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Five protective hairstyles you can do for Christmas

 Protective hairstyles you can try this holiday (Photo: iStock)

During a long holiday like December, the last thing any of us would want is to over-manipulate our hair. In fact, this is a season when you need to be chilling by the poolside and hanging out with loved ones instead of spending hours in the mirror moisturizing and sealing.

The best gift you could give your hair and yourself this month is a protective style.

But, you need to be keen on the process. For instance, make sure your hair is not being tugged too tightly especially around the edges, choose a style that won't be too heavy and you must maintain your hair with regular oiling and don't leave in your style for too long.

If you can adhere to those basics then any style could work. To give you an idea of what you could do on your next salon appointment to serve you over the holidays read on:

Natural hair twists

Two-strand twists are such a cute short-term style for the holidays. Your hair is shielded from manipulation and you still have access in case you want to do some maintenance or wear your hair out.

These are also great because you don't have to worry about any braids or extensions weighing your hair down. You can even put on a wig whenever you want to change your style or give your natural hair a break.

Classic braids

Classic braids are the OG holiday protective style. This is the hairstyle you can go for if you're looking for something quick, simple and affordable.

You can choose whether you want to do short braids, in case you want something lightweight or long braids that will match your holiday style. You can even go for a pop of colour to give yourself a unique look or simple black or brown braids that look elegant.

There are really no limits with braids which is exactly what makes them the perfect holiday style. But, remember to ensure that the braids aren't fixed tightly to protect your edges.

Crochet styles

Crochet hairstyles will definitely give you a chance to explore any look you've ever wanted. Since your hair will be tucked away safely, you can try curly braids, straight styles, kinky textures and basically anything you can think of.

You could also choose to have your style done in an interesting colour because at least you don't have to dye your own hair.

Braided cornrows

This could be your style if you're looking for a very low-maintenance option. Your hair will be completely out of the way so this is a great choice if you will be swimming a lot.

With this style, you can also refresh your hair without any hassle. You could try new cornrow designs and add some accessories to give your hair some oomph.

Faux locs

Locs are still trending and probably always will so they definitely needed to be on this list. These allow your hair to be fully protected since the locs are wrapped around it which prevents any form of damage.

To get the full benefits, moisturize your scalp and don't have them in for too long. And when it's time to take them down, you should probably get that handled by a professional.

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