50 Protective Hairstyles That Are Surely Worth Your Attention
You might think protective styles can be hard to come by, but you’d be wrong! These days there are so many ways to style your hair. Rock beautiful braids at an evening event, sport quick sassy hairstyles based on a natural afro, or give a little attitude with an edgy updo.
Scroll through 50 pictures of stunning styles below and head down to your hairstylist. When you walk out that door, you’ll feel like a completely different person! You’ll also have a pile of new hairstyles to try next time you’re stuck!
1. Braids on Braids
Slay the day with glossy braids and smooth baby hairs to soften the look. Use Shea Moisture Laquer for perfect edges.
2. Neat Braids with Cuffs
For black hair, neat curvy braids will have you looking like a queen.
3. Low Braided Updo
Double braids on each side and feed them into a cute pretzel-shaped bun at the nape for a classy updo, eye-catching from every angle.
4. Easy and Quick Braided Pony
Need hair out of the way but still want to look pretty? A braided pony is classic and quick protective style.
5. Smooth and Silky Top Bun
Check out this sleek stylish bun! Look your best at an evening date with a silky straight weave hairstyle.
6. Boxer Braids for Natural Hair
Taming 4c hair is easy when you work them into braids fit for a princess.
7. Retro Black and White Thick Twists
Crochet braids are a showstopper when given a contrasting standout color.
8. Chunky Braid with Faux Undercut
This braided updo with delicate cornrows at the nape puts all other styles for curly hair to shame.
9. Geometric Cornrows
Turn heads with an updo boasting angled cornrows and curled baby hairs.
10. Cornrows Hair Art
Lots of small cornrows are fed into two braids and given warmth with an added color. Brilliant!
11. Extra Tall Chunky Braided Bun
Got long hair with extensions? Twirl it into a huge crown bun for an impressive yet easy updo.
12. Protective Senegalese Twists
Be the star of your own show with Senegalese twists, throwing in bold beads for special accents.
13. Protective Lemonade Braids
Why have braids straight down to your back when you can braid in both directions around your head? This style will work for thin edges.
14. Two Big Afro Buns
Cute Minnie Mouse buns are perfect for girls and women with afros who don’t mind a simple and fun hairstyle.
15. Protective Bantu Knots
By now many girls have tried so many braided hairstyles from cornrows to box braids, Senegalese twists and all kinds of intricate braided patterns. This head full of quirky knots is good when you want to rock what you have without adding any extensions.
16. Bobbed Box Braids
For natural hair in box braids, keeping it down for a flattering frame and movement is often satisfying enough.
17. Fancy Protective Style
Protective styles for natural hair certainly aren’t boring – this stunner looks more like a crown!
18. Very Long Twists
A great option for protective braid styles, Senegalese twists give you a flawless look and a desired length.
19. Shapely Natural Updo
For African American hair, a flattering updo with twist braids is easy, elegant, and fit for any occasion.
20. Upside Down Braid and Bun
A single-braid updo with a tightly twisted bun is classic and eye-catching. Good for medium relaxed hair.
21. Chunky Flat Twist and Side Bun Updo
Several chunky flat twist braids around your head can make for a statement updo. Direct them to one side and pin the ends for a fresh take on the low bun.
22. Protective Hairstyle with Kanekalon Hair
Don’t you mind using some extensions? Try this cute updo with multiple Kanekalon braids featuring an added color.
23. Flat-Twist Updo Hairstyle
An elegant updo like this one with flat twists shows off the neckline and that cute pair of earrings you’ve just bought!
24. Twists and Combcoils
A different take on a twisted updo, this style brings long twists up and leaves cute little combcoils to frame the updo around perimeter, like an undercut would.
25. Touchable Buns with Tiny Braids
For natural hair, incorporating tiny braids into bunchy buns is a great way to show off your mane!
26. Sassy and Stunning Faux Mohawk
The curly updo with faux locs makes for a beautiful mohawk. The thin braids that protect edges keep it pretty but edgy.
27. Thick Colorful Braids
For African American hair, chunky braids fed into buns help show off any color you add in.
28. Protective Halo Braid
Look like an angel with a highlighted halo braid!
29. Atomic Blonde Faux Locs
Want to check if blondes really have more fun? Wear these for a couple of months and find out. It’s a relatively quick protective style done with a crochet method. We love!
30. Protective Twists and Bun Updo
Need a protective style for hair growth? Look no further! A natural protective hairstyle like this one encourages hair to grow and looks pretty feminine at the same time.
31. Knotted Mohawk Braid
This beautiful protective updo hairstyle is feminine and edgy. It’s a great choice for any formal event.
32. Natural Hair in a Big Low Bun
There are protective hairstyles that do not pull that hard at your edges and encourage healthy hair growth. This natural updo is a good example.
33. Glossy and Sleek Protective Twisted Bun
A quick protective style for black hair: a twisted bun with an upside down braid.
34. Extra Long Braids with String
Very long braids are gorgeous, but even better with beads.
35. Feed-In Braided Pineapple Bun
Inspired by a pineapple, this unique style gathers different kinds of braids into a bold bun.
36. Formal Protective Style
Sisterlocks are perfect for that special event you’re attending this weekend!
37. Half-Protective Curly Style
For curly hair, this half updo unleashes curls and throws in little details, such as a twist from ear to ear accented with charms.
38. Protective Cornrows with Curls on Top
Cornrows decorated with bobby pins create a fun version of the Mohawk updo and ensure you look your best wherever you’re off to!
39. Glam Natural Updo
Celebrate the beauty of natural hair with this pompous multi-twist updo.
40. Natural Updo with Voluminous Top
An updo with a little wave action! The sides get their own attention too, with a few smaller sectioned off pieces.
41. Easy Peasy Half-Protective Style
Wake up and go with a simple side braid pulled through beads on 4c hair.
42. Four Dutch Braids
Short on time? Bring four rows of braids into two low buns or just tie the ends of each two braids together.
43. Fulani Braids
Hairstyles that protect edges don’t have to be boring. Working beads onto face-framing braids gives that extra oomph.
44. Golden Accents in Faux Locs
Looking to add a little something to your hairstyle? Incorporate a gold string or beads for an ultra-flattering updo.
45. Two Puffy Boxer Braids
Look like a queen with edgy braids pulled apart once braided for a thicker, more impressive appearance.
46. Protective Coiled Bun Updo
The intricate braids look like a rose when arranged around a bun.
47. Huge Natural Flat Twists
Show off your dense 4c hair texture in a thick natural flat twist updo. Bring twists to the back of the head and gather into a chunky bun.
48. Transitioning Style
Transitioning to your natural locks? This hairdo lets you wear your short natural hair in braids and enjoy a voluminous updo thanks to extensions. It’s a good idea to wear a classy hairstyle while your full value afro is growing out.
49. Protective Cornrows and Curly Ponytail
Tightly coiled natural hair looks best when down and wild or up in a princess pony.
50. Dramatic Low Bun Style
Not a new idea, but still a good option to try on 4c hair, this braided updo brings drama to the top and a lot more to the bottom with a rounded braided bun.
The next time you’re struggling to find new interesting protective styles, take a look through our galleries for natural hair. There’s a simple or intricate design for every taste and occasion!