Protective Style Challenge…Accepted!

The protective style challenge has been showing up all over social media for a while now. However, I haven’t really taken a real interest in it, until now. I love the fact that naturals are taking the time out to appreciate their hair, and themselves, and give it a break. Recently, I have been on a mission to treat my hair with as much love as possible. But, sometimes I get sidetracked by my own laziness. I have been lectured by my hairstylist about this laziness that I can’t seem to shake when it comes to maintaining the healthiness and happiness of my curls. So, to protect myself from anymore lectures, and to keep my hair healthy in this cold weather, I have decided to take on the protective style challenge!

Making the decision to accept this challenge was the easy part. Deciding what style to start with is a little harder. There is so much that I can choose from. I mean there is braids, twists, weave, pin-up styles, and so much more. Lately, I have been leaning towards diving into the world of curly/kinky weaves. The only problem with this is, I’m afraid I will get tired and frustrated with not being able to scratch my scalp. I have had weaves only two times in my life, and each time I took them out within a few weeks. Nonetheless, I am tempted to try again and see if I can actually hang with a weave for more than a couple weeks.

Because I am so indecisive, I would love some help deciding on which protective style I should start with. What style do you think I should try first? Drop your choice in the comments below!

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Maintaining Your Curls

In the hot months, our curls can easily lose moisture and begin to break off. The best way to avoid this and protect our tresses is by hiding the ends of our hair. Up my sleeve, I have four simple, but cute, protective styles that will give your hair that much needed break. Check them out!

1. Decorative Scarf

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Leaving most of the hair in twists or braids, and just a little bit of the hair out in the front, tie the twisted/braided hair down with a nice scarf, and leave a little hair out in the front to add a little funkiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Mini Twists

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Mini twists are my favorite protective style, and are one of the best ways to hide and protect your ends for a long period of time. They are so versatile and extremely cute! Here, I have the back pinned up and the front out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Tuck and Roll

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With the hair in small or medium twists, tuck and roll the back of the hair to create a cute pinned up style, with the front of the hair in a slight pompadour. This style allows for double protection. It hides the ends of the hair, first, with the mini twists, then with the tuck and roll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Faux Bun

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The faux bun is such a fun and easy style. To do it, put your hair in a ponytail, grab some Marley or regular braiding hair, place that hair in its on ponytail holder, then wrap that ponytail holder and the hair around your tresses until you create the perfect bun! This style is cute and it hides the ends of your curls, giving them the break they deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it! Four easy, DIY protective styles that will hide those ends and keep your hair healthy!