30 Best Natural Hairstyles for African American Women

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Black hair is a challenge in care and styling, but if you choose the right haircut and convenient hairstyle that is also cute and stylish, you will be able to create breathtaking looks with your kinky coils. Don’t be in a hurry to get them relaxed. There are very cute hairstyles for short, medium and long natural hair we are ready to present to your attention. Here are also the pictures of latest wavy updos, twists and braids.

Short, Medium and Long Natural Hairstyles

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#1: Wavy Ombre with Braids

Long Wavy Natural Hairstyle With Ombre

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Loose waves teamed with a caramel ombre is a boho match made in heaven. Use Dutch braids around the crown to dial up the free-spirited vibes of the luscious mane and keep your edges in place.

#2: Cherry-Tinted Afro

Natural hairstyles for African-American women are a great foundation for showing off fun colors. The bright hues will bring life to your wash-and-go, giving you an effortless style, day after day.

Medium Natural Hairstyle With Highlights

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#3: Twisted Pompadour and Bun

For a natural hairdo that’s protective and professional, try this elevated take on the bun. Recreate the look by parting a rectangular section on top of your head and twisting the hair going towards your face. Pull the remaining hair back into a bun and feed the end of the twist into the bun.

Bun And Twist For Shorter Natural Hair

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#4: African-American Ombre Frohawk

Go bold and put your colored coils on display with a frohawk. The mix of sleek sides and voluminous ringlets adds a textural and visual intrigue to the hairstyle. Use foam rollers or perm rods overnight to get curls as defined at these.

Mohawk Updo For Natural Hair With Highlights

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#5: Bold Undercut and Coils

If you don’t want to deal with long locks but you still want to hold onto your curls, an undercut is one of the best choices for you, out of all the bold hairstyles for African American women. The shaved sides are easy to maintain, while cute ringlets balance the edge with femininity.

Women's Undercut For Natural Hair

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#6: Fiery and Natural Twist-Out

Make your curly mane even more unique with a bold palette that puts your personality at the forefront. While this twist out would look just as good in a more natural shade, the vibrant colors are a lot more fun.

Copper And Orange Twist Out For Medium Hair

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#7: African-American Bantu Knots

Bantu knots, rooted in African tradition, are not only a great way to evoke your culture but they also protect your long, natural locks. If your hair is colored, this style will prevent breakage and maintain moisture. Plus, geometric parts give the classic hairdo a modern twist.

Bantu Knots Updo

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#8: Golden Halo Braid

A halo braid is a simple way to manage your African American hair. Style comes effortlessly with this look. Beautifully woven along the hairline, it tucks away all your strands while giving you an angelic quality. The golden hue boosts the beauty and ethereal vibes of the coif.

#9: Bouncy and Natural Curls

The key to va-va-voom volume is defined curls. Using moisturizing products regularly helps to cut back on frizz, letting your coils flawlessly stand at attention. It may take a few tries to figure out which product works best for your hair type; but once your curls are popping, it’ll be worth it.

Shoulder Length Natural Curly Hairstyle

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#10: Fun Fuchsia Locks

Twists and locs are a natural-hair favorite for good reason. Apart from maintaining a timeless appeal, they keep your hair safe from damage. So, if you want to add a little color, like the fuchsia shown here, you won’t have to worry so much about the bleach wreaking havoc on your strands.

#11: Rust-Colored Fro

Afro hairstyles for women give your locks endless versatility. If you decide to straighten your tresses, you can simply wet it when you’re ready for your luscious curls to bounce back. To experiment with different types of curls, sleep with a roller set. In the morning you will have the fullest locks.

#12: Braided Updo with Highlights

Braids frame a fierce fauxhawk in this coif—a failsafe for black girls with an edgy side. Cornrows are a great way to get the close-cut look of shaved sides, without actually chopping off any locks. If you want to add even more dimension, piecey highlights are always a good choice.

Half Braided Updo For Short Natural Hair

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#13: Lustrous Caramel Coils

Making the case for the power of a rod set, this medium-length hairdo has luscious and perfectly defined curls. Believe it or not, these pretty ringlets are achieved without any heat. The rods create big volume and you don’t have to worry about damage from a curling iron.

Medium Length Twist Out Curls

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#14: Deep Blue Wash-And-Go

Wash-and-gos are the easiest of all the African American curly hairstyles on which naturalistas can rely. With a good leave-in conditioner and moisturizer, your curls will be effortlessly stunning. But if you want to dial-up the cool factor of your fro, you can always turn to color. Case in point is this subtle blue hue.

Natural Black Hairstyle With Blue Highlights

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#15: Braided Fauxhawk with Extensions

Feed wavy extensions into your cornrows to create an elevated fauxhawk with lots of texture. The beauty of this particular hairdo is its versatility. Updos are traditionally dressy, but braids dress it down with everyday wearability.

