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6 Must-Try Protective Styling Ideas for Natural Hair

Protective hairstyles are a great option for women who want to take a break from daily styling. Not only do they provide a new look, but they can also aid in length retention and hair growth. Here are six protective styles to try this year:

  1. Braided Ponytail: Perfect for a weekend or event, the braided ponytail is easy to do and can last for two to five days. Add colored extensions or turn it into a wavy ponytail for a versatile look.

  2. Bohemian Box Braids: Zoë Kravitz is known for her bohemian box braids, where only the first inches of each lock are braided, leaving the ends loose and wavy. This style is perfect for a low-maintenance and whimsical look.

  3. Faux Locs: There are different types of faux locs to try, including traditional, butterfly, and distressed styles. Collarbone-length faux locs are a great option for a cute and low-maintenance look.

  4. Small Box Braids: These braids are beautiful, versatile, and long-lasting, lasting about four to eight weeks. They are perfect for dressy styles with half the effort.

  5. Medium Box Braids: Lasting just as long as small box braids, medium box braids are a great option for those who want the braided look with less time and cost. Add a little pizzazz by leaving more of the bottom of the braid undone and curling the ends.

  6. Cornrows: Cornrows are a classic look that will never go out of style. They can be done on your own hair or with added hair for more flair.

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