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! But don’t fret – here are some protective hairstyles for natural hair and summer flyness!
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!
Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair
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.