11 Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair That Are Trending in 2022

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Ask anyone in the natural hair community and they’ll tell you how essential protective hairstyles are to keeping hair healthy. Whether it’s the dead of winter or the hottest day of the year, there are plenty of looks to minimize manipulation, promote hair growth and reduce tangles. There are the classics (i.e. box braids), the low-maintenance ‘dos (i.e. top bun or wigs) and the latest trends at your disposal. So, whatever look you’re interested in, we asked a few hairstyles to give us the most popular protective hairstyles for natural hair to try out in 2022.

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