The Best Protective Styles

In the world of natural hair, rocking protective styles has become an added bonus of having more options for concealing hair on a multitude of levels. Protective styles include but are not limited to twists, braids, updos, and wigs.

Here are the benefits of protective hairstyles:

  1. Protection from the elements

  2. Maintenance of moisture

  3. Length retention

  4. Stylish look


Among protective hairstyles for natural hair, braided styles stand out through grace and style. Havana twists are made from a variety of twists and turns in your hair. It’s a wonderful solution for thick hair! Over the last couple of years, the most popular braid installation method has been crochet braids. The crochet application is very beginner friendly and also comes in a variety of different textures! (Havana twist, box braids, curly and straight)

Natural Flat Twist Hairstyle

Flat twists are one of the most common protective styles for women with short hair. They give the cornrow vibes, but they are much faster and easier to create. People also add extensions to flat twists to give length and fullness. The kanekalon hair and Marley hair textures are popular for this style. If you are looking for a low maintenance updo to last at least a few days, you should definitely turn to flat twist style!


Let’s face it, not everyone is completely satisfied with only manipulating their hair once a week. Many naturals want more variety during the week for hairstyling options. Hair extensions can provide constant manipulation without the stress on your natural hair. Weaves are perfect for women with a highly active lifestyle! It can also help you develop patience in the growing out process of your natural hair since you no longer have to manipulate daily!


Wigs give you limitless styling choices. With a wig, you can change your hair in an instant without making a permanent commitment. You can choose a wig that enhances your natural hair, or makes a statement with a bold, new look. Either way, you have total control over your style, head to toe!

Both men and women can suffer from hair loss for a variety of reasons including genetics, hormonal changes, illness, and medication. Many people consider hair to be a vital part of their overall appearance, and wigs can hide the thinning and restore confidence!

Wearing a wig can protect the health of your hair, as there is no need to continue damaging it every day with harmful styling products and heat. Your hair stylist can use all the different methods to help with the maintenance of your unit. The most popular adhesive for wigs is Got2B glue. However, that is a temporary hold (can last 2-3 days). Using an adhesive that is made for lace front wigs would be better (ghost bond, bold hold, and wig tape). I recommend you seek a professional stylist to applicate your unit. A licensed cosmetologist will know the proper way to adhere your unit, this will eliminate your fears of your natural hair breakage on your hairline.

In summary, protective hairstyles for natural hair provide a whole world of opportunities to express your style while ensuring that your natural hair transitions healthy!