09/08/2016 03:08 EDT

The Best Protective Hairstyles For Natural Hair This Fall

So. Many. Options.

The end of summer is upon us. And while some may be eager to bask in the cooler temperatures, for naturals, colder weather may mean hair is subject to potential dryness and breakage, which can be quite the scary thought.

But just because fall is on its way doesn't mean that you have to skip out on cute looks. With protective hairstyles, you can still rock a fancy 'do, all while keeping your locks in check.


From box braids, to crochet and a variety of cornrows, protective styling gives naturalistas a ton of options for the colder months.

Check out some of our faves below that we think are perfect for fall.

Chunky Twists

Chunky twists are the perfect style of you're looking for an relatively quick, voluminous look. And if you're really crunched for time, you can install these crotchet braids as well

Faux Locs

If you've always wanted to try locs but have commitment issues, this style might be your best bet. While they do take a long time to install, this look can be kept in (if properly maintained) for about three months.

Goddess Locs

Want to play up your faux locs? Add some curly or wavy hair to the ends for this gorgeous look.


Cornrows are a staple style that can be varied in so many different ways. There's endless possibilities with this look. And the best part is they're pretty low maintenance. Just make sure to moisturize your scalp and wrap your hair with a silk scarf before bed.

Box Braids

If you're a fan of "Poetic Justice," then you've probably been rocking this style since the '90s. But if you haven't tried out box braids yet, fall is the perfect time to break out this look.

Crochet Braids

Crotchet braids are a great style for anyone who wants to protect their natural hair, but doesn't want to say goodbye to their curls. This look is similar to getting a traditional weave done, except you won't be using thread to attach the hair, you'll instead be knotting it around the base of your cornrows underneath.

Bantu Knots

If you don't have time for the above styles, Bantu knots are a relatively easy style to do on your own hair! You can create this style fresh out the shower, and once you take them out, you'll have a head full of curls — the perfect two-for-one deal.


Let's face it, sometimes we want protect our tresses, but ain't nobody got time to style. Luckily, headscarves can give you an effortlessly chic look without the hassle of actually dealing with your hair.

What are some of your favourite protective styles? Let us know in the comments below!

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