21 Stunning Protective Styles for Natural Hair

When you’re looking to style naturally textured hair your options for styling natural hair are infinite. However, when it comes to keeping your hair safe from damage while ensuring that it is hydrated and maintaining length it’s all about hair protection. Find the ideal low-tension hairstyle that keeps your hair from being tucked away. This is the point at which braids in boxes, cornrows, and twisted hairstyles can come in handy. Select your hairstyle and create it, and let your hair grow naturally and expand. Are you tired of the same old styles? These examples show that the styles of protection don’t have to be boring and monotonous. From a pony braided with a scarf to flower-adorned box braids here, you’ll find different options for any occasion. Check out some of the beautiful designs to take a screenshot of and save.

Issa Rae’s Low Puff

Issa Rae's Low Puff
Issa Rae’s Low Puff

Make your low puff more attractive by adding accessories like ropes, for example, as in Issa Rae’s style created by Felicia the Leatherwood.

Tessa Thompson’s Stitched Cornrows

Tessa Thompson's Stitched Cornrows
Tessa Thompson’s Stitched Cornrows

There’s nothing better than the classic, low-maintenance cornrow style to ensure your hair is protected. Take a look at Thompson’s easy stitched style, created by Lacy Redway.

Jourdan Dunn’s Twisted High Pony

Jourdan Dunn's Twisted High Pony
Jourdan Dunn’s Twisted High Pony

The high ponytail will always be among the most effective methods for effortlessly securing your hair. It can be dressed up with an accessory that stands out. Do as Jourdan Dunn is doing here, and then finish with a lively twist to add some style.

Logan Browning’s Flat Twisted Updo

Logan Browning's Flat Twisted Updo
Logan Browning’s Flat Twisted Updo

Logan Browning stuns in a side-swept flat twisted style and a mini bun.

Joyjah Estrada’s Braided Top Knot

Joyjah Estrada's Braided Top Knot
Joyjah Estrada’s Braided Top Knot

Make the top knot your own by braiding your hair before making the shape of a high bun. For more stylish look hairstyles, dress your baby hairs like the model and influential blogger Joyjah Estrada.

Gabrielle Union Senegalese Twist

Gabrielle Union Senegalese Twist
Gabrielle Union Senegalese Twist

Gabrielle Union effortlessly slays Senegalese twists on the red carpet in a chic side-swept style.

Marsae Martin’s Low Bun

Marsae Martin's Low Bun
Marsae Martin’s Low Bun

It’s safe for us to say that the classic low braid is never out of fashion. Marie Martin shines with a braided low-bun and strategically placed little hairs at the Red Carpet at the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

Zazie Beetz’s Effortless Bantu Knots

Zazie Beetz's Effortless Bantu Knots
Zazie Beetz’s Effortless Bantu Knots

Make sure your locks are secure while showcasing this Bantu knot style. Lacy Redwaymakes an argument for the style that is protective by making an effortless take on the actress Zazie Beetz.

Teyonah Parris’s Floral Box Braids

Teyonah Parris's Floral Box Braids
Teyonah Parris’s Floral Box Braids

Follow the style of Teyonah Parris and spice your braids up by strategically placing flowers in your hairstyle.

Yara Shahidi’s Braided Faux Hawk

Yara Shahidi's Braided Faux Hawk
Yara Shahidi’s Braided Faux Hawk

Created by hairstylist Lacy Redway on activist and actress Yara Shahidi, this exquisitely braided faux hawk can be described as a masterwork!

Ciara’s Two-Toned Faux Locs

Ciara's Two-Toned Faux Locs
Ciara’s Two-Toned Faux Locs

It’s evident that Ciara is able to pull off any hairstyle she shows off with ease, and this look isn’t any different. When you’re thinking about an adventure in locs or want to temporarily change up your style, fake locs are a striking and easy hairstyle to test on the hair you have.

Karrueche’s Blonde Cornrows

Karrueche's Blonde Cornrows
Karrueche’s Blonde Cornrows

Make a statement with these ’90s-inspired straight-back cornrows. Bring a bold twist to the classic look by going blonde, like Karrueche.

Meagan Good’s Goddess Locs Into a Side Braid

Meagan Good's Goddess Locs Into a Side Braid
Meagan Good’s Goddess Locs Into a Side Braid

Goddess Locs are a different style variation to keep an eye on. The faux-locs with curly ends give an edgy boho look. Create a look like Meagan Good and attempt a Side-swept French braid.

Beyonce’s Finger-Waved Cornrows

Beyonce's Finger-Waved Cornrows
Beyonce’s Finger-Waved Cornrows

Bey was seen on the red carpet at the 2019 Lion King premiere rocking finger waves, which she reimagined. Beyonce struts her intricately braided cornrows that are arranged into a twisted pattern that is similar to the 1920s style.

Ashley Blaine’s Embellished Halo Braid

Ashley Blaine's Embellished Halo Braid
Ashley Blaine’s Embellished Halo Braid

ICYMI: A braided design is the best option for wearing a style that is protective. Ashley Blaine looks absolutely regal with a bold braided halo that is adorned by gold-plated cuffs.

Solange’s Beaded Fulani Braids

Solange's Beaded Fulani Braids
Solange’s Beaded Fulani Braids

Make a statement with your Fulani braids with hair cuffs and beads. Solange lets her braids talk by highlighting her style with bold red beads.

Brandy’s Multi-Colored Marley Twists

Brandy's Multi-Colored Marley Twists
Brandy’s Multi-Colored Marley Twists

Play around with colors without the commitment of a long-term commitment by choosing colorful pastel extensions to include in your personal style. Imitate Brandy’s sweet Marley variation with different shades of pink.

Tracee Ellis Ross’s Ribbon Braid

Tracee Ellis Ross's Ribbon Braid
Tracee Ellis Ross’s Ribbon Braid

Have fun with your favorite scarf by weaving it into your hair. Hairstylist Araxi Lindsey complements Ross’s eyeshadow and earring cuffs by weaving a scarf into her long, slender braid.

Tracee Ellis Ross’s Ribbon Braid

Tracee Ellis Ross's Ribbon Braid
Tracee Ellis Ross’s Ribbon Braid

Actress and singer Ryan Destiny stuns with her hair pulled back in an almost Rapunzel-like braid while walking the red carpet of the BET Awards in 2019. BET Awards.

Jhene Aiko’s Knotless Braids

Jhene Aiko's Knotless Braids
Jhene Aiko’s Knotless Braids

Jhene Aiko’s braided looks never stop awestruck. Here, she displays long knotless braids in a box. Try this look when you’re in search of an easy-to-wear style that lasts between six and eight weeks.

Justine Skye’s Bunned Faux Hawk

Justine Skye's Bunned Faux Hawk
Justine Skye’s Bunned Faux Hawk

Justine Skye reimagines the classic high bun by cutting the hair in three parts and making mini space buns that resemble the shape of a fake hair hawk.

Tessa Thompson’s Jumbo Box Braids

Tessa Thompson's Jumbo Box Braids
Tessa Thompson’s Jumbo Box Braids

Here the stylist Lacy Redway is playing with proportions by creating massive knotless braids of the actress Tessa Thompson. The best part about this style is that the process takes about just half the time it takes to do braids that are traditionally used for box braids.

Amandla Stenberg’s Cornrowed Bun

Amandla Stenberg's Cornrowed Bun
Amandla Stenberg’s Cornrowed Bun

How gorgeous is this style? Stylist Vernon Francois worked his magic on Amandla Stenberg to create braided cornrows that are finished with a stylish bun and beautiful delicate curls that look like baby hair.

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