Who said protective styles had to be boring?

While changing your natural hair everyday might not be ideal, getting protective style braids installed are one of the next best options; they are basically beach and pool proof, and you can rock them a number of ways (up in a bun, completely down, pigtails, or however you choose)! As summer has come to a close, we are reminiscing on this gallery of major inspiration from some of our favorite naturally curly celebrities.

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Naomie Harris

The busy Moonlight actress premiered her faux locs and a top knot on Instagram at the top of the season, revealing that, for her, the key to beating jet lag is to kick off your shoes and "connect with the earth."

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Kelly Rowland

Because our beloved former Destiny's Child member Kelly looks good in anything, she has been sporting bold print ensembles to compliment her box braids hairstyle.

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Regina King

Regina is taking advantage of the versatility of her feed-in braids, making apperances rocking them in a side updo as well as half up-half down. We say: make your style your own!

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China McClain

Keeping it young and fun, the 19-year-old actress gave the braid a cool Ariana Grande feel with this high ponytail selfie. We love it.

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Eva Marcille

Who said waist length was the limit? How low can you go, Eva Marcille? We love the supermodel's super long box braids!

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Joy Bryant

Nothing like enjoying your glamping vacay and not having to worry about your natural hair. That's true protective styling for you.

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Tia Mowry

Tia has been rocking braids for the summer time for a few seasons now, and her latest protective hairstyle is a definite keeper, and not only for the fact that we can finally differentiate her from Tamera Mowry.

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Chrisette Michele

Just like the singer, we pretty much all love a high bun any day on days that require a more sophisticated feel!

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Alicia Keys

One phrase: Orange is the new Black.

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Skai Jackson

We love how the teen actress and model decided to give her curls a break with this cute box braid half updo.

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Essence Atkins

Essence said it best: "Hey there Goldilocs!" The vet actress has been rocking her braids by Dr. Kari Williams all summer long.

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Leigh-Anne Pinnock

Leigh-Anne's hair is proof that you can dress feed-in braids down, or up... or both. It's safe to say that she just nailed the casual prepped up evening look.

Yara Shahidi

This is how you keep it fun and cute. The best thing: you can probably sleep in this double braids hairstyle and wake up the next morning and just go.

NaturallyCurly world, which braids style was your favorite?

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