Summer is coming to an end and temperatures are starting to cool.
Brisk autumn winds can cause natural hair to become dry and brittle, ultimately leading to breakage. So if you’ve been wondering how to keep your hair healthy during the fall, calling your go-to braider seems like the obvious choice. But what if you had a recent shock?
Well, according to celebrity hairstylist and Carol’s Daughter Brand Ambassador Tym Wallace, there are plenty of protective styles for short natural hair—and you don’t have to skimp on creativity.
“A protective style is a style that allows you to hide your natural hair away – this means you can minimize how often you manipulate your hair and concentrate on treatments that help the hair grow,” explains Wallace .
Protective styles also allow you to experiment with different looks without commitment, says Kauilani Goodwyn, hairstylist and Sam Villa ambassador. “Protective styles require minimal to no heat and give the hair a styling break, which is great for ‘style changers’ who like to change things up with their hair,” she says.
It’s also important to note that while protective styles do in fact protect your hair, you also need to have a solid routine between styles.
“If you’re looking for some great treatment options to use between styles, Carol’s Daughter offers a few that I love, including the Goddess Strength Cocoon Hydrating Hair Mask, which really helps restore and strengthen hair on wash day,” says Wallace.
If you’ve been looking for a protective style for fall, look no further. Below, Goodwyn and Wallace share a few of their favorite protective styles for short natural hair.
This article originally appeared on instyle.com
“Cornrows are an essential protective style for short natural hair and can be simple or intricate in design,” says Goodwyn. The beauty of this style is that it is so versatile that you can cornrow your natural hair, add hair extensions for length, or even accessorize for a little sparkle.
#2 Sew-Ins or Clip-Ins
Clip-ins or sew-ins (also known as weaves) are great protective styles if you have short natural hair and want to rock some length, but aren’t necessarily a fan of wigs. “You can create different shapes and exaggerated lengths with clip-ins, you can even add color,” says Wallace.
#3 Jumbo braids
“Braids are fun and easy to achieve, even if your natural hair is shorter,” says Wallace. “You can add all kinds of flair and fun colors. [But] you need at least two to three inches of your own hair to create most braided styles—with or without extensions.”
#4 Crochet extensions
If you’re looking for a protective style that’s quick to install, try crochet extensions. You can try wavy hair, pole curls, 3-D braids – there are so many options. “I love crochet braids, they work well if you’re developing a style and they come in different lengths,” says Goodwyn.
#5 Faux Locs
Faux locs give you a boho look and are a great holiday hairstyle if you want to avoid styling your hair daily. “You need at least two to three inches of your natural hair to achieve this look,” says Wallace.
#6 Two-Strand Twists
Two-strand twists can be done on natural hair or you can add hair extensions for fullness and length. The great thing about this look is that you can switch to a twist-out style if you want a little change after a few days.
Wigs let you be the ultimate chameleon. From a sharp bob to long, soft beachy waves, you can be a different person every day of the week. “Your natural hair—whether short or long—is protected under the wig, so you can avoid heat, extensive combing and brushing for weeks at a time,” explains Wallace. “This is a great option if you’re trying to grow out of shorter styles.”