Thanks to the AU naturale hair movement, more and more back women are embracing their natural hair. Plus, thanks to online media, one can get creative and experiment with a number of natural hairstyles. In fact, there are plenty of natural hairstyles for black women, so you can find some ideas and get styling!
If you need some inspiration for natural hairstyles, then here are 37 of our favourite natural hairstyles for black women.
Knots are traditional hairstyles in some African cultures. You can create this hairstyle by twisting sections of the hair and ‘wrapping around’ each part, and using thread to secure the knots and keep them in place.
2. Twist Updo
Updo hairstyles can be created in a number of ways. An updo is elegant and perfect if you need a hairstyle for formal functions. It also works well as protective style for your hair.
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To create a twist updo, split your hair into three different sections (one at the front and two at the back) and tie up each part. Plait the back sections into cornrows, then plait the ends together. Then, take the front section and split into a few parts, and with each part, plait into double-strand twists. Once you’re done with that, connect the twists and join them together. Add a pin to secure that part of the hairstyle. And you’re done!
3. Twist Out
Twists are pretty cute natural hairstyles and they’re a popular choice for those who want black natural hairstyles. They’re pretty easy to do and you can even teach yourself how to do them by following video tutorials online.
Also, they’re really good if you’re looking for a simple and easy protective style that you can manage and maintain. You can use your natural hair to create twist outs or you can buy hair extensions for twists from any good afro hair shop.
To create a twist out hairstyle, take a small part of each part of your hair, split into two strands and twist continuously.
4. Curls/Kinky Curls
If you’re interested in curly hairstyles for black women, then try curls or kinky curls. You can get defined curls by using a curling wand. However, if you want to avoid using heat on your hair, then you can twist each section of your hair, wrap your hair, then place under a steamer to secure the curls. Once you’re done, then you can let loose.
5. Minnie Mouse Buns
If you’re in the mood for quick natural hairstyles and Disney, then why not try some Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse buns? This is so easy, quick and simple to do. Moisturise the hair, split into two sections, tie up the two sections and then spray on hairstyle to keep it in place.
6. The Big Afro
Let’s be honest: who doesn’t love an afro? It’s the ultimate sign of natural beauty. Comb your natural hair and set it free! Or you can blow-dry it and blow it out with a hairdryer. Alternatively, you can use afro hair extensions and wigs to achieve the big ‘fro!
Flower power! This comes under the category of easy natural hairstyles and it’s so beautiful. Add flowers to your hair. You can pin flower and floral hair clips and accessories all over your afro hair. It’s a great way to be bold and eye-catching, and to make your natural hair stand out from the crowd.
Braided hairstyles for black women are really popular and they are really cool. From box braids to Fulani braids with beads, you can rock out in this hairstyle.
Short natural hairstyles for black women can be done in so many different ways. For those of you who fancy the big chop, cutting it low and styling it out is your best bet.
A lob is a long bob hairstyle and works as the perfect ‘go-between’ hairstyle. It’s not too short and it’s not too long. So if you want your tresses to be shorter than Nicki Minaj’s hair but longer than Anna Wintour’s famous bob, then you can style the lob by using a flat iron.
Channel your inner Halle Berry with a pixie cut. Unlike cropped hair, the pixie cut is a short hairstyle that has added definition and style. It’s an edgy hairstyle for those who love to be a little bit bold.
12. Big Twists
For a bigger hairstyle, then why not try big twists? Just part each hair into big sections then twist massive strands together, then add hair accessories to complete the look.
A short hairstyle and an alternative to the lob is the bob. Channel your Anna Wintour and rock a short, cropped bob.
Locs are a really good way to ‘lock in’ and protect your hair, and they’re a really alternative to braiding your hair, and they’re natural too.
15. Bun Updo
Another updo hair is the bun updo. It’s another glamorous hairstyle for a special occasions. You can add sparkly accessories to add a touch of sparkle to the bun updo.
16. Side Curls
Create side curls with your natural hair. You can do this with the side of your head shaved or unshaved. You can create this style in a couple of ways.
The first technique is to comb your hair to the side and gel down the side of your hair. Then, use a curling wand to curl the other side of your hair. The second technique is similar to the first, but instead of curling your hair with a curling wand, you can add curly extensions and twists into your natural hair to style this hairstyle.
