Easy Protective Styles for Transitioning Hair (Cornrows, Marley Twists, & Crochet Braids)
Hi, my name is Niara and I am transitioning…again. I’ve tried going natural at least a dozen times. And I almost made it once, until a dumb boy said he preferred my hair straight. Anyways, I’m older and wiser and taking a stab at it again. The hardest part though is dealing with two textures. My natural curls at the roots and pin straight ends just do not agree with each other. The easiest way to deal is a protective style. Once the weather reaches about 70 – 80 degrees consistently, something in textured hair girls brains go off letting us know it’s time for a long lasting style. For one, our hair is too easily damaged to be styled every single day. And two, its just too hot and humid for our kinky, wavy, coily strands to cooperate. You don’t want to be missing out on boozy brunch or nights out just because your hair isn’t done. I personally love a protective style all year round because, laziness. Here are some styles that are super easy to do and long lasting.
Now I know crochet braids get a bad rap. And to be honest, it’s not their fault. It’s really all about the way you install that can have you looking really wiggy or totally natural. My rule of thumb here is to stick with a crochet hair that mimics or blends well with your roots. This will allow you to wear the style much longer. This was my go to style last summer that got me tons of compliments. If you’re curious about trying check out these tutorials:
I love a braid, twist, even a dread. These are probably the longest lasting out of all the protective styles. I think they are the easiest to do yourself too. I recently discovered marley twists this summer and I have been re-doing them every 1 ½ to 2 months. They are also great if you are looking for something that has very little tension. Speaking of tension, if you are going to get them professionally done, please listen to your edges. If it feels tight speak up! Don’t want to leave with your edges in your hands.
They don’t last quite as long as the 2 styles above but they are a staple no? I recommend using a styling gel to get them super neat and crisp to withstand the heat. These are also the least expensive if you are seeking to have them done for you. $100 max is the most you should be paying for a simple set. Anything more and they are gouging you sis.
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