Having protective hairstyles is something that every African American woman should know about. African hair or black hair, needs extra care when it comes to keeping the ends healthy and free from breakage. The ends of your hair have seen the most damage. Keeping them tucked away helps to preserve the look and life of your hair while promoting hair growth! Here are just a few protective hairstyles to add to your repertoire.
1. The first protective hairstyle is the basic bun. Tie back your hair with an elastic or scrunchie. (Do not use rubberbands, they damage and break your hair.) Take small sections of your hair and tuck them into a bun. Secure that with hair pins. Feeling a little spunky?! Try the Natural Bun Mohawk!
2. A French Roll is another simple style that protects your ends. Smooth your hair back, fold the hair over and tuck the ends inside as you roll the hair. The smaller you roll, the tighter the roll. Use bobby pins or hair pins to secure. For a dressy look, add rhinestone hair pins.
3. Wigs are probably the easiest style to pull off, taking hours off your prep time. Braid your hair back, or pull it back into a pony tail, and secure it under the wig. If you wear wigs often, wrap hair in a scarf, before applying the wig. This will keep the friction of the wig from breaking and damaging your hair. Pin scarf down, or your wig may move when you least expect it!
4. Try a ponytail with a twist the next time you are looking for a protective style that is fun and elegant. Brush your hair back into a tight ponytail. Then twist the hair up and around the base of the pony tail. Leaving the bangs out can keep this look flirty and unique. Hairsticks definitely make this a fun style! Want something a little more dramatic? Try the Hair Bow Ponytail
5. Braiding your hair naturally, or putting in braid extensions, is a great way to protect your hair while enjoying a longer style. While this style is protective you still need to care for your hair and your scalp. Scalp must be kept clean of oils, dirt, environmental elements that can inhibit hair growth. Weekly washings are ideal; scalp cleaning should be done every other day. Hair growth oils can be found which contain ingredients that help to clean scalp and encourage hair growth.
6. A well done weave is one of the best ways to protect hair and promote growth. Your hair is braided completely underneath the weave and so it’s not subject to sun, wind or other forms of hair damaging weather. Scalp cleaning must be done every other day to maintain healthy environment for hair to grow!
7. Flat twists are more versatile than the two strand twist. Flat twists hug the head more closely and can be used to create unique designs.
8. Let your uniqueness shine! Twirl your hair into fun, flirty spring shapes around your head. Try Bantu knots the next time you are feeling adventurous!