5 Protective Hairstyles to Try This Fall/Winter

The Fall season is coming ladies and so is its attack on our luscious locs, grrrrr...

We can take advantage of the chilly seasons though and actually nurture our hair in "hibernation" mode.

Autumn and winter can easily be used as a time for your hair to get build up strength and length, free from frequent manipulation and summer styling.

Why You Benefit by Prioritizing Protective Hairstyles 

Other than moisturizing and masking your hair from the harsh and often drying weather elements of autumn and winter hair care.

Protective styling gives your hair time to act the same way a true queen acts when her haters get to yappin'.... It lets your hair "remain unbothered", lol.

A proper protective style should keep for six to eight weeks (or more!), that way your hair is free from manipulation during that time.

So check these cute protective styles to get a few ideas and we always have more on our BlackHairOMG Instagram account, so follow us over there too!

Box Braids and Twists

Brandy with beautiful box braids

When it comes to protective hairstyles, box braids are a classic! Not only are they a statement-making hairstyle, they are affordable and low maintenance.

Box braids and twists are perfect as they will allow you to play around with size, length, texture and color.

Faux Locs

Actress Tasha Smith with gorgeous faux locs

Faux locs (or goddess braids) are ALWAYS a show-stopper type of style. As the name suggests, faux locs resemble dreadlocks but they give you the look, not to mention the length, without the years of commitment.

Faux locs are also a great way to keep a bit of tropical inspiration with you as you go through the cold months. They'll have you feeling like you're in Jamaica walking along the beach with jerk chicken and oxtails Bumbaclottin'! LOL!

Cornrows

Actress Lupita Nyong’o with cornrows

Cornrows can be the simplest of the protective hairstyles but that isn’t to say they can’t be versatile and creative. Cornrows are the easiest to pair with other styles. So you can protective style your hair with cornrows and still wear a wig in that final week when the hair is in its ripest stage.

Or add a puff or ponytail (depending on your hair’s texture). Cornrows can be dressed up or down, it all depends on what you want to do.

Wigs

Wigs are versatile

There’s no better time to wear a wig than in winter. Wigs can be the main act of your protective styling or it can act as a change-up from your other style.

The thing to remember when using wigs as your protective style is that you will still have to take the step of braiding your hair under the wig – be it cornrows or another style.

Bob Cut Braids

Say goodbye to heavy braid top knots

The bob cut braids are a classic yet edgy 1990s throwback hairstyle that all your style icons and idols from the 1990s had. Bob cut braids are a perfect protective hairstyle for someone who has grown tired of box braids and is looking to try something new.

The Sho Madjozi

All your nieces have probably had this style in recent time and there’s no denying its relevance. Both playful and cute, this style is where cornrows meet braids and it can be versatile in execution.

As long as you take care of the hair beneath your protective style and keep an eye on your hairline, you will thank yourself for protective styling during the cold months come summer.