Protective styles come in lots of different forms, but not too many styles give me heart eyes quite like faux dreadlocks. Ever since Zendaya wore them on the Oscars red carpet back in 2015, they've pretty much been everywhere — and that's not surprising, considering they're basically the ultimate cool girl hairstyle.
In case you were wondering, faux dreadlocks are a protective hairstyle that lots of people wear as an alternative to box braids. They allow you to wear locs without actually having to commit to locking your natural hair for an extended period, and it doesn't hurt that they can also be worn for weeks at a time if you're looking to switch up your style and keep hair manipulation at a low for a while.
If you're on the hunt for some Spring and Summer hair inspiration as the weather heats up, check out a few of our favorite takes on faux dreadlock hairstyles ahead.