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10 protective summer hairstyles for naturals and relaxed girls

10 protective summer hairstyles for naturals and relaxed girls

Summertime is right around the corner and it's time to break out the protective styles. Getting a new hairstyle for the summer can be considered one of Black women’s favorite pastimes. With the versatility [ and sensitivity]  that comes with Black hair, it’s important to find gorgeous styles that will also protect your locks from the heat of summer.

A Dash of Pink

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Obviously this skirt gives glamour, so it had my name written all over it. I'm not really a pink girl, gold is my color of choice when I want to make a 'girly' statement. This skirt was an exception. The mostly black with a dash of pink is definitely suited for girls who prefer not to dabble in too much pink. There are some really beautiful shades of pink, but let's be honest...fuchsia ain't it.

In addition, I decided to add my fishnet socks and black ZARA pumps. I've been a huge fan of socks and shoes for the longest time. It has a great vintage feel but can be interpreted effortlessly for the modern era.

All in all, easily another favorite.

Would you wear socks and shoes?

Skirt: ASOS

Top: H&M

Shoes: ZARA

Hair Diary: Keita

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Keita's hair directly reflects her personality. It has the equal part charm and equal part sass. Take a moment to enjoy it...

GSL: You have a gorgeous head of natural hair! What do you love most about it? KHW: I love how absolutely freeing my natural hair has been for me.

GSL: Why don't you tell us a little bit about your hair journey? KHW: I actually have a great hair horror story! I had my first relaxer when I was 6 years old. From the time I had baby teeth until I was twenty, I had long thick relaxed hair. In college, my friends and I thought we were doing the economical thing playing beauty shop in our dorm rooms. I had a terrible dorm room dye job circa 1999, followed by an ill-advised relaxer a few weeks later. While rinsing out the relaxer, my hair came out in clumps. I remember crying in the shower with big chunks of hair in both hands. Needless to say, I made a decision to give up relaxing and I haven’t looked back since. I was so young when I got my first relaxer; I had no idea how my natural hair was going to look. I didn't really remember it any way other than straight. The transition was not an easy one… My hair was quite rebellious. I was certainly surprised with my curl pattern.

GSL: So now what's your relationship like with your hair? KHW: My hair is like an old friend that I love in spite of her quirkiness and occasional uncooperativeness. My hair and I have evolved and grown through various stages of my life. I look at old pictures and I can tell the entire back story based on my hairstyle.

GSL: What's your hair care regimen & maintenance like?

KHW: I’m a fan of the no 'poo movement. I tend to only wash my hair when it is really dirty or if I have gone swimming. Otherwise, I rinse it with conditioner. I only ever comb my hair when it is both wet and saturated with conditioner. I use a leave-in conditioner and a humidity resistant gel. I may (depending on how much time I have in the morning) blow dry with a diffuser until my hair is damp and let it air dry the rest of the way.

GSL: Since you're very big on conditioning and moisturizing your hair, what's one product you absolutely cannot live without? KHW: I cannot live without my Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner!

GSL: Do you like it when people touch your hair? KHW: Too much hands-on action makes my hair frizzy, so I dislike it when people touch my hair without asking first.

GSL: What was the inspiration for your current hairstyle? KHW: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

GSL: Fierce! Any parting words of natural hair wisdom for GSL readers? KHW: The best way to care for your hair is to take care of your overall health. Drinking lots of water and eating right makes a world of difference in the strength and shininess of your hair.

I Love My Hair: Tasha Miller

Meet the beautiful...Mrs. Tasha Miller.

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GS: Describe the relationship with your hair.

TM: Funny question. We have a love/hate thing going on right now. Depending on the day.

Some days it just won't act right and that frustrates me but other days I wake up to perfect hair without even trying.

GS: What do you love most about your hair? It's "trainable." If I part it enough on one side or do a particular style enough times it will go into those styles automatically. So certain styles become easier with time.

GS: Why did you go natural?

TM: At 14, my hair was very curly. My relaxers would never fully straighten my hair without causing damage. So I decided to just see what my hair would do without the chemicals.

It was not popular to be African-American with natural hair then and took me 2 years before I could talk my mom into it and just go for it. At 16 I cut it all off.

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GS: Describe your transitioning period.

TM: Transitioning from relaxed to natural was super easy. I wore it super short so I could just get up and go.

Transitioning from natural to locs was more difficult. It took my hair 2+ years to fully lock. So I had to be patient and just deal with the "frizzy" years.

GS: Tell us about your hair care regimen.

TM: I use a conditioning shampoo (like cream of nature) and I use leave in conditioner by Carol's Daughter. I deep condition every 6-8weeks with Miss Jessie's hair mask. I'll get it retightened at the roots every 8-10 weeks and will get maintenance twice a year to remove the extra frizzes. Daily, I use an oil spritzer by Carol's daughter.

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GS: What advice do you have for GS readers?

TM: Don't fight your hair!! It's really about the products. You shouldn't have to overload your hair on any product. If you do then that's not the product for you.

Try different creams, oils, mousses and foams. Once you find something that works. Stock up!

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Pictures by Amy Hendy