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My 3 Favorite Protective Styles This Winter

2017-02-16 22:18:41

My 3 Favorite Protective Styles This Winter

Think of it as a hibernation period for your hair--as well as a chance to try new things without the commitment.

Here are some hair care and style suggestions for natural hair during the colder months of the year.

 

For a lot of us curly girls, winter can be an interesting time of year. As much as we love to wear our hair out, with all the crazy weather elements that happen at this time of year there is no better time to put your hair away for it’s own hibernation period. During the winter months, I love to try different styles that give my hair break from the ailments, my hands, and myself. Below, I have listed my top 3 go-to hairstyles during the winter.

Head-wraps

Head-wraps are a cute and cozy alternative to the various hairstyles we constantly see out. Given my religious background, I have actually been wrapping my hair as long as I can remember, but it was not until my final years of undergrad that I was able to take my head wrap game and transform it into both a fashion statement and a protective style. A great, alternative style that requires nothing but your favorite scarf and a little creativity, you can get just as creative with a scarf as you can with your hair (I mean, I am sure you've seen more than a few amazing head wrap photos on your timelines).

Some of the most amazing head wraps I have seen are by my favorite Muslimah influencers and bloggers; I suggest looking up a YouTube tutorial to give yourself an idea about how you would want to rock this particular protective style. Also, remember to use silk or satin material to give your hair the most protection during these colder months. 

Braids/Twists

Braids and twists are my go to styles during the winter months because they are easy and require low manipulation. I have frequented this protective style for years, and with proper maintenance, they usually last for prolonged periods of time.

During much my time in school, box braids were my signature look and go-to style; I guess you could say I was box braid veteran since I could easily put my hair away for 2 to 3 months at a time with the proper maintenance. Extremely flattering and fun to wear, braids and twists are perfect for the colder months when we are looking to protect our strands from root to end.

Wigs

Now, I know what you may thinking. "Really, sis? Wigs?" But hear me out! Besides head wraps, wigs have to be one of the easiest low manipulation styles out there and as of late, they have become extremely popular within the natural hair community as an affordable alternative to other protective hairstyles such as weaves, braids, or twists. They also give you an opportunity to try a lot of different hairstyles without having to do a thing to your hair, but braid it and cover it with a cap.

As a recent newcomer to the wig game, I seriously urge you to give this protective style alternative a try this winter. I remember thinking about how bad I wanted to cut my hair to get the pixie cut look and without the shears or the immediate regret I was able to get the look I wanted with the right wig as you can clearly see, lol. With so many options, you have an endless array of hairstyles to choose from while not having to permanently commit to any. As with the head wrap tutorials, there are plenty of women on YouTube with the skills and reviews to teach you how to find--and slay--the perfect wig for you. As always, I urge you to do your research, but I would also recommend wigs for any and everyone looking to try something new as a protective style.

To sum it up

All the above styles are great ways to give your hair a break and promote growth during the harsh winter months wherever you may be living. Again, think of it as a hibernation period for your hair, as well as a chance to try new things. Maybe you've got a few scarves in the closet you have not worn in awhile, or maybe you have been looking for a new protective style that changes up your overall look, but not your hair. Either way, these three options are great ways to give your hair a well-deserved break until your curls are ready to bloom again in the Spring.

Which protective style have you worn this season?

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Khadija Bilal

Khadija Bilal

I am an unapologetic-carefree black girl & avid self-care advocate, whose passions are writing and fashion. Looking to make fashion & writing into a career, I run a fashion and lifestyle blog, called The 90s Aesthetic that promotes for self-love through self-care & fashion.

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