Curly Braided Mohawk Updo

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#16: Perfectly Coiled African-American Style

The wonders of natural hair don’t discriminate against age. If you are older, you can proudly show off your beautiful coil too. For long natural hair like this, make sure you regularly condition your tresses. If you want to avoid breakage and promote healthy growth, curl defining gels and viscous oils will be your best friends.

#17: Natural Teeny Weeny Afro

Passing on eclectic braids and color, this simple and natural bush hairstyle makes cute curls its central focus. Short, black afro hairstyles are great for when you are first growing out your natural tresses. Super easy to maintain, the look is a failsafe for black women.

Short Natural Hairstyle

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#18: French Braids with a Spiraled Bun

Don’t let its intricate appearance fool you; this plaited hairdo is a cinch to DIY. Start with an asymmetrical part and do two French braids along the sides. Then spiral the ends into a bun at the nape of the neck to complement the hairdo’s sleek appeal.

#19: Blonde Tresses with Shaved Sides

An epic design etched into this fade gives it an artful yet edgy finish. Your scalp can be a fun canvas for expressive tattoos. Wear the top tresses straight when you want a sleeker look, or opt for natural curls when you’re craving more texture. What’s more, this style works for gents and females, alike.

Women's Shaved Designs Hairstyle

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#20: Natural Twisted Updo

Changing up updos, this twisted rendition not only looks amazing, but also safeguards your tresses. Going heat-free is always best for maintaining healthy hairstyles for African American natural hair. As an added bonus, when you take out these twists, your hair will have the most beautiful bounce and curls.

Black Upside Down Twisted Updo

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#21: Side-Parted Bouncy Spirals

Teyana Taylor’s long hair is textured into bouncy spirals. When your natural locks feature defined curls, the hairstyle seems more compact, while the envious volume of gorgeous black hair is still there. A side parting in modern Afro styles for women is a very popular detail.

long curly hairstyle for black women

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#22: Short Textured Curls

Angela Bassett knows that a short hairstyle has a unique property: it makes you look younger. When you also style your short haircut into lovely fluffy curls, the effect is enhanced twofold!

short curly hairstyle for black women

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#23: Micro Braids for Natural Hair

Micro braids allow experimenting with sophisticated braided patterns and creating one of a kind looks. Jill Scott’s front braided section actually serves as the sleek section we achieve when wear headbands. The fluffy curls frame your face but do not get in the way – lovely, unusual and convenient!

micro braids hairstyle

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#24: Ultra Short Hairstyle with a Side Part

Expressive facial features and the ideal head shape are the two main requirements for extra short haircuts for curly black hair. Danai Gurira has also introduced some spice into her short hairstyle – the trendy side part. This look needs a flawless makeup and eye-catching accessories.

extra short hairstyle for natural hair

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#25: Updo with a Crown Braid

Jhene Aiko presents a very creative evening look for black hair. In case your hair is not long enough to make a crown braid, use a chignon attachable braid. Leave face framing curls and style cute curly side-swept bangs diagonally.

braided updo for natural hair

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#26: High Afro Puff Updo

Naturi Naughton’s afro puff flatters round faces and looks good as an evening or casual hairstyle. Try to achieve the ideal sleekness off the line of hair growth. Use Organics olive oil edge control for your edges.

afro puff

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#27: Curly Updo with a Headband

How to style your black hair trendy this year? Curly updos are on. Anika Noni-Rose shows off her variety of a voluminous curly pony that is sitting high on the crown. The delicate, wispy tips of the curls add it an added feminine appeal.

curly updo for black women

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#28: Front Bun

Although we have seen similar hairstyles, made from box braids, it’s still rather unusual to wear a bun pushed onto your forehead, but Yaya Da Costa copes well with this hairstyling experiment. If you need an elegant updo for natural hair, this is a lovely new idea to try.

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#29: Asymmetric Curly Updo

Teyonah Parris confessed that her disobedient kinks made her cry not once. It’s hard to believe because in the photo the cutie is smiling, showing off her gorgeous updo for natural hair. Here once again the asymmetry makes a splash. Be sure, if you manage to achieve the sleekness on one side and fix the sweep securely, you will look as adorable as Teyonah.

medium asymmetric hairstyle for natural hair

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#30: Medium Length Layered Curls

A layered haircut is the most flattering choice for medium length natural hair. Voluminous curls need a good silhouette to look their best. Garcelle Beauvais has tried different lengths and textures. This is one of her most flattering hairstyles, indeed.

medium curly hairstyle for black women

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If you think you still haven’t mastered your natural hair, it means you haven’t revealed its full potential. There are really more than a few ways to look good with natural locks of any length. Choose the hairstyles you like and consult a trustworthy stylist if needed to define your hair perspectives.

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