Protective styles become an essential factor in the care of your afro-textured hair. The African hairdressing community is getting stronger every year, with more and more creative ways to protect your valuable locks from damage. If you have this natural hair structure, you are aware of the challenges it brings. Nonetheless, you can reduce stress in more ways than one with these enticing styles.
1. Protective styles for natural hair
If you are one of the lucky ladies who have managed to grow their natural curls, this style is a must. After properly tearing your hair, you can twist the sides and put the ends in a safe and stylish chignon.
2. Faux Locs
Dreadlocks are a favorite hairstyle, but we all know how much long-term damage they can cause. For a gentle approach with a similar visual effect, remember to get some wrong locs. They look gorgeous and are protective too.
3. Protective hairstyles for hair growth
If your goal is to grow your natural hair, consider protective styles that put as little strain on your curls as possible. For example, this twisted crown hairstyle is not nearly dense. Consequently, your hair will not break.
4. Havana Twists
For a tropical island look, Havana Twists are your favorite protective hairstyle. They consist of a two-stranded twist that flows gracefully into a dreamy hairstyle. You can also just style them after graduation.
5. Protective styles for short natural hair
Have you already seen some natural castles? If you are at the beginning of your journey and your natural hair is short, you should really think about flat turns if you choose your protection style. You can also mix them with a half flat twist for some sweet curls.
6. Protective hairstyles for the transition hair
Similar to the hairstyle mentioned above, this mixes a flat twists with delightful corkscrew curls in a pixie hairstyle. It’s an exceptional way to protect your locks as you switch to natural hair over the long term.
7. Box braids
As far as braided hairstyles are concerned for African American women, box braids are easily in the top 3 trending. You have a variety of benefits, from availability in different widths, to the ability to get them as long as you can imagine.
8. Ghana braids
Ghana braids are next to box braids a popular protective hairstyle. These jumbo braids are undoubtedly an eye-catcher because of their chic thickness. As for styling, let yourself be inspired by this side ponytail.
9. TWA protection styles
The teeny Weeny Afro, or TWA for short, is the first big step towards natural hair. After you’ve gone through the BC (Big Chop), you can grow your Afro curls. To protect them during your transition, think about using this type of hairstyle.
10. Half Up Twists
Twisted braids are a dream for African hair care. They are part of the category of loose braids, which means they will not burden your hair any further. If you want to style them fashionable, you can try this half top knot.
11. Protective hairstyles braids
Speaking of braids, this photo proves our point of view in the most beautiful way. Although there is a long way to natural hair with this length, you can protect your locks with extensions in this style.
12. Goddess braids
Women with bold personalities will admire the way goddess heads compliment them. These big, stunning and ingeniously secure braids will astonish you. The metallic pearl accessories are also super stylish, whether in silver or gold.
13. Nubian twists
If you are all for spring band locks, Nubian Twists are the protection for you. After installing these braids, enjoy a unique texture that makes hand washing through your hair a pleasure.
14. Flat twist protection
We can not stress enough how important flat twists are among the styles of protection. In this photo you can observe a full, flat twist of natural hair and carefully protect it from damage. Aside from the protection, you’ll get a sleek look that you’ll love.
15. Protective hairstyles for ent ntes hair
Once you have long, natural hair, you can enjoy a whole world of endless styling possibilities. If you really want to get creative with your hairstyle, start by looking for updos. This example shows how amazing they can be.
16th Senegalese twists
Another way to enjoy long stretches while protecting your natural curls is the Senegalese twist. The name comes from its area of origin, and the result is nothing short of radiant. Do not hesitate to try short or long turns to see which ones are best for you.
17. Natural protection styles
Twists are a fundamental part of the styling of your natural hair once it’s fully grown. If you choose a playful hairstyle like this, be careful not to twist your curls tight. As you will learn in our list, loose is the key to protection.
18th Marley Twists
When we hear Marley Twists, we think of the famous musician who inspired her name. However, Marley Twists also refer to the hair for this braided hairstyle. Try it yourself, if you stand on thicker braids.
19. Protective hairstyles with extensions
Extensions play an important role in hairstyles for women at the beginning of their natural hair change. Since your natural curls are extremely short, you can extend the length of your hair with various braided extensions.
20. Kinky Twists
If you’re looking for a natural, African-like look, you should experiment with kinky twists. These funky braids can be stored for a few weeks at a time, and you’ll look amazing with them everyday. This photo also shows a popular cut for kinky twists, so keep this layered approach in mind.
21. Natural hair bun
Buns are an excellent way to preserve natural hair. After all, you do not invest time, money, and patience to grow your hair to spare your efforts, right? This hairstyle only takes a few minutes to wrap it up and add the accessory of your choice.
22. Winter protection styles
If the weather outside is terrible, it’s best to cushion your curls as if you were protecting your body from the cold. An easy way to do this is with a braided updo that frees your face and keeps your locks in place. In addition, updos are also targeted at all formal events that you might have in your agenda.
23. Protective hairstyles for natural hair with weave
There is quite a conversation about bond security. While they can actually protect your hair, they can also destroy it if they are glued or permanently installed. The best solution is to work with an experienced stylist and to talk openly about your goal of growth and protection.
24. Short box braids
While you often find braids in long versions, their shorter alternatives look just as fabulous. You can get inspired by popular hairstyles for the shape of your braids, like the reversed long bob from this photo.
25. Funky and protective hairstyles
Olayinka Mia Noel is an international model for which countless women pay attention to their natural beauty. She is also an avid follower of the Natural Hair community and shows on her social media accounts funky protection styles like these.
