The Hottest Protective Styles of 2018

Can we take a moment to talk about this weather? Snow in Atlanta. Cold fronts in Florida. Days off work and school because of bad weather. One day, the weather is unseasonably warm and then the next day it is outrageously cold. This winter is like nothing we’ve ever seen, which means protective styles are more important than ever.

We can’t control whether or not another bomb cyclone hits, but we can make sure our hair is prepared. Start by diligently taking your Whole Food Vitamins. It will do wonders for your hair, skin, and nails, combatting all of the negative effects of the cold. Slather your scalp in Shedavi’s Hair & Scalp Growth Elixir to say goodbye to flakiness and hello to growth. Then heat up your winter with one of these hot protective styles of 2018.

Top knot

This style is equal parts effortless and “I mean business.” You can rock the top knot in so many ways. Add in extra hair around your own top knot when you need a quick and easy style. Add a top knot to your twists or braids. You can even do a half up, half down style with weave. Wear your top knot for both work and play.

Decorated braids

These dull winter months call for a little extra pizzazz, so why not go beyond basic braids at your next hair appointment? Experiment with different parts. Incorporate beads, shells, and rings. The weather may be dreary, but your hair doesn’t have to be. Create your own sunshine.


Pigtails aren’t just for little girls anymore. Like the top knot, this style is versatile. It can be a protective style all its own, or it can be a way to style another protective style, like braids or twists. We love this braided pigtail for a night on the town or for a weekend getaway to warmer weather.

Braided bun

If you want a low touch style, the braided bun is for you. No need to spend all day at the shop to get it done, and there’s minimal styling required. Just wrap it up at night. You’ll be good to go. It’s elegant enough for a fancy night out but still laid back enough for a girls night in.

What protective styles will you wear to heat up these cold winter months? Share your favorite looks and tips in the comments below.

Authored By: Taylor Morrison

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