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Hairstyles For African American Women

Updated on December 3, 2011
Rihanna hairstyle.
Rihanna hairstyle.

There are many hairstyles for African American women out there today. There are instructions on how to set it a certain way, how to curl it, how to straighten it. What it takes is doing a great deal of research and then practicing. You will eventually get it perfect and find a style that fits your style and the way you are dressing that day.


First of all, there is the afro. This is where you cease to use any hair relaxer or any type of curling iron. Here you let the natural look you may have always had shine through. Find yourself with thick, curly hair, let it be just as it is. You will look gorgeous no matter what, so you might as well just use what you were blessed with when you first entered in to this world.

Afro hairstyle.
Afro hairstyle.


One that seems to be a bit time consuming, but looks great is adding braids or cornrows. As we stated, these will take you a lot of time and you may have to get a fellow hair-stylist or friend to help you with it. If you do not want tight cornrows close to your head, then try just putting some braids in your hair that hang loosely. It will still be a great look, comfortable look for you during the day or night time.

The neat thing about cornrows is the fact that you may create them in various designs. You can make them in patterns or diverse lines like a zig-zag around your head. It is amazing the things you can do when you take your time and really work at it. This can be a great style for fun activities like football games and going out for the night.

If you are going the braided route, try braiding your long locks and stacking them on top of your head in a unique design. This could be used for a classy look or if you are going to work. It is something that is unique, but still looks gorgeous.

If you find yourself transitioning from different hair styles, there are things that you can do to avoid breakage. Be careful in everything that you do to not ruin the beautiful locks on your head. Use conditioners and whatever you need to use.

One other suggestion that we read about that was just designed to help you hair is to sleep with a satin pillowcase. This will help protect your beautiful, precious locks and make them into what you want them to be for the next day.

Cornrows hairstyle.
Cornrows hairstyle.
Crossover cornrows style.
Crossover cornrows style.

Straight Hair

You can make your hair straight as well. Try using a flat iron first, but make sure that you do it in a way where you have vibrant, soft curls. If you are curious, try using some items that could be at your local store. Something like a chemical that will help straighten your hair and make it nice and silky soft. This may cost you a little bit of money, but it is completely worth it if you want that elegant look.

Alicia Keys hairstyle.
Alicia Keys hairstyle.
Ciara hairstyle.
Ciara hairstyle.

Long Curly Hairstyles

Alicia Keys hairstyle.
Alicia Keys hairstyle.
Janet Jackson hairstyle.
Janet Jackson hairstyle.
Beyonce big curl hairstyle.
Beyonce big curl hairstyle.


There are those women that have the super straight do, but have added bangs with it. This would look great on those with an oblong face. Adding bangs to the mixture just gives you some mysteriousness about you. It would be perfect for a night out on the town, if you are planning on having one.

Jennifer Hudson hairstyle.
Jennifer Hudson hairstyle.
Keri Hilson hairstyle.
Keri Hilson hairstyle.

Updo Hairstyles

Janet Jackson hairstyle.
Janet Jackson hairstyle.
Jill Scott hairstyle.
Jill Scott hairstyle.

As you can see, there are a great deal of hairstyles for African American women. We hope you have found something that fits your taste and is something that you feel you can do to your hair and make it look amazing. We wish you the best of luck in your trial and error session as well as in all of your hair-fixing days ahead.


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    • ThroughGlass profile image


      6 years ago from London

      I'm mixed, African american/Caucasian. My skin is more Caucasian however my hair is certainly not. It's like a lions mane i have to tame and fight with!

      This is helpful ha. Thanks.


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