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The festive season is around the corner and let's face it, you don't want to spend hours styling your hair when you could be out turning up. Thank goodness for the awesomeness that is protective hairstyles.

Besides looking great, protective hairstyles also give your hair a break from damage caused by frequent washing, conditioning and styling. Fortunately for us they come in all different types of crazy, sexy and cool styles.

While these styles are the ideal solution, it is still important to care for your hair even while it's in a protective style. You still need to wash, condition and moisturise your hair and you should only keep them in for about 4-6 weeks to avoid making your hairline weak. Check out some of the cool  protective hairstyles that you could rock this season.


We love how Ayanda Thabethe rocked this effortlessly cool do, with a combination of thick cornrows and thin cornrows  with a few forward facing cornrows.

Box braids

Box braids are a firm favourite when it comes to protective hairstyles. They can be worn up or down, styled with beads and different shades of hair pieces. Boity rocked these while she was slaying in New York.

Faux locs

Many women think about having dreads done but are afraid to commit to a single hairstyle. Enter the faux dreadlocks, as gorgeous as the real thing and they are not so permanent. Hairstylist to the stars, LajawiHair hooked up the gorgeous Terry Pheto with amazing faux locs.

Hair by @lajawihair

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Braids with bangs

The awesome thing about using a hair piece is that it is so versatile. Take look at these three strand braids that have added bangs. Cute, chic and easy. We love! Minnie Dlamini wore these braids with bangs to match her island look.

Sunkissed ☀️

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Boxer Braids

If you're looking for a quick and easy option, you might want to get boxer braids done.  These can be done with your own hair or with added hairpiece. They are simple, yet sophisticated. Tumi Voster looked uber cool with her boxer braids.


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Thin twists

Getting these babies done requires a lot of patience but the end result is always worth it. They tend to stay fresh for longer and are easy to maintain. Makgotso was looking really fierce with her twists.

Girl on a mission #oo7 @oyinaaa I miss u n ur sillyness tbh

A photo posted by Makgotso M (@makgotsom1) on


Wigs are great because you can literally have a different wig for everyday of the week. This option puts less stress on your own hair and helps you channel your inner Babes Wodumo.

I'm Bongekile Simelane ? #UBABESWODUMO ?™

A photo posted by Bongekile Simelane (@babes_wodumo) on


You can have it straight or curly, long or short. A good weave is always an awesome investment because you can style it according to how you feel. Nubian Princess, Nomzamo Mbatha always looks good with her 'fro-inspired weave.

"Love me outside of the box they will try to put me in.." - Jasmine Mans #MTVMAMA2016 #NubianPrincess

A photo posted by Nomzamo Mbatha ?? (@nomzamo_m) on

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