Naturally dry hair not only needs regular deep conditioning treatments, but an occasional rest from heat styling tools. Heat tools may lead to a sleek hairstyle — but add in a chemical processing treatment, like a relaxer, and voilà! You could be looking at some serious damage.

Protective styles, like a simple bun, are great options for relaxed women looking to keep the heat at bay. But while the almighty bun is a great protective hairdo, it can get monotonous. A roller set is another healthy option, but some don’t always have the time to sit under a hooded dryer.

If avoiding the heat is putting your relaxed tresses in a style slump, take a look at these easy DIY options.

Revisit the basics.

Remember when your mother sent you to school in braids?  It may be time to revisit this. Update this youthful style by trying different types of braids like a basic fishtail. For a little more drama, add some extra hair like Rihanna. You can also go international and try a Dutch, French, or Grecian braided style. The possibilities are endless.


  • It’s simple and it lasts. Just be sure to put a silk scarf on at night
  • You don’t need to use any heat styling tools
  • There are so many braided styles to choose from, so you can look different everyday

Roll and rock.

Flexi-rods, like HairArt Super Rollers ($8.29) are great for corkscrew curls when wet set, but have you ever used them on dry hair? Setting your dry hair overnight on the rubbery rollers make soft, moveable, and bouncy curls. As the day passes, the curls loosen to romantic waves. Wear this style down for a vixen vibe or pulled back into a loose textured ponytail.


  • You don’t need a mirror, so you can do it in front of the television
  • The sections don’t have to be even (it gives the style texture)
  • You don’t need to use that many rollers, so this style can take as little as 15 minutes

Change position.

For those of you betrothed to your bun, we understand. It’s easy, quick, and doesn’t require much effort. For a twist on your usual chignon, move it around! If you normally wear it at the nape of your neck give it a little lift and try a topknot. Or for a classic look, bring it around to the side.


  • It’s a protective style, so you don’t have to sacrifice your strands
  • It’s easy and you can have fun with positioning
  • You don’t have to purchase extra tools to achieve it

Do you have more easy styling tips for relaxed women? Leave a comment or send us a video and maybe we’ll feature you on C+C!