There are two times of the year when natural hair seems to not know how to act (other than the regular, everyday struggle), and that is winter and summer. These two times of the year, many naturals find it helpful to switch, change, and try to new products to help their hair acclimate to the harsh weather changes. The winter brings dry hair because of the cold air. And summer brings frizzy hot messes because of the heat. It is a lose lose situation in these seasons if you do not have to right products or the patience to deal with your hair. I have worn my hair out in these two seasons, but I typically prefer to wear a protective style, just so I don’t have to deal with the craziness, that is my hair, during summer and winter.
Protective styles are just alternatives to wearing your natural hair, that are supposed to protect your hair underneath, and stimulate growth because of low manipulation. Personally, I like to get braids or twists, that’s just my style. In the summer I like twists or braids because they are low maintenance, and require little style effort, unlike weaves (This is my personal opinion). There are other types of protective styles, such as weaves and wigs.
Here are different types of protective styling that you can try this summer:
Kinky twists are usually the shortest of the twists. They can be done with kanekalon hair for your desired look. Also, to differentiate these twists from others, they usually are spiraled or curls at the ends as opposed to being straight.
Marley twists are one of the longest desired length twists because they are supposed to emulated dreadlocks. Marley twists are named after the famous reggae artist, Bob Marley. Marley twists are done with Marley braid hair, and are straight all the way down to the ends. They can be done in the invisible roots style method, which allows the twists to look like your actual hair.
Havana twists are similar to Marley twists, as they are often grouped together. Havana twists are thicker in volume than Marley or kinky twists. They are usually medium length (in between kinky and Marley twists). They have a more effortless and carefree look. Even Solange has rocked havana twists!
Senegalese twists are the thinnest in volume of all the twists. They can also be as long as Marley twists. Senegalese twists are done with kanekalon hair for a more sleek and polished look, and are straight all the way down to the ends.
Box braids are one of the oldest protective hairstyles in the book. They can be long or short, whatever length or volume one desires. Some people have even brought back the box braids, a la Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice.
Now, who didn’t get their hair cornrowed when they were a child? It’s a simple solution to a protective style if you don’t have the time to get one of these other styles, or if you want to be really low maintenance. You can cornrow your natural hair, or you can add hair for length.
A weave is another protective style alternative. It gives you the chance to have a more versatile look, a little more fun. Weaves can be straight, wavy, curly, long or short.
Who said wigs can’t be natural? Just like weaves, they give you a different look to play around with. Wigs are the easiest to install if you do not want to wait hours to have your protective style done.