African-American women are blessed with thick dense hair that can be skillfully shaped into breathtaking hairstyles. However, the natural dryness and brittleness of kinky hair is the other side of the medal that needs special care.
Protective hairstyles aim to limit the stress of environmental factors on natural hair. Here we are going to share 60 easy yet very showy protective hairstyles and tips on how to care for your natural hair.
Benefits of Protective Hairstyles
Protective hairstyles are priceless, since besides a flawless elegant look, they keep your hair ends tucked and protected from aggressive damaging factors. In addition, they help to maintain moisture, retain length, and protect the edges from thinning.
In addition to wearing protective hairstyles, you can boost the health of your coils by following these tips for kinky hair:
- Nourish your hair and scalp with natural oils or apply hydrating balms before styling your hair;
- Let your hair dry overnight;
- Wear a hat or a head wrap to protect your hair from high or low temperatures.
- Protect your coils overnight by sleaping with a satin scarf on your head.
Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair
Now let’s see how you can style your hair in a protective way. Flat twists, a pineapple hairstyle, or a side part updo – which protective hairstyle will be your new iconic look after browsing these ideas?Updo with Flat Twists
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Some protective hairstyles like box braids and jumbo cornrows can pull on edges or weigh your strands down, which is the exact opposite of what you want. In order to combat this, you can opt for twists. They have the same effect but are lighter and easier to wear.