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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

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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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