Protective Hairstyle Ideas For Long Relaxed Hair Or Flat Ironed Natural Hair

Protective Hairstyle Ideas For Long Relaxed Hair Or Flat Ironed Natural Hair

Dessy on YouTube shows us that having straight hair does not have to be boring and there are quite a few style options we can do while relaxed or sporting flat ironed natural hair and still keep our strands protected.

Sometimes when our hair is freshly done we will be tempted to wear it out and down, no accessories no fuss, but after awhile that gets old and the need to switch things up takes over.

The thing to remember with styling straight hair is to keep it light on the product. Your style should look effortless and not too plastered down or ‘product-ty’, not only is this good for your hair but it allows you to try a few different styles without having the need to wash your hair.

Protective styling is very important in keeping long relaxed hair healthy and continuing to retain length in the long term. Protective styling doesn’t begin and end with braids and weaves however so updo’s are an excellent way to put your strands out of the way and have a pretty style for the week.

With that said what is the key to healthy relaxed hair or natural hair that is kept straight often?

1. Consistent deep conditioning with heat – I know you are tired of hearing us preach about this, but we cannot do a post without mentioning the importance of treating your hair with a little conditioning love weekly or bi weekly and why heat is so important to the process. When you use heat you open the cuticles of your hair and allow it to absorb more of the good stuff than it would without heat.


2. Sealing – Sealing is exceedingly important to relaxed hair and the main reason is because it is naturally porous. Once you deep condition, use an oil directly afterwards to seal in that moisture. It doesn’t have to be a heavy oil, just something light like grapeseed oil to block the moisture from leaving your hair too early in the styling game.

3. Protein – Using protein regularly helps to bring high porosity hair back to normal levels. It fills in the gaps and weak areas in the hair strand so that your hair can be stronger and retain moisture better.

Check out Dessy GT’s hair style tutorials below:

DIY French-Up High Bun Braid

French Fishtail Braid

Twisted Updo Hairstyle

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Janet Goodwin

Very Pretty !

Beverly Shaw

really like that

Faustina Nadutey

Cute.She needs a edge up though!!!

Anika BeautifullyBlessed Townsend

No. She. Doesn’t..

Faustina Nadutey

Oh yes she does hun.

Ramona Cunningham

The braid and bun

Seccface Griffin

❤❤

Alana Lewis

The braided bun is my favorite.

Letha Heath

Need back shave line the trim!!

Kim Arline

Love the one on the left.

Christinia Peacock

Do you have a link for protective styles for short hair?

MrsAshley Dunn

Cute but get dat kitchen together boo

Danielle Backatitagain Medford

Cute braid…but she needed to be shaped up before u posted the pic…. would u send a client out if ur salon with that neck looking like that??? Just asking!!!

BlackHairInformation.com

She did that herself at home, she didn’t go to a salon.

MizzBlu Dimondz

Man who cares smh. Her hair is still freaking cute! Every woman doesn’t want the back of their head shaped up. She’s a natural beauty, leave her hair alone. Smh. She did it herself and did a great job.

Mahogony Love

She did that herself…I wish I could do my own like that 🙂

Pia Shantee

i don’t think she shoulda been shaped up – this is how our natural napes look. we don’t have straight baby hair – so it looks aight to me as is . my question is – how do you keep the back of the hair (near the nape) from reverting or drawing up? I flat iron my natural hair and it does pretty well except for the nape – that part always kinks up fast and gets tangled because it gets nappy faster than the other hair.

Anika BeautifullyBlessed Townsend

AGREED… she needs NOTHING.. it’s perfect!

MrsLa'chere Swain-Henley

Haters man I swear smh!! This style rocks!! I want this style asap! #LoveIt

Sheila Davis DonttrytoplayMe

@ Pia use edge control

Kimberly Dixon

The style is cute….why does she need a shape up? Pointless comment!!!

Tiffany Mawusi Starline

She doesn’t have to shape up. Hers is better than mine cos my hair grows all the way down my neck to my shirt collar line and i love it that way. Its all about loving what u have. I think its beautiful on her.

Michelle Robinson

It’s so beautiful

Journey to Waist Length

Very creative!

Dessy Gt

thank you

Melissa Noel Mills

Love the one on the left. 🙂

Our Hair Grows Too

Love the fishtail braids

Barbara Vaughn

I love them all.

Nija Nash

that neck thoe

Carla Rainey

Leave her kitchen alone! A little edge control would have helped…

Toy Jaynell

Love the fish bone braid

Kaleigh McGee

Ashley Allen the only way your hair will do that is if yu havr a relaxer :-/, but we can try it

Deidre Lewis

Clean the kitchen. Loving the fishtail.

Ameenya German

I like all the styles..really nice. 🙂

Lema Amel Naeb

I just did my hair like this yesterday

Haben Habtemariam

i like it n i do it on my hair easy

Carol Stewart

Nice Hair

Shirley Theoddmuslim Johnson

Always the ugly ones hating.

Ama Barton

Beautiful

Latonya Brown

Shape her neck up!

Michelle Boykin

Love it especially the kitchen

Eluv Leddy

Omg luv it

Sheryl Clark

That’s nice braids

Troi Smith

The back of old girl neck nappy as hell shoulda used a straighten comb on that

Michelle Watkins

I like that it ya

Jennifer Fayne-Elam

Clean the neckline!!

Hair, Makeup and Nail art

I ilke it.. gud for summer

Robin Macon Garland

Like

MizzBlu Dimondz

This is so cute!

Danielle Backatitagain Medford

Well as a stylist I’m going to say something & nobody is hating…if u don’t like opinions…DON’T POST…..

Danielle Backatitagain Medford

DON’T POST IF U DON’T WANT AN OPINION….

Mahogony Love

love this!

Carrie Laura-Lee Howe

Gorgeous!

Linda Taylor

like this

Barbara Lewis-Kates

WOW….she needs to get that neck . lol

Lissa Givens

fish tail

Shirley Don'twaitdoitNow Frazier

I luv um, only thing 4me, I did want 2 c a front view, otherwise, luv the shine of healthy hair

Jah'nay Owens

Love them all but she needs a line

Simone Grant

fantastic style

Zelekah McClam

Why didn’t they trim her nape hair? I never let someone with an iPod get out of the chair until I clean up their neckline.

Consiwella Roberts

pretty