3 Easy Protective Styles for Non-Braiders

“Are you done yet,” our five year old asks after I’ve only parted her hair. Although I love their curls, I largely rely on protective styles to minimize breakage and keep their ends tucked away. Yes, I know how to braid, plait, cornrow — but sometimes our girls prefer quick styles and so do I.

So, if you don’t know how to braid or simply prefer not to - here are three quick and easy protective styles to try.

1. Bantu Knots

Photo: Senen More

This sleek and super cute style is pretty quick and still protects the girl’s ends. I also love that it doesn’t require bands, pins or any accessories except for our God-given strands wrapped around each other. I do use rubber bands to secure the hair in place - but it is not necessary. After a day in Bantu knots, the hair is stretched and super easy to detangle.

2. Finger Coils

Finger coils are another style that involve twisting the hair around itself. While the hair is not stacked - like it is in a Bantu knot — I still consider finger coils a protective style, because the ends are clumped together and protected. I sometimes style finger coils on loose hair or you can finger coil pony tails like shown above.

3. Buns

Low bun, top knot, double buns, side bun — there are so many different ways to wear this classic style. Don’t be fooled, buns can take just as long as other hair styles, because I have to thoroughly detangle a full head of hair in order to get it all into one hair piece.

All in all, we keep it simple. Heck, we sometimes do the same hairstyle for a month at a time. It gives the girls their signature look.

What are your favorite styles that don’t require braiding?

Until next time…

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