Beauty Hair Hair Types Natural Hair 15 Time-Saving Natural Hairstyles Quick, easy, and oh so stylish. By Danielle James Danielle James Twitter Danielle James is a New York-based journalist who covers all things fashion, beauty, and celebrity. She is also the founder of Model Citizen, a sustainable fashion company that encourages peer-to-peer clothing sharing and supports emerging designers. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on September 14, 2022 @ 12:17PM Pin Share Tweet Email In This Article View All In This Article Festive Undercuts Braided Pigtails Curly Updo Box Braids Oversized Butterfly Locs Textured Updo Curls To the Front TWA With Big Style Braided Bantu Knots Double Buns Braided Jumbo Ponytail Sleek and Textured Headwrap Dreams Totally Twisted Carefree Cornrows Photo: Getty Images In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be easy to let some things fall to the wayside — however, your hair does not have to be one of them. The beauty of natural hair is that it's extremely versatile, and there are a plethora of styling options. So much so that it can even be hard to choose what style to go with. However, it's important to remember that natural hair is susceptible to dryness, meaning, investing in conditioning hair products is a must. You might also want to skip heat styling and opt for a protective style instead. Keep reading to find the best natural hairstyles — protective and otherwise — that are not only stylish but also a breeze to pull off. Festive Undercuts Getty Images Short hair? We care. Update your undercut like Danai Gurira with glitter or metallic dye for a look that is sure to turn heads. If color and shine are a bit too much for you, an intricately designed undercut, without the color, looks incredible too. Should You Be Using Castor Oil on Natural Hair? Experts Weigh In Braided Pigtails Getty Images You don't have a lot of time and we get it. Gabrielle Union sports this easy-to-achieve two-braid style while out in New York City. Add kanekalon hair like Union for extra length. Curly Updo Getty Images Issa Rae is the queen of natural hairstyles with Felicia Leatherwood's gifted hands behind many of her epic looks. This elegant updo incorporates flat twists and crochet hair for a style that will have you in and out of the chair in less than three hours. VIDEO: Why Bantu Knots Are the Style to Wear Year-Round Box Braids Getty Images Box braids are a timeless style you can never go wrong with. Depending on the size, box braids can take up to 12 hours to achieve. However, jumbo box braids are currently trending and the versatility of this look allows you to wear it in many different styles for a fresh look with a quarter of the usual install time. Just look at Jhené Aiko as proof. Yes, You Can Still Do Protective Styles on Short Natural Hair Oversized Butterfly Locs Getty Images If passion twists and goddess locs had a baby, it would be butterfly locs. Here, Amandla Stenberg shows us the beauty and ease of this style, which she wears in four to five oversized platinum locs. The end result is romantic, low-maintenance, and can easily be confused with your real hair. Textured Updo Getty Images Naturalistas — curl definition is not a must-have. Somewhere in the curly conversation, we've diverged off the path of having healthy hair to a focus on defining your curls. Lupita Nyong'o modern take on the French twist is showing us that natural hair looks great in all forms. Curls To the Front Getty Images Put your curls on display by staging them front and center, like Yara Shahidi. If your hair is on the longer side, use bobby pins to shape and place your curls where you want them. The 7 Best Protein Treatments For Natural Hair TWA With Big Style Getty Images Give some dimension to your TWA (teeny weeny afro) with a deep hard part and a sleek side for a chic style like Samira Wiley. Braided Bantu Knots Getty Images We give Bantu knots a big yes. Achieve Tika Sumpter's style by creating large sections in your hair, braiding, then wrapping each of the braids in small knots. For a two-in-one style, gently take down the hair once it's dry and discover a voluminous Bantu knot-out. Double Buns Getty Images Running late? Then try this double bun style like Tracee Ellis Ross's character on Black-ish. Part your hair in half and place each portion in a bun — then let the party begin! 8 Timeless Hairstyles for Black Women Over 50 Braided Jumbo Ponytail Getty Images Actress Storm Reid takes her braided ponytail to the next level with a super cute feed-in braid, decorated with pretty hair accessories. She adds even more dimension to the style by wrapping a small braid at the base of her jumbo plait. Sleek and Textured Getty Images Show off your texture by slicking your hair into a low loose ponytail and letting your natural hair shine for an effortless look à la Yara Shahidi. Headwrap Dreams Getty Images Who said headwraps are only for bedtime? Stylist June Ambrose illustrates that headwraps can amp up a look — and protect it. We also appreciate the pop of color it adds to an ensemble. How to Protect Your Baby Hairs While You Have in a Protective Style Totally Twisted Getty Images When in doubt, add a twist like Taraji P. Henson. A twist-out looks great on natural hair and can add the additional volume and definition you crave Carefree Cornrows Getty Images If you haven't tried cornrows yet, what are you waiting for? This protective style, as seen Zendaya, works on manes of all lengths. It's a low-maintenance look that still packs a punch. This is All Natural. From the kinkiest coils to loose waves, we're celebrating natural hair in its many forms by sharing expert tips for styling, maintenance, and haircare.