Give your natural hair a much needed rest from heat and styling to help protect your hair from damage. Through protective styling, you can achieve beautiful natural hairstyles that aren’t difficult to install and don’t require much maintenance.
Beat the summer heat or winter cold air with these protective styles. Natural hairstyles can look amazing with minimal damage. But, natural hair protective hairstyles go a step further.
In this article, I highlight several protective hairstyles you can choose from that are simple low maintenance hairstyles like faux locs, dreadlocks and twists to more elaborate protective hairstyles like braids, Senegalese twists, wigs and Brazilian weave. With these styles you can choose one that is not only stylish, but allows you to easily moisturize your scalp.
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Natural Hairstyles: African Hair Braiding
African hair braiding is a traditional braid style that typically uses synthetic hair to create many beautiful, but different styles. Best known for styles such as cornrows and box braids, it is usually done by a skilled and licensed braider.
Natural Hairstyles: dreadlocks
Dreadlocks are a natural hairstyle for natural hair created from matted and knotted hair. Generally, this term is used among older individuals while younger people may call them locs or dreads. In some circles, the less well kept or thicker dreadlocks are considered “true dreads” while others are referred to simply as locs.
Locs, also known as dreadlocks, are a natural hairstyle created by twisting, knotting, and matting. It is a common style for natural hair and can be done with little to no training. Normally locs are created by rolling the hair between the hands until it begins to mat and then adding more hair from there.
Natural Hairstyles: faux locs
Faux locs are dreadlocks that are made with synthetic hair. Generally, they are created before they are installed. While some stylists will install the hair first and then dread it. Why do some women wear them?
They are used to fill in areas that have experienced hair loss, create longer locs on people who aren’t happy with their shorter hair or to add volume to a style. With this style, you can remove the faux locos or get it done by a professional.
Natural Hairstyles: goddess locs
Goddess locs are similar to faux locs, but are created with real human hair. Normally, the hair is installed before the locs are created to ensure a more uniform look. They’re created with human hair, are lighter and look more like authentic, natural locs.
Natural Hairstyles: marley twist
Marley twists are two strand twists. To create the hairstyle use hair extensions known as Marley hair. This hair is preferable to Yaki hair or any other similar braiding hair. Marley hair looks like your own natural hair texture.
In addition, Marley hair is a process by which pre-twisted hair is added to your hair for a longer and more natural look. This hair tends to be wavy, and is styled to look similar to that of Bob Marley in older pictures.
To be clear, Marley hair is simply a type of hair that is used to create popular styles like Marley Twists. It is not an actual style. The hair is composed of a synthetic fiber called Kanekalon, which is from Japan.
Natural Hairstyles: senegalese twist
Senegalese twist also known as rope twists is similar to Marley Hair, but is instead done with straight hair for a much smoother and easier to care for look. These twists must be re-done or maintained every few months and will take several hours to apply each time. It is a great protective style.
Natural Hairstyles: sisterlocks
Sisterlocks are a variation of dreadlocks that are installed with a special tool and meant to mimic the size and flexibility of micro braids. They take around 15-20 hours to install and must be tightened over time. However, they are a permanent hairstyle choice just like dreads.
Natural Hairstyles: tree braids
Tree braids are a method of protecting edges and your hair. The hair at the edges is braided into a cornrow before allowing the rest to branch out like a tree. The result is a hairstyle that stays in place, protects the edges of your hair and can be manipulated into a number of other styles as well.
Natural Hairstyles: yarn twists
Yarn twists are as the name would suggest, twists made out of yarn. Similar to using synthetic hair, yarn can be used to create dreads and other hairstyles in conjunction with natural hair. Typically, this is done with plain black yarn, but it can also be done using bright colors for a statement look.
Natural Hairstyles: crochet braids
For a protective hairstyle, braids are hard to beat. Braided hairstyles are simple to maintain and there are so many types of crochet braids you can choose.
Crochet hair is a type of braiding or locking in which a crochet hook is used to achieve the desired look. This can be used to add in new hair such as a twist, or to create a dread on long natural hair.
Natural Hairstyles: Brotherlocks
Brotherlocks are a variant of dreadlocks installed with a special tool. They result in smooth and thick locs that have a large amount of flexibility. They tend to look very uniform and are considered more professional than traditional dreadlocks.
If this hairstyle is for you, do return to your hairstylist to have them tightened. Trying to do so yourself is very difficult. You will most likely ruin your locks or they will look unkempt.
If done right, protective natural hairstyles is like giving your hair a vacation. Your roots, hair strands and hair ends are able to relax. Pamper your hair with oils and creams. Massage your scalp back to health, so that your curls are ready to pop back into action.