If I had a rand for every time someone asked me how to do a protective hairstyle without having to use extensions, I might not be a millionaire, but I’d have a hell of a lot of money (maybe not in this economy, but I digress). Protective hairstyles are a great way to guard our hair from the cold but, if applied incorrectly, could cause severe breakage and damage to our precious kinks. So next time you want to do a protective hairstyle, why not try one of the ones on this list?

1) Protective hairstyle: Mini Twists

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Mini Twists

This is my go to winter protective hairstyle when I’m looking for something more long term. The great thing is I can do it myself. You need to remember, though, that you need to have a bit of time on your hands for this style.

Products and Tools Needed:

Shea butter and Flaxseed Gel to twist

Decide on what size of twists you would like – I tend to go quite small because I feel they last longer that way. Split your parting into two equal parts and twist them around each other while twisting the individual parts simultaneous. This is called a rope twist. Make sure that you don’t add or take away hair from the two equal parts to avoid tangling. Have a look at this video to see how it’s done: Green Beauty ~ How to Mini Twist

2) Protective hairstyle: Mukule to the top

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Mukule to the Top

Mwanabibi from ZedHair created this style for a style challenge that she was doing on a Facebook group. The look incorporates Mukule, which means cornrows in the Zambian language Bemba (No, Zambian is not a language).

“I decided it would be great to spritz and moisturise before styling and forgot about shrinkage so my hair is less smooth than I would have liked but such is the life of a natural.

“I started by plaiting the big mukule down the back and side, then did a little one on the other side. The Three mukule in the middle are deliberately much looser than the ones on the side so that they aren’t flat. five mukule in total and lots of playing around with pins to complete the look.”

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Side View

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3) Protective hairstyle: Pomp it up

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Pomp it up

There comes a time in every natural’s life when they do a hairstyle that they are extremely proud of achieving. That time, for me, was this style. I love it so much and it’s definitely one of my go to styles when I need a showstopper.

Products and Tools Needed:

Moisturising Mist

Hot oil treatment

Unrefined Shea Butter

Blow Dryer with a diffuser (or hair stretched by another method)

A LOT of Bobby pins (no, seriously)

I spritzed my hair lightly with some mist, applied the hot oil treatment followed by the shea butter. I then blew my hair on low to medium heat to stretch it using the tension blow out method. Once I was happy with the length, I parted my hair into two sections from ear to ear. I tied up the back to do later and I pinned up either side of the front section. I then pinned up the hair that was left on the top into lots of little pompadours. At the back, I parted my hair into three, flattened the middle section all the way up and pinned it and then I wove the to section on either side over each other until I got to the top of my head. I pinned any stray hair and voila! In case this was complete gibberish to you, watch this simple tutorial to help you out.

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4) Protective hairstyle: Flat Twist Galore

received_10154257512471757Have you ever had that one person whose hair just makes you stare and drool every time you see it? Sibongile’s hair has that effect on me. Her hair is so luscious and thick and her hair styling skills are out of this world. This flat twist style definitely makes her the envy of many a natural!

Products and Tools Needed

3 Bobby pins
Moisturelicious Mist (From her Luscious range)

“I split my hair into half and did a slanted part on my left side and ended it at the top of my right ear. I then flat twisted the back section outwards and pinned it into itself. I parted the crown into four sections and flat twisted each section towards the right ear. I then pinned the twisted tails into the back flat twist.

Very simple to do and took about 18 minutes.”

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All angles

 

5) Protective hairstyle: Milkmaid Braid

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Milk Maid Braid

This is definitely a protective hairstyle to do when you need something for the week that will behave under a headscarf. It’s very neat, simple, and elegant. It’s versatile in that you can dress it up or down to suit any outfit or occasion.

Products and Tools Needed:

Moisturising Mist

Shea Butter Hair Pudding

Bobby Pins

I parted my hair in two, one side bigger than the other and then I spritzed with Moisturising Mist and sealed with Shea Pudding. I then flat twisted along the edges in either direction making sure the parting didn’t go all the way back. I tucked and pinned the ends of each flat twist into each other at the back to complete the look. I put on a headscarf for the night to make the hair lie flat and neat the next day.

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Flat Twist
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