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22 Fabulous Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair

There are different opinions on whether protective hairstyles really to their job, to save your hair from damaging. Many hair experts say that braiding your hair and keeping it away from extern factors will prevent dead ends and hair breakage; others say that these types of braids only have an esthetic purpose. If you ever had protective hairstyles, tell us our opinion about them.


Protective Hairstyles

However, one thing is for sure; protective hairstyles are an excellent base for hair extensions because you can easily use them to sew in the hair bundles.  This way, you can transform your hair from straight to curly or from short to a long stunning mane.

Here are some trendy protective hairstyles for women to try in 2023.

1. Short Protective Natural Hairstyle

Braid your natural hair and use it to sew in some short curly hair extensions. You can even use a colored scarf to wrap it around your head for a more retro appearance. This way, your natural hair won’t get damaged, and you’ll have a mesmerizing hairdo.


2. Box Braids

There are so many ways to make your box braids look stunning. Braid your weave with your natural hair, and you’ll obtain this famous stunning hairstyle. Use cuffed beads for the ends or wrap some white threads to some of your knits.


3. Twist Hairstyle

You can also create stunning ombres when you braid your protective hairstyles. Choose already dyed hair extensions and blend them with your natural hair. These twists preserve your locks, and, at the same time, you get to have a spectacular hairdo.


4. Crochet

To obtain this voluminous look, you need to get a few curly bundles and braid your natural hair. Crochet the hair extensions on these knits and create a gorgeous bun on top of your head. Because they are quite short, your curls will be pretty bouncy, just the way you want them.


5. Cornrows

When it comes to cornrow hairstyles, you can create so many designs; it’s up to you to choose it. Gradually braid our hair extensions with your natural hair, and for the ends, use some cuffed beans to secure the braids.


6. Protective Style with Locs

For this hairstyle, you need to braid your hair and add the locs as close you can get to your scalp. Bound the two pieces of hair together, and you’ll get some outstanding long locks that you can pin into a voluminous bun on top of your head.


7. Long Protective Hairstyle

Long protective hairstyle

Whether you choose to braid or twirl your hair, these protective hairstyles with a side part look phenomenal. Decorate them with some threads wrapped around your braids.


8. Medium Length Protective Hairstyle

Braid your whole hair into protective braids and choose the best Afro hair extensions to sew in on your knits. By adding them, you will get as much volume as you want, and you can even try new hair color.


9. Flat Twist

Use your natural hair to create flat twists and gradually blend your hair extensions into your hairstyle. You can create the whole hair into a look-alike mohawk or develop a crown of hair. Use gorgeously decorated bobby pins to make your hairstyle look fabulous.


10. Ponytail

Ponytails can totally change the way you look. You can pin your whole head up in a tight bun and add long curled hair extensions to create a rich ponytail. Also, you can adopt a more childish look and part your hair in two, and style two ponytails on to of your head, using the same technique.


11. Curly Protective Hairstyle

If you like short curly hair, choose some impressive Afro-American hair locks that you can attach to your protective braids. You can choose hair extensions that have a dark color and only the tips of the strands dyed in a blonde color for an elegant stunning look.


12. Straight Protective Hairstyle

Choose the color and length for your extensions and braid your natural hair. Use a net to cover the knits and place your straight hair extensions.


13. Protective Wavy Hairstyle

If you don’t want to curl your hair every day, choose hair extensions that already have waves. Braid your hair and place it under the net.


14. Protective Style for Fine Hair

Choose some weaves with bouncy well-defined curls and add them to your protective hairstyles. Your new locks will have a lot of movement and will look fantastic. If you want your hair to reach your shoulders, you better get a layered hairstyle.


15. Protective Hairstyle for Kids

Black kids love protective hairstyles because they can recreate any look they want. Braid their hair and secure each braid with colored cuffed beads. This way you won’t spend hours getting them ready for school in the morning.


16. Bob

Braid your gorgeous hair into protective hairstyles and choose hair extensions that have very tight ringlets. You can opt for any color you want or even some fantastic ombres or highlights. Whatever the choice, you’ll look brilliant.


17. Bun

Use loads of moisturizers for your hair to glue it on your scalp and pin your hair in a braid. To make your bun have more dimension, use bulk hair, and make it look incredible with some hair decorations.


18. Protective Dreadlocks

You can easily buy dreadlocks online; they are just like hair extensions. Braid your hair and attach them on each knit. The more braids you have, the more protective dreadlocks you need. You can also decorate the dreads with hair jewelry.


19. Black Hair Updos

Style all of your hair into a mohawk made by buns. You can use hair extensions to give more volume to each bun and develop a rich middle mohawk. Wear this hairstyle with long rounded earrings.


20. Bantu Knots

Braid all your hair and make some Bantu knots. The protective braids will prevent your hair from damaging, and if you make the knots tight, you won’t need to remake them often.


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21. Halo Braid

Halo braids make any woman look fabulous, and if you don’t have enough hair to make one, we have the solution for you. Braid all your hair and get luxurious hair extensions, which will be attached to your protective hairstyles. Create a crown of hair around your head, and you will get a classy, elegant protective hairstyle for black women.


22. Protective Mohawk

These mohawks look stunning, and so will you after you finish creating this protective mohawk hairstyle. Braid your side hair and gradually add the extensions to build the mohawk. You can create a knit from your braids or leave the hair that forms the mohawk unknotted.

Protective hairstyles may be the answer if you are searching for a hairdo that prevents your hair from damaging. However, protective hairstyles can be an excellent base for your hair extensions and can help you change your hair color or to get rich voluminous hair.