These are the top 5 protective hairstyles local celebs swear by


We love protective hairstyles… Not just because they’re simply popping, but because they’re every black girl’s holy grail.

Think: low maintenance, versatile, plus they revive hair growth, save time and keep your hair protected from combing, relaxing and hair drying every day. Here, how five local celebrities rock their faves.

Nomzamo Mbatha: Pixie cut

Almost everyone can get away with this cute do. It’s more of a get-up-and-go hairstyle that’ll cut your mirror time in half in the a.m.

Plus: it doesn’t need much combing, pulling and twisting, and helps your hair retain its length.

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Keep it nice ‘n shiny with the Isoplus Natural Remedy Oil Sheen Olive Oil (R28) at Dis-Chem.

Pearl Thusi: Faux locs

Versatile and trendy, you can never really go wrong with this style. Just make sure you don’t pull your hair too tight on application. Otherwise, it requires very little maintenance.

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Keep your edges on edge with Johnnys Hair Gel Firm Hold (R110) at Dis-Chem.

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Ayanda Thabethe: Corn rows

The mother of all protective hairstyles, this favourite is less and more at the same time. Bonus points: it requires little effort to maintain, literally needs no manipulation whatsoever, helps your hair grow, keeps your tresses nourished and looks good on everyone.

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Keep your hair nourished with Dark And Lovely Braid Spray (R40) at Clicks.

Enhlembali Maphumulo: Afro

A serious “go big or go home” style, the fro gives you the opportunity to change up your look and try something new while your hair takes a much-needed break from heat and styling products.

READ MORE: Here’s What Black Haircare Experts Wish You Knew About Going Natural

Keep it super-shiny with the Isoplus Natural Remedy Oil Sheen Olive Oil (R28) at Dis-Chem.

Boity: Long braids

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Okay, so they take forever – but it’s totally worth it. We swear. You can do so much with these babies, they stay looking fresh for the longest time, save you from bad hair days and keep your hair healthy.

Keep your braids nourished with Dark And Lovely Braid Spray (R40) at Clicks.

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Want more? Read about how this woman went on national television without having washed her hair for a week, or check out why this woman is growing out her body hair.

This article was originally published on Women's Health South Africa.

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