Protective styling not only allows you to switch up your look and shorten your morning routine but they also help you retain length! To get the most out of your styles, here are five things you should know…
Keeping your hair in a protective style doesn’t mean you’re now free to leave your hair ALL the way alone! To get the most out of your style, you need to keep your hair moisturized. Here’s a simple concoction to whip up at home!
Protective styles can be a great way to give your hair a break and maximize the chance of retaining length. But that’s only IF you’re sure not to make these protective style mistakes!
In the month of November, I decided to begin protective styling with my favorite thing- kinky twists! At least… I think they were kinky twists. LOL Ya see, I used Bob Bulk hair by Janet Collection which isn’t quite kinky yet isn’t quite as straight as normal kanekalon braiding hair. You may recall this style post, inspired by Chanel Boateng on the YT. Anywho, here are four more styles I wore during the month and a half that I had these twists in. Enjoy! xoxo ~Toia
Classy. Simple. Elegant. Be it a top knot, doughnut or ninja, the high bun is one protective style that will never lose its chic appeal! During my relaxed years, I was definitely identified by this do… so much so that my husband, then boyfriend, dubbed me “bun-head”. Cute, I guess. ^_^ Here’s some high bunspiration for ya! Enjoy! Seems to me the high bun is great for any occasion… Do you agree? 😉 Share your high bun styles with me on facebook! xoxo ~Toia
Hey Curlies! If you follow me on any social media at all, you know I L-O-V-E some pompadours! Why? *shrug* I guess for me, there’s just this retro flare and elegance to a well-coiffed pomp. And ya know what… the bigger and more obnoxious, the better! A protective style that looks good too?! Please & thanks! Here are a few of my personal favorite takes on the pompadour: And then, there’s me! View the tutorial for my fauxhawk updo here! SO! What do you think… is the pompadour here to stay? Which pompadour style is your fave? xoxo ~Toia
Woo! It’s been a minute huh?! The passed month or so has been crazy busy so blog posts have been few and far between recently. *sad face* But I hope you lovelies have been able to keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. 😉 So, about a month ago, I put in some twists using this new hair I saw at my local beauty supply store called Bob Bulk by Janet Collection. Although it was priced at about $1 more per pack than the Afro Marley Braid I’ve used for my Kinky Twists and other updo styles, I thought I would try it. To me, the hair has a texture that falls somewhere between regular Kanekalon braiding hair (normally used for Senegalese Twists) and Marley hair and has a look of locs. Like Marley braiding hair, the Bob Bulk hair is already separated into pre-sectioned pieces for easy use. With five packs on hand, I started off using two pieces per twist. Aaaannnd I ran out of hair! (-_-) Whomp whomp. Got two more packs. I realized that since my hair is rather thick, one piece per twist should work. So for the middle of my head, I worked with just that. The results? Hmph, I was quite satisfied. My fave style of all, especially when rockin’ twist extensions, is a big gigantic ninja bun. But after three weeks of that, I decided I needed to jazz it up already. Enter Chanel Boateng on YouTube! I came across this video one night and decided to try my hand at something similar to two of the featured styles. And here it is… I don’t have a tutorial recorded yet so click here to see how I did it! The style turned many heads for the week that I had it in…
Ever have one of your episodes of Hand-In-Hair Syndrome and come across a tiny bulge on a strand of hair and go “what the what?!” Well, what you have, my friends, is a single-strand knot… also affectionately called a “fairy knot”. The “science” behind these lil buggers is all in the name- a single strand of hair creates a knot on itself. Yup, your curly hair strands are just so friendly with one another *crickets* sometimes so overly friendly that they get all intermingled and eventually form knots. Yes, they can be quite annoying and you’re probably wondering if you can prevent them at all. Thing is, with natural hair, especially the curlier or kinkier the hair is and the longer your hair gets, they’re pretty much inevitable *shrug*. Sorry kids. BUT here are some things I do to lessen their uprising: Regular trims is one of the best ways, in my opinion. Everyone’s routine is different so how often trims are needed will differ- usually anywhere from 3-6 months. I’ll normally find these knots towards my ends so I wear protective styles to keep those ends, well… protected. 0_0 Wearing stretched styles so that the hair doesn’t curl up on itself as much, thereby lessening the chance of knots forming. Sealing those ends!! I experience less knots when I seal my ends with some Jamaican Black Castor Oil then tuck ’em away in a protective style. When I find em, I CUT ‘EM! Sometimes, I go on a “search-and-destroy mission” to get rid of those suckers once and for all! I absolutely LOVE the way MsVcharles breaks it down in this-here video! She shows us eight ways to control the inevitable fairy knot, all of which actually go a long way in natural hair health overall! She’s brief, informative and entertaining. YOU…
Here’s a protective style that’ll get you the “wow factor” without having to spend hours working on it. Wondering what to do with my hair for my sister’s graduation party last year, I turned to YouTube and BAM! Fierce do in less than thirty minutes! The photo above is a few days after the festivities. With a slight change to the pomp, I rocked it about a month later when I was approached by photographer Ray Tamarra on 6th Ave in TriBeCa. He loved the ‘do and wanted to get some shots for Essence Magazine’s Fall Hot Hair Issue! Ummmm, ‘KAY!! (O_O) LOL! Welp, here’s the one that landed in the mag… When it came time for my shoot with DFinney Photography, I had to do it! And now, here’s how it’s done… ENJOY!! Do you often turn to YouTube when you’re stuck in a style rut? ‘Til next time folks! xoxo Toia B.
So! You’ve eaten your fruits & veggies, drunk lots of water, cleansed your hair, moisturized & sealed and you’ve taken it easy with the heat. Well, it’s also helpful to… Wear Protective Styles to Aid in Retention This final step can help you keep what you’ve worked so hard for! Calling all sufferers of Hand-In-Hair Disease!! This is your temporary remedy. The less you mess with your hair, the less likely you’ll experience breakage or split ends. It’s not to say that you need to spend hours installing cornrows, kinky twists or box braids just to protect your hair. A protective style is simply one that requires little to no manipulation and usually involves tucking your ends, the oldest part of your hair, in & away: protected. So if you’re one who just doesn’t have the time, skill or patience for an intricate style, french braid it, twist it, Roll ‘n’ Tuck it or pin it up. Whatever suits your fancy. Want some more protective styling tips? I got ‘em right here! Also check out Youtube for some super quick and simple protective styles. I really hope this five-part “Tip Fest” was helpful! I may do one of these again soon… we’ll see. TTYL Natural Beauties xoxo ~Toia Header photo source: www.blackgirllonghair.com