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I am a huge fan of low main­te­nance, pro­tec­tive hair­styling and attribute this part of my reg­i­men to much of my length reten­tion. In the begin­ning of my healthy hair jour­ney, how­ev­er, I wasn’t quite sure how to style my hair in a way that would pro­tect my ends with­out tak­ing up an inor­di­nate amount of my time.  More­over, pro­tec­tive styles were not just about pro­tect­ing my ends, but mak­ing sure that my edges didn’t suf­fer in the process.

Over the last few years I have devel­oped some sta­ple styles that I found to not only help main­tain healthy hair, but have also allow saved me time. Below are three styles that take about 15 min­utes to accom­plish.

1. Wash Day Easy Do

This is a style I came up with in a time crunch. I need­ed to wash my hair but I also need to go out in pub­lic in a few hours so the nor­mal 10 ran­dom braids I wear to stretch my hair wouldn’t work. This style allowed me to stretch my hair while wear­ing  a sleek style. At the end of the day or night you will want to remove the hair acces­so­ry you’re using in order to give the roots at that sec­tion time to ful­ly dry. Please note that there are a lot of pos­si­bil­i­ties with this style.  In this tuto­r­i­al I chose to twist the front but you can make one large twist or even make small­er twists.  I like twists because they lim­it the stress on the edges of my hair.

2. The Cinnabun

I love this style! What I love most is that it can work for those of you who do not yet have the length to style their hair into a tra­di­tion­al bun.  Because of the thick­ness and shrink­age of my hair I was about bra strap length before I could wear a reg­u­lar bun with­out using a gazil­lion bob­by pins. In the inter­im this cinnabun pro­vides an ele­gant and, what I think, an easy alter­na­tive. You should note that you can cut down the time this style takes by using larg­er sec­tions to make each mini-bun. Also, when smooth­ing down your edges I rec­om­mend light­ly mist­ing your edges with water and tying you hair­line with a scarf. This will elim­i­nate the need to brush.  If you do use a brush, which I have done in the past, be sure to be gen­tle and only use it the for the first day that you wear the style.

3. Easy Twist­ed Updo

A num­ber of you inquired about this style in my very first post. I also want­ed to includ­ed this style because you can see how much short­er my hair was at this time. I was around shoul­der length, so this style can work for those of you with vary­ing lengths of hair. For those of you with short­er hair you can accom­plish this style as well. You will like­ly need to twist the hair in small­er sec­tions. Still, it should be an easy go to style for the office or for a night out.

With all of these styles remem­ber to have fun with acces­sories.

What are your favorite 15 minute (or less) hair­styles? Please share!

Gen

Island girl raised in the most roy­al of NYC’s bor­oughs. Proud nerd, social sci­en­tist, edu­ca­tor and recov­er­ing awk­ward black girl. When not lis­ten­ing to NPR, try­ing to grow spir­i­tu­al­ly, or detan­gling my fro, I’m search­ing for the best shrimp and grits in the Queen City.

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25 Comments on "3 Cute Protective Styles that Can be Done in 15 Minutes"

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Phoxxie

I loved that first one.

Larissa

Thanks a bunch. Every­thing was very help­ful.

The Mane Captain

cinnabuns use to be one of my go to styles after my hair grew out a bit. Need to revis­it this style

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marsha

I absolute­ly love the cinnabun and can’t wait to try it in my hair! What do use to pull your hair away from your face (before you start rolling and pin­ning the parts if the cinnabun)?

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TWA4now

Nice! Sim­ple and easy #finally<3

nappy headed black girl

I’ve always thought the cinnabun was too cute. It doesn’t work so well on my hair, how­ev­er. My hair is a lit­tle longer than I’ve seen this style on oth­ers, so it doesn’t roll down as neat­ly or eas­i­ly and doesn’t secure to the base well.

Sue

Try twist­ing the sec­tions before pin­ning them down. I think that might make it eas­i­er to have it stay in place.

Diva_Ri

That cinnabun is fierce.

Candy

True! Will do!

Jada

Dumb

Candy

That would be you.…

eidole

LOVE THIS ARTICLE! Got­ta try this cinnabun

G

They lady in the first video cur­rent­ly has waist length hair, the video post­ed here is 2 yrs old.

mangomadness

My favorite 15 minute (or less) hair­styles are cinnabuns and donut buns (aka sock buns). I like them ’cause they are sim­ple, cute and pro­tec­tive.

ambi

what was used to slick the front back? putting prod­uct (grease, oil or gels would make my hair kink up or puff up

honeybrown1976

I’ll try the cinnabun.

Elaine

Cute. Where’d you get the hair pin in the first video!

msboogee

Com­mon sense.…..

Candice

Your hair is beau­ti­ful! Thx for these style tips! Per­fect for sum­mer!

Jada

They are ugly a lit­tle bit so freak that
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jes

your ugly

Candy

So is that girl in the pic. See how that wasn’t nice. Stop being rude.

careece

ummm that was not nice

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