20 Protective Styles For Natural Hair

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Get wowed with these protective hairstyles
Get wowed with these protective hairstyles

Natural hair has been one of the most popular beauty trends in the black community in the last decade. Many scalps heave a sigh of relief when they appreciate natural hair after undergoing monthly chemical treatments for so long! What was once supposed to be a fad is nowhere to stay. Regardless, many women struggle to find appealing and innovative ways to style their hair or protective styles with minimal manipulation and breakage.

Protective styles for natural hair are important for tightly coiled hair, just as everyday washing is for straight hair. In addition, it is necessary for growth and for maximizing one’s time (which there never is enough of). As a result of trying to wash and style our hair every day, we will be late for work or leave with damp hair.

Twist-outs, braid-outs, and wash-and-go styles are popular, but after a few months, some of the most growing hair has gone right to the floor. The breakage is real and doesn’t even get me started on winter. The chilly winter air snaps off our ends.

These protective styles for natural hair will not only give you great-looking hair but will protect your natural coily hair.

Chin Length Braids To Rock Your Protective Style

Braided chin length hair
Braided chin-length hair

Long protective braids are a timeless trend that we like. Another great variant is to keep braids at chin length for a look that seems fresh and trendy. This style takes some time to do (that hair isn’t going to braid itself!). However, with proper care and a nice sleeping cap or overnight headwrap, it can last for weeks.

Continue reading to explore a variety of preventive styles that maintain natural hair healthy and beautiful. Some are basic, while others are intricate; some are wacky, while others are elegant — have fun!

Flawless Protective Style; Bun With Braids

Attractive braided bun
Attractive braided bun

Hello, gorgeous summer hair! When coiled into a broad bun, these long and delicate braids look exquisite and cool. Protective hairstyles like this can last up to eight weeks but should not be worn for any longer than that, or the hair may break. For a scalp break, combine this style with one of the other looser styles from this book.

Hair In A Hat

Stylish hair paired with a hat
Stylish hair paired with a hat

Sometimes the best protective styles for natural hair is, well, a hat! Women who are transitioning between styles may benefit from a day or two of hat hair. Hat days are a terrific way to get a deep conditioning treatment, do some messy twists or buns, and then hide it all behind an effortlessly cool hat. The hair benefits from a slower drying time and a respite from style.

Two High Buns

Cute high double bun
Cute high double bun

Is this the greatest look for people who need to wear a bike helmet? Probably not, but this simple style is a terrific way to give your hair and scalp a break from tight braids. Starting with a deep leave-in conditioner before pulling hair up is a terrific method to add extra moisture and increase the protective component of this popular style.

Braids In A Variety Of Colors

Colorful vibrant braids
Colorful vibrant braids

There is a hue for any lady who wants to add some boldness to her natural hairstyle, whether gray, silver, red, blue, or even green. The potential to add instant cool with colored hair options is one of the best things about protective braids. These long braids look fantastic when left loose, but they may also be pulled back into a low or half ponytail.

High Bun

High bun a go to protective hairstyle
High bun is a go-to protective hairstyle

Giving some ballerina vibe authenticity here! Begin with smoothing cream and twist your hair into a high bun for a sleek look that doesn’t require harsh chemicals or relaxers. This is an excellent style for hair that has recently emerged from braids. This look is also great with a colorful headband or hair wrap!

A Fantastic Addition Of Great Accessory

Accessorize your protective braided hair
Accessorize your protective braided hair

Any woman who wants to experiment with protective hairstyles should have a wardrobe full of wonderful hair accessories, such as scarves, turbans, and head wraps. These products instantly boost an outfit, but they also help make a protective style endure longer. Is your hair starting to seem a touch unkempt? Put on a wrap, and you’ve got instant polish!

Cornrows Into A Low Bun

Low bun braided hair
Low bun braided hair

Perfect parts, elegant cornrows, and a traditional low bun? Yes, please! This look is timeless and can be done up for a date night (how lovely would a flower in the bun be?) yet still looking sophisticated enough for everyday wear. If you don’t want your scalp to burn, wear sunscreen. Nobody wants to see a peeling scalp!

