Finally, summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to show off your best protective styles. Sure, you can wear protective styles any other time of the year, but because of the summer heat, most curlies like to tuck their hair away when doing outdoor activities, like traveling, swimming and laying on the beach.

If you’re the queen of braided styles, we’ve gathered more than a dozen for you to send to your stylist to try next.

Goddess Box Braids

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Box braids are a favorite for many, but this style is great to show off curl definition and versatility.

Feed-in Ponytail Braids

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Feed-in braids have been one of the biggest braided trends recently. Add a few gold cuffs to spice up your braids effortlessly.

Natural Braided Updo

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This braided style is great if you're headed to a special occassion such as a wedding or formal event and still want to rock your natural texture.

Side Swept Braids

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If you're looking to keep your curls and get creative, this simply style is for you. Refresh day 4 curls and a few braids on the side of your head and you're off!

Lemonade Braids Ponytail

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It's no secret that last year when Beyonce dropped lemonade she brough back the mini braids she refers to as lemonade braids. This braided ponytail style is beautiful and so precise.

Half-up Half-down Feed-in Braids

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The feed-in phenomon continues and this style is a great way to utilize hair extensions and incorporate braids.

Braided Bob

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This nostalgic style is great when you don't want to deal with the extra weight box braids brings, but gives you the same effect.

Double French Braids with Curly Extensions

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This is by far one of my favorite styles this Summer. It's a twist on the classic french braids and adding curly hair extensions to the ends for extra volume.

Fulani Braids

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Fulani braids are the braids that come to the front and they made a major comeback recently. Make yours pop with a bold color such as these.

Single Part Triangle Jumbo Box Braids

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It's all in the detail and these box braids are bangin'. Simply part your braids into triangles for a neat and clean look that stands out.

Nubian Braids with Single Rows

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If you love small and precise braids, this style is for you. Definitely reminds me of the micro braids.

Feed-in Braids

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There are a variety of ways to get feed-in braids and this is one of the most popular where it's a mix of small and big braids feeding into each other.

Ciara Plaits

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The classic plaits always make a comeback and are a quick and easy style to try.

Fishtail Braid

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When you want to slick back your hair and add some volume this is a great style to try. Add a few bobby pins to make a statement and add hair extenstions to your ponytail for a more dramatic effect.

Senegalese Twists

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Senegalese twists, also known as rope twists, originated from the West African country of Senegal. I love how this gorgeous, protective style offers a different take on the current braid trend.

No matter if you’re looking to add a bit of length or color to your braids this summer, there is truly a style for everyone.

One of the biggest questions I always get is, “how long should I keep my braids in before removing them?” The answer to this question depends on a lot of factors like how often you typically wash your hair and your hair type.

Some hair types may not hold a braided style as long as others. Also, some curlies may feel the need to wash their scalps after just a few days with braids.

Be sure to listen to your scalp to know when it’s time to remove the braids and wash. If you begin to see product buildup, an irritated scalp or any sort of damage, that is your cue.

Which style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.