The best salons for protective styles

Certain protective styles can take days to achieve if you don't book with a pro. Save yourself time with our recommendations.

Hair & Beauty
New York Hair Design

Braiding: New York Hair Design

If you want to brag to your friends that your single plaits were done by the fastest braider in the world, then head down to New York Hair Design. Salon owner Aycan Kemal not only holds the Guinness Book of Records title since 2011; she’s a multi award-winning stylist too. The quaint salon in North London is easy to get to and is open seven days a week. There are braid services for kids and adults, which means you can do the school run and still make it home in time for tea.

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X-pression Ruwa, £4.49

These presectioned bundles of joy are a beginner braider’s best friend.

My Hair Bar

Faux Locs: My Hair Bar

There’s nothing My Hair Bar can’t do when it comes to installing extensions. With team members being certified celebrity hairstylists, this west London boutique is the crème de le crème in hairdressing. If you like a menu with options you’ll be spoilt for choice here as you can discuss with the stylist the best installation method for you and order hair in advance so its ready for your next appointment.

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Urban Locs, from £5.99

Hate synthetic hair that scratches against the skin? This offers a softer, featherweight, and more natural look.

Be Crochet Creation

Crocheting: Be Crochet Creation

Taking the crochet art form to new levels is the mobile stylist Rebecca Emmanuel who goes by the alias becrochetcreation. The crochet braid expert has a dab hand at creating all finishes from box fresh braids to waistskimming water waves. Scroll through the insta page to see how natural-looking and authentic the styles are, but best of all watch the pro live in action.

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African Collection Jamaican Bounce, £5.99

Achieve long-lasting curls without having to spring for pricey human hair.

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