Thursday, May 26, 2022




Whether you’re trying to grow out your hair or just want to have a fun, long-lasting hairdo, protective styles are beneficial. Trying to manage textured, kinky hair on a regular basis is definitely a chore, but these styles are built to ensure the protection of your hair without you having to manipulate it daily. There are many protective styling options available, but these six can act as a guide as to what will work best for you. 

Faux Locs

Faux locs came in hot this summer as they offered a surprisingly lightweight alternative to actually committing to real locs. This style is meticulously done either by crocheting in individual pre-made faux locs, or by taking wavy extension hair and wrapping it around your natural braids for a more textured look known as “butterfly locs”. 

This style takes some skill and patience, as the method for getting the locs to remain in place is rather tedious. However, the time required to achieve this style is well worth the effort due to its longevity and low maintenance. 

Distressed Faux Locs via Instagram @torinashtun
@torinashtun via Instagram

Unique Cornrows 

Instead of traditional cornrows, these can be creatively stylized in any way you want. There are so many braid patterns to choose from to ensure that you get a different look each time, and you can also play with different lengths, colors and accessories based on the occasion. Cornrows are a very secure and neat hairstyle, which makes them great for long-term protective wear. 



From lace closures to frontals, wigs are here to stay. Wigs resurfaced in the late 2010s and came back revamped to give a more natural look than their predecessors did. 

They are less damaging than sew-in weaves and allow for maximum versatility. There are so many more options for wigs that allow you to change your look every single day while still keeping your natural hair untouched. 

Usually, people cornrow or braid down their hair underneath their wigs and add a wig cap for minimal maintenance. With that being said, it is still important to occasionally refresh your natural hair underneath to avoid odor, buildup and dryness. 

@theestallion via Instagram

Passion Twists 

Passion twists are the boho hairstyle of your dreams. This style takes the usual two-strand twist and evolves it into a long, lightweight protective look for you to rock all year long. 

Passion twists don’t require optimal neatness and precision, meaning you can make them as tension-free as you desire. This is a hairstyle that looks effortless and more natural over time, eliminating the worry of feeling like you need to take your hair down when it starts to look frizzy. 


Box Braids

If you’re looking for a reliable, long-lasting hairstyle, you can never go wrong with box braids. The security of box braids is unbeatable, as you can confidently rock this style while on vacation, swimming and exercising without the stress of everyday maintenance. 

Recently, people have been trying out more bold colors to give additional pop and personality to this traditional style. One of the first protective styles many of us Black women tried while growing up, box braids have definitely held up over the years and make for a great protective style that only gets better with time.

Black woman with green box braids
@StephanieChikwendu via Pinterest

Knotless Braids 

Knotless braids are a recent evolution to the aforementioned box braids and have been taking over during the last few years. In comparison to its older sister, knotless braids utilize your natural hair at the base and then includes hair that is fed into the braid to achieve your desired hair length. 

With box braids, the base begins with the extensions and needs to be knotted at the root, creating an uncomfortable tension. Due to these differences, many have opted for knotless braids, as they are tension-free, movable and lay flatter at the root, resulting in a sleeker, seamless look.

@iamdodos via Instagram

While all of these are categorized as protective styles, they are also vastly different. Playing with different hairstyles is fun, but it’s even better when your hair is protected at the same time.  

Therefore, it’s important to note which hairstyle works the best for you and your hair type. Pay attention to what your hair needs and choose a style that best suits it to ensure that your hair is actually thriving.