Although it may hurt to admit it, the winter season is right around the corner. A time in which there tends to be a drastic spike in spending on things such as purchasing new clothing and coats, the increased cost of things such as electricity and gas, and much more, the last thing most of us want to be worried about is our hair. Nevertheless, very much the nature of the beast, nobody said this Naturalista thing would be easy…we just promised it would be worth it! Rather than searching high and low for new hairdressers and/or ideas, the following is an overview of 8 natural protective styles that you are sure to love rockin’ all winter long!
Hold on to your weaves, ladies! Ombre braids are still huge this season! Essentially just long single braids created with the help of 2-toned extensions ombre braids are super cute, sexy, and can last for weeks or even months at a time. However, one must be sure to keep up with general hygiene efforts such as oiling your scalp, sleeping with a satin scarf or bonnet, and even washing them as necessary. Lastly, taking these out may be one of the most tedious hair tasks of your life. Unless your hair is short enough to simply slip the extensions out of your hair, you can look forward to many man-hours spent on removing these beauties when you get tired of them. Keep that in mind. Check out our favorite ombre braids tutorials below!
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OK, so we are clearly in love with 2-strand twists! Nevertheless, mini twists is definitely a great go-to style for the winter months. Moreover, given that they do not take much effort to install and can be done on virtually any length of hair, there is nothing special required in order to achieve this style. Much like 2-strand twists in general, the way to achieve mini-twists is by simply doing exactly what you do to install average-sized 2-strand twists, only with smaller parts and smaller sections of hair being used. Preferable for winter for the same reasons we suggest ombre braids, these can last for days or even weeks with simple upkeep. What’s more, they are fairly easy to remove. Check out these awesome mini twist tutorials below!
A great style for those with longer hair (or weave), messy buns are a fun, flirty, and super easy style for the winter. Achieved by simply sweeping all of your hair into a ponytail and tucking the hair instead of leaving it loose, you can style your messy bun in any manner that you wish. Although this style is essentially only good for a day, it only takes minutes to install, so you should have no issues with achieving this style, even if you’re super pressed for time. Check out these awesome tutorials for messy buns below!
A Turban with Bangs
All the rage in recent years, turbans are a fun way to protect your hair while also showing cultural pride. Similar to head wraps, regardless of their ethnic origins, the purpose of turbans is to show that modesty is also attractive. A great go-to for the days in which you may be running a bit late or just don’t feel like styling your own hair. Simply section off a small portion of hair in the front of your head. This hair can be pinned down, brushed forward, or you can even add a bit of curl cream to make your curls pop. A fun, easy style to achieve, check out the tutorials below for more information on how to wrap your hair in a turban!
The revolution of natural hair is here! If you weren’t aware of the fact that they now have clip-ins to match with virtually every natural hair texture, then where have you been?! Simply surf the web or visit you favorite local beauty supply store to find the best pieces to match with your own tresses. For easy install, begin on your loose, stretched natural hair and simple style and blend until it all mixes in! For more information on how to install clip ins, check out the tutorials below!
The Messy French Braid
Yet another fun, flirty style that takes little effort to install, the messy French braid is easy to install and can actually be worn for a couple of days at a time. Best created on dried or stretched hair, this style can be installed in a matter of 5 minutes and will leave you looking fab all day long. Moreover, given that it is purposely messy, very little skill is required in order to achieve this look. For more info on messy buns, check out the tutorials below!
Next, an extension style created using Marley twist hair (which very closely resembles many natural hair textures) Marley twists are fairly easy to install and maintain. Achieved by sectioning your hair off into medium-small sized sections, wrap the extension around the section, and twist the hair all the way to the ends. Much easier than Ombre braids, these take less time to install as well as less time to remove. For more info on Marley twists, check out the tutorial below.
Lastly, a fun, sexy style to totally switch up your look, faux locs are edgy and long-lasting. While they can be installed in a number of ways, one of the best is simply using faux loc extensions and crocheting them in, you can also use yarn or other methods. For more information on installing faux locs, check out these tutorials!
Overall, don’t let the winter season put a damper on your natural hair! Simply try some of these styles or maybe even create a few of your own!