Simple Protective Hairstyles for Short Natural Hair

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Stuck in a style rut with your short hair? Here are some great ideas for short hair styles.

Finger Coils 

This hairstyle is an excellent one for short hairstyles and you do not need too much to get it installed. They can complement whatever dress you have on and are great for a variety of occasions.

Box Braids 

Box braids are great protective styles for your short hair. They are best suited for harsh weather conditions and do a great job of maintaining your hair’s health and integrity. 

Marley twists are another great protective style. 

The key is to make sure that you do not wear them for too long. 

Wash N’ Go 

Do not take this hairstyle as its name comes. If you wash your hair and leave the house immediately without trying something nice on your hair, you may eventually not look your best. 

Wash N’ Go is simply a style done on wet hair. It is usually curly and can be carried as pineapple or even in various other ways. 

It is simple and can be done by simply soaking wet hair, shingling and (finger) coiling, styling with organic gel and allowing to dry. 

Bantu Knots 

Bantu knots have a classy Africanness to them and so it is common to find many black women rocking this style in celebration of the African culture. Even Lupita Nyong’o rocked this gorgeous style for short hair.  

The hairstyle is easy to do and is great for styling your TWA (teeny weeny afroStart by dividing your hair into two sections. Next, tie them into half buns, leaving the ends to hang down. The shorter your hair is, the smaller your knots will be. If you want larger Bantu knots, use extensions and clip-ins to make them bigger.  


Finger waves 

This sleek style will get heads turning!  

Start by parting your hair, placing your part deep to one side. This should typically be a little deeper than you normally would but make sure that your part is very straight. 

Create your first section by making a line with your tail comb.  Use smaller sections for really thick hair. Using a duckbill clip, secure your section down. 

Repeat this but in the opposite direction and continue in this fashion until you are close to your ear. 

Twist out 

Twist outs are great for fab looks.  

First section your hair, then hydrate and moisturize. Make sure to detangle the hair properly. Then twist your hair in sections, applying a curl holding crème to each twist. Dry and maintain overnight. You can even secure twists in satin or silk scarves or bonnets for the best results.  

Unravel twists gently and properly for your awesome twist-out look. 

Try smaller twists for better texture.  


Gorgeous yet simple to install.  

Start by dampening your natural hair. Then secure a section of hair from your frontline, clipping it aside with a clip. Next, go for the hair at your temple and move them towards the back of your crown. Secure what you have just done by sliding a comb through your hair. Repeat about 2-3 times until you get to your nape. Repeat this process for the other side of your head. Undo the bun and then fluff your hair out.  

Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.