We often get ques­tions about how to jazz up pro­tec­tive styles. Over the next sev­er­al weeks we will be shar­ing fab­u­lous pro­tec­tive styles to keep your hair styl­ish AND pro­tect­ed.

This gor­geous style orig­i­nat­ed with Shan­ti of A Curl’s Best Friend (pic­tured above) and was adapt­ed by Monique of Sofull­Sis­ta. (pic­tured below)

I think it’s so cool how it looks awe­some on both tex­tures. Monique also did a video tuto­ri­al. Check it out:

So what do you think ladies? Do you like it? Would you rock this look?

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Hel­lo There. I found your weblog the usage of msn. That is a real­ly neat­ly writ­ten arti­cle. I will make sure to book­mark it and come back to learn more of your use­ful infor­ma­tion. Thanks for the post. I’ll cer­tain­ly come­back.


Yeah, I rock this and I get sooo many com­pli­ments and it’s easy to mod­i­fy and make it look dif­fer­ent. It works with a flat twist too! I think it works best on an old braid out or a blow out’s last leg of the race :)

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I love it and would rock it.


Love love love this! I think it is do-able on any hair tex­ture. Can’t wait to try this out!


If your hair is not long enough for a ‘braid down your back’ or you’re not a great braider I think the front of the style would look great and still retro paired with a french twist or low bun. Even if you can only flat twist the very front bang, you could prob­a­bly do the sides going back by tuck­ing the hair instead.


Thanks like a lot! It’s so cool, I’m gonna wear this hair­style for days haha
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This style is VERY cute and looks great on both ladies! Thanks for shar­ing!


Can’t believe I nev­er thought of this! My hubby’s a Motör­head and I rock the rock­a­bil­ly look from time to time- Ive always straight­ened my hair to do vic­to­ry rolls, but this braid­ed style total­ly rocks!!


Great tuto­ri­al! I love the style and it was a quick video.


Those hair­styles look great on both hair tex­tures.. I also see that tiashauntee aka “herbesthair” blog also did a ver­sion that looks real­ly good.
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the sec­ond hair­style is gor­geous!!!!!


Thanks for post­ing this, nev­er heard of her.


I love this style, but it will have to wait for a few more inch­es :) I don’t want the braid to be down my back.



I want my braid to be down my back too. So, may­be I’ll try this style next year.


Ugh. It should read ‘I want the braid .……’.


Defin­tiely going to try out this look, hot­ness!!!!!!!!!!!!


Same here, I am learn­ing how to french braid. Love the look though.


I love the retro feel of this style. Sad­ly I can’t braid. Although I learned how to flat twist via YouTube. Hmmm?


Love this style! I am defin­te­ly going to give it a try **with my semi-bad french braid­ing skills.…lol**.


Co-sign. …I can’t cornrow/french braid. Prat­ice makes per­fect I guess. Loool.


I can’t corn­row or french braid so I think I’m going to try this with flat two strand twist.