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3 CUTE Winter Protective Styles That Incorporate Synthetic Hair

Winter. It’s the season that’s accompanied by more than just a weather change. More clothes. More family. More money…SPENT! However, if you’re natural, the onset of winter, for many, means less time dealing with your hair. As we all know,  it’s a good idea to protect your tresses from the harsh, dry air to help retain moisture and minimize breakage. It’s an even better idea to do it for the low! That way, you won’t have to be the secret Santa giving hand lotion from the Dollar Tree. You can get it from Bath and Body Works this year! That’s right…the good stuff.

Here are a couple of protective styles you can do using inexpensive products that will save your hair and your pockets:

The Sleek Pony Tail



This style is self explanatory. It’s a simple ponytail but the added hair gives it a little umph!

Here’s everything that I used:

1. Eco Styler Gel

2. Gorilla Snot Gel

3. Pump It Up Holding Spray

4. Bohemian Bulk Hair (I use SNAP! Bulk Hair)

Now, all the gel is optional, but when your hair is as thick and prone to frizzing as mine, you gotta do what you gotta do! The real gem on the list is the hair. Would you believe me if I told you I bought the hair for only 5 dollars?! JUST FIVE!

This hair is synthetic, so it’s not meant to last forever. I got a solid week out of it and I received a ton of compliments. If you’re interested in this hair, note that it comes very curly/wavy. However, if your hair is more coarse/kinky like mine, you can comb the hair out to give it more of a kinky/curly look. This will help it blend better.




The Halo Braid



The halo braid style has been very popular in the natural community. It’s cute, classic, and can be worn for many occasions.

Here are the products used:

Eco Styler Gel

Gorilla Snot Gel

 Marley Braiding hair

Many of us are already familiar with the price point of Marley Hair. It’s nice and low! I’ve never paid more than 5 bucks for it. The best thing about it is that it can be used for so many different styles and it blends flawlessly with natural hair, especially if your hair is kinky in texture.

For this style I bought two packs of hair. In actuality, you only need one, but I wanted to add some color to my braid to give it a little flair. To achieve the look I did the following:

Create a long, jumbo braid out of Marley hair

Pull hair into low bun

Pin top of braid around the bun

Pull the rest of the braid around the head

Pin in place

It is THAT simple. If handled with care, that braid can last you quite some time; you can take it on off as you please.



The “I Can’t Believe It’s Not HAIR” Wig



Yeah, you heard me! This is a wig and it only costed me…wait for it…a cool 15 dollars.

Here’s what you need:

Wig cap

Synthetic, inexpensive, curly wig of your choice

The wig I chose is the La Jaz Half Wig by Vanessa Express. I ordered it online but you might also be able to find it in a beauty supply store near you. But regardless of where you get it from, just make sure that you get it! Now, just as the hair with the ponytail, this wig comes very curly; it matches type 3 hair without manipulation. However, as I typically do with curly weaves/extensions, I combed it out to give it more of an afro texture. Now, this wig is a half wig which means the front of my hair was left out. Fortunately, no heat is needed! All I did was flat twist and picked out the front of my hair to help blend with the wig and voila! I had fabulous, realistic looking hair while caring for my own underneath!

So ladies, there you have it. These are some quick go-to styles that will help you stay frugal, protect your strands, and remain GORGEOUS. Plus, all the guys will be fighting to have you underneath the mistletoe…don’t ask me how I know ;-).

What are some of your favorite inexpensive protective styles? We’d love to hear them!

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7 years ago

Great ideas and beautiful styles!

Queen D
Queen D
7 years ago

That “La Jaz” wig is the business. It’s a little too big for me, so I cut mine, and I consider myself to have 4a hair, but with some curl cream and gel, I leave my perimeter/edges out (I wear the wig as mostly a “full” wig) and it blends perfectly! Had lunch with a friend and she didn’t even notice, she thought it was my hair in a twist out. It’s such a great wig to be so cheap.

serena hale
7 years ago

I would totally do the I can’t believe it is not hair wig. Right up my alley.

7 years ago

I love the first one, if only i could tie added hair that neat without showing it is added hair. great job.

Kristal @ Beautifully Curled

Method 3 is where I am right now. Loving it!

7 years ago

I never thought I would say this but I’m about to go but myself a half wig! That looks to cute.

Julie From Norf Philly Nucca
Julie From Norf Philly Nucca
7 years ago
Reply to  jjac401

check ou t “her style yo” on youtube best wig reviews everrrrrr

7 years ago

I love this! I’m going to start protective styling using wigs soon, not all the time but I could really use a wig for days when my hair hasn’t fully dried, my hairstyle didn’t come out right or just if I want to change my hairstyle or use it for low manipulation hairstyles.

7 years ago

ha! i cant believe it’s not hair…… absolutely classic.

7 years ago

I love the pony tail look. I’ve been doing that waiting for my hair to grow. It’s nice when the hair can blend so well

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