The summer was synonymous with wash-and-gos and big hair for many naturals. Now with the cooler weather setting in and autumn making its way here, more protective styles may be necessary. However, the “true” protective styles can wait until later in the season or winter. Check out this medley of semi-protective and protective styles that are worth trying:
1. Cornrow and Twist Updo
Description: Make one big cornrow going up from the nape of the neck to the crown. Leave the bang out for a twist out.
Products used: Afrocenchix Smooth Moisturizer, shea buter mixture (shea butter, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, peppermint oil)
2. Curly Fro Updo
Description: For this look you will start with a curly afro achieved through perm rodded twists. Roll, tuck, and pin the back of your while leaving the curly afro unleashed in front.
Products used: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel
Tools: perm rods, pick, bobby pins
3. Faux “Undercut” Updo
Description: Flat twist the sides of the hair towards the center. Make individual twists in the back, center, and front. (A beginner option is offered in the video for those who are styling challenged.) Braid up the individual twists from the nape to the crown. Leave out the front individual twists.
Tools: rattail comb (for parting), clips, bobby pins
4. Curly Braided Updo
Description: Leave out a section in the front, and cornrow the sides towards the center. Perm rod the front for a curly set.
Products used: water spritz, soy oil
Tools: perm rods, rattail comb (for parting)
5. Side Twist Updo
Description: Part the hair down the middle with more hair on one side than the other. Twist the smaller section and pin up. Take the larger section and flat twist down the side of your head all the way to the back. (For more volume, use Marley braid hair.)
Products used: ORS Edge Control gel, spray bottle (water), Parachute coconut oil, bristle brush, toothbrush
Tools: bobby pins, hairband, Marley braid hair (optional)
How are you wearing your hair this fall?