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Best Hairstyles for Black Women in 2017: Find your Hair Style from Weaves to Braids to Cornrows

Updated on July 17, 2016
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I am an African Woman and almost always have my hair in weaves and braids. I am an enthusiast and write about it.

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Best hairstyles for black women
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We are women and we want to look good and stand out. One of the surest ways of doing this is by having an exceptional hairstyle.

Your hair style says a lot about your courage, wisdom and history.

The hairstyle of the average African American black woman is neither fully traditional nor modern but somewhere in the centre. We have a varying display of all sorts of hair extensions, but there are those of us who prefer to make statements with our crown of glory and not just our beautiful well toned bodies.

Doing your hair up in corn rows and braids has the advantage of giving you a distinctive and free spirit look. It immediately labels you as a creative person not afraid to be stand out. If you go as far as having a permanent look then you are on your way to creating a brand.

Chimamanda Nogozi Adichie in Braids
Chimamanda Nogozi Adichie in Braids

Chimamanda in Braids

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, The Nigerian author of the book Purple Hibiscus, has a trademark hair style.

She has her hair done up in twisted shoulder length braids with a few beads on either side of her face.

The look is demure, African, all woman and projects strength and confidence.

Williams Sisters Hairstyle

Or who can forget the sight of the exuberant black tennis player with her golden braids barely restrained. Her style was all hers.

Who can ever forget Serena Williams in her early days. Her hair style as well as her tennis prowess set her far apart from the crowd.

It announced her as an independent woman and a survivor. No one was surprised at her staying power or her later creative ventures.

Your hairstyle is one of the easiest ways to build a brand and an image.

Savvy media friendly people always take advantage.

Braids or Weaves

Although the braids hairstyle remains neat for a longer period, it has no real advantage over the weaves and cornrows.

The most important factor if you decide to make cornrows or the so called Ghana weaving your 2013 style, is to find an artist who doubles as a hairdresser. This is because the beauty lies in the intricate nature of the rows.

Alicia Keys Hairstyles
Alicia Keys Hairstyles
Alicia Keys in Cornrows
Alicia Keys in Cornrows

Alicia Keys Hairstyle

Her weaves appear with the precision of architectural designs coupled with the delicacy of lace work.

You can work in as many rows and crossovers as you like into the patterns.

The more the weave meanders the more playful a hairstyle it becomes.

The cornrows of the hairstyle can be made tightly, straight to the point and businesslike, similar to the second picture of Alicia Keys to the right and below.

This hair weave(second picture) is easier to make especially if your hair stylist is not very artistic, further more it remains neat for a long time.

This hairstyle or any of its numerous variations or the loose braids is the style of choice if you are employed in the formal job sector.

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Intricate Ghana Weaving
Intricate Ghana Weaving
Simple Ghana Weaving Hairstyle - Back view
Simple Ghana Weaving Hairstyle - Back view

Ghana Weaving

There is a variation of the cornrows called Ghana weaving which is increasingly popular in West Africa.

The beginning of the weave is small and tight, but it becomes larger as it progresses down the head.

The beauty of the ghana weave is as a result of the artfull way the hair extensions are incorporated.

It can be woven into as many imaginative hair styles as the regular cornrows.


You need a definitive hair style that makes a statement of who and what you are.

So decide on a style, cornrows, braids weaving and let your imagination fly.

So what do you think. Can any of the styles above be the best hairstyle for black women in 2017?

Make any comments or ask me questions below so I can know how you feel.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I love braids. I hope one day I can have my done. Very good hub. I will come later and keep learning.

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      weavesandbraids 3 years ago from Africa

      Braids are great. My current style is box braids - difficult to make but they last so long.

      @lastheart, just go ahead and try the braided look

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      weavesandbraids 3 years ago from Africa

      Braids are great. My current style is box braids - difficult to make but they last so long.

      @lastheart, just go ahead and try the braided look

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