10 Protective Styles That Look Good

Individual braidsSo nobody wants to wear a boring protective style every day but you know you will probably have to at some point in order to protect those ends!

Here are 10 protective styles you will actually enjoy wearing! All links will open to new windows.

1.    Interesting take on a bun – See here
2.    Cornrows – See here
3.    A partial weave – See here
4.    Individual braids – See here
5.    Tree braids – See here
6.    Kinky twist – See here
7.    Curly updo – See here
8.    Tucked in ponytail – See here
9.    A full weave – See here
10.  Bantu knots – See here

Bonus style – Straw set – See here

Protective styles don’t have to be boring, especially with the variety of lengths and textures available if you enjoy adding extensions to your hair. There are an infinite number of variations you can do on the above styles to keep you happy.



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Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.



  • http://intensedebate.com/people/BHI BHI

    I dont actually know how much braids or kinky twists cost, prices vary depending on the stylist you ask. Please check with local hair salon. Good luck,

  • Soccerxpert101

    how do I moisturize my hair in weave.

    • Sharon

      First and foremost by washing weekly then you can use an oil with a pointy applicator to get a bit of oil to seal your cornrows underneath. Don’t use a thick creamy conditioner during your wash because that causes build up which could cause your braids underneath to matt.

      • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

        Yep, my sister had some serious matting in the past. She kept her weave in too long (6 months) and had to cut her hair off. Don’t forget to use a protein containing moisturizer too!

  • shanquitta

    is it safe to do a protective style everyday and take it down at night, or to just leave it in all week long?

    • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

      It defeats the purpose of a protective style if you are taking it down daily! The point is to avoid manipulaiton.

  • Olije

    how do I moisturise my hair in braids?

    • Babydoll

      You just need to spray the braids with a braid spray or a mix of glycerine and water

      • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

        I’ve also been known in the past to use a mix of water, glycerin, infusium 23 and pure hydrolyzed keratin. Of course it’s more convenient to just buy a braid spray or spray leave in conditioner, I just enjoy making my own mixes every so often!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3XTRXGJ2ERXRLRTTM2TV67UQMQ Gerald

    i honestly hate the way protective styles look on my hair. I am a female, in her late 20’s. its bad enough that i still look like a teen, i dont wanna walk around looking like Sealy from the Color Purple. Is their better protective styles that are sexy. i am 18months post BC, so my hair isnt that long

    • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

      Lol @ Sealy. Weaves are the best bet. As long as you leave some hair out at the front, they look natural and you can get lengths as long as you like!

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  • Tebogo


    Do you have any ideas for protective hair styles for hair that is neck length? That length that brushes against your shirt collar. Something more interesting than just tying it in a plain ponytail.


    • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/ Alma

      There are lots of styles you can do but you would have to see them for yourself. Actually there is a post coming out on Saturday with hairstyle ideas for short hair so keep an eye out . . .

      • Tebogo

        Thank you, will do.

  • Luvisha

    how would you wash your hair weekly if braided and how long should you keep the braids to avoid manipulation. I have short natural hair and usually braid my hair keeping the braids for a month. is that too long?

    • http://www.blackhairinformation.com/wp-comments-post.php monique

      I leave mine in for two months

  • Alana

    i dont like wearing weaves or braids if i do put them in they last for only 1-2 weeks. so what protective styles can i use with my hair and how long will they last as my hair do not keep styles for long (1 week)

  • Amber

    I have very thin/bald edges. What protective styles do you recommend?

    • Alma

      Nothing braided if you have thinning edges I’m afraid. You should only do low manipulation styles like braid outs, twist outs and loose buns until you grow your edges back. Even after that any braided styles should not be used again because clearly your hair cannot take them.

  • Lovebug

    I had Lupus at one time and lost lots of hair on the crown of my head. I use to wear a wig but they seem to be taking my edges out. I have been putting my hair up and wearing a weave ponytail. What do you recommend.