If preserving your hair from damage is one of your hair goals, then protective styling should be incorporated whenever possible, into your natural hair regimen. Protective styling is a hairstyling concept that reduces consistent manipulation of the hair, encourages length retention and protects the ends of the hair strands, this concept often leads to increased hair growth and fewer tangles.

Bantu Knots

The hairstyle features small, lovely buns that are coiled and sprinkled throughout the hair

Twists

(i.e., flat twists, two-strand twists, mini-twists, etc.) are some of the most popular natural hairstyles for black women in the United States. These hairstyles are usually achieved by dividing the hair into various sections, the strands of hair are then twisted.

The “twist out” hairstyle is a variation of hair twists, this is where hair that has been twisted is untwisted creating a texture that is large and loosely crimped. The twist out has multiple variations, one is done with the use of two strands of hair and the other uses three strands of hair, this one is called the “three strand twist out.” A textured hairstyle when untwisted is the end result of both methods.

Havana twists, Marley twists, two strand twists, flat twists and Senegalese twists, are some of the most popular twists. Depending on the length of your hair, some of these twists require specific types of hair extensions.

Afro

The afro is at times abbreviated as a `fro´or TWA (for small afros). TWA hairstyles are quite popular, as many women are choosing to big chop when they go natural. TWA is short for ‘teeny weeny afro.’