Autumn is near, which means it’s time to bring out the pumpkin spice and try out some new fall protective hairstyles. As the temperatures begin to get colder, it’s important to protect your hair from the harsh weather conditions and drop in humidity levels. Check out our list of trendy fall protective hairstyles you’ll want to try this season.
1. Box braids
Box braids are a popular protective hairstyle you’ll want to wear during the fall because they’re easy to maintain and can be styled in numerous ways. You can choose to get them done long, short, jumbo, or small. You can even put some fun colors and hair accessories in your braids to spice up your hairstyle. Pull your box braids back in a ponytail on the warmer days, or try a half-updo for a night out. The possibilities are endless! This fall protective hairstyle should last for about a month or two, depending on how big you get them and how well you maintain them.
2. Big cornrows
Big cornrow braids make great fall protective hairstyles for a variety of reasons. They take way less time to do than regular box braids or twists. They’re also super easy to maintain. But best of all? They look AMAZING and are a super chill hairstyle. Another benefit to this fall protective hairstyle is that there won’t be as much tension on your roots since the braids are larger. This is a huge plus for the tender-headed women out there or those who are worried about hair loss. Adorn your big cornrows with hair accessories, or just wear them how they are for a more natural look.
You can’t go wrong with a bomb wig for your go-to fall protective hairstyle! First of all, there are tons of styles you could choose from. You could go long, short, straight, curly, wavy, a different color, and there are even braided wigs out there! Wigs are also a life-saver for times when you’re running late. All you have to do is slap it on your head, touch it up a bit, and you’re good to go. Since you can easily put on and take off your wig, you can wear it as a fall protective hairstyle for however long your heart desires. Just make sure you’re still maintaining your natural hair underneath the wig.
4. Bantu knots
Bantu knots are certainly making a comeback, so you know you’ll want to consider this traditional African ‘do for your next fall protective hairstyle. Bantu knots are such an edgy style that will keep your hair out of your face. You also won’t have to worry about it blowing everywhere on one of those windy fall days. Out of all the fall protective hairstyles on this list, Bantu knots will last the least amount of time. They should last about two weeks, but you’ll end up with gorgeous curls after you take your knots down. There’s another cute hairstyle that you can rock for a bit! Or simply just wash your hair and redo the Bantu knots if that’s what you’d prefer.
5. Crochet Hairstyles
If you want the cute look of smaller twists or braids, but don’t feel like sitting down all day to get them done, crochet hairstyles might just be your new best friend. Another one of the more popular fall protective hairstyles, crochet braiding is a simpler and quicker method of adding extensions to your hair. You start by cornrowing your hair back, then you use a crochet needle with a hook to loop the hair extension under your cornrow, then tie the hair into a knot so the two pieces can look like one. This fall protective hairstyle allows you to try many versatile styles, and it’s relatively easy to learn. There are many types of crochet hair you can use, but the common ones are braids.
6. Passion twists
Passion twists are another cute fall protective style that’ll give you a chic boho look. It’s a trendy hairstyle because of its unique texture and the fact that it’s pretty low maintenance. Passion twists aren’t like your regular twists, as the coily hair used to do the style makes it look a bit more natural. Passion twists also aren’t nearly as heavy as regular twists. With proper care and maintenance, they should last about two months.
7. Halo braid
Halo braids are a simple fall protective hairstyle, but it still looks super elegant. All you have to do is weave two long Dutch braids around your head, and BOOM! You now have a classy hairstyle that you can wear for almost any occasion, from a trip to the supermarket to your friend’s fancy wedding. You can even style it up in different ways to give your fall protective style some flair. Since your ends are all tucked away when you’re wearing a halo braid, you won’t have to worry about the colder weather wreaking havoc on your tresses. That’s what makes the halo braid a perfect fall protective hairstyle!
8. Top knot bun
Top knot buns are another simple and effortless style that will protect your hair from the cooler fall weather and still look great. This fall protective style is so quick and easy that you might be tempted to keep your hair in a top knot bun the entire season! You can choose to style your real hair if it’s long enough, or you can add some extensions to give yourself some length. Depending on your mood, you can opt for a sleek-looking bun or a messy-looking bun. Both styles will look cute and keep your hair safe this fall.
9. Knotless braids
Knotless braids have quickly become a trend because of how natural they look and how comfortable they are on your scalp. This fall protective style isn’t as painful as regular box braids because there’s less tension on the scalp. Because of this, you don’t have to wait for your braids to loosen up before styling it how you want. Think of knotless braids as a healthy alternative to regular box braids. You’ll definitely want to add these to your list of fall protective styles to try!
10. Braided ponytail
When you can’t bother with a simple, boring ponytail, opt for a chic braided ponytail! This fall protective hairstyle can be worn anywhere and still look amazing. There are so many ways you can choose to style your hair when you choose to wear a braided ponytail. It’s a unique and gorgeous style that will surely have everybody stopping and staring. You can’t go wrong with this fall protective hairstyle.
Which one of these fall protective hairstyles do you think looks the best? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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