Five Protective Hairstyles to Wear in 2021


Black women all over Instagram have been rocking their natural, protective hairstyles; here are some trends that you can take with you into 2021.

Tessa Thompson’s Long, Textured Braids

Actress Tessa Thompson, rocker her natural-looking, long box braids on her Instagram recently. There’s a reason why braids are almost synonymous with “protective styles”, and that’s because they are long-lasting, beautiful, and can be worn anywhere. Thompson has a unique way of styling her braids. To make them look new and trendy, she has multicolored highlights, along with jewels that intertwine with her twists.

Fulani Braids, With a Bun

These braids have been around since ancient times, and have long been worn by the Fulani people of West Africa. Not only do Fulani braids offer an absolutely regal look, but they are also very customizable. Adding a low bun to the back of a classic style can provide a casual, but high-end, appearance.

These Faux Crochet Locs

If you’re tired of the classic box braid style, then faux locs may be your go-to for this year. If you’re looking for something long, wavy, and feminine, then you can add crochet locs to give off a fairy-tale, mermaid look. The best thing about this style is that it’s fancy enough for any special occasion; from an evening at home to a night out.

Some Thick Bantu Knots

Bantu knots are a cultural classic, originating amongst Zulu tribes in Southern Africa. Not only are Bantu knots easy for women to learn at home, but they are also stunning to look at.

Sza’s Beaded Braids, From Her Newest Lyric Video

Much like the Fulani braids and Bantu knots, this style has been around for centuries. Still, this beaded style has been regaining popularity in recent years. SZA’s shoulder-length braids, with large beads, offers a unique look that’ll turn heads everywhere.

We are loving these protective hairstyles and hope to see many more celebs inspiring us with them this coming year.