The Best Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair

Marley Twists

Marley twists mimic Bob Marley's iconic freeform locs, using extensions to achieve a fluffy texture. Perfect for a natural look while protecting your own hair.

Goddess Braids

Combining box braids with loose, curly strands, Goddess braids offer an ethereal style. Refresh curls at home with L Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Leave-in Spray.

Box Braids

Seen on everyone from neighbors to celebrities, box braids suit any hair length. Add extensions for extra length and thickness. Prep with L Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner.

Knotless Box Braids

Versatile and gentle on the scalp, knotless box braids use a feed-in technique, reducing tension and risk of breakage. Ideal for thin or fine hair types.

Senegalese Twists

Originating from Senegal, these twists use Kanekalon or Toyokalon braiding hair. Achieve this style with a hairstylist's expertise for best results.

Faux Three Strand Braided Ponytail

Quick and stylish, faux braided ponytails offer low maintenance. Smooth flyaways with L Oréal Paris Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In for a flawless look.

Bantu Knots

A 90s comeback, Bantu knots are protective and trendy. Twist sections of hair into buns and secure with L Oréal Paris Studio Line Mega Gel for hold.

Faux Locs

A versatile style for both genders, faux locs are easy to maintain. Choose between braiding extensions or crocheting for installation. Consider a specialist for intricate styles and longer lengths.