Mocha Girl Beauty x CURLS: 9 of the Best Protective Hairstyles for Textured Hair
We are often too busy enjoying the summer, that we don’t realize the extra strain it puts on our hair. From wavy hair to tight curls the sun can be drying to your locks and the friction from styling can weaken the strands. The grind never stops, and neither does the damage on your hair. If you’re not already in-the-know about protective styling, then we have some tips for you! We’re teaming up with our friends from CURLS to show you the best protective hairstyles for the Dog Days of Summer.
CURLS is a major natural hair care brand that caters to those with textured hair! It was founded by CEO Mahisha Dellinger who paved a way for the hair care industry and brought attention to this aspect in cosmetics. Their lines of products feature ingredients like coconut oil or blueberry extracts to add extra shine to any do! They also have sulfate free shampoos which means they don’t dry out your hair when you need added moisture. And we had the chance to put their latest Caviar Collection to the test! If you're curious about where to find these items, you can check them out www.curls.biz and Target stores.
Protective hairstyles combat everyday damage and help strengthen the weaker parts of your hair by tucking in the ends and keeping it moisturized! Many people also use these styles to help promote healthy hair growth resulting in voluminous or longer hair. Often there is a stigma that textured hair lacks versatility. However, it is quite the opposite! From braids to twists, to updos and wigs, there are so many options to play around with that we’re here to show you.
Before styling your hair, it is important to know your hair type so that you can find the best products to use. Knowing what each type of hair needs is a helpful step in getting the products that are right for you! When it comes to products for textured hair, we found that the CURLS brand has it all.
The Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo ($12) is good for all types of textured hair, Not only do they bring the goods, they supply different guides to help you through your hair care journey. If you don’t know where to start, you can check out one of their video tutorials or regimens on their site.
Before you begin styling, apply your cream and oil based product on the ends of your hair first. We used the Cashmere and Caviar Hair Serum ($15) from CURLS. Then, proceed to use any gels on your hairline or roots if you want to! This will help the process and give your hair that extra protection. It’s also important to make sure that you aren’t pulling too tight on your hair bands or roots.
Check out some of the styles we created with CURLS!
The most simple, and probably easiest updo to get down in a hurry is a classic bun. It’s perfect for any occasion and keeps your hair all in one place. We took the basic bun and stepped it up a notch.
You want to start with some smaller cornrows or dutch braids at the middle of the crown on your hair. Once you get to the high point of your head, or where you want to place your bun begin to gather all your hair together. Use a gel like the Cashmere and Caviar Hair Gelle ($19) that provides a light hold but continues to provide moisture to your hair. The bun is pretty simple. You just want to twist your hair and wrap it around to make a coil-like shape. Pin it in place or wrap a loose hair band around it. Add some metallic hair coils like we did around the bun, or use some small hoops to decorate the front braid pieces.
This hairstyle always looks very elegant, and gives the impression that you have just spend hours on your hair. However the base of the look is just basic braids! Start by parting your hair into two sections. You can also set aside some hair above the ear for those face framing braids later.
To help make the process easier you can clip down or tie the side you aren’t working with. Then proceed to braid the section you’re on into a classic braid. Do the same on the other side side. Now you want to lay the braids over the crown part of your hair, and you can tuck the ends into each of the sides. Pin it down securely. It’s helpful to have the braids done closer to the back of your head so that they wrap around nicer. If you want to make the style last longer, try doing dutch braids up the side of your head and then tucking in the braided ends on each side. For the side pieces, do a cornrow going towards your face. Add some gold accents to really bring the look to another level!
Bantu knots have been around for quite some time! Coming from African history, this style was originated by the Zulu people and continue to be worn today by stars like Rihanna. They are simple to accomplish and don’t put much strain on the hair when styling. It preserves the hair, and when unravelled, give you some nice curls.
Just make sure to not use too much product and that they are completely dry to avoid frizz. Try out a leave in conditioner like the one we used from the Cashmere and Caviar collection ($15) or the Blueberry Bliss collection ($12).
