The versatility of natural black hair is the epitome of Black Girl Magic. So, whether you are already on a long journey of embracing your natural hair or you are a new team member, we’ve assembled a plethora of options to switch it up and have a fresh new look. Regardless of the type and structure of your hair, or how defined your curls are, here are 30+ natural hair styles for black women that you can use as inspiration for your next style.
1. Natural Mini Afro
If you have short hair, this effortless look is ideal for you. You can style this short hairstyle in a variety of ways. In addition to being able to show off your personality, you will also show off your curl pattern (try our Wash + Go Styling Gel for gorgeous well-defined curls). It requires very little maintenance, just a leave-in conditioner and oil treatment to maintain moisture. Wrap your hair in a silk scarf when you go to bed to fully preserve the health of your fluffy afro.
2. Afro Puff
This hairstyle requires nothing more than a large hair tie, a comb, a bit of moisturizer and oil. The process itself consists of wrapping the hair with a hair band or a scarf in a bun. Best of all, it only takes you five minutes. It is really cute for almost all occasions, from summer barbecues to movie nights and is an ideal way to embrace your natural hair. Another version of this hairstyle is Double Puffs. This hairstyle can be considered synonymous with simplicity, and isn’t reserved only for toddlers. All you need are two hair ties and some product that will smooth out the rest of your hair and you’re ready to go.
3. Half Up Half Down
It doesn't matter if your hair is short or long, or what your hair type is, we believe you can find the ideal half-up, half-down style for you. To achieve this look, all you need is to comb the first half to the top and allow your natural curls to flow freely in the back. Remember to leave a few stray threads in front to create a face framing effect.
4. Sleek and Pulled Back Buns
It’s an elegant and beautiful look regardless of the hair texture you have as it keeps your hair tidy and nicely taut. It will be adored even by brides who want to wear a veil. With afro hair, these types of buns always look spectacular.
5. Big Puffy Buns
You know those lazy days when it’s just hard to find the energy to do your hair? Well, we think we have found a solution. This is a low-manipulation style perfect for work, the gym, and formal occasions. You can even cover the hairline with a colorful wrap. It’s simple and chic, but at the same time it protects your delicate edges.
6. Center Part
A middle parting is a great and quick way to switch up your hairstyle without a haircut. This hairstyle will frame your face and highlight the area where the parting falls. Spice things up and try a middle part for your next date night.
7. Curly Bangs
How many times have you heard that curly-haired girls can’t get bangs? Countless times, but is that really true? Of course not! If you’re hesitant, you can always start cutting them very long (to your cheekbones at a minimum). If you like it, you can go even shorter. When it comes to hair styling there are no limits. Trust us - you can absolutely rock this look!
8. Pseudo Bangs
Still not brave enough? Fake them by pulling your hair up into a tight ponytail with the ends of the curls positioned just over your forehead. It’s as simple as that.
9. Curly Natural Updo
If your hair is naturally curly, updo hairstyles are exactly what you are looking for. They require very little maintenance and won’t complicate your morning routine. Best of all, you can wear this look all year round, even when you’re doing errands or going to an event. For a bold look, add some earrings and you’re ready.
Twists are a great option for naturalistas of all textures and curl patterns. They’re quicker and easier to complete than braids, but most importantly, they're a fantastic option for protecting your natural hair with minimum tension while maintaining moisture. These are our favorites.
10. Finger Coils or Comb Twist
11. Twist Out Curls
12. Faux Locs
13. Jumbo twists
14. Marley Twists
Braids are considered as protective hairstyles because they provide your hair with a break from chemical treatments, heat from styling, and physical stress. Since the hair is tucked away, it’s not exposed to pollution or other environmental damage as it would be if it was loosened. This is another advantage of this hairstyle. Braiding hair isn’t a science, it’s a great chance to show your creativity! Take a look at our suggestions.
15. Crochet Braids
16. Top Knot Braids
17. Updo With Braids
18. Fantasy Color Braids
19. Feed-In Braids
20. Braided Ponytail
21. Braid Out
* P. S. if your scalp is itchy while wearing braids or twists, you can always moisturize it with the Shedavi Crowned Revitalizing Mist spray.
22. Bantu Knots
Bantu knots are a bold and beautiful protective hairstyle for natural hair named after more than 300 African ethnic groups that cover a large geographical region of southern & central Africa. In this hairstyle the hair is sectioned off and twisted in such a way that the hair stacks upon itself to form a spiral knot. It is used as a protective style for both natural and relaxed hair and is commonly used in overnight routines to preserve longer lasting and more defined curly styles.
23. Huge Curly Hair
While some women spend hundreds of dollars to get a perm for curls like these, you have been rewarded by nature. Therefore, embrace your natural hair and enjoy. There’s nothing as beautiful (and sexy) as a big fluffy curly afro hairstyle in its natural form.
Also called the “Frohawk” this style involves a side fade with a lot of extra length and volume on top. There are several versions of it, some of them are natural hairstyles with braids and others are dreadlocks or relaxed styling. They will fit best for 4A, B or C curls as they have the most volume, and hold the shape best. *P. S. This hairstyle doesn’t require cutting unless you truly want to go down that route.
25. Gelled Back Curls
There are countless stylish ways to get the look. Whether you’re going sweet or edgy, casual or glam, all you need is a little willpower, a comb, styling gel and bobby pins.
26. Wrapped Up Afro
Naturally curly hair looks trendy with hair accessories such as headbands and silk scarves. After wrapping a headband or scarf around your head, puff up those curls for outstanding results. This hairstyle is ideal for days when your hair isn’t cooperating or you just don’t have the time. Hint: The wider the fabric, the better the results.
27. Tapered Natural Hair Styles
Tapered natural hair is perfect for women who want a short haircut with options. The cut itself can be customized to the individual's face shape and liking, some prefer completely shaved sides while others prefer a little texture and curl. It's all a matter of preference. Depending on the amount and length of hair, styling options can include twists, twist outs, flexi rods, wash and go, finger coils, braids, and much more.
28. Natural Ponytail
Is there anything simpler yet more exotic than this? The classic ponytail involves smoothing the sides of your hair and securing the curly back section with a hair tie. However, be careful, natural hair is vulnerable to traditional hair elastics; instead try a silk or a silicone snag-free hair tie.
Shaved hairstyles are all bold yet wearable and totally on-trend for this season. These are some of our favorite shaved hairstyles for women.
29. Long Hair With Undercut
An ideal pick for black women with long hair. You know what's best? If you want to hide the shaved side of your hair, you can just flip your hair over.
30. Super Short Shave
Easy to maintain and requires zero styling. You may need a trim occasionally, but is it worth mentioning at all?
31. Pixie Cut
A curly pixie is an amazing thing that can spice up almost any of your outfits. Due to its minimal maintenance requirements and compatibility with black hair, this hairstyle has been a mainstay for African American women.
Whether you have slightly wavy hair, small spiral curls, or a totally wild curly flaw, we believe you will be able to find a pixie idea for you.For versatility, flat-ironing your pixie cut for a straight look provides versatility.
Finally remember, no hairstyle is complete without having your edges laid and baby hairs swooped. It’s the final touch to a beautiful style.
Regardless of whether you have thick kinky hair, curly hair, 4b or 4c natural hair, your natural hair styling options are limitless. All you need are the right hair care products.Our bundles can provide you with everything from cleaning and conditioning to nourishing and styling. Not sure what to choose? Click here and get your customized healthiest hair routine for free.