Protective Hairstyles For Summer Flyness

Braid protective style

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Styling natural hair can be both FAB and DRAB! When it comes to the dog days of summer, some even argue it’s impossible to find a style that protects, holds and looks flawless – all at once – not to mention reduces breakage!

Fortunately for naturalistas, the sudden upswing in acceptance of our kinky, curly, coily coifs has birthed a long line of versatile protective styles, sure to get you through the hottest period of the year! Here’s everything you need to know about our top picks!

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African American girls with braids protective hairstyles

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Box braids – Looking to channel your inner Jada Pinkett Smith circa “Set It Off?” Maybe a little Janet Jackson a la “Poetic Justice?” This universal style is all you need to pull off an epic 90’s inspired look. Not to mention, celebrities like Zoe Kravitz, Beyoncé, and Tia Mowry have co-signed the low maintenance ‘do.

Senegalese twists – Arguably the most popular protective style, these twists are simple to install and last for at least 2-4 months. To ensure longevity, be sure to oil your hair several days a week, wrap your hair each night with a silk head wrap and refrain from putting your twists in tight buns and ponytails, as it may cause unnecessary stress on your scalp.