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By Chin­we of Hair and Health

Let’s face it.  Pro­tec­tive styling can be a chal­lenge for those with short­er, nat­ur­al hair … espe­cial­ly kinky hair.  (I remem­ber hat­ing the way stub­by twists looked on my head after the big chop.)  How­ev­er, with the cur­rent rise of YouTube nat­u­rals, one can get a lit­tle more cre­ative in terms of pro­tec­tive styling these days.  Check out these six tuto­ri­als for inspi­ra­tion:

1. Classy Updo with Side Flat Twist

Now this tuto­r­i­al con­sists of two looks;  the “Day 11” look is the pro­tec­tive style.  Start with a diag­o­nal flat twist down one side.  Slick the remain­ing hair into the fin­ished undo.  Watch the tuto­r­i­al for details!

2. Ele­gant Flat-Twist Updo

This beau­ti­ful pro­tec­tive style will work great on low-den­si­ty, kinky hair that has been stretched (via band­ing, twist-out, braid-out, etc).  It is real­ly sim­ple to cre­ate and requires a few bob­by pins.

3. Chignon with Corn­rows

This is anoth­er beau­ti­ful pro­tec­tive style for short, kinky nat­ur­al hair — espe­cial­ly medi­um to high den­si­ty.  You do not have to be super tal­ent­ed to cre­ate this look, but you do need basic corn­row­ing skills.

4. Flat Twist­ed Faux Hawk

For you skilled flat-twisters out there, here is some­thing new!  (For those who do not know how to flat twist, try ask­ing a friend to help you out on this one.)  You essen­tial­ly flat twist the sides and leave the mid­dle sec­tion of hair free.  Then you attach twist­ed exten­sion hair to the mid­dle to cre­ate a fuller faux hawk.  The exten­sion hair used is this tuto­r­i­al is from Nafy Col­lec­tion, or you can alter­na­tive­ly try using Mar­ley hair from local beau­ty sup­ply store.

5. Sim­ple Clas­sic 1940s Updo

This gor­geous clas­sic style is fair­ly easy to do.  Start by cre­at­ing a part down the mid­dle of your head (leav­ing a sec­tion out in the front).  Then twist or roll each sec­tion upwards with the aid of bob­by pins to keep the hair intact.  Fin­ish off by styling the front into the clas­sic pom­padour!

6. Easy Braid­ed Updo

Now this tuto­r­i­al is for hair that is a lit­tle longer … more like in the awk­ward “in-between” stage.  After part­ing the hair into three sec­tions, you cre­ate a braid that zig zags down the sec­tions.  Check out the tuto­r­i­al to see what I mean.

Ladies, will you try any of these styles?

Chinwe

Empow­er­ing women of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin. https://cherishthymelanin.com/
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22 Comments on "6 Protective Styles for Short, Kinky Natural Hair"

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kokopuffs

Where did you get the bend­able head­bands?

Balsa

I don’t know what you guys call short cuz some of these ladies have medi­um length hair to me. My hair is about 6–8″ long and i find some of these styles very very dif­fi­cult. Either my hair is too short or too thick to do some of these. Even wor­sw no mat­ter what i do it does not stay stretched. Sooo any­body has oth­er styles for actu­al short hair? Please. I am wear­ing ban­tu knots like a uni­form right now. *cries*

Bennie

My hair is still com­ing along. But I do not have the guts to walk around with short twists. #sighh

Lily

I have short nat­ur­al hair and I find it very dif­fi­cult to style when going out.
Can u please help me with tuto­ri­als as to how to style the short nat­ur­al hair?
very sim­ple ones please!
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The Mane Captain

wow! love style #4. they take so long, so I haven’t done them in a while! all the styles are great though.
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Amber

My fin­gers hurt just look­ing at these styles. lol

Suzan, UK

Thanks for shar­ing.….

Brittany. L

I love all these hair­styles

JENNID

Yes! They are all sim­ple to do thank good­ness. I ‘m going to try them all out over the course of Jan­u­ary. Good look­ing out.

Jacky

Love­ly

Ashley

I wish I saw this when I had short­er hair!

Charity

Awe­some and much need­ed:)

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J

I would need some help, Im doing Sene­gal twists for the first time in my life (9 month nat­ur­al)
1. How many packs do you think i need? I dont want them so thick and heavy:)
2. Can I have prod­ucts in my hair while doing the twist or should my hair be prod­uct free?
3. How long can I have the twists?
4. How should I do with the edges, any idea? :)
Thank you in advance, I would be so hap­py if any­one would like to help be :)

moana
Hey! Sene­galese twist is my favorite pro­tec­tive style. Yes u can oil your scalp/moisturize your wear while doing the twists(I do). I use Xpres­sions Kanekalon hair which is like 6 feet long mean­ing u can cut it in 4 (in the back) 3( in the mid­dle) and 2 (on top) this method makes it less heavy. I usu­al­ly use 4 or 5 packs. You can keep it for­max­i­mum 2 months in my opin­ion but u may have to redo the front braids a few times to keep it look fresh .dont braid your edges too tight and if the hair… Read more »
Arlenis

Yasss Chin­we! Now these are styles I can achieve with my hair. I need some tea before I watch that first video. Please post more 4b/c dos.

iluvedges

I LOVE this post! the YouTu­bers, the styles, these tex­tures speak to ME :) I will try these styles…good job

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