‘sigh’ I remember being a little girl and wearing cornrows and beads and twists and all those other trademark little black girl styles. I think I was about 10 when I finally told my mom I was just too old for beads. LOL. I wanted, what I thought to be, big girl hair, like twist-outs and puff balls. And so the experimenting began!
I’ve certainly learned a lot more about natural hair since when I was 10 years old! One thing I had to accept is that constantly wearing twist-outs and poofy ponytails wasn't the healthiest choice for my hair. As someone who struggles with knots, (raise your hand if you get the struggle!) I have to take a break from combing and twisting and pulling back my hair. And honestly, high manipulation isn’t the best idea for ALL naturals. Black hair is very prone to breakage and knots, which is intensified by constantly handling and exposing your strands to the elements. In the winter, it is especially important to embrace protective styles. Jacked up ends and breakage WILL stunt your hair growth.
However, it’s protective styles like twists and cornrows and braids that can prevent this!
So sometimes, those 10-year old hairstyles are just going to have to make a comeback! Good news, though! There are ways to wear protective styles as a teen or adult going to work and socially interacting without looking like you belong in grade school. Extension and weave styles are a lot of fun and can do a great job at protecting your hair, but they can be very expensive, time-consuming, and taxing on your strands. And sometimes I don’t want a long-term style! Sometimes, I want something to last a day or a week, so I can go back to my twist-outs whenever I feel like it.
That’s why I decided to write this article about fast, short-term protective styles for the “big girls”!
Buns, buns, buns. Just gotta love ‘em. Whether I need to be dressy, professional, or trendy, this classic look is always my go-to. Buns are also ridiculously quick and work on every hair length. There are just so many ways to do ‘em! However, doing a bun on natural hair takes some instruction. It took a long time before I figured how to do a full bun, whether my hair was stretched or not. That’s why I wanted to share some tricks with you guys! For how to style buns on natural hair, check out my article: The Bun: Finding the Look For YOU.
I have seen SO many women wearing this style to work, to school, and to parties. It’s super versatile! Not only is it sophisticated, but it doesn’t take over 10 minutes and can be worn on any hair length. I personally prefer to do this style when my hair is blown out or stretched, but don’t be afraid to experiment!! My sister Jada especially loves this style. For a great twist out tutorial, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsL5LZkoG_c&t=2s.
Flat Twists and Hanging Twists
I am so, so, so in love with this style! One of the first times I sported this look was to a government camp, called TeenPact, where we were required to wear business attire every day. I was very excited, but a little unsure about my hair, knowing I would be in the minority. (And I was the only African American there.) But I decided not to go straight and wore this style instead. I received so many compliments! It can definitely fit into a proffessional atmosphere. It was also a wake-up-and-go style that could be worn in twists for at least a week and then worn as a twist-out.
Hanging Two Strand Twists
This has been MY signature look all school year. I don’t have the time to spend 30 minutes on my hair each day and my previous signature look,the puff ball, was taxing on my edges and caused a lot of tangles. However, twists are a great alternative. They protect your ends, go easy on your edges, and turn into a great twist out after a week or two. Styling twists that will last several days is very dependent on the size you do them in. I personally do mine somewhere in between medium and mini. Depending on your length, there can be a lot of versatility in how you style your twists; try ponytails and buns! Also depending on your length, this might not be the quickest style. However, it will last you at least a week and then give you a gorgeous twist out for about a week more. Give it a shot!!
TIP!!! Give your twists body, shine, and elastic quality by using the braiding method I do for my twist outs! I get so many compliments when I prep my hair like this. Find the tutorial here.
Turbans are a genius way to change up your look, protect your hair, and look super chic! Simply grab a large, attractive scarf and you can quickly and easily achieve numerous styles that range from classy to funky. For some ideas on how to style your turbans, check out Turbans: Get With The Trend.
And these are just a few of my favorites. Give 'em a try: I promise, you won't regret it! Comment below to tell me which of these are your fav and to request more short-term, quick and easy styles.
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The Kamau Sisters
Hi! We're Nia, Jada, and Bailey Kamau. We laugh, sing, read, and have Narnia marathons probably more than we should. Thanks so much for checking out our blog!
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