We love protective hairstyles… Not just because they’re simply popping, but because they’re every black girl’s holy grail. Think: low maintenance, versatile, plus they revive hair growth, save time and keep your hair protected from combing, relaxing and hair drying every day. Here, how five local celebrities rock their faves.
Nomzamo Mbatha: Pixie Cut
Almost everyone can get away with this cute do. It’s more of a get-up-and-go hairstyle that’ll cut your mirror time in half in the a.m. Plus: you wont just be looking amazing – it’ll be doing amazing things to your hair too. It doesn’t need much combing, pulling and twisting, and helps your hair retain its length.
Keep it nice ‘n Shiny with the Isoplus Natural Remedy Oil Sheen Olive Oil (R28) at Dis-Chem
Pearl Thusi: Faux Locks
Versatile and trendy, you can never really go wrong with this one. Just make sure you don’t pull your hair too tight upon application. Otherwise, it requires very little maintenance, and it just keeps flourishing – in both looks and protection.
Keep your edges on edge with Johnnys Hair Gel Firm Hold (R110) at Dis-Chem
Ayanda Thabethe: Corn Rows
The mother of all protective hairstyles, this favourite is less and more at the same damn time. Bonus points: it requires little effort to maintain, literally needs no manipulation whatsoever, helps your hair grow, keeps your tresses nourished and looks good on everyone.
Keep your hair nice and nourished with Dark And Lovely Braid Spray (R40) at Clicks
Enhlembali Maphumulo: Afro
A serious “go big or go home” style, the fro gives you the opportunity to change up your look and try something new while your hair takes a much-needed break from heat and styling products.
Keep it super-shiny with the Isoplus Natural Remedy Oil Sheen Olive Oil (R28) at Dis-Chem
Boity: Long Braids
Okay, so they take forever – but it’s totally worth it. We swear. You can do so much with these babies, they stay looking fresh for the longest time, save you from bad hair days and keep your hair healthy. A total bomb of a hairdo.
Keep your braids nourished with Dark And Lovely Braid Spray (R40) at Clicks
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