The versatility of natural black hair is the epitome of Black Girl Magic. So, whether you are already on a 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.
We can’t give you inspiration without tools, can we? When we say tools we mean haircare products from Shedavi that will help you achieve these gorgeous styles with zero compromises on quality and hair health!
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. If you’re unsure about the best technique to bring out the best in your fro, learn more about which moisture method, LOC or LCO, suits you here. 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 moisturizing mist like our Revitalizing Mist and an oil promoting strength and shine - we recommend our Hair & Scalp Growth Elixir. The process itself consists of using a comb or brush to gently slick your hair back then 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/brush half of your hair to the top and secure it, then 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. If you’re looking for extra definition with your curls, try our Wash + Go Styling Gel.
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. To get that sleek look, slick your hair and avoid unwanted strays throughout your day by using our Wash + Go Styling Gel.
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. Give your puff some added moisture and shine with our Revitalizing Mist.
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. Pro tip, enhance the definition of your curly bang with our Styling Gel by using your fingers throughout the bang or finger curling small sections. 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 statement 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. That's why they are our favorites. Our Styling Gel has a strong hold which is perfect for keeping your twists fresh for days! We recommend including a scalp massage applying our Hair & Scalp Growth Elixir to promote overall hair health and growth while you’re protecting your hair with twists.
10. Finger Coils or Comb Twist
11. Twist Out Curls
12. Faux Locs
Faux locs are an attractive way to wear locs without the commitment, and with a little boho touch. Best of all, it looks gorgeous in all lengths, from short to super long. This style is perfect for all of you who want to protect your natural hair while retaining length and growth. To truly take advantage, you can ramp up the growth process with our Growth Duo. It’s the best way to make the most out of your protective style.
13. Jumbo twists
Jumbo twists are usually created to protect your afro-textured hair from the air, heat and all the environmental stressors it is exposed to on a daily basis. They are so striking and look really cool. Add an oil like the Elixir when needed for moisture, shine and a healthy boost to hair growth while your hair is protected. Try adding hair accessories as well to elevate the look.
14. Marley Twists
Named after a popular musician, Marley twists are the perfect inspiration for your next protective style. From a classic high bun, to an embellished two-toned waist-length twist, the styling options are endless.
Braids are considered protective hairstyles because they provide your hair with a break from chemical treatments, heat from styling, and physical stress. Another advantage of this hairstyle is that hair is tucked away, so it’s not exposed to pollution or other environmental damage. The best way to take advantage of your new braided style is to massage our Hair & Scalp Growth Elixir into your scalp about 4 times per week to promote hair growth. 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 try moisturizing 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 in its natural form.
Keep your fro healthy and moisturized with a solid moisturizing cleansing routine. Start with our Moisturizing Shampoo to give you gentle clarification while maintaining a healthy level of moisture. Follow with our Protein Masque to boost the moisture, protein balance, and restoration to your hair. Finish up with our Styling Gel to define every curl and amplify your fro volume.
Also called the “Frohawk” this style involves a side fade with a lot of extra length and volume in the center of the head. 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. To know more about hair types, read this quick guide on how to identify your hair type.
*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 for sweet or edgy, or for casual or glam, all you need is a little willpower, a comb, Styling Gel, and bobby pins.
For an ultimately strong curl hold, use Shedavi Wash + Go Styling Gel. Divide hair into small sections. Use a detangling brush or fingers, depending on your hair type and what works for you, to rake gel into each section.
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 any curls left out and add shine to your curls with our Elixir, they’d never know you’re not rocking day 1 curls!
You also have the option of covering your hair completely with a scarf. 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. This style is versatile and can be worn low or high on the head. 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.
However, if you’re looking into what’s the best products and routines to grow your hair, check out this guide on how to grow your hair in 2023.
29. Long Hair With Undercut
An ideal pick for black women with long or very thick 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
You may need a trim occasionally but this style is easy to maintain and requires zero styling. Show your personal style by dying your hair or having your barber add designs to your short style.
31. Pixie Cut
A curly pixie is an amazing thing that can spice up almost any of your outfits. This style requires minimal maintenance requirements, and due to its 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 fro, we believe you will be able to find a pixie idea for you. For additional versatility, you can blow out and flat-iron your pixie cut for a sleek look.
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 growth and styling. Not sure what to choose? Click here and get your customized healthiest hair routine for free.