It’s time to tuck away those ends and pull out your favorite protective hairstyle. Protective styling is perfect for cold weather, when hair and skin tends to be dry and more difficult to keep moisturized. This rings particularly true for natural hair, especially curl types that are prone to single-strand knots and breakage. As the name implies, the main goal of protective styles like buns and braids is to protect your ends and keep hair moisturized.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our favorite protective styles to inspire your next look, including a braided ponytail you can do in a few minutes and a twisted style you can install and forget about for weeks.
Quick and Easy to DIY
DiamondCandyTV proves that protective styling can be quick and painless. In the tutorial ahead, she shares how she creates a braided hairstyle that keeps her ends moisturized and hair protected. The added hair jewelry takes the look to the next level and is an easy way to elevate any bun or braid.
Braids, Braids and More Braids
Take a cue from BellaDoll94 and try this flat knotless box braid style. She uses pre-stretched braiding hair and even adds in some dusty-pink strands. After sectioning out her hair into boxes and using an edge styler to smooth out the hair at the root, she then braids her natural hair and adds in the pre-stretched plaits.
Juicy Mini Twists That Will Last
Mini twists are one of our favorite styles, mainly because they become an entirely different hairstyle once you take them down (which you can also rock for a few days after). See how to achieve juicy mini twists in this tutorial by IAMTRAEH, in which she explains how to get perfect twists that will last.
The Go-To Look
Box braids are a classic protective style. They’re long-lasting, cute and easy to accessorize. Learn how to do them yourself in the tutorial below. ForeverCryssy breaks down everything from parting to dipping and all the steps in between.
We love crochet braids for their versatility and ability to mimic the wand curls you know and love. Crochet hair is an easy alternative to your natural texture, great for keeping hair protected in the colder months and a fun way to experiment with color. While the style might seem difficult to achieve, it’s actually a lot easier than you think. Let this tutorial by Jai Marii be your guide.
Flat Twists and Curls
For a style with a little flair and bounce, try this flat twist-and-curl look by IAMTRAEH. She demonstrates exactly how to combine flat twists with a braidless crochet hairstyle for one insanely pretty effect.