Winter Box Braids And Twists For Lazy Girls

If it's cold enough that dogs need snow boots to walk the city streets, then that means the weather is a no-go for wash and go styling. Sure, we love any method that incorporates lots of moisture in our routines. But when it's negative 600 out, it's just not worth the headache of drying — or the risk of a wet hair-induced cold, either. Protective styles are a natural girl's saving grace during winter months, especially box braids and twists. They're a dream in terms of upkeep, because you barely have to lift a finger: Just moisturize your scalp, keep them shiny with oil, and go. Aside from ease, it doesn't hurt that the added inches of hair are a cheat code for looking glam. Ahead, see how stars like Kelly Rowland and Ciara are wearing theirs this season.

Lupita Nyong'o assembled her fresh Senegalese twists in an elegant side bun, done by Vernon François.
Photo: @ciara.
Ciara's simply stunning with her long triangle braids — and the way she's looking at her husband, who snapped the pic, sure doesn't hurt.
Photo: Via @iammariaborges.
Maria Borges' cinnamon plaits — and rosy pink lipstick — bring out her vacation glow.
Photo: Via @angelasimmons.
Blondes have more fun — right, Angela Simmons?
Photo: Via @shereewhitfield.
Real Housewives of Atlanta's Shereé Whitfield celebrated another year of fabulosity by wearing a set of beaded and threaded braids on her birthday vacation.
Photo: @aliciakeys.
Alicia Keys hasn't let go of her unicorn braids yet, and we've got no complaints.
Photo: Via @kellyrowland.
But if going full-on unicorn isn't your style, break up the monotony of your black hair and sneak in a few red and green singles like Kelly Rowland did.
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