Begin by sectioning out your hair evenly with a comb. The longer the hair, the bigger the section. You can clip each section to make it easier as you go. Twist the strands into mini buns as you would with a classic bun and tuck ends under. Secure the style and add some accessories. We intertwined some gold into the braids! The side cornrows are optional but are a great way to add more detail to the style.
All eyes will be on your hair with this one! When it comes to drama, this can make your whole outfit especially with the golden flair of the accessories. This style involved several braids combined into one long ponytail.
The Passion fruit Curl Control Paste ($7) can be used to help define curls and smooth down the edges of the hair! First section off the hair into two parts; the top and the bottom. You want to make sure that there is more hair on the bottom section than the top to allow for a thicker ponytail. With three strands at the middle crown of your hair you will be making two cornrows and one dutch braid. The dutch braid in the middle should be the thickest to give some height to the look.
You can braid these three strands together into one whole braid and secure it with bands or some gold jewelry wire. With the thicker bottom section of hair, pull it into a ponytail and then proceed to twist it out or braid it. Keep the volume by not making it so tight. Now you just want to combine the two sections together and secure to make one long ponytail! Wrap extra wire around the bottom of it to draw more attention.
Some statement pins can help you achieve this edgy updo in just a few minutes! It helps get the hair out of your face and still allows you to show off that volume. To help define your hair and avoid frizz you can look to products like the Blueberry Bliss Control Jelly ($25). It’s packed with vitamins and oils that prevent breakage and help hair growth.
To create this look, focus primarily on one side of your head. Usually you less dominant side, or the opposite of where you may usually part your hair is the best place. Section off the hair here into small bundles that you can make into pin curls. Unlike Bantu knots, these lay flat against your head. To hold them in place use large clips or bobby pins and create alternating patterns on the side. Not only will the not budge, but you will be ready for a night out or lunch with friends!
Another take on space buns, this protective hairdo is fun for any and all ages. It gives off a very playful vibe and is also easy to style and keep in place. We added cornrows along the front and middle of the hair to give it a little extra glam, but they are optional. If you’re on your own or short on time, just stick to the twist buns.
Part your hair into two even sections. If you have shorter hair, you can just simply twist them into two coils at the top of your head and secure with bobby pins. For longer hair, you can try styling each section into twist braids first to add more uniformity. Then form each side into a bun and secure. Another method is loosely braiding each side to make it more manageable to form into buns. These space buns are definitely made for the summer and will keep the hair free from extra damage.
For a sleeker type of style, it’s about keeping it subtle and tucked away. This can be achieved with short and long styles depending on the method you use. The Quenched Curl moisturizer ($16) can be used before braiding as it preps and moisturizes textured hair with jojoba and coconut oils! It even helps prevent breakage for relaxed hairs which is definite win.
For shorter hair, instead of going from front to back for this, you want to start at the back of you head. Do a french braid one side along the back closer to your ear and making your way up to where the braid design will be. Do another french braid on the other side of the head and meet the other braid off centered on your head. Now create a spiral on the top side of your head with the two braids, laying them more flat. You don’t want a bun, but more of a design. Secure with pins and add some accents to bring out the texture.
If you have shorter hair in the front, or wish to frame your face then this is perfect! It make take a bit more time and practice to perfect this style especially if you aren’t used to braiding the back of your head. Your hair will be easier to manipulate after cleansing and with some styling creams. The Curl Souffle ($16) is a cream for medium thick hair textures that has sunflower oil and aloe, which will help give some plumpness when you’re working with your locks.
Set apart the hair along the crown and use the rest of your hair to make medium sized cornrows. The cornrows should be going towards where you want your bun to be. Braid the hair all the way down and secure in an elastic if needed. Next twist the individual braids and pin against the head. The twists should all come together to make one defined bun. Finishing touches would be to add little gold cuffs on the cornrows so people can appreciate your hard work.
For those days you're in a rush and have no time to do your complete wash and go, why not try a stylish pin-up do?
This is a classic hairstyle that anyone can complete at all levels. Start your hair with traditional wash and go routine. Once completed, you can put your hair in a ponytail and start pining away! This hairstyle can add an extra pop to any look and it's super easy to achieve!