60 Easy and Showy Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair

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How much time daily would you like to spend on your hair styling? I bet minimum but you definitely wouldn’t like going out with your hair sticking out in some sort of explosion on your head. Well, African-American women are blessed with thick dense hair that can be skillfully shaped into breathtaking hairstyles. However, natural dryness and brittleness of kinky hair is the other side of the medal that needs special care. Protective hairstyles aim to limit the stress of environmental factors on natural hair. Here we are going to share 60 easy yet very showy protective hairstyles and tips on how to care for your natural hair.

Benefits of Protective Hairstyles

  1. Protection from the elements;
  2. Maintenance of moisture;
  3. Length retention;
  4. Stylish look.

Protective hairstyles are priceless in themselves, since besides a flawless elegant look, they keep your hair ends tucked and protected from aggressive damaging factors. How can you boost the protective effect?

Tips for Natural Hair Care

  1. Nourish your hair and scalp with natural oils or apply hydrating balms before styling your hair;
  2. Let your hair dry overnight;
  3. Wear a hat to protect your hair from high or low temperatures;
  4. Sleep with a satin scarf on your head.

Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair

Okay, so now let’s see how you can style your hair in a protective way.

#1: Protection for Shorter Hair

Chignon with Crown Braid Natural Hairstyle

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Natural Hair Updo with Twists and Curls

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Flat Twist Low Bun

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Twist Updo with Bangs

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High Black Braided Bun

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Low Rolled Updo with a Twist

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Thick And Thin Goddess Braids with Beads

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Black Brown Braid Updo

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Protective Updo With Flat Twists

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Flat Twists Undo

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Elegant Low Bun Updo for Natural Hair

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Inverted Braided Mohawk

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Braids To Bun Protective Hairstyle

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Black High Twisted Bun With Cornrows

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Long Fulani Braids Hairstyle

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Beautiful Colored Fauxlocs

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Black Low Bun Updo

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Natural Curly Updo With Twists And Curls

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Protected Twisted Natural Updo

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Mohawk Updo With Side Twists

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Two Low Buns Protective Updo

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Two Twist Braids Hairstyle

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Natural Updo with Nape Undercut

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Thick Individual Braids

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Nape-To-Crown Feed-In Braids

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Cornrows for Short Hair

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Thick and Thin French Braids Updo

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Protective Chunky Flat Twists Updo

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Quick Protective Chignon Updo

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