My Top 5 Protective Styles for Natural Hair

I’ve been natural for a while now, and have tried many different styles over the years. Although I love wearing my hair in its natural state, natural hair takes work and can sometimes take a good amount of time. Years ago as a new natural, I would enjoy spending 2 to 3 hours each week washing my hair and experimenting with different styles. These days, I’ve grown to love wearing my hair in protective styles. I enjoy styles that require little maintenance, while keeping my hair protected so that I can spend my time doing other things I enjoy. In today’s post, I’m sharing 5 of my favorite protective hairstyles.

Makeda Twists
I’d have to say that Makeda Twists are my all time favorite protective style. The hair used for this style blends so well with my natural texture that people think all of this is my real hair! I love the fact that this style gives me an elongated look, when otherwise my natural hair would shrink up when any type of heat, humidity or moisture hits it. It also gives me volume, which I love. Believe it or not, when I straighten my real hair, it is about the same length as in this picture. This style can last 6-8 weeks and can be washed when styled in two-strand twists.

The Ponytail
Who doesn’t love a cute ponytail? I know I do! I used to always wear my natural hair in a puff, but now I’ve swapped the puff for the ponytail. Nope, the ponytail is not grown from my scalp lol. My hair is slicked back and put into a ball, and the hair is sewn on. This style lasts me a good 2 to 3 weeks.

Flat Twists
This style is pretty simple, yet convenient. It’s just two flat twists. It is really understated, but can be jazzed up by adding some cute hair accessories. My flat twists typically last 1-2 weeks.

Braids are a great protective style! Depending on how they are installed, they typically last 6 to 8 weeks for me.

Kinky Twists
I really enjoy wearing Kinky Twists. They give you a slightly different look than braids. I tend to wear mine at a length just beyond the shoulders. With proper care, they usually last 6 to 8 weeks.

What are your thoughts on these protective styles? Have any favorites? Let me know in the comments below!



  1. Anna Marie
    February 2, 2019 / 2:23 am

    I love them all but my go to is braids I thought about trying crochet style but still on the fence
    And of course wigs I love wigs because when I get home I just lay that baby down and I’m good lol
    My natural hair is normally just plaits under the neath
    I don’t do any fancy expensive wigs just under 40
    Bucks they last about 6-8 weeks or longer depending on how I care for them

    • Marquita
      February 8, 2019 / 11:04 pm

      Thank you! I’m thinking about getting braids sometime soon. I really want to try a nice wig. I’ve never worn one before, but if I find one I like at an affordable price, I’d definitely consider wearing it as a protective style.

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