Winter’s Top 6 Protective Styles

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By Contributor, Chinyelu Onuora

As winter settles in and freakishly low numbers flash across weather apps, we oftentimes reach for the nearest cozy scarf, comfy coat, and fuzzy pair of socks to shield ourselves from the frigid air. More often than not, hair gets neglected in the hustle and bustle of bundling up and jetting out the door. News flash: your hair needs protection too! Protective hairstyles are a great way to show your hair some TLC while combating the dry, wintry air during the cold weather months. Protect your hair this winter with these fun and simple hairstyles.

Crochet Braids & Wigs

This versatile hairstyle is a fantastic option to rock this winter. Crochet braids/wigs can emulate kinky-textured hair, straight hair, curly hair, and so on, depending on what type of hair you choose – the options are endless.

Bantu Knots

Bantu knots are a simple, yet effective way to protect your ends.  Are you aiming to make your Bantu knots larger than life? Try adding Marley hair!


You can never go wrong with this classic number – stick with chic straight-back cornrows or wear them in an elegant up-do – cornrows are a wonderful way to complete any look (check out these trending festival braids).



Channel your inner Electric Lady this season with a fabulous up-do. There are no rules when it comes to creating an up-do. Grab your bobby pins and get creative!


Twists are definitely a go-to hairstyle for naturals looking to give their hair a break. Go long or short, chunky or mini, throw it in a bun or flip it all to one side, experiment with color or kick it with your old faithful – twists provide exceptional range! You can achieve gorgeous twists with Marley hair, kanekalon hair, and even yarn.

Head Wraps

Add a splash of color to your wardrobe during the gloomy winter months with head wraps. Whether styled in a colorful print or a bold hue, there are countless ways to tie head wraps; Youtube is a great source for tutorials.

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