It doesn’t take negative degree weather to realize it is officially Winter. It took one wash and go on a snowy day for me to see that it’s too cold for this! So after I picked the icicles from my hair, I started laying down the plan for my line up of protective styles for this winter.
This style can serve up elegance and trendiness while protecting your hair from the cold and dryness of the winter. Just make sure you sleep with a silk or satin scarf and use a spray moisturizer or an oil to keep your hair and scalp from dying of thirst.
This protective style is a winner, as it allows you to style twists differently each day, or maintain a classic top bun. Installing these are very easy using the invisible roots method (search YouTube for a tutorial) or by braiding from the roots, and then twisting. As with any style, be sure to hydrate using a moisturizer and protect your edges by not pulling your hair too tight.
Very similar to the versatility of the twists, box braids (or Poetic Justice braids as they are sometimes called) allow you to style your hair differently every day, without stressing your natural coils. As with the twists, be sure to protect your edges and maintain a regimen of moisturizing.
Although not often mentioned, weaves and wigs are actually versions of protective styling; especially when there is no leave out (portions of your hair that are not braided into the weave or left out of the wig). These styles can serve as the ultimate protective style and help your hair to grow and thrive during the cold winter months. If you still want to maintain the look of natural hair, there are many hair companies that offer ‘kinky’ or ‘curly’ extensions and wigs that can be matched to your curl pattern or type of hair. HeatFreeHair.com is one of the most popular companies that offer natural-looking human hair extensions. Even with a weave or wig, it is still important to take care of your hair underneath by using a spray or a bottle with an applicator tip to apply moisturizer and/or oil.
It may sound weird, but crochet braids are a great way to be versatile with your hair, but still maintain protection of your natural tresses. With this style, you are literally using a crochet hook (check the craft section of your local WalMart or Target) to latch hair onto braids that you create with your own hair. Sound confusing? It is actually really easy, as soon as you get the hang of it (check YouTube for tutorials). Start by cornrowing or flat twisting your hair going straight back and then use whatever kind of hair you want to latch onto your base. I’ve seen this done with curly and straight hair so the possibilities are endless! This style also allows you direct access to your scalp to apply moisturizer or oil.