5 Budget-friendly Protective Hairstyles for African hair

A few days ago, while I was scrolling through Instagram, I came across a photo of 3 children having snacks; 2 black girls and one white girl. What caught my eye was the fact that all of them had nighttime headgear on, including the little white girl. I am sure that she just wanted inclusion and never really cared about the difference in their hair types.

With that said, most black women will tell you the extreme sport that is taking care of type 4 hair. From spending so much money on hairstyles that don’t last to having to pass swimming because it will shrink up your hair, black women go through a lot. I am currently typing away with weeks old cornrows plaited on my hair and I am in that phase where I really don’t know what to do to it. Below are 5 budgets friendly hairstyles for African hair here in Kenya and beyond:

1. Afro Kinky Twists

Source: @baje_hair on Instagram

Despite having soft hair, I must say that this is that one hairstyle that lasts a bit longer whenever I have it on. Normally when I braid my hair, the style can never cross the 1 month mark. Reason being? My hair is quite soft and it starts getting messy and tangled up quite faster, especially at the roots. Afro kinky twists usually come in handy and they usually last for up to 6 weeks or even longer. I am sure that if your hair does stay neat, then you will be able to stay for longer with it. A pack of Afro kinky is about 300 in Best Lady Cosmetics. You may need 2-3 packs for a fuller look.

2. Cornrows

Source: @worldofbraiding on Instagram

You can say what you want to say about cornrows but it will remain as one of my most convenient hairstyles ever. The problem is that I don’t know how to do it on my own hair. The good thing is that there are modern cornrow styles that have been invented, diversifying the look.

3. Braids

Source: @wanjiru_njiru done by @mayashairsalon on Instagram

This is one of the veteran looks that any black girl must have had in their upbringing. It still remains as one of the most affordable protective styling methods used in Africa and beyond. The different types of braids include knotless braids, box braids and mermaid braids. The style usually lasts from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on the size of the braids and one’s hair type.

4. Faux Locs

Source: @teminasemo on Instagram

When paid in lump sum, one may feel the pinch in terms of finances because it looks quite pricy. However, when you do the math, you will realize that it was actually relatively affordable, especially when you look at the benefits. For starters, having faux locs purchased and installed can cost anywhere between ksh.6, 000 and ksh.15, 000 depending on the type of locs and the length. Once installed, the style can last for up to 6 months. Its main benefit is that you will have to forget about the struggles of African hair for a while. You may need to retouch every other month but that is a small price to pay compared to the benefits you get from the protective style.

5. Crotchet styles

Source: @raisa_mmoja on Instagram

I really do love crotchet styles, especially the ones that leave me with a full head of faux curls and waves. The good thing is that underneath the crotchet, your hair is neatly plaited in protective lines. This means that even as you toss and turn, your hair is well taken care of.

Raisa Ichalut
Raisa Ichalut is a futuristic, wellness- nichéd Content Creator who seeks to use this website as a tool that informs, empowers, and enlightens people on topics around self- discovery, development, and love, general wellness, positivism, energy, healing, and mindfulness.

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