Afro hair has its pros and cons. The big mane of hair with a visibly thick and frizzy texture could be a handful to manage. However, the beautiful jewels who are bestowed with this hair texture find a way to wear it in the most beautiful hairdos. Because of the hair texture, the afro hair can be made into various innovative styles. The hair’s versatility and thickness let it stay through different forms of twisting and rolling while being able to bounce back to its original stay afterward.
It doesn’t matter if your afro hair texture falls under the 3A curl type or the 4c curl type; you may rock these beautiful styles. And when you find the style that works for you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with repeating it as many times as possible.
What is Afro Hair?
The afro hair is a hair texture common among people of African descent. The hair is characterized by
- Ultra curls
- Voluminous mane
- Thick strands
The afro hair is prone to dryness, damage, and frizzy texture if not managed appropriately. Hair products have been created specifically for the afro hair texture and should be used to keep the hair healthy and protected from hair dehydration and breakage.
Care Tips For Afro Hair
- Use appropriate hair care products for afro hair; also ensure it contains hydrating oils.
- Use the right moisturizer for the specific afro hair type. Opt for moisturizers with nutritive oils such as avocado oil, almond oil, or coconut oil.
- Use fewer hair shampoos. Hair shampoos may contain chemical ingredients that strip your hair of essential oils. Regular use of these shampoos may result in brittle hair and subsequently lead to hair breakage.
- Groom your hair gently. Avoid using tiny combs; rather, use wide-tooth combs. These combs also add volume to the afro hair.
- Be patient when detangling your hair. Also, use a wide-tooth comb while doing this to prevent hair breakage.
- Apply deep conditioners generously to hair. They replenish hair moisture and strengthen the hair. Opt for conditioners that contain jojoba oil, argan oil, or grapeseed oil (1).
- Use a satin pillowcase.
- Protect your hair from direct exposure to harsh weather conditions. Wear hats and scarves for protection.
- Reduce the frequency of heat treatment to your hair.
- Eat nutritious meals
- Get adequate sleep
Hairstyles for Afro hair
Black hair is greatly appreciated in the fashion world, and people are encouraged to wear their hair in the many innovative styles possible. With regular proper care, the afro hair can be styled into legendary looks. Some of the options for wearing afro generally falls under the following categories –
These are styles made by twisting the curly mane and locking the extra hair volume. Hair twists may be worn loose or firmly.
These styles keep the hair protected from direct exposure to harsh weather. Usually, extensions are added to completely protect the afro hair mane.
The voluminous nature of the afro hair creates a big hair puff. The hair puff looks like a bun. You may also add twists to your puff, creating various art styles.
The versatility of hair braiding styles makes it one of the most commonly worn hairstyling categories for afro hair.
A lover of bold fashion wears this style. It requires haircuts and shaving while pronouncing a segment of the hair.
This involves creating tiny coils; it is worn most frequently on short hair.
There are versatile ways to wear the afro hair categories, and we are sharing 26 ways you may style your afro hair for switch-ups.
26 Hairstyles for your Afro hair
Because of the thickness and strength of the afro hair, it can be held down firmly in cornrow weavings. This protects the hair while enhancing the facial features.
2. Flat Hair Twists
This flat hair twists style pronounces hair curls. The hair is loosely twisted and is easy to maintain. Loosely twisting the hair in front may also serve as a protection for the hair edges from damages as a result of manipulation.
3. Box Braids
The beauty of box braids is the possibility of packing them or letting them drop in different styles. It’s the freedom of wearing multiple looks with one hairstyle. The braids may be put in a bun, put in a ponytail, let down, styled to the left or the right. Whatever style you choose gives you a completely new hair look.
Most importantly, the hairstyle leaves your hair completely protected from direct exposure to harsh weather conditions. You may wear box braids for weeks. It also protects your hair from possible breakage as a result of regular manipulations. Based on your preference, your box braids can be made in big sizes – cutting up large box shapes or in smaller sizes. You get to choose what and how you want it.
4. Crochet Braids
This protective style is made using the crocheting technique. First, the hair is woven, and then the bouncy braids are crocheted through the weaving.
5. The Wild Afro Mane
This style completely lets the hair out. So whatever type your hair curl may be, let it all out. When wearing this style, the hair should be well moisturized to maintain hydration. It also requires meticulous care and trimmings to achieve mane shape. However, this beautiful hairstyle makes the statement in every situation; it is not a long-wear hairstyle.
6. The Side Part Afro Mane
You may add further definition to your statement by creating a deep side part in your wild afro mane. This look will define your facial features, pronouncing shape, and structure.
7. Crown Hairstyle
Rather than tiny braids and twists, you may opt for a bold halo, your hair twisted around your head. This style is easy to make and keeps your hair protected during the duration of its wear.
8. Bushy Afro Bob
This is a wild, bushy bob, completely untamed. The afro hair is allowed to lie as low as it can, with the natural curls framing your face. You may opt for side parting or center parting.
9. Short and Curly Afro Puff
At some point, your hair will be really short. However, that doesn’t mean you should not style it in all the versatile styles and let your curls pop. To make this style, you will need to use a headband, but not as a ponytail. To make this, tie the headband around your head. Then gently slide outwards towards your hair tips. This act will gather your short curls in a puff or bun. The higher you slide the headband towards your hair tips, the smaller your bun will become.
