Cornrows are great whether you opt for the thin, the thick or the ones with added extensions. You can play around with different styles and patterns. However, if you work in a corporate environment, you can opt for the more classic styles. The only downside to cornrows is that they don’t last for a particularly long time. Depending on how well you maintain them, they can last about two to three weeks, max.
Box braids are still a favourite in the city, not only as a protective hairstyle but also for the fab look! With box braids you can also pick the thickness you prefer. Make sure you go to a good braider to avoid disappointments: too thin can damage your hairline; too thick can strain your neck; too long can look unkempt.
Twist braids were a big hit about four or five years ago, but they are still a thing. Although they do not last as long a box braids do, they are still a great alternative for protective hairstyling. A huge upside to twist braids is that they do not take the whole day to plait — as opposed to box braids. Plus, they are easier and quicker to remove when you’re ready for new hair. Get grey twist braids and you’ll be trending on the streets.
Maybe you’re not all that into synthetic extensions (or extensions in general). No worries! Try yarn braids instead. Once again, you’ll need to find a braider who knows their stuff, because you don’t want to walk around looking homeless! When done right, yarn braids are so vogue! Since the braiding is done with yarn wool, the hairstyle has a more natural look. You won’t get that shiny finish that sometimes comes with synthetic braids.
The French braid is perfect if you have long hair and don’t really want to go to the hair salon. So if you’re a DIY type of person, it is likely that you already love this option and have mastered tons more styles that don’t require a hair stylist. With the French braid, you can play around, from plaiting one braid to two braids to plaiting it into a high bun. The options are endless!
Faux locks were big a couple years ago. They are best for people who want to have locks but do not want to commit to locking their own hair for life. These are great for those who like changing hairstyles as often as they fancy. Downside is, faux locks (as the name suggests) do tend to look faux (fake). Like most protective hairstyles, get a good referral because you want your hair to look good.
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Bantu knots are a throwback hairstyle, which have made a comeback. They are making waves on the streets and with some celebrities. Sure, they’re not going to work for every life situation, but they’re a funky protective hairstyle to enjoy if your situation allows. Bantu knots also seem quite popular with ladies who have had their hair chemically straightened.
Although most people are now opting for styles other than weaves, at the end of the day weaves are still a great protective hairstyle option. Having your hair neatly plaited underneath some great extensions, so that you don’t look like a primary school girl with no say in their hairstyle, is very appealing. So if you’re down with that, ring up Candi & Co to have your weave done.
Maybe these options sound like too much admin or you’re in a “can’t be bothered” mood. We understand that. Honestly, we all go through it. If you’re into wigs, invest in a good one and simply slap that on. Alternatively, channel your creative skills into wrapping your hair under a cool turban or head-wrap. Some turbans and head-wraps come pre-wrapped, so you can quicly put it on just like a hat!
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By Cleopatra Shava
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