Crochet Braids/ Twists
Firstly, an easy protective style that can have longevity as well, crochet braids or twists are a quicker alternative to other twist styles. By simply cornrowing the hair and installing the pre-twisted extensions with a crochet needle, you can quickly achieve the same look as that of Havana or Marley twists. A style that allows the hair to rest in a stretched position to promote growth while allowing the scalp a chance to breathe, this style is preferred by many busy Naturalists as it offers a diverse style without the need to sit for long periods of time for installation.
The Faux Bun
A cute, trendy protective style, the faux bun is a great style to be worn virtually anywhere. A style that allows your hair to rest in a ponytail while the extensions do all of the work, this style is both stylish and easy to do. The hair is installed by simply slicking all of your hair into a high ponytail and wrapping the braiding hair around it until it appears as desired. Easily removable, this is the type of style that can be done each morning, but needs to be removed at night, in order to protect the quality of the extensions.
Another great protective style, Havana twists is a cute style with a variety of potential variations. Whether you are seeking large, chunky twists, smaller twists, flat twists, a splash of color, or even a bun, all of these things can be achieved using Havana twists. Moderately easy to install, these twists last weeks or even months with proper maintenance and care.
A gorgeous, upscale protective updo, the halo braid is a great, versatile protective styling option. Achieved by simply adding a large section of braiding hair to your hair as a ponytail. You then braid the hair, wrap it around the head, and secure it with a Bobby pin. Quick and easy to install, this is the type of style you can do every single day, with minimal effort. The style protects the hair by allowing it to rest comfortably in a ponytail while still looking fabulous.
A great protective style with an impressive level of longevity, box braids are a fun, versatile style that can easily last for months. Styled by adding extensions to small, individually parted sections, this style is perfect for working women, those who may be pregnant or have a surgery scheduled, or anyone who may not have time to do their hair for days or weeks at a time. Protecting the hair against the elements and needless chemicals, this style allows Naturalists the freedom of not having to do their hair all while stretching the hair which typically promotes growth.
Another long lasting protective style, cornrows styles are a quicker alternative to styles such as box braids, cornrows can be installed using extensions or your own natural hair. Whether you want an updo, straight backs, designs, a faux hawk, or any other style, all of these can be achieved with cornrows. Although they last for a shorter time than box braids, they can still last for weeks or months with the proper care.