This style exposes your hair greatly; therefore, apply water and moisturizer to lock in moisture and keep your hair hydrated. You may use gel to gently brush around the hair edges to keep them lying smoothly. Make sure to pick out your afro curls in the puff to pronounce its volume.
10. Defined Curls
Specific hair care products can get your afro hair to its maximum defined curls. Explore this hairstyle option to see how defined your curls can be.
11. Braided Ponytail
You may choose to wear braids but in a ponytail. Not the possible packing of box braids into a ponytail, but the everyday ponytail looks. And this hairstyle can be worn in multiple ways. You may explore different designs, colors, sizes, and lengths of braids. Because it holds in your hair firmly, you may wear it extensively for weeks, thereby keeping your hair protected.
12. Side-styled Afro
You may add definition to your afro by having it all swept to one side, either your left or right. To keep the hair lying defined, you may have the side braided halfway and adorned with hair jewelry to make an elegant statement. Wearing your afro to the side is a great hairstyle, especially for short hair.
13. Stylish Fringes
Putting your hair up in a bun with an accompanying fringe may bring some attention to your defined facial features. However, it also gives your face a narrow look.
14. High Afro Bun
You can style your afro curls up in a high afro bun to sit at the crown of your head. You will need hairspray to get the hair lying sleek.
15. Braided Curly Twist Out
This style is worn daily by afro women to present a dashing look. And most importantly, you can create these ultimately defined curls yourself. You may achieve this by moisturizing your afro hair and putting them into three-strand twisted braids, as much as you can manage, at night. It is important to note that the size of the finished hair will depend on the size of your braids. The bigger the braid twists, the wavier your curls. The smaller the braid twists, the more defined and tiny the resulting curls will be. Wear the hair in those braids for extended hours, possibly all through the night. At dawn, gently twist out the braids, separating the strand into as many curly twirls as possible. Fluff and style to the ultimate curly afro.
16. Braided Bun
This style puts the braids in a bun and holds it firmly through the period of carrying the hairdo. It takes all of the hair out of your face. This may be a great style to try out if you have to work on a role where your hair should be completely out of the way.
17. Long Pigtail Braids
Long pigtail looks can pass for casual, and with a little hair jewelry embellishment, pass for glam, sophistication, and elegance. You may wear it as you seem right. Most importantly, your hair can be gotten in this style in a short time frame.
The African signature style. You may have your hair locked in dreadlocks. The beauty of dreadlocks lies in your ability to take proper care and maintain it.
19. Halfway Cornrows
You don’t have to take your cornrows all the way backward. Instead, you may stop the cornrows halfway and let the braids lie around your face in stylish strands.
20. Finger Coils
These tiny finger curls make for full hair. Whatever the length of your hair may be, these finger coils make for a perfect hair finish. There are several ways to achieve this look; you may explore your options. You may also get a stylist to achieve the look.
21. Afro Mohawk
You may use different styling processes to put your afro hair in a Mohawk. For example, you may braid both sides of your hair in cornrows while leaving the middle free. Next, braid both sides of your hair upward, defining your features. Explore as many styles as possible to achieve the afro Mohawk hairstyle.
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22. Inverted Cornrows
These inverted cornrows are popularly known as Didi. Instead of having the hair tucked in an upward braid, the hair is tucked in a downward braid.
23. Tight Tiny Afro Curls
Explore different styling options to arrive at the tightest tiny curls you can achieve with your hair type. This is a good time to wear your beautiful curls.
24. Senegalese Twists
The Senegalese twists are long, bold twists. First, the hair is sectioned into desired sizes, twisted into two strands, and wrapped around each other.
25. Faux Locs
You don’t have to lock your natural hair. Instead, you may use extensions to fake the dreadlock look, a hairstyle known as faux locs. The final look of faux locs will be dependent on your chosen hair extension. It is a protective style, a beautiful one too.
26. Two-Strand Twist
The two-stranded hair twist is the go-to style that can be easily styled differently each day. When wearing the two-strand twist hairstyle, the use of a leave-in conditioner may help to keep the twists smooth and firm for a longer time.
The afro hair texture is voluminous and thick. The versatility and thickness of the hair texture let it stay through different forms of twisting and rolling while being able to bounce back to its original stay afterward. Afro hair requires proper care and maintenance as it is prone to losing moisture and drying out. In a bid to manage the volume, you may put the hair through too many manipulation techniques daily. However, this series of manipulations wear it out and lead to hair breakage. Putting your afro hair into protective styles is a great way to manage these frequent manipulations. The afro hair can be worn in versatile styles like twists, braids, puffs, Mohawks, or curls. Explore the world of afro hairstyles.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can you make afro hair curly?
The afro hair is usually curly, but some hair types have more pronounced springy curls than others. There are many ways to highlight your afro curls. For example, you may use designated products or put your hair in braids or cornrows. When you take out the braids or cornrows, your afro hair will be curly.
What does hair type mean?
Hair type is a defined description of your hair curl pattern, and your hair follicles determine this. There are various categories, and they are referred to as hair types.