Women are embracing their natural locks more and more these days, but natural doesn’t always mean less effort. We still have to nourish and maintain our natural hair

Quartz Africa states that the increase in women going natural has caused relaxer sales to drop by 20%. This comes as no surprise because the chemicals found in relaxers are anything but “relaxing”.

So yes, using a relaxer isn’t as popular as it used to be, but this doesn’t mean that having natural hair is easy to maintain either. When it comes to natural hair, it’s important to style it in a way that protects it from daily breakage.

Here are some hairstyles that can work.

1. Box braids

This is a very popular style in the ‘natural hair community’. The great thing about this style is that it is suitable for transitioning and relaxed hair as well.

Box braids require little maintenance so if you’re someone who wants to spend a minimal amount of time on your hair each day then this style will work for you.

2. Faux locs

If you like how dreadlocks look but don’t have the patience to grow your own – then faux locs is a good option.

Faux locs are often created using human hair, yarn and synthetic braiding hair such as Marley hair or Kanekalon hair. If you want locs that have a smooth and shiny appearance, then it’s best to use Kanekalon hair, but if you want a natural and kinky texture then Marley hair is perfect.

3. Cornrow braids

These braids promote hair growth and can be braided in various trendy styles. The great thing about plaiting cornrows is that it doesn’t take long to get them done. Cornrows also give you an edgy and cool look overall.

4. Wigs

Wigs have gained popularity over the past few years and it’s not hard to see why. Wigs are convenient because you can still maintain your natural hair underneath while having a more permed look. Another benefit is that they last a long time and don’t damage your hair.

It’s advisable to have cornrows under your wig for a more secure fit. The important thing to remember before choosing any of these styles is to always take care of your ‘real’ hair.

Many people start to neglect their natural hair when they have braids or a wig on which is never advised. We suggest you try out the TRESemmé Botanique Collection which is specifically formulated to treat natural hair. It will give your hair the moisture boost it needs!