Simple and elegant styles for natural hair
Regardless of your natural hair type, 3A, 4C and the rest, hair length, texture and colour, natural hair is incredibly beautiful and versatile.
Here, we’ve compiled several simple, protective and elegant styles for natural hair carriers and intending ones. From buns, cornrows, braids and knots that you can rock on any attire and any occasion.
For ultra-defined ringlets, try using a gel for curly hair right when you get out of the shower.
Wave Pattern Micro Braids
Micro braids take a bit of extra time, but for hair, they’re worth it. A wave pattern makes these braids look regal and unique.
Braids with a Headband
This easy hairstyle can be worn in any situation. If you have box braids, throw them back with a headband to keep them out of your face. Try a plain black headband or mix it up with a fun pattern.
Side Swept Twist Out
Go for a curly and voluminous twist out for maximum impact. Sweep strands to one side to keep it cool.
High Half Bun Braids
Try this half-updo for a fun twist on a casual style. To achieve this look, box braids are pulled up into a half bun, but the end of the braids are left out for a cascading face frame.
This style looks chic and sophisticated — and bonus, it’s easy to achieve. Let your natural texture shine through, styling in a deep side part, then pin back one side.
You don’t have to braid cornrows straight back. Mix up typical cornrows by braiding them toward either side. The result? Sleek, stylish strands.
Long box braids will always be in style. Take them to the next level by adding shorter braided bangs. These bangs add drama to any look, but to make them even more show-stopping, some carefully placed beads are always a good idea.
Side-Pinned Twist Out
Looking for an easy way to put a twist on long, voluminous curls? Take some inspiration by middle parting your hair, then pin the top of each side down. This look is so versatile, you can dress it up or down.
The best thing about box braids is that they’re a great way to protect your hair from over-styling and the damage that comes with it. The second best thing is that there’s a size for every preference, ranging from Moesha to Poetic Justice.
If you think dreadlocks can’t be dressed up, think again. Dreadlocks are ultra-chic and feminine.
Playful Middle Part
A full, shoulder-skimming style that saves the volume for the sides and stays low key on top. Keep spirals smooth and defined by applying a natural oil-based hair serum.
Flirty Forehead Pieces
These tight curls have a sexy piecey-ness, including a couple of strands that tease the look of bangs without full fringe.
Short and Glossy Curls
Such a cute style. A high dose of shine adds definition to the tight, springy curls. Try a shine gloss or serum created for curls.
Wash and Go
The secret to nailing this style is bringing your blow dryer’s diffuser attachment into the equation. Use the diffuser to dry your hair without blasting away your coils. Bonus: Apply a curl boosting leave-in prior to drying, to enhance fullness.
There are only three easy steps to achieving this style. Detangle your hair, weave one continuous braid around your head securing with bobby pins, and lastly, pull on the braid so that it is thicker in certain sections for a messier look, done!
Bantu knots, which originated in Southern Africa, are a great way to take your hair game up a notch and don’t commit the cardinal crime that is forgetting to lay your baby hairs! Try a gel formulated specifically for them.
Look red-carpet-ready (red carpet or not!) with this fancy updo, a combination of a centre twist and smooth sides. It’ll help you bring the wow factor to your next party or wedding.
Bantu knot-outs are a great way to change up your look. There’s no other way to get coils as full and bouncy as the ones you’re left with after having unravelled the knots. They’re also ideal for women who are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.
This isn’t the average angsty pre-teen haircut that we’re talking about. This style simply calls for an abundance of pins, a smoothing brush, and the desire to flaunt your edge. For a more long-lasting version of the style, consider braiding or flat-twisting the sides.
You can pull your locks toward the crown of your head and pin accordingly for this funky fruit-Esque ‘do. Or, for a less severe version, use a very wide microfibre headband to gently lift curls from the face. Then, you can jump right into bed, since this style is perfect for overnight style-stretching.
Of course, you can just rock the afro that nature gave you. But, for a little variety, try stretching your hair with a minimal amount of heat to show off your length and achieve envy-inducing volume. For a fluffy, soft effect, try a styling lotion.
A bun at the crown of your head is one of the best ways to look effortlessly chic in seconds. Smooth the top and sides with a hairspray.
Don’t let anyone tell you that these are “boxer braids.” They’re cornrows and they’re fabulous. Plus, you can keep them in for a few days and follow up with a braid-out, easily carrying you from one wash day to the next.
Two-strand twists are truly the best of both worlds because they’re super easy and quick. Plus, after they’re done, you can still style them differently each day! Apply a leave-in styler and conditioner hybrid before twisting to help smooth and condition.