Black hairstyles don’t fall into the common category of stylization like common hair styles do. The thicker and coil nature of black hair makes black hairstyles unique to that type of hair and involve their own processes to maintain and keep. Below is a list of a breakdown of several black hairstyles for both men and women and how to prepare to have that hairstyle and make sure it keeps the look you want. Black hair damage to the hair must be trimmed away or grown out. Info about keeping that damage at bay isn’t always available.
Natural Messy Poof or Afro
Start by deep condition hair three times a week with a super rich conditioner to fight frizz and breakage.This is important since while you are not looking to keep a uniform afro you would like to ensure there are no definite gaps. When conditioning try a leave in conditioner and a strong hold gel for the perfect mix of control and conditioning. That being said make sure to wash out the conditioner or make sure it marked as a leave in conditioner so you don’t irritate your scalp. Try not to play with your hair as it dries, the more you touch it the frizzier and less chic it will look.
Classic High Bun with a Twist
Make a horizontal parting from ear to ear. Make four to five triangle sections, like pizza slices, in the front. Take one of the triangular sections you made and separate the hair in two. With this separation you can tie your hair together into a knot. Take another thin slice and separate the hair in two but combine the ends of the other knot into the current section of hair you’re holding. Make sure you follow the knots in the same direction wrapping around on your head or you will clump your hair into a big mess. Repeat this until to get to the end of all the sections parting. Place a small rubber band section and move onto the next triangular section. After completing the front portion, simply smooth the rest of the hair into a high bun. Also use a black rubber band or one that matches best with your coloring to ensure it won’t be visible.
Warm Low Curls
This is an easy hairstyle but requires heat. Flat iron bone straight and flip the ends away from the face.
Short sides, Razored, Side Braids Faux Hawk
Using short sides or a razored sytle ensure the sides and back should have a tapered effect while left a little longer in the crown. The remaining top hair should be molded with a medium foam setting agent and allow to dry under a hooded dryer if available or air dry. Grab a medium barrel curling iron or flat iron to create a flipped up feathered look in the crown and back, creating a mohawk inspired style. Using a small amount of product to flip the ends up to get a punky look. If doing with side braids, part the hair into three sections. Braid both sides of the head so the braids can be pulled back. Taper the braids back of the head under the crown and follow the same steps as if you were styling with razored, or shaved tapered sides.
Pineappling for Curls
This is a method to help you get a magical second-day hair from your original style. You will need to bend forward and gently gather your hair as if you making a ponytail on the top of your head. One you have the hair bunched into a ponytail you need to secure it with a scrunchie or an elastic. Once it is secured you can straighten yourself back up and separate the ponytail so you have a half of your ponytail on one side and the other side ponytail to the other. You can now sleep to allow for pressure on the pineapple bunch and remove the scrunchie when you wake up. Use a little water or conditioner to provide extra control and be able to maintain a solid second day of curls.
Long Box Braids
This style is one of most and well known protective black hairstyles. To even try to style with box braids you will need to have at minimum of at least 4 inches of hair to even try this due to the heavy weight of the braids. You will first need to ensure you shampoo your hair so it is clean, effectively stripping away excess residue with the shampoo. After shampooing dry and gently detangle your hair so you can divide your hair into four sections. You should create four box-like sections: at the front left, the front right, the back left, and the back right. Take a pinch of hair from the first section then get enough hair for the braid. Secure synthetic hair to this pinch, if desired and you can do box braids with either real, natural hair or extensions. This will be the best time to secure in synthetic hair within your natural hair. Braid your hair by continually bringing the left section of hair under the center section, followed by bringing the right sub-section of hair under the new center section. Once the base of the braid is done ensure it is secured at the base and repeat the process until all hair that you want is braided.
The Bob Haircut
A classic bob suggests a single-length cut. Such a method adds “weight” and volume to hair, revealing its natural beauty and shine at fullest. First flatiron your hair at the roots and weave it into showy curls at the ends. Divide your hair into two sections by parting your hair horizontally from ear to ear. Once you have done this secure the top layer of hair to your head and braid the bottom layer. After you will fold and place the braid flat against your head and pin it in place. You can then clip the hair up on top and finalize the bob.
Now the list is quite extensive on how many different ways you can style your hair. Everyday someone is inventing a new style or cut. Try out any of the styles above and give your hair the flash and glitz you can show off everyday.