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The Best Protective Styles for Your Natural Hair This Summer

Despite beach waves being one of the most in-demand styles, summer actually isn’t the best time for anyone’s hair. We’re all prone to sweat, frizz, flyaways, and so much more when braving the season’s hot temps and humid climates. And for natural-haired girls, extra steps must be taken in order to beat the heat and keep strands safe. We’ve rounded up a variety of protective hairstyles that will keep natural hair safe and healthy all summer long.

Chainlink Braid

Felicia Leatherwood styled Issa Rae’s mane in a unique braid, plus some extensions.

 

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Sleek Ponytail

Vernon François slicked back Amandla Stenberg’s curls, but made sure to secure her edges up front.

 

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Micro Braids

Oscar nominee Ruth Negga ditched her pixie cut for a full head of braids, courtesy of Lacy Redway. This is a classic protective hairstyle and perfeclty fitting for summer.

Ultra-Long Braids

Lacy also added some pearls to accent these Rapunzel-length braids on Tessa Thompson.

Pineapple

Takisha Sturdivant-Drew flipped Leona Lewis’ curls into the much-loved pineapple updo. You can never go wrong with this protective hairstyle.

Afro Puffs

The Bold Type‘s Aisha Dee got some cute afro puffs created by Takisha as well.

Single Braid

Araxi Lindsey styled Tracee Ellis Ross’s strands into a hip-grazing braid.

 

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Top Knot

Nai’vasha Johnson turned Storm Reid’s locks into a beautiful half-up half-down top knot that works for all those fun summer nights out.

 

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Beaded Braids

Gabrielle Union-Wade has embraced her natural hair lately, and even experimented with some braids.

 

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Short Hair Braids

MD Warren took Lupita Nyong’o’s signature short ‘do to a new level. The braids not only add texture, but protect her hair as well.

 

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Cornrows and Extensions

If you don’t want to braid your entire head, take a cue from India Love. She braided only the top of her hair, above her extensions.

 

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Bantu Knots

The mini knots are very common protective hairstyles amongst natural-haired girls for all the right seasons. Joyjah styled hers from braids. Here’s our step-by-step tutorial on how to create bantu knots yourself.

 

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Aside from these protective hairstyles, you’ll also need THESE products to protect your natural hair at the beach all summer long.



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