Protective Styles for Natural Hair

When I first started my natural hair journey, I knew immediately there would be no big chop and I learned to rely on transitioning styles to blend my two textures. Seven years later, those same protective styles are my go-to for something quick that I can keep for a few days – hell, sometimes more like a couple of weeks – and know my hair is going to stay healthy. This saves me a TON of time because I’m not having to stand in front of a mirror to tame my tresses every day.

I have two styles that I keep using regularly, mostly because I can transition from one style to the next without having to endure a wash day: two-strand twists and goddess braids.

Two-Strand Twists

Two-strand twists are like the holy grail when it comes to transitioning AND protective styles. When you’re transitioning it helps with having a uniformed texture by way of a twist out, and it’s also great for when you need a versatile style you don’t have to fuss with too much. People sometimes get two-strand twists confused with flat twists and tend to shy away from them, thinking they aren’t able to do the style themselves. But there’s definitely a difference between them. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite bloggers points it out in a FB post, showing how they affect a twist out. Whichever way you go, it almost always turns out beautifully – you can even rock it with blown-out hair.

Two-strand twist/twist out on short hair
Two-strand twist/twist out on medium-length hair
Two-strand twist/twist out on long hair
Goddess Braid

When my two-strand twists start getting a little raggedy but I still don’t want to wear my hair out, or if I’ve been rocking a twist out that’s now frizzy and fuzzy, I’ll default to a trusty goddess braid. What I love about goddess braids is the longer they are in, the looser they become and the looser they become, the cuter they are. It almost looks as if you were going for that windswept look on purpose.

Goddess Braid tutorial

If you are able to master these two styles, the amount of time you will save trying to figure out what to do with your hair is crazy. Two-strand twists can be styled a million different ways and goddess braids work for any occasion. But if you do get stuck, and you just don’t have the energy to start with a fresh wash, here’s some inspiration for you.

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