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40 Braided Protective Hairstyles That Are Celebrity-Approved

40 Braided Protective Hairstyles That Are Celebrity-Approved


Whether 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. Natural hair protective styles.

As the cold season creeps up across parts of the world, protective hairstyles are particularly helpful in helping keep your hair safe from freezing temperatures which leaves it craving for more moisture; drying up and breaking off if 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.

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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’s ombré faux locs to Tiwa Savage knotless box braids with gelled down edges, we definitely love how they change up their looks from time to time. Not to forget Jordyn Wood’s snatched corn-row hairstyle.

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, there’s a look in here for every woman. And the best part is these hairstyles are not only meant for naturalistas alone.

Here are the best protective hairstyles for natural hair this season…

Finger Wave Cornrows

Photo: Getty Images | Beyoncé


Ombré Faux Locs

Photo: Getty Images | Ciara


Skinny Faux Locs

Photo: Instagram | Dakore Egbuson Akande


Artsy Cornrows

2019 CFDA
Photo: Getty Images | Yara


Distressed / Butterfly Faux Locs

Photo: Instagram | Spice Diana


Knotless Box Braids

Photo: Getty Images | Tiwa Savage

Goddess Braids

Photo: Instagram | Nomzamo Mbatha
Photo: Getty Images | Gabrielle Union

Highlighted Loose Faux Locs

Photo: Instagram | Tonye Garrick


Skinny Halfway Drop Cornrows

Photo: Instagram | Mona Montrage

Straight Cornrows

Photo: Instagram | Jordyn Woods


Passion Twist

Photo: Instagram | Ronke Raji Adeola


Chunky Box Braids

Photo: Getty Images | Lupita Nyong’o


Long Cornrows

Photo: Getty Images | Tracee Ellis Ross


Cornrow Dropped Box Braids

Photo: Instagram | Spice Diana


Ghana Braids

Photo: Instagram | Bisola Aiyeola


See more protective hairstyle inspiration for natural hair…

Photo: Instagram | Luthando Shosha
Photo: Getty Images | Solange Knowles
Photo: Getty Images | Rihanna

Photo: Getty Images | Storm Reid

Photo: Instagram | Didi Olomide

Photo: Getty Images | Zendaya

Photo: Instagram | @niikkii.j
Photo: Instagram | Kuir D’Agoot
Photo: Instagram | @jesuferanmiii
Photo: Instagram | Nomzamo Mbatha

Photo: Instagram | @jessthe_mess

Photo: Instagram | @okemute__

Photo: Getty Images | Zendaya

Photo: Instagram | Dakore Egbuson
Photo: Instagram | Nadirah Ali
Photo: Instagram | @boholocs
Photo: Instagram | @game_of_fros
Photo: Instagram | Nomzamo Mbatha
Photo: Instagram | Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage
Photo: Instagram | Ayanda Thabethe

Photo: Instagram | Ini Edo

Photo: Instagram | Ini Dima-Okojie

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