Within the past year, the online natural hair community was fascinated with several popular protective hairstyles. These styles are impossible to ignore, and with winter right around the corner, these protective hairstyles will help keep your tresses in good shape. What makes a protective style protective? My only requirements for protective styles are healthy, fun and easy. We scoured Pinterest and Instagram to share some styles for true inspiration this winter season.
We’ve seen the tutorials and pictures all over YouTube and social media. Crochet braids aren’t your typical braided hairstyle – they give the illusion of a head full of natural hair –usually 4b/4c- and can be worn straight using kanekalon hair or styled in roller sets. Either way, this protective style is versatile, natural looking, and appears very easy to install.
Another great tutorial is Mary K
Box Braids are usually reserved for summer…usually. But I’ve noticed natural divas breaking the rules and wearing box braids beyond the heat and humid months. I’m all for that! Box braids are a great way to give your hair a break or provide added length to your hair. Make sure you or whomever installs your braids takes it easy on the hairline to prevent hair breakage.
Similar to crochet braids, we can’t escape faux locs taking over YouTube and social media. I actually like this style a little more than crochet braids. I’ve always wanted locs but was too afraid to commit. This is a great alternative for those wanting to experiment with the loc hairstyles. This is a guaranteed hairstyle for at least 30 days.
Source: Youtube – Donedo
Some call it “Goddess Braids”, “Crown Braids”, “Halo Braids” or “Milkmaid Braids”. I’ve never tried goddess braids but it looks like fun and fairly easy to do. With this style, all of your hair strands are braided which gives the ultimate protection from the harsh weather. For extra protection, you can cover your hair with a cute beanie just to give it extra style.
Source: YouTube –MsDanti1
My absolute favorite hairstyle! Even with my haircut, I still find a way to throw my short hair into a ponytail and add my marley hair to make a bun. Sometimes, I’ll add a bang for style. You can refresh the style every day or set with a scarf to stretch it out for a week. Be careful of using this style often because tight ponytails can cause hair breakage around the hairlines.
What I enjoy about wearing hats for this season is how many styles you can create. Beanies, Fedora, Panama Hats, and Wool Floppy hats are all just a few winter favorites. You can easily leave some hair out in the front or tuck all of your hair underneath the hat. Another option is to do a crown braid in front or pompadour for added hair protection. To prevent hair from snagging on the hat’s material, sew a silk or satin lining from any night bonnet onto the inside of the hat. Another option for those who are “needle and thread challenged” is to simply cover the hair with your silk bonnet underneath the hat.
I’m looking forward to playing around with new protective styles this year. In the past, I’ve always dreaded the winter months because I felt limited to what I could experiment with for protective styles. Leave it to social media to provide all the inspiration I need this season. What fun protective styles do you have planned for this winter season?