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12 Protective Summer Hairstyles for Women of Color

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Twist-outs and wash-and-gos aside, the best part of having natural hair is being able to morph your mane into a bevy of styles: bantu knots, cornrows, braided updos, high-puff ponytails. But when those styles become a bit redundant, there’s no better way to refresh your look than with a protective style.

Protective styles help to protect your natural hair from excessive tugging and manipulation, heat, and other environmental terrors that come along with the summer season. If your current Instagram feed of knotless braids and twists weren’t enough to convince that protective styles are the way to go this summer, allow me to show you 12 gorgeous styles that IG grid-worthy.

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1

Passion Twists

Passion twists is the curlier alternative to senegalese twists. Instead of kanekalon hair, curly hair is used in this style. After securing the hair at the root, loosely twist the hair to give it a curly, unraveled look.

2

Wigs

When you’re not in the mood for tension on your scalp from braids or twists, opt for a wig. Curly, straight, short or long, there’s a wig to suit your every mood. Plus, you can slip it on and slip it off whenever you want, or secure it with Got2B Freeze Spray or gel for longwear.

3

Braided Pigtails

For a budget-friendly hairstyle, part your hair in two to create braided pigtails. The entire look will cost you less than $15, so it won’t hurt your pockets when you’re ready for a new style a week later.

4

Straight Backs

While straight backs are the typically reserved for under your wig or a sew-in, Nikki Nelms’s iteration of the classic style is one you’ll want to show off. Add gold accents to add a royal touch.

5

Middle Part Fulani Braids

Cornrows are extremely versatile thanks to the many different designs you can create. Rico Nasty’s middle part Fulani Braids are spun in a cool royal blue shade and secured with silver and white beads for an instant nostalgic look.

6

Faux Locs

Faux locs are achieved by braiding the hair down, wrapping the braid until it’s fully coated in the hair texture of choice (some people use Marley Hair while others prefer Kanekelon). Embellish them with shells and metallic gold cords or add a few pieces of curly hair throughout for a messy look.

7

Braided Bob

Channel your inner Jada Pinkett Smith with a chic braided bob. This style is not only low maintenance, but frames your face so your features get a moment to shine.

8

Jumbo Senegalese Twists

If you don’t want to spend seven-plus hours in your stylist’s chair, I suggest asking for these jumbo Senegalese twists. The chunky style is achieved by parting the hair in large sections (less tension on your roots) and twisting the hair down to your desired length.

9

Sideswept Cornrows

When Beyoncé had sideswept cornrows in her Lemonade visual, everyone wanted side cornrows. Can you blame them? The simple look gives you a soft, delicate look and never goes out of style.

10

Jumbo Box Braids

Get festival ready with vibrant box braids that are sure to make you standout amongst the crowds (it’s also an easy way for your friends to find you, should you get lost).

11

Box Braids

Lacy Redway’s hip-grazing box braids on Tessa Thompson are are anything but simple. Take it a step further by using wavy hair for a bohemian, Zoë Kravitz vibe.

12

Feed-In Ponytail

The higher the hair, the closer to God, right? Let the braids hang down in a high ponytail for a throwback-feel or wrap it up in a bun for a elegant finish.

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