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7 Protective Styles for Medium-Length, Kinky Natural Hair

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By Chinwe of Hair and Health

A couple months ago, I wrote this post for my short-haired ladies.  Since I do not want to leave you medium-length naturals hanging, this post is for you all:

1. Jumbo Twist Updo

Now this gorgeous style is one you can rock almost anywhere, be it a party, a date, the office, … almost anywhere.  Toyaboo starts on partially stretched natural hair, and within fifteen minutes, creates this masterpiece.  Watch the video for step-by-step instructions!

2. Two Cornrows Updo with a Side Part

Nyla is one my favorite YouTubers when it comes to styling her 4B/4C hair.  In this video, she transforms a simple updo with two big cornrows into pure elegance.  Check out her tutorial!

3. Banana Clip Updo

Chrissy uses a banana clip to create this beautiful yet simple updo. Oh, the creativity!  Check the video for a detailed demonstration.

4. Two Cornrows Updo with a Middle Part

In this tutorial, Koku demonstrates two cornrows with a middle part, which is a variation of the above side-part version.  If you prefer a middle part, then you might want to check out this look.

5. Funky Three-Sided Puffs

Simplycre8eve is simply creative!  Who would’ve ever thought to turn three puffs into a cute hairstyle?  For this look, she starts out on blown-out hair.  Check out the video for details.

6. Repost! – Chunky Twists Updo

You might have seen this tutorial in my last styles post, but I just had to include it here as well.  Starting on stretched hair, lydvina turns a combination of chunky twists and small twists into this gorgeous updo you see.

7. Textured Updo with a Scarf

VeePeeJay turns a chunky twist-out into a chic updo in this tutorial.  I think it is a great style to fall back on if you’re having a bad hair day or if you simply do not know what to do with your hair for the day.  Check it out!

Ladies, would you wear any of these styles?

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Miss Gina Ray

A lot of YTers seem to style on very stretched or blowdryed hair esp Nylak who favours serious threading. I find the stretching part time consuming and never have the time they seem to have to devote to just hair. I’m afraid that for me it’s a snatched Saturday or Sunday night, after or before work comes around. My skills are also not as amazing as most YTers. I cannot get the hang of finger positioning on my own head. I once mastered it briefly and then became all thumbs again. I want to believe that I can achieve styles… Read more »

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JENNID

I agree! I often do styles like these with my two strand twist for this very reason. I seldom have my hair super stretched out cause I loose volume and it takes up way too much time.Number six is very pretty, want to try that one soon.

LBell
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LBell

I’m currently wearing my stretched hair in a faux-bun…which is my term for a standard pulled-back ponytail with the ends tucked into the elastic. I have a bobby pin on either side to catch the hair that’s too short to fit. This style takes less than a minute to do and works in both casual and professional environments (in my experience). IF I feel like it and/or I have the time I’ll try something a little fancier, but even then I’m not spending tons of time on it because practice has helped to make me faster. On wash day —… Read more »

LBell
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LBell

Two additions to the above post:

1) Including taking down the plaits — I apply whipped shea butter to the ends of each plait before taking it down — and doing a light finger-combing, the faux-bun takes about 4 minutes tops.

2) I have mostly-4b hair that’s approaching APL at its longest layers (stretched, of course).

Veronica
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Veronica

Yes, I personally don’t want to blow-dry my hair first. I like the look of a blow-out and I used to do blow-outs the first two years I was natural because I wanted to see my length and because I felt that my hair was easier to work with in a blow-out. But now I find blow-outs too time-consuming. I also personally don’t like all the raking with the pic attachment and blasting my hair with heat using the concentration nozzle. Then if it’s hot or drizzling I have to worry about my blow-out getting frizzy or shrinking … I… Read more »

Brittany.L
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This post was too beneficial thanks BGLH!!
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vj
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vj

I love most of these styles and would wear them. My issue is, my hair frizzes/“rubs out” of a style super easily. Especially when my hair is stretched- any moisture and it likes to revert, coiling up as soon as a strand can wriggle its way free. My go to style is a mohawk whenever my hair is not in a protective style. I keep my hair “up and out of the way” 90% of the time because of this styling issue. After the Big Chop, I would simply do WnG’s. Now that my hair has grown a little and… Read more »

Caray
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Caray

I have recently started doing two strand twist (small not mini), I will be natural a year in May after a 20 month transition. I have arm pit length hair and I prefer to pin my twist up into a bun…like a pin and tuck.
The first time I stretched my hair with pins and after twisting on damp hair the last time I stretched my hair by blowing drying my roots only and my ends are still curly. Its now my go to style!

youngin girl
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youngin girl

Creative, livley and cute. It makes me want to try all of these styles.

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