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7 Protective Hair Styles To Try This Spring

For most of us, our hair reflects who we are and helps shape our identity. We often equate a bad hair day as us having a bad day all together. It’s the reason why if we wake up in the morning and our hair is too frizzy or too dry and isn’t on point, it can do some damage to our self-esteem for that day.

Hair completes any good outfit. In order for you to look your best this Spring, you need to make sure your hair is up to par without causing damage to it. There are many ways to keep your hair healthy during this humid season. One of easiest ways, and something you should be doing anyway, is drinking water. Drinking water contributes to healthier hair because of the moisture factor.

However, the best way to keep your hair healthy is protective styling because it protects your hair from chemical, physical, and environmental disturbances.

Although protective styles can protect your hair and keep it healthy, it is not for everyone. One person’s hair might flourish using these protective styles while some of these styles might cause breakage for others.

It is important to properly care for your real hair while protective styling.

These protective styles are extremely popular and can help your hair grow while keeping your hair in style. Not to mention, it cuts down the time you spend doing your hair in the morning while getting ready to go out for the day.

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Braids

Braids are a great go to protective style because they effectively hide the ends of your hair from potential harmful effects of regular styling, manipulation, and the environment. There are many types of braids which involve little to no manipulation. Those include: Box braids, Cornrows, Fishtail braid, French braids, and a plethora of others.

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Twists

This protective style uses a two-strand braiding technique which allows your hair to have the freedom of movement. Twists are versatile enough to be combined and pinned up into an up-do. There are many types of twists. Some of those include: Marley twists, Havana twists, Senegalese twists, and Faux Locs.

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Wigs/Weaves

Wigs and weaves are similar in the fact they give you a versatile look. The only real difference between the two is one (wigs) comes off your head at the end of the day. With this protective style, it covers your natural hair from your roots to the tips of your hair. It will also give your entire head a break from constant manipulation and styling.

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Faux Bun

Out of all the protective styles, this one is probably the simplest way of protecting your hair from heat. All you need to achieve this look is some faux hair from your favorite beauty supply store, gel, and a brush.

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Perm Rods

Perm rod sets are a hit with naturals right now. This protective style is as versatile as it comes and give you some gorgeous curls. It can be dressed up or down, and is completely heatless. They are a great way to define your curls and stretch your hair.

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Twist Out

This protective style is another one that is hot among naturals right now. Twist outs are an extremely low-maintenance hairdo which create amazing spiral curls.

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Bantu Knots

This protective style is a cute and flirty hairstyle that can be worn just as it is or be worn to achieve curls without putting heat to your hair. This is another style that works wonders for defining your curls whether you want to wear it down or in a curly bun.

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About Shekera Clarke

My name is Shekera Clarke. I am currently a senior at the University at Albany majoring in journalism with a business minor. I grew up in Queens, NY. QGTM! My goals upon graduating include either writing for a pop culture magazine/blog or work for ESPN because of my love for sports - whether that's behind the scenes or on air.

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