Winter Protective Style 2018

As much as I always hate to admit it every year, winter isn’t just around the corner, it’s here. I’ve realised that I definitely need to put my hair into a protective style. I was thinking I might be brave this year and do one with just my hair, or at least the majority of my hair. But after this week’s cold snap, I just don’t know if that’s a good idea. So, as always, I’m considering what I can do with my hair for these colder months. I thought I would’ve made up my mind by now but, here I am, just taken out my Bali braids and wondering what I’m going to do next. I’m going to have to give my hair a bit of a break before installing another style. The question is, which one?


As always, my options this year will consist of old faithful. Possibly a weave. In my garage, I have a storage box full of hair pieces that I’ve bought, never used and basically just collected for future use. I haven’t gone through it in awhile so it’s on my to do list to help figure out where to next. There’s a few pieces I might be able to make into wigs, instead of buying a new one. Even though I’ve weaved for years, I didn’t put any in last year, instead I used wigs. Weaves are still and option mostly because I’ve seen some hair that’s only available as weave tracks. Having said that, I’m all about time and money these days and the reason I prefer wigs is because a) they take less time to install and b) I can access my own hair much better.


I have about 4 wigs in my hair stash. One of them is looking quite ratty so I’m hoping I can revive it with a trim and treatment. The others are still looking good, so this will be my easiest option as I can just put my hair in cornrows or flat twists underneath so my hair’s still accessible. And at the same time, easily put away again. The question for the wigs option is – do I get a new one? There are so many amazing new wigs I’ve seen in stores, social media and friends’ heads! So I’m very tempted to try another look. At the same time to be honest, I’m also watching my cash flow and I don’t think it’s necessarily a good idea for me to spend money on a new wig, just for the hell of it. So I really want to work with what I currently have.


For the first time in years, I’m seriously considering braids. What’s inspired me is my Bali braids because I had to get singles on the side to get more volume. I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t take that long to do. So I might get over my reluctance of single braids this year – who knows.

Faux Locs

Another style I’ve really been admiring is the faux locs style. I’ve never been into locs personally but whenever I see a woman with them, I think, that actually looks really nice especially when they’ve been done nicely. So that’s also something I’m also considering. I have no idea how long they take to do though. And from what I assume, they might take a little less time than single braids – or shorter if I crochet them on.

My own hair

As you know, I’ve really been enjoying wearing my own hair out. Last year, you saw me wearing my own hair out the longest time I’ve ever done before. I only put it away for two months out of the whole year. So I’m tempted to try and figure out what winter friendly protective hair styles I can rock with my own curls. That could be something that some of you who aren’t into wigs and weaves may find useful.

I’m just not sure what to do. Remember I asked you to vote on my Instagram stories your favourite style for Bali, and you chose the lemonade braids which I ended up doing and LOVED! Thanks again for voting for that. So I might do another poll on my stories for you to choose my next style. If you’re not following me on Instagram, please do! I’m sharing a lot of my everyday content on there and have regular giveaways. If you’re already following me on Instagram, make sure to check out my stories 🙂 Look out for fun polls, my random thoughts and other hair things there too.

Let me know, what’s your hair plan for winter?



  1. Lindz
    June 5, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Hi Aisha….I totally agree with you on the faux locks, never been much of a dread lover but when I sister rocking them I really get enticed. It’s definitely something worth considering for some winter coverage

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      September 7, 2018 / 5:33 am

      Hi Lindz,
      I’m still considering faux locs. Call me cray cray but I might end up protective styling in summer lol!

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