21 Best Protective Hairstyles for Black Women

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11. Rope Twists

For when you don’t know how to braid, the rope twist or Senegalese twist is super simple and easy to do. It’s a twist with a twist! Cool right? The rope twist looks like rope, hence the name, and again, you’ll need to get the tension right to ensure these twists look the same all over.

12. Bantu Knots

Bantu knots are a super cool look if you can pull them off, very 90’s. But you know how fashion comes around – the 90’s look is back in again. If you’ve pulled your old neck choker out the closet, you need to rock the bantu knots too. Hair twisted around until it turns back on itself, you need to remember how uncomfortable this look could be to sleep in if you don’t take the appropriate precautions.

Braided Bantu Knots Protective Hairstyle

Source: @laeldivine

13. Big, Side Swept Box Braids

Box braids are super awesome when you’re looking for a good protective style and as well as giving you the opportunity to add some impressive length to your own hair, you can create some pretty stunning looks out of them too! Just remember the longer your weave, the heavier it will be and the more stress and tension it will be putting on your scalp. Longer doesn’t always mean better. Give your hair a break from time to time.

14. Yarn Faux Locs

There are many benefits to rocking protective styles like these – you’ll be protecting your own hair from the elements such as battering wind and rain and the heat of the midday sun. You’ll also be able to ensure your hair is well moisturized as long as you keep up with the care regime. You can keep the length you’ve always wanted while taking care of your own hair at the same time, and you can create beautiful and stunning looks easily. Do we need to carry on?

15. Cornrows Updo

Cornrows are always a classic look when looking at the best protective styles for black women, and one of the best things about them is the fact you can twist and turn them into a range of different looks. There are literally so many ways you can customize this look, you’ll never run out of ideas, all while protecting your hair at the same time too. Winner!

Small Cornrows Updo

Source: @myhaircrush

16. Elegant, Twist Updo

Wearing your hair up is actually a great way to protect it but this only works when you have the right tension on your scalp. Whether you opt for an updo or loose locks, twists, cornrows, braids or more, make sure you get them done by someone who knows what they’re doing. Incorrectly installed weaves will cause follicle damage later on in life and this in turn can lead to baldness.

17. Senegalese Twists

Also known as rope twists, Senegalese twists are an easily worn protective style often using Marley hair, Kanekalon hair, and also Toyokalon hair. Keeping the tension the same across the style is necessary to give this look the uniform twisted look. It’ll take some practice but does look simply stunning!

Senegalese Twists Protective Hairstyle

Source: @tupo1

18. Flat Twist Updo

Flat twists are great for those who are new to the world of these protective styles for black women, and they’re easier than cornrows and other types of braids because you only work with two strands of hair rather than three. If you can twist two strands together, you can create a flat twist and it can be fun coming up with new and interesting patterns and formations to wear them in.

Flat Twist Updo Protective Hairstyle


19. Crochet Twists

There are a few care tips you should know about if you fancy going for something like this beautiful crochet twists look. You should sleep with a silky or satin scarf over your head at night to keep frizziness to a minimum. You should let your hair air-dry over night where possible rather than using heated styling tools. Finally, make sure you apply hydration balms or natural oils to your scalp and natural hair before you start to work your magic and create your look.

20. Big Cornrows into a Ponytail

With the ability to rock a number of complicated and intricate designs and styles, why wouldn’t you take full advantage of that? We love these big cornrows pulled back into a simply ponytail – a real no-nonsense look for when you’ve got a busy day ahead. With everyone rocking thin cornrows, stand out from the crowd and opt for a thicker option every once in a while. Go crazy, why not?

21. Yarn Twists Long Bob

For an easy way to revitalize a look you’ve worn before, or perhaps you’ve been rocking for a while, is to add a touch of color when heading to the stylist. A color change can make the world of difference to your protective styles for black women, even if you’re rocking the same look you’ve been wearing for the last year!

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  1. Ale

    July 28, 2016 at 6:22 am

    #7 is not a wig. it’s crochet.

  2. Dorothy

    July 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I really like all the braids think I will try them this summer.

  3. Diva Dealzz

    October 6, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Thanks for sharing these Protective styles ideas. I like that of GHANA BRAIDS, CUSTOM WIG.

  4. Hiltom

    October 25, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Can i please know the type of braid used for short twist #9. I like it

  5. Monique

    October 30, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Hi! Glad you like it. Hair used is Havana mambo twists 12″ from Beauty Depot (@beauty_depot) by Janet Collection (@janetcollection).

  6. Anonymous

    February 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    nice one

  7. Anonymous

    April 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I have a problem with my hair line. I need a style that won’t break my hair line please help.

  8. Shaun

    April 19, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Can i please know the type of hair used in #9 the crochet braids?

  9. Robin George

    May 5, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    So how long do thr ghana braids last?

  10. Monique

    May 14, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Shaun! Hair used for the look #9 is – Havana mambo twists 12in by Beauty Depot.

  11. Monique

    May 14, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Robin! Ghana braids typically last up to three weeks.

  12. S

    July 14, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Most of these seem to need added hair. Do most protective styles use added hair? If not, can you do a post showing protective styles using ones on natural hair?

  13. Natacha

    July 28, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Crochet pour enfant en date du 17 août. J’ai deux enfants à faire coiffer
    Ghana braid pour adulte la semaine du 12 août
    combien coiffer vous les enfants, et les adultes

  14. Dee Smith

    November 12, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Need styles for older women

  15. myley

    December 22, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    why are all them with weave

  16. Lois

    December 24, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Hi, what hair was used in number 5 please and how can I recreate the style. Also I’m looking for a hairstyle (not braids) that lasts a while but is easy to maintain. I’m going to be real busy so I don’t want to worry about my hair every week.

  17. Anonymous

    January 19, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Tike was use for d short twist

  18. Anonymous

    January 28, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Where can i purchase that wig???

  19. kk

    March 5, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    sooooo cute

  20. Anonymous

    March 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    nice …

  21. Leah Johnson

    August 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    what type of hair used for #11

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