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9 Pretty Protective Hairstyles

Written by Jeanette Nkwate

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Protective hairstyles are styles that keep the ends of the hair safe and tucked away. 

But what are the benefits of protective hairstyles for natural hair? Well, the hairstyles minimise manipulation and give fragile ends of natural hair a break from the elements. This is why they are so popular with the curly and natural hair community. 

So read on to find the prettiest protective hairstyles to inspire your next style!

Box Braids

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For many people, box braids are a classic look when it comes to protective hairstyles. And there are so many ways to make them your own – think about playing around with the length or width and adding accessories like beads.


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What we love about cornrows is that you can quickly style your hair by adjusting the width and size. Not to mention, if looked after they can last a few weeks, so no more daily styling manipulation! Learn how to do them with our easy to follow video tutorial. 


Faux Locs

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Love the look of locs but don’t want to commit to the real deal? Then opting for faux locs is a great way to test the waters. It’s also a great protective hairstyle as they keep your hair (and more importantly, the ends of your hair) wrapped up. 

Bantu Knots

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Bantu knots are as beautiful as they are protective. They are also a great way to stretch out your hair without using heat. 


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We love wigs as protective styles, they are a great way to keep your hair nicely tucked away and also, quickly and easily change your look. Want to have red hair? Or a short bob? Then throw your favourite wig on! Just don’t forget to look after your hair underneath.  


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Two-strand twists are one of the easiest protective hairstyles out there. They are a fab way of keeping your hair safe and protected, and if you’re a fan of braids and want a slight change that doesn’t rock the boat, this could be the hairstyle for you. 

Halo Braid

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We love the statement halo braid. It’s a beautiful hairstyle that works for special occasions like weddings, proms or summer festivals. Just remember practice makes perfect and you can use our easy to follow halo braid video tutorial to finesse your technique.   

Braid or Twist Bun

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Twists, braids and buns are just a few of our favourite things, so combining them is definitely a no brainer! This is a simple style that almost anyone can do. 

Goddess Braids

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Find your inner deity with gorgeous goddess braids. We think they are just so pretty and the curly ends are a nice way to add a romantic touch to your hairstyle. So if you’re a diehard fan of  traditional box braids, this one's for you! . 


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