11 Easy Protective Styles You Can Install in Minutes

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Protective hairstyles, easy protective styles for that matter have become a buzzword in the natural hair community as these styles promise low manipulation, quick installation, low maintenance and as the name suggests, protect the hair from damage.

There are a variety of protective hairstyles that will switch up your looks as well as keep your hands off the hair for a while but the BIG questions is: Are they easy to install, maintain and take down?

So, if you are looking for easy protective styles to help with length retention, moisture retention and reduce tangles while still giving you a stylish look, then keep on reading.

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11 Easy Protective Styles

Below are 11 easy protective styles that are suitable for people with short, medium and long hair. These styles are easy to install, maintain and take down.

1. Cornrows

Cornrows are one of the most versatile classic easy protective styles ideal for all hair lengths. This easy protective style is great for hair that is transitioning as well as relaxed hair.

To install, you will have to split the hair into even sections and then proceed to braid as you normally would to the back, but keep adding hair to every strand until you finish.

Cornrows are cute and look unique to each individual, If well maintained they can last for about two weeks.

2. Flat Twists

Flat twists is very popular protective hairstyle that is eye catching for people with natural hair.  

Additionally, the style is very comfortable and not disruptive. This protective style is very easy to install and does not take a lot of time.

3. Lace Front Wigs

Wigs are the simplest protective hairstyles available. Lace front wigs give you a more natural look and you can wear it over your natural hair.

The beauty with these wigs is that you invest once to get a few good quality wigs that will serve you for a very long time while giving you a break from manipulating your hair and protecting it at the same time.

The lace front wig enables you to keep switching your look and you can use any colors or texture as you please. Lace from wigs protect the hair underneath and do not lead to breakage or hair loss. Unlike other wigs, they do not cause damage to the hairline and on the edges.

To guarantee that no damage is done, it is important to ensure that the application, removal and the lace front wigs care practices are done right in the first place.

This is a perfect choice for a vacation or during summer as they protect your hair from the sun.

4. Bantu Knots

Originating from Southern Africa, the Bantu Knots have come back in style and are used as protective style on all types of hairs.

The look is easy to create as you only need to divide your hair into sections and twist the section from the roots to the end of the strands until the hair twists into itself. Once you are done twisting, form the twists into mini-buns.

5. Knotless braids

Knotless braids are another great and easy protective hairstyle that have been worn by celebrities.

It is a style that does not put much tension to the edges and the scalp and does not cause hair breakage and thus its a great style for protecting the hair while still giving you that stylish look.

knotless are a good alternative to box braids and are recommended for people who want to achieve the box braids look but suffer from a sensitive scalp.

6. Halo Braid

This is a protective hairstyle that gives you that royalty look as it gently rests on top of your head like a crown. It is a plaited hairstyle where you weave two Dutch braids and wrap the around the head then pin the braids to create a halo effect.

7. Crotchet braids

Crochet braids is another easy protective style that you can install by yourself if you are experienced.

This style is growing in popularity because it gives the options of installing pre-styled twists or braids that look good on you.

According to many stylists, this is the most versatile hairstyle as you can easily switch up different crotchet hairstyles.

You can either use cornrows or single braids using your natural hair and then proceed to attach the crotchet braid of your choice by using latch hook.

Crotchet braids have less pressure on your edges and has a lot of styling options that you can explore.

8. Box Braids

This is one of the most popular and simple protective hairstyles that makes one looks exquisite.

Box braids enables low maintenance of hair and protects the hair especially natural hair.

Box braids do not take a lot of time install and they also allow versatility in styling. The only downside to box braids is that it makes the hair weak and brittle especially if it stays in for long.

9. Havana twists

This protective style takes about four hours to install and it is very long lasting and can last up to eight weeks. This protective style stands out as it is a great solution for people who have thick hair and uses chucky twists that can be done with extensions or natural hair. The twists can come in various lengths and are great with hair that has a course texture.

10. Feed in braids

The feed in braids style is a protective hairstyle that gives you an edgy look and protects your hair from breakage. This style allows you to add some extensions to your braids and this can add fullness to your hair. When you have the feed in braids, you give your hair a chance to breath and thrive on its own with minimum manipulation for the period the braids are still in and thus significantly preventing hair breakage.

11. Faux Locs

This is a temporary and classic protective style and it is great for people who want the locs look but are not down for permanent commitment.

While it may take time, the installation process is fairly easy. Installation either involve crocheting the faux lox onto the existing conrows on your head or braiding your hair and then wrapping the extensions around each braid.

Most people prefer the wrapping technique as it gives one an illusion of real locs.


Maintaining hair is a lot of commitment more so if you are transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair. Protective styles tuck away the ends of your hair and protect it from damage. Find a few easy styles from the list above to keep things simple while giving your hair a break from over manipulation.

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