Winter conditions can be harsh on many things and most especially our skin and hair which demand for extra care to be taken during the colder months. Due to the harsh conditions which include dryness, hair experts advise women of colour to turn to protective hairstyles as a way to shield against breakage and to maintain healthy hair growth.
A protective hairstyle is one where the ends of the hair are covered usually by fibre or wool.
With wool becoming a more popular hair extension choice, we’ve found 3 must-have hair styles created and shared by some of the best black hair influencers on the gram.
Benny and Betty: This iconic hairstyle made up of blocks and woolen twists is no longer just a school girl’s essential but has fast become a hair trend among older women too. The simple and gentle woolen twists offer adequate protective covering of the hair that lasts between 1-2 weeks.
The beauty of this hairstyle is that it works with almost every hair length as the wool acts as both a lock and an extension.
Keep it classic in all black wool or try out a modified version of this style with a variety of colours and added twists.
Woolen braids (Box and twists)
Thankfully, there is no one size fits all formula when it comes to braids or the type of fibre available on the market. Whether you opt for Kanekelon (the smooth, silky extension) or wool fibre to create your box braids, Marley or nubian twists this season, braids are the fail-safe go-to for the ultimate protection and promotion of hair growth. For thicker braids and a greater array of colours, make wool extensions your first choice this season.
Fascinating Head Pieces
Express your hair creativity using a mixture of fibres, colours and your selection of textured elements to create unique headpieces. Play with a variety of proportions and plaiting techniques to create your ideal crown.