5 Easy Protective Styles Perfect for the Office!

Wearing a protective style during the warmer seasons is like heaven on earth. There’s no better feeling than freeing yourself of styling responsibilities for an extended period of time. Although they are convenient, fiinding the perfect style that balances both your professional and personal life can be challenging! Have no fear; here are five styles that will protect your hair while maintaining professionalism in the workplace.

How I Install My Own Faux Locs for a Protective Style

Tina Munzu writes:

"I LOVE the faux locs look and always wanted to get some for myself. However, I could not justify the money I would have to pay to get them installed. After watching several Youtube tutorials I felt encouraged to try it out myself. Traditionally, you would twist your natural hair with some synthetic kanekalon hair and then wrap more kanekalon/marley hair around the twists for that loc effect. Seems pretty straight forward right? Only thing is I cannot havana twist! So I tried a different technique and I must say I was quite impressed with the results. No need to twist beforehand. Simply start wrapping tightly to get the same look. This means using less hair (cost effective), less installation time and reduced bulk to carry on your head. I just added a new protective style to my repertoire and cannot wait to perfect my technique. Check out the tutorial to get started on beautiful locs."

The Easiest French Braid Tutorial You'll See

Nadine of GirlsLoveYourCurls writes:

'This braid tutorial is for those who would love to broaden their repertoire of protective styles, using more complicated braiding techniques, but don't know how to braid. The cost of getting braids done professionally can be very expensive, so doing it yourself might be the way to go. If you've watched a handful of tutorials, but are still at a loss, this technique of using colored yarn as a visual, might just help it click.'

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What to do When Your Natural Hair Won't Let You Be Great...


by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

We’ve all been there: you set out to execute a flawless style, you have the perfect combination of products and the best tools, you make preparations regarding how much drying time you’ll need, etc., and yet- the style just doesn’t turn out right. Other times, your hair seems like it just wants to behave badly and the scissors start to look pretty good. Exasperation with the state of your hair may mean change could be good or even imminent.

Let’s face it- as awesome as it is to be natural, dealing with natural hair can be frustrating, time consuming, and unpredictable at times, especially when you’re in a time crunch or just ready for something different.

When you experience a bad hair day, or think you’re ready for a change such as a cut of some sort or maybe a little color, the first thing to do is always assess the situation and go from there. Here are a few solutions that will help you weigh your options!

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Caring for Your Natural Hair After Long Term Protective Styling

Been in that protective style for hella?  Watch as DiscoveringNatural walks us through her step by step regimen for caring for her natural hair post twists.  Major points- cleanse the buildup, strengthen your strands and moisturize your situation!

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How to Protect Your Natural Hair Without Weaves

I am a wash and go queen year-round and I even live in a climate with all four seasons to reckon with. With a love for the wash and go in all four seasons, I have to think outside of the box for reducing manipulation. No, I do not want a wig, weave, or an intricate braided updo to protect it. I prefer being a loose free natural and actually, I should not have to alter my hairstyle to protect it if I can find ways to protect and rock it as I please. Is this impossible? Not at all!

The Myth
First off, let us dispel the myth that the only way to retain length is through protective styling, especially with extensions. Many still believe this to be true when there is another way to retain length without protective styles, low manipulation styles! A style that requires low manipulation and will keep your hair away from your clothing and pollutants will protect your curls from frequent handling and friction that causes damage ends. Low manipulation styles are simple and require little to no maintenance to your hair as possible. The less you manipulate it, the less unnecessary damage your hair will incur, which means more length retention. Great low manipulated styles include wash and go’s, natural two-strand twists, and roller sets.

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Easy Pineapple Updo for Natural Hair

Revive an old wash and go or twist out in 2 minutes or less... here is a quick and simple Pineapple updo for when you're on the go!

Protective Natural Hair Styles in 5 Minutes or Less!

Watch as NaturalMetra executes super-chic protective styles for natural hair, that take no more than 5 minutes!  They're perfect for the office, or a night out!  Happy Holidays! 

Protective Style for Natural Hair- The Twist n' Bun

Hey Everyone,

Here is another fabulous, elegant, and easy protective hairstyle for you. I hope you like it.

