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Although I can personally testify to the versatility and strength of textured or black 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.
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 this spring and summer. You’ve seen them before, but let’s be honest: they never get old.
This temporary version of dreadlocks is created by braiding the natural hair and wrapping the braid with kinky extension hair.
Three-strand twists that can be fashioned into different lengths, thicknesses, and colors.
Two-strand twists created with kinky or coily extension hair.
Tiny three-strand twists that can vary in length and color.
Three-strand twists braided flat to the scalp.
Sideswept small- to medium-sized cornrows, inspired by Beyoncé‘s look in “Formation,” the first video off her iconic album “Lemonade.”
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.
A method invented by Dr. Kari Williams, created similarly to faux locs, but with curly ends.
An African style of braiding, where extension hair is intertwined with your natural hair to add volume to a more traditional cornrow.
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.
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.
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.
A series of small, coiled-up buns that can vary in size.
A solid-color or boldly printed cloth that can be fashioned into various shapes over hair.
Two braids arranged in a circle around the outer area of the head.
Tight, two-strand twists (sometimes with curly ends), created with very soft extension hair.
A tinier version of dreadlocks, credited to Dr. JoAnne Cornwell back in 1993.
Wash and Go
When a naturalista chooses to wear her hair out without manipulating or styling it.
When the hair is slightly straightened using a blow-dryer and hairbrush.
A super-short haircut that’s close to the scalp.
A short hairstyle where hair is often cropped or tapered into varying lengths.
A short hairstyle where the sides and back are cut super low, while the middle area is grown out.
When the hair is parted into different sections, and two thick hair strands are twisted around each other to create texture.
A hairstyle that’s done after the hair has been worn in two-strand twists over the span of a night or few hours.
A hair technique where curls are worn loosely at the top of the head to prevent tangling.
Two-strand twists that lie flat on the scalp.