The dark-skinned women are blessed to have black natural hair. Their thick and dense hair can be nicely shaped into impressive hairstyles. Natural black hair gives many possibilities for styling. However, African American women often have troubles with their natural curls. Such hair requires a special care because of the natural dryness and delicacy. In fact, the hair ends are fragile and it is better to tuck them away. Protective hairstyles are done for limiting the negative effects of external factors on natural hair.
When hair is frequently washed, combed, conditioned, and styled, it becomes weak and brittle. Curly black hair needs to be pulled out and hair tangles should be removed. As a result, many women experience their hair falling out. Protective hairstyles have a fixing effect and don’t allow hair to be out loose. The additional benefit of protective styles is an option for concealing hair ends on multiple levels, preservation of moisture, length retention, and a flawless stylish shape. The trendiest protective hairstyles for black hair are braids, twists, updos, and wigs.
Protective Styles for Natural Black Hair
One of the best ways to tame thick and curly black hair is braiding them into small pigtails. First of all, make your ordinary hair parting. This will help the braids lie down quickly in a comfortable way. Then the hair should be divided into equal segments, and you can start weaving braids. Thin braids with trendy tapered sides can be one of the cute protective hairstyles for short natural hair.
Braids can be of free forms. They can be braided hair strands gathered together along the head, laying closely with no space for movement. All types of braids will effectively protect hair ends from harmful effects of regular hair manipulations and the environment.
Bob braids are also elegant and showy to be always in fashion. They are easy to style and extraordinarily versatile. Also, popular types of braids are cornrows, a combination of several braids, fishtail, waterfall, French or Dutch braids, etc.
Many twist hairstyles are made using a technique of multiple strands. It is a separation of the hair strands into sections of different forms with free movement. With twists, a woman looks fancy when she wears them loose or in an elegant updo.
There are several main variants of twists: mambo twists (thick twists), Senegalese twists (thin braids), and cube twists (an analog of four-strand braids). These twists can be short or long. Usually, Senegalese braids are made in advance, which greatly simplifies the twisting process.
Updos are hairstyles for curly and loose hair to tuck it away and smooth it down. Such hairdos tend to be suitable for special occasions. You can wear the updo casually just for fun as well. It is an easy hairstyle to care for the delicate structure of your hair from the unwilling elements and loss of moisture.
African American ladies also like puffs as substitutes for common buns. When you introduce braids and twists into your puff hairstyle, you have an opportunity to invent a truly charming and eye-catching image. When your hair is not so long, you can make either a popular afro puff or a curly top knot. These two simple and cute hairstyles create a dynamic image.
The wigs can be made with artificial or human hair. The fashion for natural women’s wigs was revived in the 1980s. Most manufactured wigs have an average size. Before choosing a wig model, you should know your head size. Wigs are very different in color, style, length, and thickness. Most of them have protective features. If you want to get a rest for your hair from regular manipulations and styling, a wig can be a good option.
How to Style Natural Black Hair at Home?
It is not easy to always keep styling hair for women with a busy schedule. Many women have in the mind several cute “go-to” hairstyles that can last through the whole week and fit your daily routine. You can braid pigtails or make quick natural hairstyles at home yourself or with the help of a friend. Just wash your hair, apply special hair products, scrunch, brush out your curls for extra volume and length, and make one of your favorite hairstyles.
Weave hairstyles for natural hair can also be found among the modern fashion trends for African American women. The natural looks of afro hairstyles are great for different events to demonstrate a good taste of its owner.