Winter has come and gone and the condition of my hair is proof that it was cold out here, y'all. As the summer approaches and our tresses are starting to feel the heat (literally), it's time to say goodbye to our beloved silk presses and opt for less damaging hairstyle options. Rihanna proved that she was one step ahead of us all when she debuted her glorious red box braids while at the Fenty pop-up event in NYC, and it's got us all in the mood to get braided up!
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As the true queen of the switch-up, the songstress has consistently served up #NaturalHairGoals for the past decade and her latest hairstyle proves that there's no end in sight. From Bantu knots to faux locs, Rih Rih proves that protective styles don't have to be boring, and celebs like Gabrielle Union and Tracee Ellis Ross also champion their natural hair in ways that will inspire you to head to the salon ASAP.
It's important to know that your edges are valuable and must be protected at all costs, sis. Luckily, xoNecole has you covered with this list of celebrity-inspired protective styles that will have you snatched all spring:
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Rih Rih always comes through with dope hair inspo, and these faux locs in a relaxed ponytail are no exception. Faux locs can also be achieved using the crochet method. For a more refined style, opt for smaller locs.
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