5 Protective Styles to Try This Summer

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Summer has arrived! Well, not quite yet, but with the 85 degree days we've had here in NYC, you'd think we were in the middle of July! Since warmer weather is now upon us, you may be wondering what to do with your natural hair for the summer. Here are five protective styles to try this summer:

Box Braids // Box Braids are pretty much the go to style when it comes to protective styling. It gives you lots of versatility when it comes to actually styling the braids. Whether you rock it up in a high bun, or half up half down, the style options are endless when it comes to box braids.

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Ghana Braids // If you want to put your hair up for the summer without the hassle of sitting four+ hours to get it installed, Ghana Braids are the way to go. They're pretty quick to install, gives you access to your scalp for proper cleansing and moisturizing, and your hair is still protected. There's a bunch of cool styles to try when it comes to Ghana braids, so this is a great time to get really creative with your protective style for  the summer.

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Curly Wig or Weave // If you're still into the curly look, but don't want to deal with the fuss of managing your own hair, find yourself a kinky/curly wig, or you can make your own! You can purchase natural textured human hair extensions from Xotica Hair. With Xotica Hair Extentions, you can install a sew in weave, create a wig, or clip in pieces for the days where you want to blend your natural hair with the extensions for added length or fullness. No more trying to blend silky textures like Brazilian or Malaysian with your natural hair. Xotica Hair offers five natural texture hair extensions 4A Hair Texture4B Hair Texture, 4C Hair Texture3B Hair Texture, & 3C Hair Texture. You can also choose from their Course Yaki and Kinky Straight clip-in extensions, giving you the best of both kinky and straight hair.   

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Crochet Braids // The options are endless when it comes to crochet braids. You can crochet some plain Marley Hair for a versatile style option by wearing it straight one day and installing some perm rods or flexi rods for a curly look. You can also crochet in some box braids, senegalese twist, or faux locs to get the look in about half the install time. 

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Flat Twisted Do // My hair is in two flat twists 95% of the time, mainly because it keeps my hair protected and is a very low maintenance style. However, I've been looking into ways to spruce it up a bit, and Christian Byshe's flat twists styles have been on point! There are so many flat twist styles that you can try out for the summer that take no time to do and can be done yourself. From up-do's to swooped bangs, flat twists can be your saving grace when you want to put your hair away for the summer, but don't want to spend hours trying to get the look.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Xotica Hair. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

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