The Protective Natural Hairstyles for Black Hair

When the weather heats up, African American women may need to tweak their hair care routines to make sure their hairstyles don’t wilt. Because black hair has a natural tendency to be dry, it’s important to adhere to a moisturizing regimen during the hottest months of the year so that heat and humidity don’t wreck your hair.

To prevent your hair become dry and breakage you need to choose a hair style that keep your ends protected. For the options, here are some protective natural hairstyles for black hair :

Bantu Knots

Bantu knots are a protective hairstyle for protecting the ends without a lot of handling of the hair. According to Naturally Curly, a protective style should protect the hair ends and seal the ends with a moisturizer. Your hair will need a good shampooing and deep conditioning before you attempt the protective hair style. Also, apply and leave in conditioner and keep a spray bottle around to wet the hair. Putting the hair in Bantu knots involves parting the hair into sections depending on personal preference and hair length. Next, take a section of the hair and twist. Take the twist and wrap the twist around until forming a knot. Secure the knot by tucking or using a rubber band. This style will last about a week or longer. Also, the Bantu knots can be taken down to form a wavy, loose hairstyle.


A bun is a classic hair style that protects the hair ends. According to Motown Girl, the type of bun will depend on hair length. Smooth the hair back into a ponytail and secure with a ponytail holder. Take the ponytail and twist the hair. Secure the bun with a ponytail holder to keep the ends from unraveling. To enjoy the benefits of a hair bun, moisturize the hair daily and apply moisturizer to the ends of the hair.

Flat Twists

Flat twists are another protective hair style for protecting ends and maintaining hair length, Motown Girl advises. Two strand twists are done straight back or with a part when styling the hair. The style involves twisting two strands of hair together and keeping the hair flat against the scalp. You should secure the ends of the twist with a rubber band to prevent hair from unraveling. Another option: take the ends of the hair and use bobby pins to form a bun.

Partially Open Styles

For another style of protective natural hairstyles for black hair; you can opt to have some of your hair loose, although this hair is not as protected as when it is in a braid or twist. The advantage, however, is that the style is definitely one that conquers boredom as you can play with the loose part. Most commonly it will be the hair in the front that is left loose but you can also partially cornrow/flat-twist the front and leave the back open or in a bun or braid the sides and leave the centre open and pinned in a fro-hawk style.

Tips :

  • Keep heat styling on black hair to a minimum. Don’t use a flat iron or curling iron more than once a week. Instead, use wet sets on magnetic rollers or bendable rods.
  • If you know you’ll be outside for an extended period, wear a hat. Not only will a wide-brimmed hat protect your face from the sun, but it will also protect your hair. Black hair leans toward being dry, so you should keep it protected from the sun as much as possible to prevent further dryness.
  • Use moisturizing conditioners after shampooing and as leave-ins. Deep condition your hair two to three times a month for added moisture. The more moisturized African American hair is, the less likely it is to break.

The Examples Style of Protective Natural Hairstyles

These were some protective natural hairstyles for black hair and a few tips that can prevent the breakage and dryness. Breakage is a major factor when growing black hair and steps must be taken to keep each strand of hair healthy.  In addition, you must pay attention to length, as normal hair grows around a half inch each month. The ends of the hair are the oldest part of the hair strand. Hair ends are open to the weather elements and go through the most styling. For this reason, the ends can become damaged in a way that leads to hair breakage. Protective natural hairstyles can prevent breakage, dryness and maintain hair growth.





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