3 Cute Protective Hairstyles for Curly Hair That Are Super Easy to Do

Chrissie Milan
by Chrissie Milan
9 Materials
10 Minutes

If your hair is in need of a bit of love, I’m going to show you three protective styles for curly hair that are easy to achieve and will keep your natural hair protected in colder weather.

I'm mostly using products from treasure tress, but you can use products you have at home or work best for your curly hair type.

Tools and materials:

  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Castor oil
  • Shea butter cream
  • Styling gel
  • Hard bristle brush
  • Springy hairband
  • Toothbrush
  • Silk scarf
  • Comb
Applying products to freshly washed hair

Style 1 - Two buns

1. Prepare your hair

On freshly washed hair, I'm going to use my leave-in conditioner, castor oil, and shea butter cream.

Applying gel to the undercut

2. Part hair and use gel

With my hair still slightly wet, I'm parting my hair into two sections, and I'm just going to brush it up. Then I'm going to use my styling gel and just put it where my undercut was, which is slightly shorter than the rest of my hair, just to get it to hold when I put it in a ponytail.

Using a hard bristle brush to smooth hair

3. Brush and tie hair

I'm going to use a hard bristle brush to create that swoopy shape to lay my edges down, and then I'm going to put it in a ponytail with my springy hairband.

Using a toothbrush and gel to lay edges

4. Apply gel and wrap in a silk scarf.

Now to lay my edges, I'm going to use the styling gel and a toothbrush just to get it really neat, and then I'm going to wrap a silk scarf over my hair to leave the gel to set for a little while.

Cute protective hairstyles for curly hair

5. Apply castor oil and tuck in ends.

Now my hair is fully made and set. As much as I'd love to leave my hair like this, this is about protective styling. So, I'm going to apply castor oil to my ends, then I'm going to make a bun just to keep my ends away to avoid the harsh winter weather.

Protective style for after washing

Using the end of the comb, I'm going to swoop the ends under just to get a nice bun and then use a hairband to cover it over and then repeat the same thing on the other side, and I'm done.

Parting natural hair

Style 2 - Low-sweep bun

1. Part hair and use gel.

Now, for the low-sweep bun, I'm just going to part my hair on the corner. Using styling gel I'm going to try and get it as flat as possible to get it into a bun.

Brushing and swooping hair

2. Brush and tie hair

As we did before, I'm just going to lay it down with a brush and swoop it round at the front into my desired shape.

Wrapping hair in a silk scarf to set it

3. Wrap in a silk scarf.

The key to keeping your hair laid is a silk scarf to set the gel.

Tucking in the ends to the bun

4. Apply castor oil and tuck in ends.

Again this is all about protective styling, so I'm going to get my castor oil, apply it to my ends to make another bun to keep my ends away.

Protective hairstyles for natural hair

Here's the second protective hairstyle - super easy!

Tying hair up

Style 3 - Up-do

1. Tie hair

For the final style, I'm just going to bring all of my hair together and then swoop everything up. Because I already have so much gel in my hair, I don't need to use it again, but if you are doing this style from scratch, then you should use gel. Band your hair up.

Applying castor oil to the ends ofhair

2. Apply castor oil

Apply some castor oil to your ends, and then wrap it into a bun to keep your ends out of the cold weather. Then secure it with another headband.

Setting edges with a toothbrush

3. Apply gel

Then I'm going to use some more styling gel to set my edges and I’ll brush it down with a toothbrush.

Easy protective hairstyles for curly hair

Protective hairstyles for curly hair

Those are the three protective hairstyles for curly hair. They are all super easy to do and they’ll keep your hair nourished and protected, especially in colder weather for fall and winter.

Suggested materials:
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Castor oil
  • Shea butter cream
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