The bow hairstyle is so eccentric! To create a bow in your hair, you will need shoulder length hair, hair elastic and a couple of hair pins.
Follow these steps to create the beautiful bow:
- Blow-dry or iron press your hair.
- Put your hair in a ponytail.
- Tie your ponytail into a bun.
- Spread out the bun.
- Create a split in the middle of the spread-out bun.
- Take a strand of hair, put in the middle and pin down. Then sort out the bow and tidy it up.
18. Short Twists
If you want to switch up a short and natural hairstyle, then create short twists. Use hair extensions and add short twists to your hair, which is a hairstyle that’s easy to manage and maintain – and is suitable for all occasions.
Contrary to some people’s beliefs, you don’t have to have straight hair or long hair to create a ponytail. Follow this step by step process.
- Comb out, blow-dry or iron press your hair.
- Tie up your hair.
- Get a ponytail wig and attach to the end of the hair.
- Clip in or pin in.
Plaits are simple to do but they don’t have to be boring. Plait up, down, at the side or in a spiral.
21. Wrap Up
If you want to cover your hair in a stylish and fashionable way, then wrap up your hair. You can use different colours, patterns and styles of cloth and tie up.
22. Front/Forehead Bangs
You can straighten out your hair and cut a fringe or side fringe. If you don’t want to do that but you still want to experiment with a fringe, then you can get a fringe wig.
23. Halo Braid
If youre hair is already styled in box braids, then create a halo braid. To do this, plait the sides of your hair into two big plaits then wrap around your head and pin down.
24. Bantu Knots
Bantu knots are traditional hairstyles originating from many African cultures.
Start off by separating your hair into different sections and apply a curling creme into each part. Twist each part into a coil and twist into a knot. Then secure with a thread.
25. Bantu Knot-out
An similar hairstyle to bantu knots is the bantu knot-outs. To create this, follow the steps as you would as if you were creating bantu knots. Then leave in for some time, then undo each knot.
26. Braid Out
To create a braid out, your hair needs to be damp and moisturised. Then, braid it up and wait for it to dry. Once it’s dry, undo the braids and your braid out is ready!
The faux hawk is the faux mohawk. Shave the sides of the head then style the middle.
Cornrows are natural and quick to do. Just plait them into the hair and you’re good to go.
29. Faux Locs
Faux locs are similar to locs. The difference is that, unlike dreads, faux locs don’t use your natural hair. This hairstyle is time consuming to do and it’s better to see a professional hairstylist, but it’s a really good protective style and it’s so beautiful.
30. Two-Strand Twist
Another similar twist hairstyle is an instant two-strand twist that you can do yourself without needing to see a hairdresser. Two-strand twists are good to do if you want to go for a casual hairstyle.
31. Goddess Braids
According to StyleCraze, goddess braids are thicker versions of cornrows and they are braided very close to the scalp. They last a few weeks and you can style goddess braids in different ways – such as in a bun or as a fauxhawk.
32. Halo Afro
A halo afro is an afro in the shape of an halo, which is an angelic hairstyle.
33. Ghana Braids
Ghana braids are cornrow-like braids that protect your hair from damage. This is a common African hairstyle and it’s perfect for all occasions.
34. Side Shave
For a daring hairstyle, you can shave the side of your head and then you style the other side of your head the way you want – such as straightening it or curling it.
35. Colourful ‘Fro
Brighten up your afro and dye it a different colour to your natural hair colour. You can dye or your afro hair or wear a colourful afro hair wig. You could even add multiple colours, add two-tone shades or add ombre hues.
36. Two-tone Natural Hairstyle
Similar to the colourful afro, you can create a two-tone natural hairstyle. Take a part of your hair and dye it a different colour so that you have a dyed part of the hair as well as your natural hair colour.
37. Silk Press
If you want to have straight hair without resorting to chemically straightening your hair, then you can have your natural hair professionally silk pressed, which will leave your hair straight, sleek and silky smooth. However, this is a hairstyle that you should only do once in a while because heat is not good for hair, especially natural hair.
And there you have it! Thirty-seven natural hairstyles for black women. Take these hairstyling ideas, get inspired and start styling your hair to achieve the desired look.
What are your favourite natural hairstyles?