Friday, August 28, 2009


Hey ladies, I know there are some AuNaturale's who love to wear their hair in protective styles. Here Ive posted a few different ways to do so. Protective styles can definitely aid in keeping your ends "protected." Try any of these protective styles and see if you experience more hair retention. Just make sure, no matter which way you wear your hair, that your ends are put away.

1. Bun or Chignon

This is a simple style that works for any occasion, especially dressy or formal ones. All you need are hairpins and a covered elastic band. Buns work on relaxed and natural hair with a relative amount of ease. You can part your hair down the center or on one side if you prefer

2. Two-Strand Twists

Twists work best on natural hair. Relaxed strands are simply too straight and slippery to hold twists in place without unraveling. They work for children and for adults. You can fashion twists in various ways while still protecting your delicate ends.

3. Braids

You can braid your natural hair or you can opt for braid extensions. Whether your braids are all yours or created with enhancements, you still need to care for your hair and scalp while you're wearing them.

4. Flat Twists

Similar to cornrows, flat twists are created with two sections of hair instead of three. Flat twists offer more versatility because unlike two-strand twists, flat twists work equally well on relaxed or natural hair. If your hair extends past the nape of your neck, you can gather the ends of flat twists and fashion them into a ponytail or bun.



Nawal said...

I had completely forgotten how much healthier my hair was when I was little and my mom used to put braids all over my head.

I get a little more sun protection with the hijab so it doesnt dry out or burn out in the summer sun as much, but I really have to get some moisture in my ends because they look really frayed and dry and Im trying to get it to grow down to my waist, which is really hard.

Im 3 months post-pregnancy and my hair has lost the luster and softness of only a few months ago. Im going to keep taking my vitamins and see if that helps.

Unknown said...

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaah nawal, yes I find that moisture is always good for our hair, and with added vitamins you really can't lose. Good luck , & thanks for stoping by, please do so often. (smiles)

Anonymous said...

I love that picture! Such a beautiful style, I'd love to know how to braid my hair like that :)

Samina said...

As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullaah,
I'm definitely an advocate for the topic of this post. I loovvve protective hair styles. My fave are 2-strand twists. I never did well w/cornrows or flat twists (tangles & tears my hair out). The only style that didn't do too much damage was cornrows going straight back? (my sister calls this style the robbery (astaghfir-she's such a nut lol) or a couple of big french braids; however, I would try many cornrow styles and end up paying for it later (sigh). If you have afro-textured hair 2 strand twists holds in moisture and oils very well and grows the hair long over time for most (And Allaah Knows Best). Shukran for the info sis.

Unknown said...

walaikum salaam wa rahmatullaah sister girl, Thank you for sharing this with AuNaturale, I cant wait when my hair , insha Allah reaches a length for something like picture above , 2 french brids etc.Thanks for stoping by , it always a pleasure , Take care . As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaah (smiles)