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Protective hairstyles you can do at home

Hair By Audrey Masitsa

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Now that many salons are closed and social distancing dictates that our hairdressers can’t come to us nor can we go to them, many of us will be struggling with what to do with our hair. If you’re anything like me, the unkempt look gets tired with time and there’s nothing as uplifting as having our hair tidy. 

There are numerous protective styles out there but if you’re not a professional, it can be challenging to pull some of them off. However, below we’ve listed a few that don’t require much training and that you can do from the comfort of your home, with just a few tools. If you’re tired of covering up your hair in a wig or headwrap and just need a break from constantly worrying about breakage, follow along. 

1. Braids

Box braids are a popular protective style (Photo: Instagram @maureenkunga)

These are probably the most popular protective style since they have the ability to last a long time with very little maintenance. It only takes a few tries to learn how to attach your extension to your hair. You can make them as big or as small as you want in a variety of colours. For beginners, three-strand braids are easier but if you have mastered twists, you can also give these a try.

Give different styles of braids a try (Photo: Instagram @justmargie_)

To ensure that your hair is protected, keep your hair moisturised for the duration of the braids. While installing them, don’t make it too tight and be sure to leave your edges alone.

2. Twists

Leave your twists free or hold them in a ponytail (Photo: Instagram @maureenkunga)

If you want a break from the braids, why not give twists a try? I like this style because it doesn’t require any heat since the twists are done on your naturally kinky hair. They don’t take long to make and when you get tired of them, you can undo them and your hair will be beautifully curly which you can style in different ways. Twists can either be two-strand or three-strand depending on personal preference.

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3. Flat twists

Flat twists take your hair off your face (Photo: Instagram @justmargie_)

Flat twists are like cornrows but that can be done from the comfort of your home. Just like the twists above, they are best done on natural, unstraightened hair so that they can last longer. Make two or three flat twists and these will take your mind off of your hair for a while.?

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