Why do we love protective styles? There are thousands of reasons! First, we love them because it gives us a break from everyday styling and we can expedite 3 hour-long wash days to only 30 minutes. Also, when done correctly, protective styles can lead to length retention and less breakage because you’re not constantly manipulating your hair. Lastly, protective hairstyles are the best way to change up your look without a long term commitment. You can play around with color and different styles becoming a style chameleon while your natural hair flourishes. From passion twists to wigs to box braids, the ten protective hairstyles below should be next on your to-do list.
1. Ombre Box Braids
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Box braids will forever be a protective style staple. But what makes these box braids worn by beauty and lifestyle influencer, @HeyCurlie, different is the ombre effect. Request this look for your next hair appointment to switch up your ‘do.
2. Passion Twists
If you’re eager to try something other than braids, passion twists are a great alternative. Natural hair influencer, @nae2curly, shares a beginner-friendly tutorial on her YouTube channel so you can try this style at home.
3. Faux Hipsta Locs
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4. Braided Double Cornrows
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This unique protective hairstyle is both cute and simple. Bonus points: no added hair is needed! Content creator, Jeanette J Beauty, breaks it all down in her YouTube video. If you’re interested in a low maintenance protective hairstyle, this is the one to try.
Are you a naturalista with coily or kinky hair? Check out our protective hairstyle tutorial below to inspire your next look.
5. Chic Bob Wig
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Wigs are a super fun way to do a protective style and you don’t need an expensive one either. Beauty and lifestyle influencer, Ms. Naturally Mary, super chic bob wig costs only $30. Yes, $30! Watch her YouTube video to see how she styles and applies it.
6. Beaded Flat Twists
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This beaded flat twist hairstyle created by curly hair influencer, @aishcurls_, gives us Grecian goddess vibes. Styled on blow dried hair, this hairstyle can take you from Zoom calls to a night out.
7. Butterfly Locs
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Interested in a more bohemian vibe? Try butterfly locs! Beauty and lifestyle influencer, @Dayelasoul, looks amazing in her bob length faux locs.
8. Mini Twists
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A versatile protective style you can try is mini twists. Beauty influencer, Briana Lynee, looks amazing with her shoulder-length twists.
9. Classic Cornrows
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It doesn’t get more classic than cornrows. It just never goes out of style. @HeyCurlie does it again with her straight back precise cornrows with added hair.
10. Half-Up Half-Down Twists
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No extensions are required for this style if your hair is on the longer side. This hairstyle is a gorgeous twist (no pun intended) on the original half-up half-down style. Lifestyle and beauty content creator, @kandidkinks, looks flawless as she styled her twists on blow dried hair.
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