25 Fierce Winter Hairstyles For Naturalistas

Despite the unseasonably warmer temps this week, Old Man Winter is still en route. While we love turtleneck sweaters as much as anyone else, one fact remains—cooler temps can do a number on your skin and hair. Oftentimes, natural and protective styles are attributed with the summer months, but your delicate strands need even more care during the winter season. From varying temps indoors (and outdoors) to rough wool hats, there are a number of culprits to blame for hair breakage. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 25 fierce hair ideas for you to try this season and beyond. 

Janell Hickman Oct, 21, 2016

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It’s no secret that braids are the ultimate protective style—plus they make you look pulled together instantly.

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Rocking these extra long braids are not only fierce, but super easy to maintain.

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Cornrows are a no-brainer for a year-round protective style.

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Putting locs into an elegant ponytail is a quick way to transition from day-to-night.

5 of 25 @indialove/Instagram

Side swept waves are a simple, but gorgeous look for the fall.

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Wearing some of your curls slicked back helps hide a few unruly curls.

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A diffuser is the perfect way to elongate your curls when rocking a wash n go style.

8 of 25 @foreverflawlyss/Instagram

In rush? Pile your curls on top of your head for easy elegance.

9 of 25 @ulovemegz/Instagram

Extend the life of a blow-out by transforming it into a relaxed top knot.

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Gold hair clips and cuffs are a simple way to spice up your everyday style.

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Don’t feel obligated to get your hair super sleek, extra volume is always a good idea.

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Flipping and curling the ends of your layered hair takes you to instant beauty boss status.

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For a dramatic look, try adding a few clip-ins to add extra thickness—and interest.

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Fuller hair is fierce; play it up with a deep side part.

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A side pony paired with a cute fedora exudes a cool, hipster vibe.

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Your night out look is fresher than ever with a vintage wrap.

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Deep condition your hair discreetly with a signature head scarf.

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When flat ironing your hair, leave a little texture to add flair and style.

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Free form locs are are the perfect way to embrace your God-given texture in a fierce way.

20 of 25 @peakmilll/Instagram

Tapering your curls can give you a new look and help your hair grow.

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Fluff out your fro for an undone style that looks right on par.

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This haute hue ensures you’ll be the center of attention.

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Pulling your hair up into a top knot can add a few extra days to any style.

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Lightening your hair isn’t just for summer—these chocolatey curls will brighten any day.

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This super short haircut—and color—fit right into fall.