One awesome thing about summer is that not only can we let loose with our beauty looks, it’s also the best time to get creative. The fun summer season is when we can get playful with our ’dos (color, cut, you name it) since it’s all about that breezy, beachy, #boholife—at least for the next couple of months, that is. Learning how to style natural hair in the summer is also all about learning the ins and outs of protective styles such as braids and twists, as well as wearing hair in natural textures too!
For this round-up, we curated a few of our fave ways of how to style natural hair in braids perfect for the hot, balmy season up ahead. Read on:
How to Style Natural Hair in Braids for Summer 2016
1. Box Braids
Box braids are a classic (and stylish!) protective hairstyle ideal for the summer. The perfect hot-weather hairstyle, this look can sometimes make the use of hair extensions for an all-out glamorous length. It can also be the basis for many other natural hair braid styles (as illustrated in the next few looks) or worn on its own for an alternative take on dreadlocks. Make sure to regularly cleanse your scalp with a gentle yet nourishing shampoo, like The Good Stuff Gentle Shampoo.
2. Bantu Knots
We love how this culturally-storied hairstyle is both practical and iconic.
3. Top Knot
Gathered into a coil on your crown, a box braid top knot is super interesting, sophisticated, and a busy-girl-approved way to look stylish on the go, especially in a hot and sweltering city.
4. High Pony
The look of an edgy high ponytail is elevated further with box braids or dreadlocks. Worn at the top of your end with the ends flowing freely, it’s a street-style favorite not only for its instant appeal but for its ease of wear. Give your ponytail some hold by misting your style with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Boost Hold Level 3 Hair Spray.
5. Twist Wrap
Braid-ception! We love this creative and oh-so-delightfully meta way to wear a literal hair wrap. To get this look, start with a set of box braided hair, then create a three-strand braid using your already-braided hair. Next, take your big plaits and coil it across your head, like a jumbo halo, for a turban-like effect. Tuck the ends into the seams and secure with pins or a hair accessory.
Hydrate your braids by using SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment!