Protective hairstyles for natural hair are one of the most important methods to growing your hair. In order to grow your natural hair, you must retain it and if you desire to retain your hair, you must protect it. Sun damage, cold air, heat damage and pollution are all ailments that could potentially have a negative impact on your hair. Therefore, you should strive to protect your hair as much as possible. Here are 3 protective hairstyles for natural hair that will allow you to retain length and manipulate your hair as much as possible:

  1. Marley Twists & Havana Twists 
Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair Growth

Marley twists and Havana twists are basically larger versions of Senegalese twists and they can be used as a protective style for natural hair. Depending on the size of your twist, this protective hairstyle can take 4-6 hours to complete and can last 1-2 months, depending on how well you care for them. However, you must make sure you continue to take care of your natural hair by applying oil to your scalp and by applying a water-based moisturizer to you hair strands. I would recommend using Luster’s S-Curl Activator/Moisturizer since it contains glycerin and glycerin is an awesome moisturizer. Also, please be sure to have moderate size twists (not too small and not too large) around your edges. If you get them installed too small or too large, it can cause the hair around your edges to fall out.

2. Sew In Weave Hair Extensions w/ Closure

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Noticed I stated with a closure! When I was transitioning from relaxed to natural, I loved sew-ins as a protective style. I could put my hair away for 2 months and style my hair extensions in any way I wished. I could cut them, add color and apply heat everyday if I wanted to while my natural hair was still being protected. I could spend all day in the sun, go swimming in the beach or pool and not worry about my natural hair experiencing any damage. However, in the beginning I used to leave the front of my hair out and I experienced heat damage while the rest of my hair was growing and thriving. So now I always get a closure when I wear a sew-in.

If you decide to use a sew-in to protect your natural hair, please be sure to oil your scalp and moisturize your hair strands. Again, I would recommend using Luster’s S-Curl Activator/Moisturizer since it contains glycerin and glycerin is an awesome moisturizer. I would also recommend using olive oil for your scalp as it will trickle down to your hair strands as well.


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3. Natural Hair Updo

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Another protective hairstyle for natural hair is a natural hair updo. This style allows you to keep your hair off of your shoulders and protected from the sun, heat and any other potentially damaging ailments. To achieve the look in the above photo, take the following steps:

  1. Part your hair into 3 ponytails using gel of your choice (I recommend ecostyler), water and olive oil.
  2. Purchase kanekalon braiding hair from any beauty supply store and twist it.
  3. Wrap the twists around the three ponytails covering your natural hair and use bobby pins to secure.

I do NOT proclaim to be an expert but using these hairstyles and tips have allowed me to grow my hair to the longest length it has even been in my life. I included a picture of my growth in this post – Benefits of Natural Hair! I advise everyone to do what works best for them but feel free to use some of these tips to help you along your natural hair journey.

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