What do apple picking, changing leaves, and cooler temperatures have in common? They are all signs that fall is here! Now that we are waking up to mornings that are a bit too cold for a routine wash-n-go, it is the perfect time to check out protective styles to keep our hair cute, stylish, and healthy. Try out the easy protective styles below for more versatile options this fall.

1. Juicy twists:

These thicker twists are usually done on damp hair, so it is a style that can be done on wash day or after. Spray the hair with water and a little bit of leave-in conditioner, and twist away. This is a great style to sleep in because it is comfortable (hello, no rollers required) and you can style the twists however you want for a few days. This style is great because it can be the basis for variations of other styles like twist outs. You can easily moisturize your scalp and hair by rubbing a light oil between your palms and running your fingers through your twists.

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If you’re starting with juicy twists and changing your style up throughout the week, it helps to wash your hair and do a deep conditioner. Follow up with Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment after your regular wash routine for added nourishment.

If you are worried about your twists unraveling, try Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Girls Baby Girl Curls Curls & Twisting Custard for extra hold in twists and braids.

2. Twist-outs:

These styles are perfect for when you are ready for a bit more volume after rocking twists or flat twists for a few days. Once your hair is completely dry, it is easy to unravel twists for larger curly coils that add more dimension to your look.

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3. Braid Outs:

Looking for more crimps than curls? Braids are another great way to add dimension to your hair. For tighter crimps, braid damp hair and leave braids in for a day or two before unbraiding. For looser crimps, braid dry hair with a bit of leave-in conditioner. Separate unraveled braids for a fuller, fluffier look.

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When untwisting or unbraiding your hair, it helps to have a light oil on your hands for added moisture. Squeeze a drop or two of SheaMoisture 100% Pure Shea Oil into your hands and make sure to get some of the product on your fingers as you unravel your hair for a touch of added shine. Gently distribute the remainder of the product throughout your hair and scalp.

4. Defined Curls:

Our hair is naturally curly and sometimes we want more definition. You can play with perm rods, sponge rollers, and curling wands to change the size and definition of curls for different looks within a short period of time. These curls are easy to preserve with a pineapple or bonnet at night.

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Defined curls can be done on wash day or on a whim with the use of a good leave-in conditioner. Use Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Leave-In Conditioner on dry or damp hair to add just the right amount of moisture for defined and frizz-free curls.

5. Combo Styles:

Sometimes the curls in the front fall a bit limp before the ones in the back and you have to get creative with your styles. Luckily, there are ways to combine twists and unraveled twists, puffs, ponytails, and braids in cute ways that refresh simple hairstyles in fresh fun ways.

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6. Puffs and buns:

A quick and easy way to create an updo is with puffs and buns. Play with your curls to make your hair bigger or smaller and use light products for smoother looks. The great thing about a sleek bun or puff is that it can last for days if you tie a satin scarf around your head at night. Such easy maintenance!

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These are the perfect styles for playing with accessories. You can keep styles simple by using plain bobby pins, or you can add some bling to your look with metal hair cuffs.

7. Hair Extensions:

Faux locs, braids, and crochet extensions are a trendy way to give your hair a break. They are great for protecting your hair from daily combing and brushing because there is no need when your hair is in these styles. Extensions allow for you to play with length and color while having the versatility of styling the hair as if it is completely yours.

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With extensions, it is important to keep the scalp moisturized so that your hair can remain in styles for longer periods of time. To prevent a dry scalp, massage a bit of Taliah Waajid protective Styles Healthy hair Under There Bamboo, Avocado and Peppermint Conditioning & Restoring Serum into your scalp at night. In the morning, you can refresh your look with a quick spritz of Aunt Jackie's Grapeseed Style & Shine Recipes Shine Boss Refreshing Sheen Mist.

What do you think of these protective styles? Share some other favorite protective styles and products that you can’t wait to try this fall!