due to look fuller without the stress of sectioning your hair into small sections. This is one of our favorite and easiest protective styles.
Havana Twists are great due for those new to braids or twists. They are two strands twists, which are easier for beginners versus three strand twists. This style had a tendency to get loose after time, but can be easily saved with a bit of maintenance.
Ghana braids are one of the longest lasting protective styles. This involves braiding your locks straight back, with any design or number of braids, down to your nape.
Twists With A Pop Of Color
Incorporating a dyed strand of extensions while twisting your weft can feather in color throughout your twists making them pop.
If braiding or twisting isn’t for you, wigs are a great and easy alternative. Wigs vary in texture and color making any weft look possible.
Double Halo Braid
We respected this double halo braid, fit for an angle definitely! What we love the most about it is that strong pop of bright red running via the braids.
Short braids, much like their sister style short twists. These styles are designed to minimize tension but still provide a stylish result.
Rope twists get their name from the universal look of all twists. You’ll have to spend special attention to the direction you’ll twist each loc to make sure they are the same all over. If you are interested in learning how to grow your natural hair quickly, checkout this recent post!
Large, Side-Swept Box Braids
Take your box braids to a new level by applying them to deeply parted side and cornrowing the other side back to create the side-swept look to your box braids.
Just keep in mind the longer and more dense your extensions are, the heavier it will be and the more tension and stress it will be putting on your scalp. Make sure you’re weft is strong enough to for the protective style you want. You may need to make your hair sections bigger to support the weight of your extensions. We also strive to provide consistent insight for our blog readers: we aren’t just a natural hair blog.