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Caring and styling for curly hair not only takes skill but a whole lotta time and effort so if you’re currently in a hair stylin’ slump, we’ve got some inspo. Whether you’re gearing up for a day at the salon (don’t forget to pack your snacks), want to DIY or go au naturale with the helping hand of a little ton of lotion, check out these protective hairstyling options:

 

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This snatched braid is SO dope – we love the added braided detail at the base of the ponytail. It’s also great if your scalp is feeling a little tender from tight braids; just pull your hair into a slick bun, attach your braid and you’re good to go.

 

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Baby hairs can totally make a look, but when it comes to baby hairs, practice makes perfect. Make sure you have a good hydrating gel or edge control, like the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Max Hold Gel, $10, and either a toothbrush to style and shape or a multi-tasking tool like the Camryn’s BFF Gentle Edges Double-Sided Brush, $2.

 

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If there’s one lesson learned here it’s that a spray bottle is your best friend. For extra hydration add some conditioner, et voila, you’ve got a leave-in conditioner! Always remember to separate and section your hair before you coat it in conditioner to ensure you don’t miss a curl. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention the brush; a good wet brush like the Tangle Teezer The Wet Detangler, $14, will make your life SO much easier as it’ll help detangle and define your curls.

 

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Grab your pick comb or use your fingers to fluff your hair and rock a fierce fro.

 

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This is next-level skill so if you’ve got the time and the patience, grab those tools and get to work.

 

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This is ideal for those days when you don’t have time to tame your curls or just for when you want to look hella-cute as demonstrated by this beauty.

 

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We’re getting major goddess vibes from these faux locs that mean you can get the look while still protecting your curls. The colored rope adds an extra dimension, but if you’re looking to experiment without making a permanent decision, you can always play around with colorful extensions. Plus, once they’re installed, they’re lower maintenance than other braid styles.

 

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We love these two-toned box braids on Jada, and the undercut also adds an extra edge.

 

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This quick and easy styling option by Vernon Francois, aka the natural curl God, is fierce AF.

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We’re high key crushing on Jourdan’s cornrows – the combination of thick and thin is straight fire.

 

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Protective hairstyles are made to protect your hair so don’t forget to show it some love with a nourishing hair oil. Our current fave is the Tropical Isle Living Strong Roots Red Pimento Hair Growth Oil, $11.

 

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The Official 4C Hair Community serving up solid proof that there’s sooooo much versatility with curls. We’re obsessed with her style at every stage!

 

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If this is your natural curl pattern, then this wrapped style is super easy and quick. If it isn’t, you can use foam rods to create the curl – it may be a little more effort but it’s totally worth it.

What’s your fave style? Let us know in the comments below.