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By now you know how I’ve been going on about winter coming and if you, like me, reside in Pretoria you’d be fooled into thinking that winter has already arrived what with this weather going bonkers all over the place. Lately a lot of naturals – me included – have been sharing which protective styles they’ll be wearing this winter and unsurprisingly many are opting for wigs, braids, faux locs or something with hair extensions. Last year I dared myself to go without hair extensions and just wear my hair proudly and well, it’s been over a year since and this winter I’ll be heading for the one style I love but have never tried – faux locs.
But with nearly everyone heading to hair extensions to cover up, I’m sure there are still some who either just couldn’t bother about hair extensions for various reasons or who want to just care for their hair as it is but are just not too sure how to go about retaining length during the coming winter. The list below includes two protective styles that were my go-to’s during last year’s winter.

Flat twists
If you don’t have two left hands and know how to flat twist then this style is for you. It takes at most an hour to do once you get the hang of it. My secret with these during last year’s winter was not to do a flat twist out…at all. In winter, you want that hair protected at all times. So start on freshly washed hair, flat twist and keep them in for a week or two until the day before wash day when you prepare your hair for wash day. A nice touch is to bantu knot the ends so that they aren’t touching the collar of your shirts, jerseys, jackets and scarves.

Mini twists
Mini twists sound like a job and a half but once they’re done, they’re done, plus you’ve got a hair style to rock afterwards. I always start on freshly washed hair, apply a gel after my LOC method for extra hold (usually flaxseed gel) and twist away! These I keep in for two weeks before unravelling them as I haven’t yet mastered the art of washing my hair in mini twists, but you can keep them in for a month if you’d like before unravelling.
These are the two styles I switched between last year. Of course there are plenty of other styles that will work just as well but these are the two that really helped me retain length last winter without exposing my ends.

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