50 Instagram-Approved Protective Hairstyles to Try Immediately

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.

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.

Straight Back Cornrows

Braided Halo

Feed-In Braids

Half-Up, Half-Down Mini Braids

Twisted Updo

Top Knot With Cornrows

Flat Twists Into High Bun

Chic and Simple Bun

Crochet Braids

Versatile Braids

Sade Braid

Bun Mohawk

Side Swept Cornrows

Space Buns

Crochet Goddess Locs

Waist-Length Goddess Locs

Low Bun and Bangs

Honey Braids

Dragon Braid

Braids Into a Low Bun

Senegalese Twists

Fluffy Top Knot

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Bobby Pinned Bun

Poofy Ponytail

Faux Loc Mohawk

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❤️✨ #e2locs

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Braid N’ Go

Bantu Knots

Toppling Top Knot

Honey Blonde Bantu Knots

Wedding Updo

4C Bang

Braided Bob

Simple Bun

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Twisted Updo

Baby Hairs and Bantu Knots

Curly Twists

X-Ray Braids

Mini Mouse Buns

Unicorn Braids

High Fishtail Braid

Crochet Hair


Asymmetrical Locs

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#tbt to da best night ever 😌

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Goddess Loc Bob

Holiday Hair

Jumbo Braids

Kinky Twists

Wrap It Up

Space Buns

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Space Buns 😍 📷: @razorempress

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Lemonade Braids