10 Best Protective Styles For Natural Hair

by To All My Black Girls on April 18, 2024

Whether you are trying to grow out your natural or simply keep it healthy, protective styles are hands-down one of the best ways to keep your curls and coils happy. They not only save you the hassle of styling your hair every day, but they also help prevent damage and breakage. 

Now, one of the best things about protective styles is their versatility–there are literally tons of styles out there to choose from. But, if you are a little unsure which one to go for, we've got you covered. Up ahead, we've put together some of the best protective styles you can try on your natural hair.

What Are Protective Styles?

Protective styles are hairstyles that keep most of your hair tucked away or “protected”. This helps to limit exposure to things like over-manipulation or weather conditions that can lead to dryness, knots, tangles and finally breakage. 

The goal of these hairstyles is essentially to prevent your delicate hair strands, especially your ends from getting damaged.

Does Natural Hair Grow Faster With Protective Styles?

Protective styles help with natural hair growth but they do not necessarily make the hair grow faster.  As long as you are healthy, the hair grows naturally regardless of what you do to it. However, the main reason why natural hair seems to have a hard time growing is a lack of length retention. Since curly and coily hair strands are prone to dryness, they tend to break off very easily. This is where protective styles come in, they keep you protected from damage, allowing you to retain the length that normally grows out of your scalp. So yes, you will notice an increase in length when you constantly wear protective styles.

How To Maintain And Grow Your Natural Hair With Protective Styles

Rocking protective styles is great and all but when you do not properly maintain them, you will not enjoy most of the benefits they offer. Many people make the mistake of installing a protective style and taking it as a sign to completely abandon their hair which is a big no-no. Your hair still needs some TLC even when it is tucked away.

To make things easier, here are 3 basic tips to help you maintain and care for your hair while protective styling.


Keep your hair moisturised at intervals while your protective style is on. You can use a leave-in conditioning spray or simply spritz the hair with some water and follow up with your favourite moisturiser. Try to do this 1-2 times a week to ensure the hair remains hydrated.


After moisturising, apply a little oil to your hair to help seal in the moisture. You can also apply some on your scalp to prevent dryness and itching. There are many different oils you can use like jojoba, coconut, rapeseed, olive, and argan oil. Whichever one you choose, just try to make sure it is 100% natural and not mixed with other additives.


Before bed, always cover your hair with a satin bonnet like our adjustable double-sided bonnet. It will keep your hair from rubbing against your bedsheets and pillowcases. When your hair is left to continuously rub against the cotton fabric of your bedding, it increases friction which leads to more frizz and dryness and in the long term, it can cause breakage. So nighttime protection is important.

10 Best Protective Styles For Natural Hair

Now, let's get into why you are here. Some gorgeous protective hairstyles.

  • Two Strand Twists


Two-strand twists are twists made by intertwining two sections of hair. They are a great low-maintenance protective style and can last up to two weeks or more.


  •  Ponytails

Ponytails are a timeless style you can never go wrong with and if you’re after a simple protective style, braided ponytails should definitely be your go-to look. They are perfect for days when you only have a little time and need something easy to install. Most people think they need to have super long hair to be able to pull off a ponytail but you actually don't. Whether you have long or short hair, with our drawstrings ponytail extensions you can achieve this look.


  • Cornrows


Cornrows are a classic protective style that never goes out of fashion. They look great on any hair type, even on short hair. The great thing about cornrows is you can make them in many different ways—straight back, side swept, half-up half-down, the choices are endless.


  • Box Braids



Box braids are highly versatile and stylish. They require very little maintenance and can last up to six weeks.
  • Wigs

Wigs are a great protective style for when you do not want to touch your hair at all. You can simply keep your tucked under a wig cap and have fun with as many looks as you like. If you want a wig that matches your natural hair texture, our natural kinky wigs should definitely be your go-to. From Brazilian Curly to Kinky Curly, and even Kinky coarse, each wig is made to suit the many different natural hair types.


  • Bantu Knots


Bantu knots are a perfect protective style for beginners looking for something easy to DIY. This style is not too complicated. You only have to section your hair and wrap each section tightly around itself until a neatly stacked bun is formed. It is super cute and easy. 

  • Clip-in Extensions

If you want to add volume to your hair without doing too much to it, clip-in extensions are another great style. You can rock these while keeping your curls protected in cornrows and simply attaching the clip-ins to your ends. Our Kinky Curly, Kinky Coarse, and Kinky Straight Clip-ins will give you your desired volume while looking as natural as possible.


  • Flat Twists



Flat twists are like the hybrid child of cornrows and two-strand twists. They are super cute and are essentially twists made in the form of cornrows. This style is super trendy and great for all hair types.


  • Goddess Braids


Goddess braids, also known as boho braids box braids with curly hair extensions woven in for volume and definition. This style is super chic and perfect for when you're feeling fancy.


  • Faux Locs

Faux locs are another great protective style for those looking to try out locs without actually making a big change to their natural hair. This style requires crotchet loc extensions but it can last several weeks.


So there you have it, a selection of stunning practice styles that will have you looking like the melanated goddess that you are while also keeping your hair healthy. Let us know, which of the options from this post fits your vibe–are you a wigs or braids girlie?



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