Protective braided hairstyles; majority of black women are blessed with thick dense hair which in its natural form looks great and awesome. Some have naturally curly hair while a few of them have straight hair. Growing your hair to the desired length might take some time and patience but damaging or its breakage will just take a minute or two when it’s not properly handled.
As the hair grows, there are a few minor breakage more so when washing, combing or even during the styling
process. If the breakage is consistent, it will leave you with scanty hair pieces or strands on your head which I guess won’t look great on you.
All this calls for way to protect your hair from breakage and damage. One of the best ways to do this is by choosing the right protective braided hairstyles for your hair according to its texture and length.
In this post, we have brought together for you a collection of the 10 best protective braided hairstyles for black women that we are certain will look great on you irrespective of the size and texture of your hair. Join me as we explore the best collection of protective braided hairstyles for black women.
Box Braids Protective Braided Hairstyles For Black Women
We hear many people say that box braids are the best way to protect your hair against breakage. We therefore think that maybe it’s one of the reasons you find most of black ladies wearing this kind of braided hairstyle.
Well, we must all agree that box braids other than being a protective braided hairstyle, they also look great on black women most especially when they are styled in a way around your face that complements your facial features.
Keri Hilson in the image above brings out box braids protective braided hairstyles for black women were by her hair was designed into box braids which were then styled out of her face to the back. She looks gorgeous with box braids as we have a single post featuring our best collection of Keri Hilson box braids hairstyles ideas.
Black Protective Braided Hairstyles For Natural Short Hair
For ladies with short or medium length natural hair, this black protective braided hairstyles for natural short hair will work for you. She looks remarkable and unique from other ladies with the same kind of hairstyle coz she choose to give her hair a new look with hair dye.
Brown works for many ladies but you might decide to be unique and different by opting for another inimitable color.
Section off a small section of hair at the front (from around either sides of the temple of your eyes) up to around the crown section. With this section, you are going to create beautiful Bantu knots and secure them in place.
For the remaining hair, beginning from the hairline, get a small section of hair then twist it to create awesome twists. Towards the end of the twist, create a Bantu knot. Continue doing this till when you’re done with all the hair on your head.
You’re done; it’s that simple, easy and quick. So if you have been looking for a simple, easy and quick do it yourself (DIY) protective braided hairstyles for natural short hair; this will be the ultimate choice for you.
Unique Protective Braided Hairstyles For Black Women
Similar to the above protective braided hairstyle, these Bantu knots will as well do the job for you. Remember for the previous, it was a combination of both Bantu knots and twists but in this hairstyle, it involves Bantu knots only.
The design or pattern in which you style your knots will depend on your preference and the kind of event you’re dressing for. Some ladies prefer random Bantu knots while other will opt for knots in a symmetrical or circular pattern.
After choosing your preferred way to section your hair, begin creating the Bantu knots and then secure them in place. Accessorize with the right bracelets and you will be good to go.
Note: this kind of protective braided hairstyle looks great on ladies with long faces as compared to those with round faces or square faces coz it involves removing all the hair away from your face hence exposing the round corners of your face making it look much wider that it’s long.
Two Strand Twists – Protective Braided Hairstyles For Black Women
We all have to agree that two strand twists are one of the easiest ways to protect your hair which you can do it on yourself in front of the mirror. All you need is to get familiar with the twisting of the hair first before twisting the two strands together.
The black lady above brings forward black braided two strand twists that will undeniably protect your hair from breakage and any other environmental damage that might occur.
The twisted strand were then later styled around her cheeks to cover up the corners of her cheek bones which in turn made her look attractive, adorable and gorgeous.
You can wear this kind of protective braided hairstyles for black women when going to almost all events be it casual, formal or special occasions.
Protective Braided Hairstyles For Natural Hair
Do you like your natural hair and feel like you should keep it natural but tired of spending lots to time caring for it? Or maybe you just want to change the hairstyle from the ordinary natural hairstyles which you have been wearing for long; if this is you, then this protective braided hairstyles for natural hair will be the choice worthy trying on your head.
It’s easy to accomplish and can be styled on short hair and medium length hair. Begin by preparing your hair so that it’s ready for styling. This might involve washing it with clean water and if need be shampooing to remove product residue which might have accumulated on the scalp. Rinse with clean water then place a clean dry towel around your head so that it absorbs the excess water from your hair.
Allow the hair to thoroughly air dry then apply styling products to it. You might need to apply some hair moisturizer that will keep the moisture in your hair and then some hair oil to make your hair soft during the styling process.
Create small sections of hair like the one depicted in the photo above and secure the rest of the hair in place so that it doesn’t disturb you when working on the other section. Choose the nature of the braids you want to create such as 3 strand braids, 4 strand braids, or just Senegalese twists.
Repeat the above procedure till when all your hair on your head is all braided into awe-inspiring protective braids.
Protective Braided Hairstyle For Relaxed Hair
Had you already relaxed your hair and still want a braided hairstyle that will protect it from breakage? This protective braided hairstyle for relaxed hair is worthy trying on to reach your goal.
Since hair is delicate more so when relaxed, would kindly advice you to visit a professional hairstylist and he or she will be in position to advice you on how best you can go about protective braided hairstyle for relaxed hair.
As for the lady in the image above, she looks amazing with that braided hairstyle on her relaxed hair which we believe you too can rock an awesome and stunning protective braided hairstyle for your relaxed hair.
Other different ways to protect your hair from breakage and other environmental related damages
- Use the right products for your hair for instance, use shampoo that’s right for your hair type
- Avoid styling products with harsh chemicals (natural hair products will be the best choice in this case).