My top 3 cost-effective protective hairstyles for the winter months

protective hairstyles, natural hair

To me, winter equals hibernation. I become a homebody and stay indoors as much as possible. The same goes for my natural hair, I tuck it away nicely to keep it from extreme conditions during the winter months. My hair isn’t brave enough to withstand the cold, harsh weather here in Edmonton and cracks at the first sign of the frosty season. I’ve known that about my hair for a long time, and that’s why I like to do protective hairstyles to keep it nice and warm and rested during the winter.

I mostly wear my hair in extension braids throughout the winter to hide it from the cold. And I really love the fact that wearing braids 1) gives my hair a rest from products and my hands always working on it; and 2) is actually one of the best ways to grow my hair. The extensions pretty much wrap around my hair, thus protecting it from the harsh environment—wind, snow, ice, pollution and all those other stressors that dry out, weaken and harm my hair. Who doesn’t want to protect their hair from the elements and give the poor thing a break from combing, brushing or pulling

If you can’t imagine wearing protect hairstyles for weeks or months straight, think of it this way: HAIR + REST + PROTECTION = LENGTH + STRENGTH!

I highly recommend doing protective hairstyles all winter long. And if you’re using extension braids, I suggest taking a week or so in between each style to let your hair breathe before you wear a protective style again. Depending, I wear my protective hairstyles for a while.

  • Braids with extensions: 2-4 months
  • Two-strand twists: 2-3 weeks
  • Cornrows with or without extensions: 3+ weeks

There are so many protective hairstyles that help keep natural hair safe, healthy and happy in the winter. Here are some of the ones I like, and you can count on them to protect your precious hair from the harsh winter elements, help it rest and grow, and best of all, give YOU a break from having to do it all the time!

  1. Braids with extensions

You might also like Havana twists (my fave)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehhRD0KYj2Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kM6oa2NU7U

  1. Two-strand twists

Other resources

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj2RgSoDHt8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw5bMgVqjmk

  1. Cornrows with or without extensions

Other resources

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX47mIjooHo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgorfY_OPAc

What protective hairstyles do you like to wear during the winter months? How do you protect your hair in the winter?

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~ by omonaij on November 9, 2014.

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