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SURVIVE AND THRIVE. While that'what we try to do in our everyday lives, we should all try to give our hair a little TLC every once in a while. Whether your hair is relaxed or natural, you wear it out for most of the year or keep it tucked away, we all can benefit from giving our hair a little break. That's where protective styles come in. There are tons of different protective styles that will allow your hair the space to survive and thrive through the summer season. Let'check them out!_x000D_

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BRAIDS_x000D_

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[caption id="attachment_5341" align="alignnone" width="442"]Protective Styles photo via Pinterest[/caption]_x000D_

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Braids are definitely one of the most popular protective hairstyles you'll find and luckily for you, there are tons of different methods when it comes to protecting your hair. In the 90s, Brandy was the face of the classic box braid and more recently, we've seen the rise of crochet braids, a method of braiding your natural hair and crocheting braids to it. For those who want a more intricate braided protective style, you might want to think about installing Ghana braids!_x000D_

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[caption id="attachment_5342" align="alignnone" width="400"]Protective Styles: Faux Locs photo via Gabrielle Elena[/caption]_x000D_

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One protective style that has shot to the forefront of the hair industry in recent years are faux locs. While permanent locs have been a popular hairstyle for centuries, these faux (or fake) locs are one cute protective style that you can try without the commitment and in a much shorter time frame. You can even elevate this protective style by adorning your faux locs with braiding cord or gold hair cuffs._x000D_

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TWISTS_x000D_

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[caption id="attachment_5343" align="alignnone" width="400"]Protective Style: Twists photo via Brilliant Beauy[/caption]_x000D_

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If you're natural, one of the first styles you probably learned to do on your own natural hair were twists. For this protective style, rather than keeping your own hair out you can rock it bigger and better with braiding/twisting hair. If you're looking for big, long twists go with Havana twists. With this hairstyle, you can control how thin or how full you want your twists to be. If you're looking for something a little more defined Senegalese twists are a great choice as well._x000D_

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WEAVES/WIGS_x000D_

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[caption id="attachment_5344" align="alignnone" width="480"]Protective Styles: Weaves and Wigs photo via Peak Mill[/caption]_x000D_

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If you're hoping to get the most versatility out of your protective style, a weave or a wig might be your best bet. While many women leave a part of their hair out while wearing a weave, to make this style truly protective, you can rock a full closure to ensure all of your hair is protected._x000D_

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An even easier protective style to rock than weaves are wigs. Wigs have come a long way and with all the options available, you might want to consider "rocking a lace". If you love washing your hair often or switching up your styles daily, wearing wigs to protect your hair is ideal._x000D_

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This summer, protect your edges and your length with a protective style you'll love. Which ones will you be rocking? Let us know in the comments!