50 Instagram-Approved Protective Hairstyles to Try Immediately

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50 Instagram-Approved Protective Hairstyles to Try Immediately
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Protective styles are best defined as anything the keeps your ends tucked away and shielded from the environmental stressors that cause damage, breakage and more. Although most like to categorize braids as the primary type of protective look, the truth is there is so much more; just take a quick scroll down your Instagram feed and the inspiration is there.

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Popular accounts like @protectivestyles and @afropunk are constantly showing us the versatility of black hair with styles that look good and keep ends from splitting and breaking. And with another dry winter season looming near, now is the perfect time to try out any of these looks and ensure that your strands can flourish until the sun comes out again. Ahead, we’ve gathered 50 double tap-worthy ones worth copying. From braids to locs and even the classic top knot, inspo is hardly in short supply.

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STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Straight Back Cornrows
Straight Back Cornrows
Photo: instagram / @voiceofhair
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Braided Halo
Braided Halo
Photo: instagram / @curlygirlmomo
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Golden Updo
Golden Updo
Photo: instagram
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Feed-In Braids
Feed-In Braids
Photo: instagram / @vonna_braids
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Jumbo Faux Locs
Jumbo Faux Locs
Photo: instagram / @befrolicious
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Half-Up, Half-Down Mini Braids
Half-Up, Half-Down Mini Braids
Photo: instagram / @braids_by_antoinette
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Twisted Updo
Twisted Updo
Photo: instagram / @protectivestyles
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Top Knot With Cornrows
Top Knot With Cornrows
Photo: instagram / @kienyabooker
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Flat Twists Into High Bun
Flat Twists Into High Bun
Photo: instagram / @abbiecurls
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Chic and Simple Bun
Chic and Simple Bun
Photo: instagram / @nknaturalz
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Crochet Braids
Crochet Braids
Photo: instagram / @actually_ashly
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Versatile Braids
Versatile Braids
Photo: instagram / @naptural85
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Sade Braid
Sade Braid
Photo: instagram / @kersti.pitre
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Bun Mohawk
Bun Mohawk
Photo: instagram / @tiakirby
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Matching Twists
Matching Twists
Photo: instagram / @mahoganycurls
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Side Swept Cornrows
Side Swept Cornrows
Photo: instagram / @kturakay
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Space Buns
Space Buns
Photo: instagram / @joyjah
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Crochet Goddess Locs
Crochet Goddess Locs
Photo: instagram / @truvanity_
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Waist-Length Goddess Locs
Waist-Length Goddess Locs
Photo: instagram / @thevanitytrap
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Low Bun and Bangs
Low Bun and Bangs
Photo: instagram / @mztarabelle
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Honey Braids
Honey Braids
Photo: instagram / @talaylayyy
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Dragon Braid
Dragon Braid
Photo: instagram / @ambercharmel
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Braids Into a Low Bun
Braids Into a Low Bun
Photo: instagram
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Senegalese Twists
Senegalese Twists
Photo: instagram / @tiphaniemakeup
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Pink Braids
Pink Braids
Photo: instagram
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Fluffy Top Knot
Fluffy Top Knot
Photo: instagram / @aleshanokeys
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Bobby Pinned Bun
Bobby Pinned Bun
Photo: instagram / @protectivestyles
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Poofy Ponytail
Poofy Ponytail
Photo: instagram / @sunny_josephine
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Faux Loc Mohawk
Faux Loc Mohawk
Photo: instagram / @_e2hair
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Braid N' Go
Braid N' Go
Photo: instagram / @awalkingdoxology
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Bantu Knots
Bantu Knots
Photo: instagram / @diaryofabg
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Toppling Top Knot
Toppling Top Knot
Photo: instagram / @naturallytemi
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Honey Blonde Bantu Knots
Honey Blonde Bantu Knots
Photo: instagram / @ravishing_tresses
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Wedding Updo
Wedding Updo
Photo: instagram / @hairstress_ae
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | 4C Bang
4C Bang
Photo: instagram / @tasalahq
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Braided Bob
Braided Bob
Photo: instagram / @nicolexashleyy
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Simple Bun
Simple Bun
Photo: instagram / @themindofmutiny
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Bun-Hawk
Bun-Hawk
Photo: instagram / @_naturales
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Twisted Updo
Twisted Updo
Photo: instagram / @protectivestyles
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Baby Hairs and Bantu Knots
Baby Hairs and Bantu Knots
Photo: instagram / @stylesbymichal
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Curly Twists
Curly Twists
Photo: instagram / @protectivestyles
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | X-Ray Braids
X-Ray Braids
Photo: instagram / @braid.barbie
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Mini Mouse Buns
Mini Mouse Buns
Photo: instagram / @protectivestyles
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Unicorn Braids
Unicorn Braids
Photo: instagram / @miccheckk12
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | High Fishtail Braid
High Fishtail Braid
Photo: instagram / @protectivestyles
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Crochet Hair
Crochet Hair
Photo: instagram / @outre_hair
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Braid-Bun
Braid-Bun
Photo: instagram / @protectivestyles
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Asymmetrical Locs
Asymmetrical Locs
Photo: instagram / @kelelam
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Goddess Loc Bob
Goddess Loc Bob
Photo: instagram / @the_femmefocus
STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Holiday Hair
Holiday Hair
Photo: instagram / @_ammamama_

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  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Straight Back Cornrows
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Braided Halo
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Golden Updo
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Feed-In Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Jumbo Faux Locs
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Half-Up, Half-Down Mini Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Twisted Updo
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Top Knot With Cornrows
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Flat Twists Into High Bun
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Chic and Simple Bun
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Crochet Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Versatile Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Sade Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Bun Mohawk
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Matching Twists
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Side Swept Cornrows
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Space Buns
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Crochet Goddess Locs
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Waist-Length Goddess Locs
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Low Bun and Bangs
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Honey Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Dragon Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Braids Into a Low Bun
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Senegalese Twists
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Pink Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Fluffy Top Knot
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Bobby Pinned Bun
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Poofy Ponytail
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Faux Loc Mohawk
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Braid N' Go
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Bantu Knots
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Toppling Top Knot
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Honey Blonde Bantu Knots
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Wedding Updo
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | 4C Bang
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Braided Bob
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Simple Bun
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Bun-Hawk
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Twisted Updo
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Baby Hairs and Bantu Knots
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Curly Twists
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | X-Ray Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Mini Mouse Buns
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Unicorn Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | High Fishtail Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Crochet Hair
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Braid-Bun
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Asymmetrical Locs
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Goddess Loc Bob
  • STYLECASTER | Protective Hairstyles to Try | Holiday Hair

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