1. Everyday Topknot
Gather your hair into a ponytail and secure it with an elastic. Divide your hair into two sections, wrap one around the base of the ponytail and pin it with a bobby pin. Wrap the second section around the first and secure it with a bobby pin, then gently tug the bun with your fingers if necessary to give it a full, rounded shape.
2. Braided Topknot
Everyone loves a good topknot, but if you’re going somewhere special, why not take it up a notch? Leave a small section of hair out while forming your topknot. Once your initial style is complete, braid the section and wrap it around the base of your topknot, securing it with a bobby pin for an elegant overall look.
3. Braided Headband
Whether you’re trying to keep your curls from getting unruly in the wind or preventing your strands from sticking to your face in the humid summer heat (sweat! frizz!), this style is a great way to wear your hair down andkeep it away from your eyes.
4. Dutch Braids
Don’t listen to celebs who call this look “boxer braids” and act like it’s a new trend. They’re called Dutch braids or cornrows, says Renee, and they’ve been around for a long time. To get ’em, she recommends using a hair priming product like Bumble and bumble’s BB. Curl Pre-Style Primer ($28, sephora.com) to moisturize beforehand, then detangle your curls completely before starting to braid. “This will significantly reduce the amount of tension that will need to be used for braiding,” she explains.
Divide your hair down the middle into two sections, then separate each section into three pieces. Starting at the front and top, create a three-strand braid. Cross the piece on the right into the middle underneath the center piece, then repeat on the left side, gradually adding more hair as you braid down to the bottom. Secure each braid with an elastic or clip.
5. Braid Out
It’s the easiest and most versatile protective style a curly-haired girl can ask for, says Renee. Simply braid your hair into two (or more!) braids, sleep on it and remove the braids in the morning. You braid your hair into a different curl pattern, lock in your moisturizing products and treatmentsduring the night and wake up with a beautiful, low-maintenance style in the morning.