Say goodbye to dull, dry, damaged hair with these protective hairstyles for winter
Keeping your natural hair looking fab and healthy and, most of all, moisturised and shiny is quite the task, but when it comes to winter, that dry, cold air takes the task to another level.
Your hair takes the meaning of dry to a new level, it breaks whenever you touch it (well, at least it seems like it does!) and you feel like shaving it all off might be the only way forward. Well, put down that razor, as one of these fabulous protective hairstyles for winter might be the answer.
You’ll need to go for a style that can last at least six to eight weeks in order to keep tampering and added stress to your hair to a minimum; just remember to still throw on a moisturising mask regularly, and watch that hairline!
1. Box braids
This go-to style is a natural-hair favourite for a reason – box braids suit everyone, they don’t break the bank and you can choose any colour and length your heart desires. Not to mention that they’re low maintenance and can be styled in many different ways. This is the classic protective hairstyle for winter that just never fails…
2. Faux locs
Get yourself dreads without the years and years of effort (or damage to your hair!). Faux locs, or goddess braids, have been trending up a storm, and it’s easy to see why; they’re effortlessly cool, edgy, but incredibly chic, and they allow you to show your playful side. Again, you can opt for any colour, and they easily last up to two months, making them perfect for your protective needs.
3. Crochet braids
If you’re wanting to keep some volume but still want to protect your hair, then crochet braids are the way to go. This versatile style can take on many forms, which means you don’t have to be stuck with one look for a couple of months – perfect for any commitment-phobe or if you want to be able to change things up. Just remember to keep your locks moisturised all season for the best results when it gets warmer
4. Twist and shout
If you’ve got longer hair and are looking for some added glamour and a style that’s sure to wow all winter long, a twisted up-do is the way to go. You’ll be able to safely tuck away all your strands, meaning protection-levels will be at an all-time high, and you’ll look amazing while doing it. A win all round!
As part of a 12 week challenge where I’ll be using ayurvedic glosses and masks every week, I will also be doing protective styles 5/6 days per week…a fave of mine are pinned up twists in a variety of ways. What protective styles do you go for?? . . #naturalhair #naturalista #naturalhairrocks #protectivestyles #twists #twiststyles #uknaturals #nappytalia #nappyhair #kinkyhair #kinkyhairdontcare
5. Wrap it up
When in doubt, covering your hair with a gorgeous head wrap will protect your natural hair in no time, and you’ll be able to give yourself a different look every day by wrapping your hair in various ways and with different colours and styles. You can lock in the moisture, avoid damage and be the envy of the office at the same time… winning!