50 Protective Hairstyles to Try Immediately

by Nikki Brown
Dec 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET

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 your strands can flourish until the sun comes out again. Ahead, we’ve gathered 50 double tapworthy styles worth copying. From braids to locs and even the classic topknot, inspo is hardly in short supply.

 

Originally posted on StyleCaster

1 /50: Straight-back cornrows

1/50 :Straight-back cornrows

2 /50: Braided halo

2/50 :Braided halo

3/50 :Golden updo

4 /50: Feed-in braids

4/50 :Feed-in braids

5 /50: Jumbo faux locs

5/50 :Jumbo faux locs

6 /50: Half-up, half-down mini-braids

6/50 :Half-up, half-down mini-braids

7/50 :Twisted updo

8 /50: Topknot with cornrows

8/50 :Topknot with cornrows

9 /50: Flat twists into high bun

9/50 :Flat twists into high bun

10 /50: Chic & simple bun

10/50 :Chic & simple bun

11 /50: Crochet braids

11/50 :Crochet braids

12 /50: Versatile braids

12/50 :Versatile braids

13 /50: Sade braid

13/50 :Sade braid

14 /50: Bun mohawk

14/50 :Bun mohawk

15 /50: Matching twists

15/50 :Matching twists

16 /50: Sideswept cornrows

16/50 :Sideswept cornrows

17 /50: Space buns

17/50 :Space buns

18 /50: Crochet goddess locs

18/50 :Crochet goddess locs

19 /50: Waist-length goddess locs

19/50 :Waist-length goddess locs

20 /50: Low bun & bangs

20/50 :Low bun & bangs

21 /50: Honey braids

21/50 :Honey braids

22 /50: Dragon braid

22/50 :Dragon braid

23 /50: Braids into a low bun

23/50 :Braids into a low bun

24 /50: Senegalese twists

24/50 :Senegalese twists

25/50 :Pink praids

26 /50: Fluffy topknot

26/50 :Fluffy topknot

27 /50: Bobby-pinned bun

27/50 :Bobby-pinned bun

28 /50: Poofy ponytail

28/50 :Poofy ponytail

29 /50: Faux loc mohawk

29/50 :Faux loc mohawk

30/50 :Braid 'n' go

31 /50: Bantu knots

31/50 :Bantu knots

32 /50: Toppling topknot

32/50 :Toppling topknot

33 /50: Honey-blond bantu knots

33/50 :Honey-blond bantu knots

34 /50: Wedding updo

34/50 :Wedding updo

35 /50: 4C bang

35/50 :4C bang

36 /50: Braided bob

36/50 :Braided bob

37/50 :Simple bun

38/50 :Bun-hawk

39/50 :Twisted updo

40 /50: Baby hairs & bantu knots

40/50 :Baby hairs & bantu knots

41/50 :Curly twists

42 /50: X-ray braids

42/50 :X-ray braids

43 /50: Mini mouse buns

43/50 :Mini mouse buns

44 /50: Unicorn braids

44/50 :Unicorn braids

45 /50: High fishtail braid

45/50 :High fishtail braid

46 /50: Crochet hair

46/50 :Crochet hair

47/50 :Braid bun

48 /50: Asymmetrical locs

48/50 :Asymmetrical locs

49 /50: Goddess loc bob

49/50 :Goddess loc bob

50/50 :Holiday hair