5 Protective Hairstyles for the African Woman


There is nothing as hard as picking the best hairstyle that fits your style, taste, and personality. Honestly, you are going to spend hours on Google, scrolling through tons of images, just to pick what fits you. Fortunately, or unfortunately, you may succeed. With that, I came up with 5 protective hairstyles for the African woman; not only are they easy to braid, but they also take less time and help your hair grow. The good thing is, you can do it yourself.

  1. Senegalese/Rope Twist

 Senegalese twist is an excellent protective option for natural hair. They take up to 3 hours to do, can last for about 3 weeks, but depending on differences of the option; you are free to choose up to how long you would like them to last. You are also not limited to the choice of color you want. Some styling options include high bun, twist into two French twists, and high ponytail, among others.

  1. Box Braids 

Box braids have been around for thousands of years, being the best go-to hairstyle for most women. It easy to maintain and last long when braided. Depending on the length you want, you can use 5 to 6 boxes of braids, taking about 4 hours to complete. You are free to go crazy on the color that you want and a vest choice of styling.

  1. Crochet Braids 

Crochet braids are simply a hybrid of traditional braids, they are somewhat similar to weaves. Here natural hair is braided into cornrows and using a crochet hook, the hair extensions are added on to the braids. The process of braiding may take up to 4 to 6 hours to complete, and depending on the type of hair extensions you are using it might take about 3 to 4 boxes to complete a look.

  1. Flat Twist

Flat twist can work well both on natural and relaxed hair. It is a protective style that will minimize the manipulation of your hair daily; making it the best path to healthier hair. It does not need any type of synthetic braids, all you need is styling gel, and you are free to choose a style to braid.

  1. Big Cornrows

Cornrows might be classic, but this hairstyle can also be extremely versatile. You can choose to use braids of freehand to have the best results because it is best if you use braids. It will only take you about one hour to complete a look, and they can last about 2 to 3 weeks if well maintained.


With so many tutorials on YouTube, it is possible to braid yourself at home. Always remember to go for the best hair care products that will help your hair grow and not harm your scalp. The one thing I love about all these types of hairstyles is, I can style them in a million different ways, depending on the day and occasion. Why don’t you try one of them out and see for yourself?