What I Used:
Eco Styler Gel
Moisturizer (Entwine Couture Exotique Butter Crème Hydrator)
Hair Clips
Hair Ties
Hair Pins
Bobbi Pins
Hair Brush
(1) pack of Kanekalon Braiding Hair

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Textured Pompadour Tutorial- Natural Hair Updo

Nappturally Chic Jere writes:

Here's an easy, chic, and beautiful pompadour updo tutorial that is perfect for curlies and coilies who need to protect their stands in the cold weather months while keeping their dope natural swag on HIGH!

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How to Prep Your Hair for a Protective Style

Watch as LiveNaturallyLove preps her natural hair for a protective style! 

Protective Style- Moisture and Maintenance

by Toia B of LuvToBNatural

I see it way too often- women run to get protective styles like box braids or kinky twists thinking every day for the next month or two will be a quick get up and go. Moisturizing goes out the window. The point of a protective style is just that- protection. For the duration of the style, you must keep your hair and scalp moisturized to get the most out of it.

How to Get a Big, Bad Bun #CasualCurly

I confess that anytime you see me with this bun, I was just being plain lazy... but it still looks like I did a lot, so, hehehe!

The maintenance is so easy, too. All I do is dab the hair with my LOC mix, smooth and go.
I can rock this for weeks if you let me!  The best part is that it doesn't stress my hair at all... very easy on the edges.

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Life, Love and Pursuit of Protective Styling

Pic1: my natural hair  Pic2: my weave

by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChic

Protective styling is not something I’ve been too successful at in the past but I respect it. I know that it has its place in the natural hair universe so I acknowledge its existence. I’ve always embraced the idea of it – I mean it makes sense. It is in line with all things sacred as it pertains to healthy hair and length retention:

• Protect the ends
• Low manipulation

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Co-Washing and Styling Your Natural Hair TWA

She'Kia Renea's TWA #BeLayed.   Watch the video to see how she co-washes and styles her natural hair. 

The 7 Day Wash and Go- Natural Hair Care Tips

by Alicia James of MsAliciaJames.com

I do so many different things to my natural hair. One of the things that I love the most about being natural is how versatile it is. I like it straightened, I like it blown out, big, and I enjoy my wash and gos! When I wear a wash and go it is usually more about convenience. If I wear the hairstyle I don’t want to have to do a lot to my hair throughout the week. I definitely don’t want to have to co wash my hair daily. My goal is to make my wash and go last at least 3-5 days, and if I can go 7 days my week has been phenomenal! As I type this I am currently on day 5 of my wash and go, so it looks like I am going to make it to day 6! Alright nooooow!

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Summer Holiday Hair- Natural Hair Style Solutions

the bun I rocked in St. Thomas years ago on our babymoon!
Holiday Friendly Hair

by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChic

Cookouts mixed with sparklers, family and friends and a dose of “the spirits” are what holidays are all about. Although the actual Independence holiday was yesterday, many of us are continuing the celebratory behavior all weekend long. The last thing that should be on the brain is your hair. I wish someone would tell that to the weather. Not only have the temperatures been elevated but it’s been raining cats and dogs in my community, which only adds to the humidity factor. As someone who rocks many stretch friendly styles, such as dry twist outs and braid outs, this is not a good thing. I was once a natural who denounced the umbrella citing the super powers of my mane to be like kryptonite against the rain. That changed long ago after multiple mishaps and hair infractions. I’ve since resolved myself to stick with styles that are low maintenance don’t mind a little moisture #iaintgotnoworries. Styles such as wash and go’s and buns have served me aesthetically well during this time of year. Cute textured top knots and slicked back hair decorated with some sort of headband or scarf are great ways to fight off the steamy weather brewing almost daily.

How are you rocking your natural hair this holiday weekend?

Sharing hairstories and life experiences from a curl’s perspective. Find Tammy at her blog, Curlychics, on Twitter, and Facebook.

Flexirod Tutorial for Big Curls- Natural Hair Style

Check out how the lovely Yolanda Renee installs her flexis on two strand twists.  Peep the second vid for her results! Enjoy!

Two Natural Hair Buns, Zero Pins- Style Tutorial

NaturallyGlamTV shows us how to achieve two different bun styles with no bobby pins. Super cute, super easy!

How do you create your buns?

Styling Your Two Strand Twists- Natural Hair

Sarah writes;


I see that you wear your twists out and about more now than you do out styles. Chime of HairCrush on YouTube recently uploaded a video where she styles her long and lovely twists in three different ways. My fave is the fishtail braid, which I've never seen on twists and rarely see on natural hair. Check it out!

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