A Guide to the Most Popular Hairstyles for Black Women

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A Guide to the Most Popular Hairstyles for Black Women
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Although we can testify to the versatility and strength of textured hair, it still requires a certain level of protection to remain healthy. In addition to regular cleansing, deep-conditioning, and the occasional treatment, natural strands should also be fashioned into styles that offer some level of protection and look really cute, too.

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Black history is paved with innumerable beauty staples, such as hair grease and hot combs. But the unwavering popularity of intricate styling—both braided and otherwise—is what makes us love taking care of our hair even more. And since seasonal changes often ignite hair transformations, we’re giving you a rundown of 26 styles to choose from.

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Faux Locs

This temporary version of dreadlocks is created by braiding the natural hair and wrapping the braid with kinky extension hair.

Photo: Instagram/@julia.dalia
Box Braids

Three-strand twists that can be fashioned into different lengths, thicknesses, and colors.

Photo: Instagram/@afrobraidtrancas
Marley Twists

Two-strand twists created with kinky or coily extension hair.

Photo: Instagram/@sashkrys
Microbraids

Tiny three-strand twists that can vary in length and color.

Photo: Instagram/@studiomucci
Cornrows

Three-strand twists braided flat to the scalp.

Photo: Instagram/@braidsgang
Lemonade Braids

Sideswept small- to medium-sized cornrows, inspired by Beyoncé's look in "Formation," the first video off her iconic album "Lemonade."

Photo: Instagram/@so.tasteofsun
Havana Twists

Two-strand twists created with extension hair called Havana hair (or a comparative version from your local beauty supply store), a man-made blend of ultra-soft hair fibers.

Photo: Instagram/@_jazitup
Goddess Locs

A method invented by Dr. Kari Williams, created similarly to faux locs, but with curly ends.

Photo: Instagram/@drkariwill
Ghana Braids

An African style of braiding, where extension hair is intertwined with your natural hair to add volume to a more traditional cornrow.

Photo: Instagram/@_tonistwistup_
Crochet Braids

Also known as latch hook braids, this technique attaches hair extensions to cornrows using a latch hook or crochet hook, as opposed to sewing them in.

Photo: Instagram/@curlkalon
Fulani Braids

The most distinctive part of this braided style originated by the Fulani people, a Muslim group in West Africa, is a single braid down the middle of the head.

Photo: Instagram/@braidsbybah
Feed-In Braids

These braids give off the illusion of extension-enhanced cornrows growing directly from the scalp. The look is created by merging a strand of extension hair with a natural hair strand at the beginning of a braid.

Photo: Instagram/@rvmtwist
Bantu Knots

A series of small, coiled-up buns that can vary in size.

Photo: Instagram/@crwnmag
Headwraps

A solid-color or boldly printed cloth that can be fashioned into various shapes over hair.

Photo: Instagram/@regalivy
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Halo Braid

Two braids arranged in a circle around the outer area of the head.

Photo: Instagram/@beautybycursha
Nubian Twists

Tight, two-strand twists (sometimes with curly ends), created with very soft extension hair.

Photo: Instagram/@hairbyambz
Sisterlocks

A tinier version of dreadlocks, credited to Dr. JoAnne Cornwell back in 1993.

Photo: Instagram/@thelockguru
Wash and Go

When a naturalista chooses to wear her hair out without manipulating or styling it.

Photo: Instagram/@just.monid
Blow-Out

When the hair is slightly straightened using a blow-dryer and hairbrush.

Photo: Instagram/@queenclara
Buzzcut

A super-short haircut that's close to the scalp.

Photo: Instagram/@danielle.jayy
Pixie Cut

A short hairstyle where hair is often cropped or tapered into varying lengths.

Photo: Instagram/@hercutsuk
Tapered Cut

A short hairstyle where the sides and back are cut super low, while the middle area is grown out.

Photo: Instagram/@enchanted26
Two-Strand Twists

When the hair is parted into different sections, and two thick hair strands are twisted around each other to create texture.

Photo: Instagram/@vivaandjulesnaturalproducts
Twist-Out

A hairstyle that's done after the hair has been worn in two-strand twists over the span of a night or few hours.

Photo: Instagram/@shairmyworld
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A hair technique where curls are worn loosely at the top of the head to prevent tangling.

Photo: Instagram/@crwnmag/@lolachel
Flat Twists

Two-strand twists that lie flat on the scalp.

Photo: Instagram/@simplystasia

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  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Faux Locs
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Box Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Marley Twists
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Micro-Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Cornrows
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Lemonade Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Havana Twists
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Goddess Locs
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Ghana Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Crochet Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Fulani Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Feed-In Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Bantu Knots
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Headwraps
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Halo Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Nubian Twists
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Sister Locks
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Wash and Go
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Blow-Out
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Buzzcut
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Pixie Cut
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Tapered Cut
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Two-Strand Twists
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Twist-Out
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Pineapple
  • STYLECASTER | Popular Hairstyles for Black Women | Flat Twists

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