African-American hairstyles display the natural beauty of black hair. The natural curly pattern allows styling hair in various ways. Natural hairstyles for African-American women provide a wide range of options from lovely Afros to charming hair braiding designs.
What natural hairstyles for black women to choose?
- The Afro
The Afro was extremely popular during the 60’s and 70’s. Though, it’s still worn by many women today. Diana Ross, Macy Gray, Lauryn Hill, Pam Grier and many other celebrities are the Afro hairstyle admirers. If you want to create such an amazing hairdo, you will need gel or conditioner and an ‘African pick’ (a special comb with long and wide teeth). Use this tool to make your hair stand on your head like a large ball. It would be perfect for naturally curly hair.
You may want to consider doing a fohawk, like Rihanna. The longer locks at the center of the head have to be pulled up with the help of gel and a hairspray. Unlike Mohawk, the sides shouldn’t be completely shaved. Just cut them short and comb smoothly. In case of formal occasions, you can simply comb your hair sideways.
- Zulu Knots
Halle Berry’s Zulu Knots tend to be one of the most original African-American hairstyles. Natural black locks should be sectioned into 5 – 6 large parts. Then braid and twist sections into knots. Not only is this hairstyle playful and trendy, but it also keeps the hair tidy and neat for a long time..
- Micro Braids
These braids are extremely popular among African-American women. It’s an excellent way to add volume to natural black hair. This long-lasting natural hairstyle would be perfect for both special occasions and everyday wear. Surely, the process of making this wonderful hairdo is quite time-consuming. It will take about 5 – 6 hours to get it done.
It’s important to take proper care of your braids by washing and shampooing them. Regular oiling is also required for a long duration of time.
If you like Jason Momoa’s and Whoopi Goldberg’s hairstyles, you may want to create dreadlocks as well. Heavy matted coils of locks form a rope-like effect by eventually fusing together. Apart from natural methods, there are several artificial ways of achieving dreadlocks, including dread perms, back combing and twisting. If you are not experienced in doing this yourself, you’d better visit a professional stylist.
A famous American actress who spots Twists well is Halle Berry. Twists look fantastic when done on naturally black curly hair. There is a wide variety of methods which may require comb, wet or dry hair, roller twists, trimming hair partially, manual twists, etc.
First, your hair should be washed and divided into two sections. After that, these sections have to be twisted and then allowed to dry with the use of a hairdryer. Some methods require special braiding techniques and styling secrets. The two-strand or double twist tends to be especially popular among young women.
Tips on how to take care of natural hairstyles for black women
- Use shampoos and conditioners that are produced especially for African-American women. Make sure they don’t contain alcohol. Use hair care products with low pH level.
- Shampoo your hair every 7-10 days.
- Avoid 2 in 1 shampoos (a shampoo + conditioner), so as it can make your hair frizzy and dry.
- Washing your hair in one direction will prevent it from being tangled.
- Do not rub your hair with a towel when drying.
- Use a wide-toothed comb to brush your hair. Always start combing from the ends and then move gradually to the roots.
So, visit the hairdressing salon within the nearest time and experiment with your look!