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Hair Styling

3 Low Manipulation Protective Styles for Fine Hair

When making the decision to utilize protective styling for length retention, you also need to make the decision on what types of protective styles will work best for your hair.

Fine hair does best when handled less. Conversely, you don’t want to just “set it and forget it.”

There’s three hairstyles in particular that I find are the least manipulative yet allow flexibility for moisturizing and detangling if needed.


Buns can be done on your hair in a number of ways. One bun, two buns, three buns, four. Depending on the length of your hair, you can set your buns in a manner that creates an intricate look:

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Buns can be kept in for more than a day when tied down over night. When redoing your bun, it’s wise to change the placement of the bun(s) so that your hair doesn’t get stressed in any one area.

Since getting my hair pressed and cut, I’ll likely stick with buns done without tying the hair with an elastic. A bun created by simply wrapping the hair and securing it with a satin scarf works well for my shorter hair. I’ll share the look in a future post.

For a versatile bun on curly hair, two flat twists can be added to the front. When seeking more volume, my banana clip will be my hair accessory of choice.

Large Twists

Twists are a great way of adding versatility to your hair while still keeping it protected. When you set your hair in large twists, you are able to style them in different looks while not having to actually manipulate your hair. Plus, they are very easy to do.

Consider doing 8-10 twists. I’m loving Kimmaytube’s #10TwistBun. You’ll not be able to do it on straight hair but this makes for a great protective style on stretched hair.

Roll, Tuck & Pin

Flat twists make for great protective styles but since we are focusing on using low manipulation, rolls work better.

You don’t have to detangle your hair when you roll the hair versus flat twisting it. You can just grab sections of hair, roll it, tuck it (effectively hiding your ends) and pin it in place.

Like buns, you can choose to roll one, two or three sections of hair.

Here’s a pic of one of my favorite Roll, Tuck and Pin styles:

flat twists with roll protective style

A twist (no pun intended) on this style would be to roll the hair but instead of tucking it, wrap it in a bun before pinning in place. I shared this style back when this blog was Radiant Brown Beauty:

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Each of these three protective styles fulfill the criteria of low manipulation and ease of being able to take down for moisturizing and/or detangling.

While on my continued hair growth journey, these are the protective styles that I will be using to maintain the length on my fine natural hair throughout the winter.

A Prayer for Our Hair:

Father God, your Word says to always give thanks so thank you for my fine strands. May they continue to grow. In Jesus Name.


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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