15 Celebrity-Approved Protective Hairstyles to Save Your Coils From the Cold
If you have kinky, coily, or multitextured hair, you know that Afro hair and frigid temperatures do not mix. Our curls crave moisture, and subzero weather only dries out our delicate ringlets. That's why protective hairstyles are the best way to preserve your coils while trying out a gorgeous new style in the process.
Thanks to the natural hair movement, so many celebrities have been rocking their natural coils and becoming more experimental with their braids, locs, and twists. When it comes to hair goals, we love the fresh new styles that Rihanna, Zoë Kravitz, and Keke Palmer constantly debut on Instagram and the red carpet. Some of our favorite styles of 2019 have been knotless box braids, elegant faux locs, and passion twists, especially in unexpected colors of red, auburn, blonde, and classic soft black.
Read ahead for 15 celebrity-approved protective styles to give your kinks, coils, and curls some major love in the cold season.
Laura Harrier's Long Knotless Box Braids (Color 1B)
Harrier wears knotless box braids instead of knotted. Knotless braids are becoming very popular lately because they look more natural, are lighter in weight, and gentler on your scalp and edges.
Zoë Kravitz's Long Tree Braids (Color 613)
What a look. Kravitz wears micro-sized tree braids that take forever to do but are absolutely worth the wait. She's wearing braiding hair in color 613 (platinum blonde) in a low chignon.
Rihanna's Long Knotless Box Braids (Color 35)
Rihanna looks great in any style she wears. In this photo, she's wearing superlong burgundy box braids in the color 35.
Ciara's Long Faux Locs (Ombré Mix of Colosrs 1B, 4, and 8)
This is the kind of style that you remember for years to come. Ciara absolutely slayed this faux locs look in a special ombré mix of color 1B, 4, and 8).
Selah Marley's Short Knotted Box Braids (Color 1B)
Marley wears faux locs so often, we honestly thought it was her natural hair. We love that she always switches it up, especially with this supercute asymmetrical box braid look.
Keke Palmer's Long Faux Locs (Color 39)
Palmer could hustle us any day with those gorgeous scarlet faux locs. In this photo, she's wearing braiding hair in color 39 with gold beads and curled ends.
Skai Jackson's Passion Twists (Color 1B)
Jackson looks so elegant for her age. Always so polished and chic. We love the soft look of her passion twists in color 1B.
Lupita Nyong'o's Chunky Box Braids (Color 1B)
Nyong'o is always glowing, and her jumbo braids remind us of the cute hairstyles we wore to elementary school.
Amandla Stenberg's Four Chunky Braids and A Cornrow Crown (Colors 27 and 350)
Stenberg's special mix of colour 27 and 350 reminds us of strawberry shortcake. Is anything else hungry?
Storm Reid's Classic Box Braids (Color 8)
Classic box braids are always a great choice. We love Reid's cool light brown style in color 8.
Selah Marley's Marley Twists (Color 1B)
Marley at it again with the fab hairstyle. This time, she's wearing superlong Marley twists in color 1B. How much cooler can she get?
Beyoncé Knowles's Finger Wave Cornrows (Special Mix Color)
We've never seen such an intricate cornrowed style as Knowles's 1920s inspired finger waves at the Lion King premiere. We wonder how long she sat in the chair for this gorgeous look. . .
Tracee Ellis Ross's Superlong Straight Back Cornrows (Color 1)
Ross has beautiful natural hair, but we love how she switched it up with these superlong straight back cornrows in color 1.
Logan Browning's Faux Locs (Color Mix of 2 and 4)
Browning is such a stunner. Although she has quite loose natural curls compared to most afro hair textures, she went for elegant faux locs on the red carpet and we're feeling inspired.
Tessa Thompson's A Chunky Braided Crows (Color 1B)
Thompson went for an eclectic braided crown with a few chunky braids at the back in color 1b. This style is super low maintenance if you don't like staying in the chair for too long.