Natural hair can be time-consuming and sometimes even a bit frustrating, but one thing is for sure: it is also incredibly versatile. There are countless black hairstyles for women that aren’t only beautiful but also really easy and quick to do on yourself - even if hairstyling isn’t your forte at all.
No matter if you have long or short hair, curly or wavy, with braids or even straightened, we know you’ll love experimenting with the five natural black hairstyles we’ll teach you in today’s article!
1. Faux Afro Puff
You’ll need: a wide-tooth comb, a hair tie, big hair clips, leave-in conditioner, cream, gel, and a fake hair puff
Spray your natural hair with water and make sure it is all damp.
Apply some leave-in conditioner, spreading it equally.
Apply cream, massaging it into your scalp and spreading it equally.
Part your hair in the middle and secure one side with the hair clips.
Use the gel and the comb to lay down the other side and then do the same on the other side. Secure your hair in a high or medium bun with your hair tie.
Let it dry (you can even do the previous steps the night before and let the products do their thing while you sleep).
Apply the hair puff as instructed in the package.
2. Bantu Knots
We’ve all seen RiRi rock her Bantu knots many times and we’ve all wondered how we too can achieve this trendy look. And the truth is that it’s not nearly as difficult as it might seem!
When done correctly, this hairstyle can hold for up to five days, so it’s perfect if you’re having a busy week and don’t want to have to worry about your hair.
You’ll need: bobby pins, hair ties, a wide-tooth comb, a brush, oil, and gel or cream (with medium hold)
- Start by washing (or co-washing) your hair thoroughly. You want to make sure that your scalp is as clean as possible, since much of it will be exposed.
- Using the wide-tooth comb, part your hair into four sections.
- Apply a bit of your oil and brush your hair. If your hair is already dry -- spraying some water on it will make this step easier.
- If you want to have more than four knots, part your four sections into more subsections.
- Tie each section into a bun.
- Apply the gel or cream to each section, making sure to spread it equally, from the root to the tip.
- Take the hair in one section, divide it into two strands and twist them. Then, twist the whole twist itself and secure it with a bobby pin, once the section of hair is fully twisted.
- Repeat for all the sections.
3. Double Buns
Looking for a simple but fun hairstyle? Then you should try doing the double buns! You can do them as high or as low as you want -- with your natural hair or extensions -- no matter what hair texture you have.
This hairstyle is great for those bad hair days when you need (or want) something a little bit more exciting, than just a ponytail or a braid. To make it extra cute, you can always lay your edges as well.
You’ll need: bobby pins, two hair ties, a wide-tooth comb, and cream
- Using the wide-tooth brush, part your hair into two sections.
- Apply your cream to both sections.
- Make a ponytail on each side and secure them with your hair ties.
- Twist each ponytail into a bun and secure them with some bobby pins.
4. Box Braid Top Knot
Box braids by themselves are already one of the coolest natural hairstyles there is. If you’re attending a special event or simply want to change things up a bit -- turning your braids into a big top knot is one of the simplest, yet most stylish things you can do.
You can turn your whole hair into a bun or leave the back half down - either way, this hairdo couldn’t be easier.
You’ll need: nothing!
- Gather all your box braids, as if you were going to use a hair tie to make a ponytail.
- Grab a few braids from the middle of your hair and wrap them around the base, in order to secure the bun.
- Grab the rest of the braids and twist them to create the big knot, tucking the ends of each braid under the braids that you wrapped in the previous step.
5. Halo Braid
Few hairstyles are as feminine and elegant as the beautiful halo braid. This hairdo looks amazing on all types and textures of natural hair and you can do it even if you have short hair - all you need is some long braided extensions.
The halo braid is a really versatile style and it works just as well for formal events, as it does casual occasions. If all of that wasn’t enough, once you master this hairstyle, you can get it done in less than 15 minutes!
You’ll need: bobby pins, a wide-tooth comb, and a gel spray
- Use your comb to side part your hair.
- Dutch braid your hair on the side where the part is. Continue to braid all the way around your head until you reach the beginning of the Dutch braid (eventually, when you don’t have more hair to incorporate into the Dutch braid, you’ll need to switch to a regular, three-strand braid).
- Secure the braid with your bobby pins.
- Finish off by applying some gel spray.
So, which one of these hairstyles are you going to do first? Let us know in the comments below!
Be sure to also checkout our article on "9 Essential Black Hair Care Products You Need to Try in 2020"!