Protective Styling

3 Simple DIY Yarn Loc Tutorials

If you’re a fan of the recent loc extension craze, then you’d probably enjoy yarn locs as well. Loc extensions may be hard to replicate on your own, but yarn locs are the next best thing. Like loc extensions, the hair is palm rolled, but instead of adding additional hair to your hair, the hair... Continue Reading

3 CUTE Winter Protective Styles That Incorporate Synthetic Hair

Winter. It’s the season that’s accompanied by more than just a weather change. More clothes. More family. More money…SPENT! However, if you’re natural, the onset of winter, for many, means less time dealing with your hair. As we all know,  it’s a good idea to protect your tresses from the harsh, dry air to help... Continue Reading

4 Easy Tips to Perfect Your Wig Regimen This Winter

The proper wig regimen can offer ultimate protection for your natural hair this season. Not only does this protective style shield your tresses from the elements, but it allow you to easily access your strands for cleansing, conditioning and moisturizing when necessary. Here are some tips to get you started on a wig regimen: 1.... Continue Reading

4 Reasons To Rock Mini Twists This Winter

  The winter season is the perfect time to try different protective styles. The cold weather is harsh on our hair; so a style that will keep your hair protected during these months can be very beneficial. One of my favorite protective styles are mini twists. Although they are time consuming to install, the benefits... Continue Reading

8 Fun Protective Styles for Natural Hair This Winter

This winter, whether you’re twisting it up or going semi-straight, here are some fun protective styles for you: 1-3. Three Faux Classic Updos Nyla starts from heatless stretched hair, which you can achieve by watching her other tutorial here.  Other options are to start from hair that has been blow dried or roller set. All... Continue Reading

5 Protective Styles for Short and Medium-Length Natural Hair – 2014 Edition

Naturals with short to medium-length hair may find protective styling to be a challenge given their length.  (I’ve been there so I can definitely relate.)  Here on BGLH, we have showcased a number of style options for you ladies and here is our latest roundup for 2014! 1. Vintage Style Bun and Bang For this look, Chiaka... Continue Reading

Why the Vixen Sew-In is the Next Best Thing for Weave Wearing Naturals

Ever heard of the “Vixen sew-in weave”? If you follow various protective styling or weave-magic Instagram or Pinterest pages, you might have heard of this look. Essentially, the Vixen sew-in is a newly popular weave installation method that applies tracks in 4 different sections, rather than the single “hive” method that is traditionally used. There... Continue Reading

4 Ways to Get Past Protective Styling Frustration and Boredom

As a long-time protective styler, I can relate to those who get bored or even frustrated with keeping their hair bounded and off of their shoulders or backs. That is when these suggestions come into play: 1. For you twisters (or braiders), leave some hair untwisted (or unbraided) This is something that helped me survive... Continue Reading

3 Hidden Dangers of Protective Styling

As we enter the fall/winter season, many naturals decide to use protective styles to withstand the cold, harsh air. While the versatility, ease and convenience of protective styles make them a must do at some point between September and March (or May depending on what part of the country you live in), there are a... Continue Reading

5 Fun, Semi-Protective AND Protective Natural Hair Styles for the Fall

The summer was synonymous with wash-and-gos and big hair for many naturals.  Now with the cooler weather setting in and autumn making its way here, more protective styles may be necessary.  However, the “true” protective styles can wait until later in the season or winter.  Check out this medley of semi-protective and protective styles that are... Continue Reading

4 Stunning Ways to Rock Faux Locs

by Cassandre of CassandreBeccai.com Faux locs. Temporary locs. Loc extensions. By now, you’ve seen them all over Instagram on some of hottest natural hair personalities. My first introduction to this style was through Saleemah Cartwright founder of Hydratherma Naturals Hair Care who paved the way with a unique take on protective styling and versatility. Before long,the... Continue Reading

How to Safely Remove Crochet Braids

by Portia of huneybflyy.com Last week, we told you how to get 5 amazing styles with crotchet braids. As you gaze into the mirror and admire your new crochet braids, taking your hair down may be the farthest thing from your mind. However, the day will certainly come when you’ll have to figure out how to... Continue Reading

Weaves, Wigs or Braids? How to Choose the Best Protective Style For You

I am an unapologetic advocate of protective styling as a method of retaining length. Not only does protective styling allow me to keep up with my busy lifestyle without worrying about my hair; it also helps me keep my breakage-prone hair moisturized and damage free. If you are also a fan of protective styling or... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Rock the HOT Crochet Braid Trend

by Portia of huneybflyy.com Crochet braiding is not a hair style that’s as new as one might think. Women have been getting crochet braids for years with human hair or with tracks of hair that look like there are individual braids attached. Women used to get crochet braids if they didn’t want to sit too long... Continue Reading

5 Tips To Keep Your Edges Intact When Protective Styling

by Alondra (pictured above) “…But she ain’t got no edges.”  Nine times out of ten, whatever preceded that statement was a very nice compliment of some form. However, it was immediately discredited by the lack of strand presence along the hairline.  Now of course, it’s not nice and it’s not fair, because some of us really... Continue Reading