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Natural Hair Styles for African American Women

Updated on August 4, 2015

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We're Evolving!

Natural hairstyles for the African American woman have really evolved. Today more and more women are kicking chemical relaxers to the curb and are embracing the natural look. We've come a long way from the plain afro and simple corn row styles that were worn in the early nineteen hundreds. The styles are more trendy and more hair care products are available to help aid in helping the hair to be more manageable and healthy looking. There is more versatility and creative edge with the newer styles that are presented today and we are more confident with our natural look.

Diverse Hair Styles

There are so many hair styles to choose from and really a person could use their own imagination and be creative. There are tons of ideas on Google images and hair stylist are learning new ways to style the natural hair. A person could do a search for the title of this article and take a look at styles that others are wearing. There are braided and twist styles. Extension hair can be added to enhance the look. Hair color extensions can also be used to add a frosted look to the hair. Different elements can be used to create one hair style. For example a person may want corn rows in the front and twist in the back. The style could be the other way around. There are even natural hair pieces and kinky twist braid extension hair that can be added to make the style look more appealing. If the hair is added in a way that is blended well into the natural hair then no one will know that it is not the real hair.

Benefits of Wearing Natural Hair

The hair is relatively easy to care for and much safer to wear because of the fact that there are chemicals in hair products that are not natural that can cause cancer and other harmful body ailments. I enjoy natural hair because I can get up in the morning and just go and there is no need to worry about combing my hair or taking curlers out. African American women have often felt that somehow they were less attractive if their hair was not chemically straightened because we were just not informed about what we could do to enhance what we already have. Other cultures are even embracing the style of our hair. The natural kinky look is great and if a straight look is needed then the hair could always be flat ironed for a short period of time.

How to Care for Natural Hair

The styles are very easy to wear however wearing natural hair styles require that the hair is maintained to obtain its natural look and style. The hair should be shampooed the same as usual. The hair should be conditioned on a regular basis. The use of leave-in conditioners will help condition the hair. We have moved away from using hair grease. Hair grease has a heavy build-up leaving the hair too oily and usually the hair gets dirty much faster. A very light natural oil can be used if the hair is too dry and oil sheen can be used. People seem to think that they need to purchase products specifically for natural or braid hair but this is not true. Those products are fine. It really is a matter of personal preference but they usually cost more and there are products out there that are just as good and are good for both the natural hair and chemical treated hair.

What Hair Care Products Can I Use?

The oils that I enjoy using are Kemi oil, carrot oil, teatree oil, coconut oil, olive oil and any type of natural oil. You can even purchase light olive oil and coconut oil from your grocery counter and use that for your hair and skin. You will get more for your money this way and you do not need much at all. You can take about a dime to a nickel size and rub it together using both of your hands and rub it all over your entire head. You can repeat this twice a week depending upon how dry your hair is. You can spray it lightly with oil sheen spray three to four times a week. Make sure that you sleep in a satin bonnet or a hair scarf. This will help keep your hair style looking fresh as long as it possibly can.

Shampooing and Conditioning the Hair

Some hair styles will not look well after shampooing them with the braids or twist in. If you are using hair extensions and do not want to take them out to shampoo your hair, you can leave them in but remember unless you are wearing dreads, not to leave them in longer than two months because the hair will start matting up. This is lent and hair that is tangled into knots into your hair. When you shampoo the hair, be gentle so that your extensions will not get loose or fall out. Focus more on the scalp and then lightly rub the rest of the hair. Rinse and do not condition. Use leave-in conditioners because the other conditioners may cause the braids to loosen. You can use the rinse out conditioners when it is time to redo your hairstyle. Air dry your hair. If you find after the hair is dry that some of them are loose or just do not look as neat as they did before the shampoo, the areas that look the worse can be redone first. The entire head could be redone like this if this is desired.

We have come a long way and we are learning more about our hair everyday. Instead of being afraid to go back to our roots we are now excited about all of the options we now have. If you are someone that is trying to make the decision to wear natural hair styles, don't be afraid but give yourself some time to learn how to care for your hair or choose a stylist that will be able to help you maintain the care of your hair. Be creative and motivated to step out in your own skin because you naturally have got what it takes to culturally become a reflection of inner beauty from head to toe!

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    • VictoriaSheffield profile image

      Author Victoria Sheffield 2 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much and thanks so much for commenting. Natural African American hair is really evolving!

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      Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I wear my hair natural, real kinky, but short. I only have it braided when I visit home in Nigeria. That's when it's done well and not too expensive.

      My daughter also wears her hair natural, and I do this for her whenever I get the chance. It takes me about 6 hours or more to do her hair, depending on the size. Else, I send her to the salon and cough-up close to $200 in salon fee.

      Hair braiding has become a big business now, just too expensive, I think!

      Great hub. Like the video. I wouldn't quite do it that way as that takes longer, but great for newbies. Voted up and useful.

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much for commenting!

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Victoria, this a great article for someone like me. I am longing for a natural trendy look, but have not yet found someone to help me with it. I like the styles in the pictures. Voted Up!

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      I will appreciate the support!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Natural Hair Styles for African American Women great styles and so well created with the natural hair.