15 Cute Protective Styles to Try When Outside Opens Up Again

15 Cute Protective Styles to Try When Outside Opens Up Again

Quarantine has ignited the inner hairstylist in just about everyone. Remember the dark, early days of the pandemic when you attempted to cut your own bangs? Or maybe you lived out your Y2K dreams and opted for a blonde transformation? Did you invest in a wig and Megan Thee Stallion-approved wig glue? However you styled your hair in quarantine, your mane could probably use some rehabbing. Enter: Protective styles.

As the name suggests, protective styles protect your hair from your antsy hands and other damaging tools and products you use daily. These styles take on many forms—braids, twists, updos, ponytails, etc.—and are great to help your hair grow, prevent constant manipulation on your natural hair, and give you a new look when you're in need of a refresh. Need some inspo for your Hot Girl Summer ahead? Allow Viola Davis, Zazie Beetz, Brandy, Alicia Keys, and more to show you your next hairstyle.

Hot Girl hairstyles for your upcoming Hot Girl Summer.