Natural hair is gravity-defying, versatile, and shape-shifting. Now if that’s not some next-level supernatural, superhuman stuff then I don’t know what is. Protective styles are hairstyles that protect your hair from continuous combing and manipulation by keeping the ends of the hair tucked away. Protective hairstyles are the fundamental foundation that leads to a variety of styles from cornrows, crochets, twist-outs, braid-outs, box braids, bantu knots, and the list goes on. We as black women have been known to express ourselves through our hair, and everyone's tells a different story.
Although natural hair is beautiful, the upkeep of some styles can be damaging. (And we don't need that added stress in our lives, you hear me?) We have to make sure we are giving our hair breaks by doing protective styles. Wearing a protective style ensures your kinks, coils, and curls stay protected and free from breakage. So if your natural mane is in need of a break and/or you are feeling creative take a look at these 11 beautiful protective styles.