For anyone with afro-textured hair, protective styling is a must – especially when the climatic conditions are not favorable. Harsh weather conditions make curly and kinky hairs dehydrated and lifeless. If you have type 3 or 4 hair, then you need to often opt for hair styling options that protect your hair strands. They are reliable for maintaining the health of natural hair.
As you may or may not know, 4C hair is fragile because it is drier and more prone to frizz, breakage, and damage. This is why putting this hair type in protective styling is essential for its health. It reduces its exposure to damage caused by the sun, heat, cold, and over-manipulation. It also helps you retain moisture and grow your hair faster.
Aside from that, protective hairstyles are fun and beautiful. There is an array of choices for you to make, from twists to braids to wigs and locs. You can customize them to fit your hair and person by experimenting with different lengths, colors, and textures. If you are tired of styling your 4C hair daily and you’re looking for something new, then protective hairstyles should be your go-to.
So, if you are at a loss of what protective hairstyle to wear your 4C hair in, you’re at the right place. In this article, we will give you a list of ten protective styles suitable for your hair type. Let’s get into it!
- Box Braids
Box braids are one of the most popular protective styles for people with natural hair. This is because they are really beautiful and versatile. You can never go wrong or be bored with box braids. One way to spice them up is to choose a colored hair extension.
- Plaited Updo
This hairstyle hails from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, popularly called shuku. The hairstyle is mostly worn by royalty like queens and princesses. So, if you’re feeling regal, this is your hairstyle. What we love about this hairstyle is the gorgeousness that emanates from its simplicity. You can adorn the ends with beads to complete the look of royalty.
- Faux Locs
If you’ve always liked the looks of locs but do not want the long-term commitment that comes with them, then faux locs are your safest option. With this hairstyle, you have nothing to lose. We mean, you get to go around with locs for a while and you can take them out after a few weeks? That’s a big win, in our opinion.
- Senegalese Twists
Senegalese twists are simply fabulous. One of the best things about them is their versatility. You can leave them down and just let them do their thing, put them in an updo swirled to the sides, or even put them in a high or low ponytail. TBH, you’re good with any way you choose to style this hairstyle.
- Cornrows with a Faux Pony
Are you looking for ways to take your cornrows up a notch? Then you should consider adding a faux ponytail. What we love about this look is its simplicity and elegance. It gives us a “Beauty is not to be forced” vibe. So, if that is your philosophy, consider adding a faux pony to your cornrow ends the next time you get them.
- Braidless Crochet Braids
We know that many naturalistas cannot braid to save their lives (lol), and they can’t always have the time to visit the hairstylist to get their hair done. If you’re one of such people, then you need to hop on this hairstyle. It can be achieved on loose hair and can be worn for up to a week. This hairstyle looks elegant and can be worn on any occasion.
- Natural Hair Wigs
Of course, wigs are great protective hairstyles, everyone knows that. But, there’s just something about natural hair wigs. Maybe it is the fact that they look like their wearers’ natural hair. Whatever it is, we absolutely love and recommend it to everyone looking for ways to look good while giving their 4C hair a break. We recommend always wearing a wig cap before installing a wig, to protect your natural hair.
- Bantu Knots
This is one of the easiest and most popular protective hairstyles for 4C hair. Bantu knots are totally chic and elegant. They have been worn for centuries and they still continue to be relevant in the natural hair community. Celebrities like Rihanna have rocked this style in the past.
- Updo with Flat Twists
If you are looking for a hairstyle that will not weigh your hair down, this is a choice for you. Updo with flat twists is simple and easy to achieve. They look absolutely gorgeous without feeling heavy on the head.
- Crisscrossed Cornrows
When it comes to versatility, cornrows belong to the ruling class. Another option is the crisscrossed cornrow style which looks unique and beautiful. If you are careful with your edges while installing this hairstyle, then you have absolutely nothing to lose.
How do I maintain my protective hairstyle?
The key is to always keep your hair moisturized. Apply moisturizers and oil to your hair and scalp regularly. Also, always sleep with a satin hair scarf or bonnet on to keep your moisture in. You can get yours from our virtual store.
Can I wash my hair while it’s in a protective style?
Yes, you can. If you have braids, twists, locs, or any other hairstyle that requires hair extensions, make sure you dry your hair properly after washing to avoid a foul smell.
For how long should I keep my protective hairstyle?
Anything between 2 to 8 weeks after getting them is fine. Leaving them longer than 8 weeks may cause tangling and breakage. Besides, your hair needs to breathe.
So, which of these hairstyles will you try? Let’s know in the comments!