I’m so happy and grateful to those of you that have read my post about my natural hair journey. I actually received some comments/emails on protective styles so I wanted to make sure I created a helpful post about which ones have worked for me 🙂
1. Faux Locs
My new obsession. They are just awesome for several reasons.
- They are extremely easy to take care of/maintain
- It’s ok if the braids/loc extensions get a little rough, and when your new growth comes in… It makes the locs look more natural and authentic. I love when it starts to grow out.
- You can add personality to them. Different colors, loc cuffs , loc jewelry, various loc size … you can really make these your own.
- Super easy to take out yourself. Literally you cut the end, and the loc will start to unravel on its own.
- The process can be a tad lengthy depending on the hairstylist method of choice.
- You might need a touch up within a month or two, sometimes the actual loc may start to untwist.
Protective style as old as time .
- Long lasting.
- Multiple style versatility.
- Should be relatively easy to find someone who knows how to do them.
- WATCH YOUR EDGES. Sometimes stylists are quick to snatch up your edges and braid everything on your forehead. That’s a no no.
- Easy to maintain, even though once your new growth really starts to come in you might need a touch up.
- These braids can take forever to take down. If you are anything like me, the take down process can take a toll on you. I will avoid certain styles like the plague because I don’t have time to sit around all day, and take these out by myself.
- Synthetic hair can sometime be a bi*** to maintain. Yall know exactly what I’m talking about .
Look . I love my Brazilian , I call her Kiki … and together we are fierce. Don’t mind my pictures, I’m just trying to slay real quick . Lol .
Anyone that knows me, knows I love me some wig/weave life.
- Very versatile.
- Easy to maintain your natural tresses, being that either all or most of it is braided up.
- You can find a stylist just about anywhere.
- If you have a weave, your real tresses may be difficult to properly maintain underneath.
- You can’t just get up and go.
- If you are anything like me you won’t settle for anything less than 18inches. Quite frankly that’s a lot of hair to curl/straighten. Love it at first and then I’m quickly over it. Too much hair. I always do it to myself smh. Lol
- Can get expensive.
True story… got my first wig made this year. I’m never going back to weave again. *Drops mic. It’s a game changer.
- You are able to still get to your own hair and scalp.
- You can switch up your looks whenever and however, you can have as many wigs as your heart desires.
- You aren’t committed and stuck with that hairstyle, whenever you feel …just take the wig off.
- Lets face it, it is a wig, it took me a long time to feel secure and comfortable with it on.
- Wigs are better in the aspect of hair care, however you do have to maintain the wig as well. Get it professionally washed ( just my suggestion), wig elastic and tracks tightened here and there.
5. Halo braid
Honestly I don’t know what this is actually called, my mom and I made it up years ago. Anyways in the event I’m in between styles I will be rocking this.
- It is easy to do and will stay all week as long as you wrap it.
- There is absolutely no versatility with this one.
These are just a few of my favorites, please share with me some of yours. I would love to hear about them =)