There is never a time when you’re not looking for your next protective hairstyle to try out. I could spend hours on Pinterest searching and scrolling for cute hairstyle ideas for black women! Okay let me be honest with y’all, I love my natural hair so much but I can admit that it can be a lot sometimes and sometimes I just need a break you know (and I know any black girl can relate to this feeling). Protective hairstyles are just such a great way to keep your hair stylish and protect it from damage if you don’t feel like dealing with your natural hair. But sometimes it’s not even that, I know sometimes you could also just be looking for a cute new way to style your hair and protective hairstyles offer so many unique styles and ways you can wear your hair.
What ever the reason is for getting a protective hairstyle done, you can admit that over the last couple of years, people have become so inventive with African hair that there are so many gorgeous styles out there to try! It’s not just box braids and cornrows anymore!
Super Cute & TRENDY Protective HairstyleS For Natural Hair
1. Bantu Knots
Bantu knots are just such a classic hairstyle you know. It’s a style that’s both timeless and cute and obviously it’s also one the most amazing protective hairdo’s because it’s almost like a two in one! Like the bantu knots themselves and then the curly afro you get when you take them down…
2. Messy Passion Twist
There is literally nothing better than a good messy passion twist. The style is just gives off such effortless fun and stylish vibes and that’s why I love it so much!
3. Stitch Braids with Side Heart Braid
Ok but regardless stitch braids are always stunning. And there is literally nothing like fresh stitch braids ugh 😩 they look so neat and gorgeous and then now there is this new cute and trendy style of the heart braid on the side and it’s just so cute!
4. Box Braids With Beads
I think we all know that the best way to spice up box braids is with beads (but it’s all finding the right beads to get the right effect!). And of course it’s always looks so stunning if you match your beads to the color of your box braids to create a cool vibe or aesthetic!
5. Half Stitch Braids, Half Quick Curly Weave
You get the best of both with this half stitch braids, half curly weave style and it’s giving boho vibes which we love! I love this hairstyle because it’s quick and easy to get done and it’s fun and unique and stylish.
6. Long Faux Locs
Now this is faux locs done right! I don’t know what it is about getting long braids done that makes you feel fun and sassy and just on top of the freaking world… The best thing about faux locs like this is that the longer you have them in, the better they actually look!
7. Shoulder Length Butterfly Locs
I know butterfly locs can be a hit or miss, but when done right there is absolutely nothing to worry about! Butterfly locs are just such a fun hairstyle, they’re always interesting to look at. They’re just a cool way to take regular faux locs to a different level.
8. Natural Hair Twist with Beads
*Cries in jealously* (lol) I wish my natural hair twists would look this good! But if you’ve got the locs for this kinda hairdo just look how cute it! Natural hair twists always look stunning (right?!) and then you add those clear beads at the end and it’s such a cute simple hairstyle.
9. Jumbo Faux Locs
The locs are insane. Literally so gorgeous! The idea of mixing black and white is so cool. Honestly the only word I can think of to describe this hairstyle is queenly, that’s how good it is…
10. Waist Length Faux Locs
It’s the worst when faux locs are straight and stiff, I absolutely love when faux locs have character and movement (kinda like passion twists but in faux loc form, (are passion locs a thing??))
11. Bantu Knots and Heart Braid
These bantu knots with a side heart braid are such a stunning way to spice up the classic hair do. And heart braids are super trendy right now so that just makes this hairdo even more fun and fresh.
12. Squiggly Cornrows with Beads
It’s hilarious that I’m calling these squiggly cornrows but I don’t know what else to call them (lol!). Despite what they’re called, it’s still a stunning hairstyle, such a unique way to style cornrows right?!
13. Box Braid Bob Style
If you’re tired of regular box braids you could go for the asymmetric bob style to spice things up. And sometimes you just may not be in the mood for long, heavy braids so this is a great alternative hairstyle…
14. Butterfly Locs with Highlights
Ugh butterfly locs are just SO pretty and you can easily spice up your locs by getting them with highlights instead of plain black. Color always adds so much dimension to a hairstyle!
15. Goddess Faux Locs
Another way you could really take faux locs to another level (and they’re an already stunning as they are) is to style them as goddess locs, you know, with the curly ends! I just love how the longer you have faux locs in the more gorgeous they actually become (agh!).