Protective Styling

4 Simple Faux Bun Styles For Any Natural Hair Length

by Portia of Summer is officially here and for natural ladies, that means finding new ways of protecting your hair from the brutal heat. Long braids and twists are great, but sometimes you may want something with a little more simplicity. These four natural divas will show you how you can achieve a gorgeous faux... Continue Reading

5 Gorgeous and Creative Jumbo Braid Styles

As hair gets longer, one of the joys that comes with the territory is being able to get it into either one or two braids. This drastically shortens the time that you need for styling and is also perfect for giving your hair some rest if it has been out for too long. Single or... Continue Reading

10 of the Most Gorgeous and Creative Chunky Twist Styles

So, I have developed a “chunky twists” obsession that began a couple months ago. If you know me, you know I usually live in twists, but they are typically small or medium and rarely ever chunky. Now, back to a couple months ago; I don’t know how, but the chunky twist bug bit me, so I went searching for... Continue Reading

True Life: I Wear A Wig Even Though My Natural Hair Is Tailbone Length

by Cassandre of Huh? Who in the world is screaming at me?? I heard the voice again. “Your hair F*#!’in ROCKS!!!” I looked around. It was then that I finally spotted the Caucasian male who had to poke his head out from the driver’s seat window, in traffic, to pay me that compliment. It’s probably... Continue Reading

6 Cute Summer Protective Styles for Natural Hair

If you’re like me, you want to wear your hair out all summer long. However, there may be a couple of times when you’ll want to go the “protective” route to keep your hair off your neck AND/OR protect your ends from the summer sun, humidity and shrinkage. Whether you’ll be protective styling throughout the... Continue Reading

Does Natural Hair Retain Length Better with Braids and Weaves? [Poll]

A few years back I wrote an article on why naturals should consider abandoning extensions/weaves as a regular/daily style routine. Flash forward to today and a reader wrote to me saying that the main reason she wore extensions is that they helped her hair grow faster and wondered why that was the case. Now, I... Continue Reading

How I Crocheted Micro Senegalese Twists into My Hair

by Sarah Dee of Coils So Beautiful Crochet Micro Senegalese Twists. I know, that’s a mouthful to say. I don’t even know if that is an official style but that’s the best way to describe what I’ve got going on here. Below is my braid pattern: I would suggest doing the braids in the middle... Continue Reading

8 Chic and Protective Updos for the Last Days of Winter

The winter weather is still here, and you’ve run out of protective style ideas.  Well, there is no need to worry.  Here are eight protective updos for inspiration: By Chinwe of Hair and Health 1.  Halo Updo on Natural Hair This style is pretty popular, but if you have not seen it (or tried it)... Continue Reading

Perpetual Weaving as a “Protective Style?” 7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Do It

By Irene of Weave and wigs can work great as protective styles.  They allow you to leave your hair natural and enjoy the convenience of straight hair. No shrinkage to contend with, less detangling, protection from the weather and versatility. However, for some women it may be time to let their natural hair out, to shine in all... Continue Reading

Gorgeous and Easy 2-Minute Updo Using Kanekalon Hair

Absolutely adore Toni of My Natural Sistas’ extravagant updo! The look is very FANCY and super easy to do. Great for if you need a wow factor. Check out the video below! Ladies, would you rock this look on a night out on the town? Continue Reading

10 Reasons Your Protective Style is NOT Protecting Your Hair

by Adeola of The Mane Captain “Want long hair? Try protective styling!” Many hair gurus would recommend this time and time again. But before you call up your stylist, you should know protective styling is not a 100% guaranteed path to long hair. Protective styling can be a hit or miss; it could also be beneficial... Continue Reading

The Pros and Cons of Mini Twists for Natural Hair

(Circa 2010) By Chinwe of Hair and Health Mini twists are essentially tiny twists, much smaller than the diameter of a pencil.  In some cases, mini twists are so small that the hair may appear loose rather than twisted.   THE GOOD: Mini twists last longer — anywhere from three to six weeks — than... Continue Reading

4 More Gorgeous and Easy Ways to Wear a Bun on Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health This is a continuation of the last styles post on “6 Gorgeous and Easy Ways to Wear a Bun on Natural Hair”.  Here are four more spins on the classic bun, including a style involving twists: 1. High “Bun”- Like Do Even if you do not have enough length... Continue Reading

5 Cute and Easy Protective Styles for the Winter

By Chinwe of Hair and Health For some naturals, winter (if not fall) is the season to begin protective styling.  Well here are five quick and cute looks to get you started. 1. Milkmaid Twists For this look, Jess starts with two side ponytails on stretched hair.  Then she twists each ponytail and pins them... Continue Reading

Are Naturals Too Obsessed with Protective Styling?

By Jess of Hair Gets Kinky From the end of December 2010 to the end of February 2011 I decided to maintain protective styles in order to give my ends a break from the harsh cold weather. When I look back on that period of time, I swear 2011 was the year of Protective Style... Continue Reading

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