Which protective style is best for you?

Stefan Bertin, Shea Moisture ambassador and celebrity hairstylist, gives his advice for choosing the right protective hairstyle.

Hair & Beauty

Protective hairstyles can be an effective way to grow your hair healthily without having it be exposed to the elements or any manipulation. They are not an absolute MUST, so there’s no need to be intimidated by them or the process, but they are an easier way to reach or maintain a length goal if you want to spend less time styling your hair.

Stefan Bertin
Stefan Bertin

When hair is in a protective style, it’s less prone to tangling, knotting, breakage and friction against clothing, so in conjunction with healthy hair care practices, it can help to improve the state of your hair.

Of course, you have to use shampoo and conditioner and apply a mask every so often, but when it comes to the styling products, use a leave-in conditioner and then reel everything else in to start with one styling product. Find what works for you and make sure you’re choosing a product with intention.

Shea Moisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, £10.99
Shea Moisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, £10.99
X-Pression Ultra Braid, £2.99
X-Pression Ultra Braid, £2.99
Baby Tress Edge Styler, £7.99
Baby Tress Edge Styler, £7.99

I love easy hairstyles and I only recommend things that I know people will be able to do with ease, so my three top protective hairstyles are canerows, topknot buns and two strand twists using a small amount of hair extensions to boost protection. I also love a good hair wrap!

Watch Whitney Madueke’s Topknot Bun tutorial

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