26. Protective styles for the summer
After treating protective hairstyles for the winter, it is natural that we would recommend some summer mates. To tackle the heat in a glamorous way, take a look at this inspiration example. It is not only safe, but also suitable for informal and unusual environments.
27. Nice protective hairstyles for natural hair
Channel your inner teen? Dare for a playful and youthful hairstyle! You can even take a trip back to the 90s with a super nice hairstyle with half room buns. They look fantastic on spring turns!
28. Faux Hawks
Repeat after me, ladies: “roll and tuck”. Once you master these techniques, they become your ultimate natural hair brave. Together, they serve as an unbeatable method to protect your natural hair with numerous styles.
29. Headwrap hairstyles
What better way to secure your natural locks than with a charming and inspiring accessory? Headgear is not only extremely fashionable, but also a wonderful way to return to your African roots.
30. Protective braid styles
Let the braids come, girl! As an example of braided protection styles we would like to point out the charming separation technique during installation. You can express your creativity with diamond shapes for every braid.
31. Elegant pompadours
Do you have a wedding ahead? How about, for example, a black office party or an important event in the red carpet? The classic pompadour makes for a dazzling appearance in any of the above events. Apart from its elegance, the Pompadour glamorously protects your hair.
32. Curly protection styles for TWA
Hands down, one of the best ways to show off your TWA is to pop those curls! Make sure you start with a haircut that properly emphasizes your natural shape. Let these curls bounce around like there is no tomorrow!
33. Bantu knot
As far as African roots are discussed, Bantu knots are as close as possible. This traditional hairstyle has been around for hundreds of years, and it’s still trendy today. Do not hesitate to spice up with some color or accessories.
34. Simple protection styles
Is the time never completely on your side? No need to worry, we’ve prepared some quick and easy styles for you. Women with medium or long natural hair can braid themselves in a few minutes to this angel updo.
35. Full wigs
If you’re looking for colors or textures that would normally destroy your hair, it’s best to go for a full wig. In recent years, wigs have become increasingly popular among celebrities with all kinds of hair textures. In essence, they are the key to changing your appearance with 0 damage in an instant.
Gabrielle Union has a special place in our hearts for several reasons. Apart from her impeccable spectacle, she occasionally graces braids as well. In this shot you can admire their micro braids and even think about getting their own.
37. Protective styles for children
We’re back to Space Buns, this time in a version your daughter is going crazy for. The hairstyle is incredibly adorable for young ladies and also protects their natural curls from harm. The baby hair is the icing on the cake!
38. Fast protection styles
As promised, here is another protective hairstyle for women on the go. If your natural hair is already long, gently create a twisted braid on the side. After mastering the braiding technique, you get the look in less than 5 minutes.
39. Clip in hairstyles
Do you remember what we said about worrying about the bonds? Well, an exceptional way to avoid hair shyness is to get a clip in one. In other words, you just have to paste in the extensions and leave your worries behind.
40. Cornrows protection
Cornrows were popular with Alter and Beyoncé, making the trend with their latest album coverings more than ever returning and booming. For a creative approach to cornrows, do not hesitate to play around with feed-in designs like those in this picture.
41. Afro puffs
Looking for a hairstyle that protects your hair while accentuating your voluptuous curls? Afro puffs are exactly what you long for. This is yet another effortless hairstyle that will surely highlight your afro-textured hair.
42. Crochet Braids protection
If curls are the focus, crochet pigtails are the perfect answer. Using this technique, you will enjoy large, perfectly shaped curls that frame your face in a very flattering way. In addition, crocheted braids work for short and long hair alike.
43. Halo braids
Whether you call them crown braids or halo braids, these beauties create a hairstyle that is not to be forgotten. Whether you want to bring out your bohemian personality at a festival or make a graceful appearance at a wedding, you should keep this protective style on your list.
44. Protective styles for thin edges
As you struggle with thinning edges, the False Hawk can help you hide them and show off the rest of your magnificent locks. However, make sure that you handle the edges gently, so that you can do no further damage during the entire repair process.
45. Sisterlock’s hairstyles
Do you want to combine the ideas of curls and pigtails? Welcome to Sisterlocks, the perfect mix that will give you the best of both worlds. The strands are similar to micro strands, while the strands are super curly all around.
46. Protective bridal hairstyles
On your wedding day, you deserve to be an absolute king’s hat from start to finish. After choosing the dress of your dreams, think about the perfect hairstyle to complement it. This goddess braided updo might just be the one.
47. Long braided protective styles
Hair extensions are lifesavers for several reasons. Apart from their obvious protection factor, they can also be worn for an extremely long time. For example, you can extend your cornrows with hip-length pigtails the same size.
48. Protective updos
If you are planning to have your hair more than you want, you can braid it directly into an updo. For that you have everywhere rising braids, so that the top is perfect for ponytails or buns.
49. Turban hairstyles
For 100% protection in adverse weather conditions, do not hesitate to rock a turban. You can choose a headscarf with a pattern that reflects your personality and completely envelops your hair. It’s a nice way to emphasize your facial features.
50. Professional protective hairstyles
Last but not least, we want to give you a protective hairstyle that can be worn in an office environment. The style of the locks is transformed back to an elegant ponytail, making it suitable for use in companies.
In summary, there is an endless variety of protection styles to choose from. No matter which hairstyle you choose, you should know that care for afro-textured hair requires time, patience and a lot of love. We encourage everyone to take a little time and effort to take care of your curls, as the benefits in the end are in the majority. But let’s talk about you. What is your favorite style of protection?