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Protective Hairstyles For Natural Hair: Braids, Locs, Cornrows



hether you have natural hair, coily, curly, or multi-textured hair, protective hairstyles are one of the best ways to maintain and grow healthy hair. It’s a win-win situation to preserve your mane while rocking a gorgeous hairstyle at the same time. This is the reason why natural hair protective styles should be on every girl’s radar this new year.

As the cold season still maintains momentum, protective hairstyles are particularly helpful in helping keep your hair safe from freezing temperatures which leave it a craving for more moisture. Thus, drying up and breaking off if the same is lacking. Moisture is essential for healthy hair and protective styles help to seal moisture into your natural hair. You can further prevent breakage by keeping your braided hair and scalp well moisturized with the right moisturizing products.


Over the years, many of our fave celebrities have been spotted rocking locs, twists, cornrows, and box braids as they look for creative and beautiful ways to maintain and protect their natural hair. From Ciara to Tiwa Savage, we definitely love how these celebs change up their looks from time to time. 

For your inspiration, we have curated some of the best protective hairstyles we are currently crushing on. These hairstyles are rave-worthy and can be rocked year-round, and especially during the cold seasons of Harmattan, Fall / Autumn, and Winter. However, we must add that though your hair is in a protective style, you must learn to take great care of your scalp and natural hair by keeping it clean and moisturized.


Whether you are a professional woman or a casual kind of girl, t.’s a look in . for every woman. And the best part is these hairstyles are not only meant for naturalistas alone.

Check out some protective hairstyles for natural hair inspirations to get your creative juices flowing…

#1. Braids

T.’s a reason this celeb-approved hairstyle shows up everyw.. Whether it’s on a red carpet, star-studded party, or Instagram, braids are always well-represented. They are available in a variety of options ranging from chilled to all-out edgy. In addition, braids can be styled in multiple ways to change up your look for a refreshing feel.

Tiwa Savage | Instagram


Nomzamo Mbatha | Instagram


Didi Olomide | Instagram

#2. Locs

If braids aren’t aren’t your cup of tea or you’re in search of something more dramatic, then try locs. Women around the world are fearlessly owning this look, and t.’s no reason you shouldn’t. From butterfly locs to the skinny variations, you’ll certainly find one that suits you.  

Dakore Egbuson-Akande | Instagram


@spice_diana | Instagram


@whoistonye | Instagram


@okemute__ | Instagram

#3. Cornrows

This protective hairstyle for natural hair has been rescuing women since the 1800! Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but this is one hairdo women always fall back to. Regardless of your face shape and personal preference, t.’s a cornrow to match. If you’ll be trying out this option, then have two or three in the pipeline to keep things fresh.

Mona Montrage | Instagram


Jordyn Woods | Instagram


@spice_diana | Instagram

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Featured image: Didi Stone | Instagram 


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