Cornrows are great whether you opt for the thin, the thick or the ones with added extensions. You can play around with different styles and patterns. However, if you work in a corporate environment, you can also opt for classic and simple styles. The only downside to cornrows is that they don’t last for a particularly long time – depending on how well you maintain them, they can last about two to three weeks max.
Box braids are still a favourite in the city, not only as a protective hairstyle but simply as a fabulous hairstyle! With box braids you can also pick the thickness you prefer. Careful not to go too thin as this can damage your hairline. On the other hand, too thick can strain your neck depending on length. And sometimes too long can look unkempt; so make sure you go to a good braider to avoid disappointments.
Twist braids used to be a big hit about four or five years ago but they are still a thing. Although they do not last as long a box braids do, they are still a great alternative for protective hairstyling. A huge upside to twist braids is that they do not take the whole day to plait – as compared to box braids. Plus they are easier and quicker to remove when you’re ready for new hair. A hit on the streets right now is grey twist braids.
Maybe you’re not all that into using synthetic extensions or extensions in general to get your braiding done, no worries. Try yarn braids instead. First you need to find a good braider for this because you don’t want to walk around looking homeless. When done right, yarn braids are a huge hit! Since the braiding is done with yarn wool, the hairstyle has a more natural look as opposed to the sometimes shiny finish you get with synthetic braids.
The french braid is perfect if you have long hair and don’t really want to go to the hair salon. So if you’re a DIY type of person, not only do you (most probably) already love this option, but you probably have tons more styles that don’t require a hair stylist. With the french braid you can literally play around with how you do it, from plaiting one braid, two braids to plaiting it into a high bun, the options are honestly endless!
Faux locks were a huge hit a couple years ago. They are best for people who want to have locks but not commit to locking their own hair for life and are also good for those who like changing hairstyles as often as they fancy. Downside is, faux locks (as the name suggests) do tend to look faux – fake/false. Like with most protective hairstyles, referrals are great because your hair has to be done right to look good.
If you’re one for long term commitment, book yourself an appointment at Jabu Stone and go have your locks done. Upside to locks, downside for some, is that you use your own hair so you don’t have to worry about buying extensions or yarn – you have your hair! You can even do your own locks at home provided you’ve watched a few YouTube videos for guidance. With some locks, trend secret, you can actually unlock them later in life although this is a painful process.
Bantu knots are such a throwback hairstyle which has made a return and is now making waves on the streets and with some celebrities at the moment. Sure they’re not going to work for every life situation depending on whether you’re a student or if you’re employed in a conventional environment. However, they’re still a cool and funky protective hairstyle to give a try whenever life allows. Bantu knots seem quite popular with ladies that have had their hair chemically straightened.
Although most people are now opting for options other than weaves, for various reasons, at the end of the day weaves are still a great protective hairstyle option. The idea of having your own hair neatly plaited underneath some great extensions so you don’t look like you’re still in primary school and have no say in how your hair looks, appeals to a significant percentage of women. So if you’re down with that, ring up Candi & Co to have your weave done.
Wigs & Wraps
Maybe all these options sound like too much admin for your busy schedule or your “can’t be bothered” mood. We understand that. We all go through it every now and then. If you’re into wigs, invest in a good one and just slap that on. Alternatively, channel your creative skills into wrapping your hair under a cool turban or head-wrap. Some turbans and head-wraps come pre-wrapped so you can just slap one on like a hat!
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By Cleopatra Shava
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