Here's an easy way to get your hair out of your face while in the heat and at the same time, give it a break from all the manipulation. #protectivestyles
Of course, protective styles can be worn any time of the year, but during the summer months is when the curly hair community really gets creative. While I am not a huge fan of styles that involve hair extensions for several reasons -- unless they are installed the correct way -- I love to mini-twist my own hair.
Mini-twists give you the same benefits you would get from any other protective style -- you can simply put your hair away without constantly worrying about it. I also love that they can be worn on almost any length of hair and still look stylish no matter which way you wear them.
Are you in the mood for summertime mini-twists?
Here are some key things to keep in mind when creating your simple mini-twists routine:
- Although you will want your mini-twists to last, avoid installing them too tightly; your scalp and hair will thank you later.
- You may want to consider installing your twists in four sections. By dividing up your work, you’re less likely to lose your mind when it seems like the installation process is taking forever.
- Be sure to deep condition your hair beforehand. You will most likely keep your twists in for weeks at a time, so you will want to give your natural hair some love.
Here is a simple tutorial on installing your own mini-twists:
How to keep your mini-twists looking fresh?
Just because you don’t have to style your hair each day doesn’t mean you should neglect your curls. Spray a light leave in-conditioner or moisturizer at least a few times a week.
One of the main ways you can keep your twists looking fresh is to tie them down with a scarf at night.
Keep track of how long your twists have been installed - you don’t want to keep them in too long where they begin to loc (unless that’s your goal). I recommend no more than a month, then follow up with a deep conditioner.
You can see more on how to maintain and stretch your twists below:
What summer style is your go-to for getting your hair out of your face and giving your coils a break?
I have more type 4 natural hair advice on my blog, Classy Curlies.