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10 Simple & Cute Go-To Protective Styles for the Summer

Whether you are rushing to work, giving your hair a break from high manipulation styling or just looking for a quick 'do, these styles are the perfect go-to! I have compiled a list of adorable natural hairstyles that will serve you style and protection all summer long!


1) Twists & High Puff


Whether messy or sleek, big or small, the high puff is undefeated! Whether casual or dressy, a high puff is perfect for every occasion. For this style, you can gather all of your hair and pull it up with a scrunchie, scarf, or big headband for a quick and cute updo.


If you are in a rush, this style will never you. High puffs are a great protective style because they are easy to achieve and low manipulation. To spice up your high puff, add some braids or twists in the front as shown below.



2) Braided Low Puff on Stretched Hair


Now to my anti-heat extremists, this one is debatable. However, styling natural hair when in a stretched or blown out state is easier for many naturals to maintain. Blow drying your natural hair makes detangling easier and limits the amount of tangles while styling, which in the long run reduces breakage caused by styling damage.


If you are reluctant to blow drying, do not worry! This style would be just as gorgeous on non-stretched natural hair. Grab your favorite detangling product, and give it a go. Remember to brush and style gently!



3) Twisted Crown Up-do

Simple, yet regal. This is an awesome protective style because it keeps your ends tucked away which reduces the chance of shrinkage, tangling, and matting. This helps to prevent breakage, and ultimately retain length.



4) Asymmetrical Twisted Crown


Another easy and beautiful look is this twisted crown! If you are looking for a cute style to keep your hair out of your face in the summer heat, this princessy 'do is the one!



5) Two Cornrows


This style is a classic, simple and cute. If you have really big hair, this style is great for keeping your hair out of your face and off of your neck. Not to mention it can make for a great braid-out when taken down!



6) Flat Twist Style


This flat twist updo is adorable. The ends are tucked away in the back for extra protection. Tie your hair up with a satin scarf at night, and this style should last you at least 2-3 days.



7) Flat-twist into bun


This style is great if you want to have your hair tucked away, but also want to show off some curls. You can flat-twist into a bun or a puff depending on the look you want to achieve. You can never go wrong with some neat flat twists and beautiful edges!



8) Twisty Bun


Simple, protective, and fashionable! Style some juicy twists into a bun to maintain that moisture, keep those ends tucked, and slay all day! This beautiful style is easy to achieve and great for any occasion, from a day in the office to a fun night with the girls.



9) Four Twist Bun Up-do


This style is my absolute favorite! If you are looking for something nice and quick, this is the one. A great protective style for wash day when you are in a rush or just want to keep it simple and cute!



10) Chunky Two-Strand Twists


You can never go wrong with some juicy two-strand twists. Accessorize them with hair jewelry or beads to add a little extra to the style. You can also style them in various ways. If you are looking for a cute style to last a long time and give you some versatility, this is definitely the one!



Protective styling comes with so many different styles. I hope you enjoyed this list, and I am excited to see which styles you decide to try this summer!

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