Hello beautiful queens, today we are looking at one of the most common hairstyles for women, let’s see 30 protective hairstyles for black women.
Well, African-American or black women are blessed with thick dense hair that can be skillfully shaped into breathtaking hairstyles.
Protective hairstyles like braids, locs, and twists have been around for centuries, they were practically nonexistent outside of smaller black communities. Even then, straight hair was considered special-occasion hair. It wasn’t until recent that we started seeing styles like Havana twists and Fulani braids represented.
Black women protective hairsdos are more than a trend—they’re black-girl magic personified. Not only are they relatively low-maintenance hairstyles, but they also remind black women where they came from and their history as Africans.
Protective hairstyles aim to actually limit the stress of environmental factors on natural hair. Here we are going to share 30 easy yet very showy protective hairstyles and the benefits of protective hairstyles.
See also: 25 Cute Haircuts for Black Women
Benefits of Protective Hair
- Protection from the elements;
- Maintenance of moisture;
- Length retention;
- Stylish look.
Protective styling gives the ends of our hair a break from nasty weather conditions. These styles tuck away our delicate ends and usually group the strands together. This gives them “safety in numbers” says Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, the author of The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care.
Protective styles are an essential part of healthy hair care. They should feature in every natural hair wearer’s style rotation, no matter the season. In the colder months, they protect hair from icy winds, rain, snow and frosty air. In the summer months, protective styling prevents sun, wind and water damage if you enjoy water sports. Different weather conditions cause the hair to expand or contract, wearing the fibres of the hair, making it weaker. This leads to damage and often loss of length. Protective styles help to keep hair healthy and allow for noticeable hair growth.
Let’s now look at these amazing protective hairstyles as showcased by black women collated in 3 splits…
Tip: Prepping your hair in anticipation of wearing a protective style is key in your hair routine. This starts with ensuring the hair is clean and free of any prior product build up which otherwise could lead to hair breakage.