Double Halo Braid With Added Hair Protection

Double halo braids
Double halo braids

Bohemian haircuts and flowing tunics are all the rage when it comes to festival fashion. Because the braids are entirely formed of Kanekalon hair, this look is really simple. After braiding them in, all that’s left to do is pin them in place! Do you want to go all out? Finish it off with a flower crown!

Short And Sweet

Short yet chic hairstyle
Short yet chic hairstyle

Starting with a huge haircut is sometimes the only way to achieve an outstanding head of natural hair. Going short not only accentuates an elegant neck and stunning cheekbones, but it is also a means to get rid of hair that has been damaged by coloring or relaxing. An extremely short haircut offers a fresh start and a cool style.

Flat Twists With Ribbon

Ribbon your protective hairstyle
Ribbon your protective hairstyle

This artsy style is a unique take on the traditional straight-back cornrow (and easier to do). Soft and stylish, it’ll be ideal for a big occasion, but it may also give just the right bit of pizzazz to a more casual appearance. This style is fantastic because it is completely customizable! Switch out the ribbon for a different color to match any outfit.

Protective Feed-In Braided Ponytail Style

Braided ponytail
Braided ponytail

In high school, my go-to hairstyle was feed-in braids. They hurt like hell the first day, but I always looked like I got a facelift in an instant. In addition, my hair had grown at least one inch in a month or two. Nostalgia! This is the perfect look for the busy woman (isn’t that every woman?) who doesn’t want to deal with daily styling.

Long Cornrows For Protection

Long hair cornrow
Long hair cornrow

The Ghana braid is a modern spin on what some call the “boxer braid” (I call it the style-every-other-girl-had-on-the-first-day-of-seventh-grade braid), and it can be worn day or night, for work or play. Because of the feed-in process used here, it is impossible to discern if the hair has been added. Remember to lay the baby hairs!

Three Pony Braided Mohawk Protective Style

Mohawk hair is in style
Mohawk hair is in style

A variation on the Mohawk, this braided look can be worn by naturals of various hair lengths. The front pompadour instantly adds a high-fashion style by elevating the brow. This look is the perfect excuse to wear your wackiest earrings and darkest lipsticks! Continue to rock!

Braids In The Coily Crochet Protective Style

Crochet braids to protect your hair
Crochet braids to protect your hair

Crochet braids in coily hair are an optical illusion! The fact that this hair is crocheted into braids is almost invisible to the naked eye. Another advantage is that installation is significantly faster and does not require much precision as traditional weave installations. Nobody will ever realize it isn’t completely natural!

Protective Style: Pixie Cut, Full Lace Wig

Pixie hair a protective hairstyle
Pixie hair is a protective hairstyle

Some days (weeks, months), we don’t feel like going to the hair salon or doing our hair, but we also don’t want to wear a turban every day. Wearing a wig is also an excellent protective style, and there are numerous wig styles to choose from. Because the one depicted here is full lace, it’s easy to fool everyone into thinking it’s our hair. The days of stiff, lifeless wigs are over!

Mini Twist Updo With Two Strands As A Protective Style

Mini twist hairstyle
Mini twist hairstyle

Remember the popular French roll haircut of the 1980s? There’s no need for a press or a perm to obtain the same look. This pin-up form of little flat twists is stunning and allows the face to remain the focal point without a dull or gelling back. Take this photo to a hairdresser or a hair braiding salon near you.

Bantu Knots Are A Type Of Protective Knot

 Protect your hair with Bantu knots
Protect your hair with Bantu knots

The Bantu knot hairstyle, which is said to have originated with the Zulu tribes of Central Africa, has now become a worldwide phenomenon. From the red carpet to the fashion runways to the streets of any New York City neighborhood, people with different hair kinds (not just curly or black hair) have been seen embracing this look. This appearance is not only fashionable, but it is also long-lasting and a terrific technique to safeguard those ends.

The Bantu knot hairstyle, which is said to have originated with the Zulu tribes of Central Africa, has now become a worldwide phenomenon. From the red carpet to the fashion runways to the streets of any New York City neighborhood, people with different hair kinds (not just curly or black hair) have been seen embracing this look. This appearance is not only fashionable, but it is also long-lasting and a terrific technique to safeguard those ends.

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