If you’re transitioning to natural hair and aren’t sure how to handle your new texture, don’t worry. There are tons of incredible styling options out there – no matter what your taste, skill level, or styling-time stamina, you’re sure to find something that works a treat. Also, be sure to check out our coverage on braid hairstyles, short hairstyles, and hairstyles for girls.
Read on for our top 20 natural hairstyles.
Table of Contents
- 1 Accessorize your Style
- 2 Go Blond
- 3 Go Blunt
- 4 Braids with Bite
- 5 Add Color
- 6 Fancy Faux Ponytail
- 7 Fade Out
- 8 Going Under
- 9 Totally Tropical
- 10 Not mohawk, fauxhawk
- 11 Classic French Chic
- 12 Holy Halo
- 13 Shapely Afro
- 14 Feel the Passion
- 15 Big Bang
- 16 Round and Round
- 17 Take it to the Top (Knot)
- 18 Get Ket Braids
- 19 Bantu Not-Knots
- 20 Loc in your Buns
Accessorize your Style
If you’re wearing a protective style such as box braids, you can switch it up by adding accessories such as cuffs, beads or jewelry, or by wrapping colored cords around a few braids to make things interesting. Even if you don’t have braids, a simple cord wrapped around a bun or ponytail can make a serious style statement – especially if it’s color-coordinated with your outfit!
Blond isn’t just for summer! Go bold even in winter with a frosty platinum shade that looks perfect paired with a fresh dusting of snow and a sparkly accessory. Of course, this kind of blond works best on very short hair, so you may need a buzzcut to pair with your new color. Another thing to consider is that it’s a high maintenance look, so you need to be willing to it up to your hairdresser for regular touch-ups.
We most often associate blunt cuts with straight hair, but they can look just as cool and edgy if you have curls. Try it and see – it works for any curl texture!
Braids with Bite
In the 90s, everyone wanted a zigzag parting; now, braiders are taking this concept to the extreme with braids constructed in all sorts of patterns. From zigzags to stars, curves, and swirls to basket weave, your braids can be pretty much any shape you want. Just make sure to find a master braider who can execute these intricate styles properly – you don’t want your stars to look lopsided!
A fun and easy way to update your hair, color is having a real moment – the brighter, the better! Add yours using extensions, thread, or dye if you want something more permanent.
Fancy Faux Ponytail
The faux ponytail is a go-to for many naturalists, and for a good reason – it’s endlessly stylish, easy to do, and there are tons of options. If you want to up the ante with your pony, add extra bands all the way down for a ‘bubble’ effect, create a fishtail braid or blow out the hair with volumizing product to make a really big statement.
Go high on style and low on maintenance with a fade; this cool-girl cut takes your strands shaved-short at the sides and leaves just a few curls on top. This is a great option if you’re growing out any chemical straightening treatments.
If a full fade feels like a step too far, try it out by getting an undercut first and just shave the back of your hair; leaving the top and sides as they are. If you like it, you can always go shorter later – and you’ll look great in the meantime. You can also play around with designs and shapes if you’d like.
For a fun and funky ‘pineapple’ do pull all your hair up towards the crown of your head and secure with pins. This leaves a stunning explosion of curls that’ll leave you looking and feeling fantastic. Add a headband for extra style points.
Not mohawk, fauxhawk
If the pineapple isn’t edgy enough for your tastes, try pinning your hair up from the sides of your head instead of the back to create a fake mohawk. You can also braid the sides if you want your mohawk to be a more permanent fixture.
Classic French Chic
French braids are a straightforward and super-chic style that’s easy to do at home. Beware, though; doing them yourself can be a real arm workout!
A variation on the classic French braid, the halo braid lives up to its name; braid your hair around your head from ear to ear, and pull out a few sections, so it looks nice and thick.
Not all Afros are round – change yours up by having your stylist take it shorter at the sides or back for a shapely look that’s easily customized to match your personal style.
Feel the Passion
A hybrid between the Senegalese twist and goddess locs, Passion twists use the same twisting technique but give a more lived-in, casual feel. This is because instead of twisting the hair uniformly all the way down, the hair is pushed up towards the scalp as it’s twisted. This gives a beautiful ‘scrunched’ finish. Definitely one for the experts!
One common misconception is that curly girls should never get bangs, and a lot of the time, they’re more trouble than their worth. However, silkier curl textures can hold a bang if the cut is right – and they’re a great way to add interesting shape to your hair.
Round and Round
Perfectly round Afros have been around for years and remain a popular choice for natural hair – opt for this classic cut, and you’ll never go out of style!
Take it to the Top (Knot)
If you’re bored of your box braids, switch things up by sweeping them into a top knot as high on your head as they’ll go. It’s an easy, quick way to make a statement without spending hours on your look.
Get Ket Braids
Half box braid, top half knot, the ket braid was invented by braider Kettly Elan as an alternative to more traditional braided styles. It was inspired by her love of wearing her hair in a bun, so she added the bottom braided part for a truly show-stopping result.
Did you know that removing Bantu knots can give your natural curl pattern a serious boost? If you’ve got somewhere important to be, rock your knots until the day of and then unravel them; the resulting curl and volume is to die for.
Loc in your Buns
Loc buns are a great way to give your head a break from wearing them long and loose. Simply part your hair down the middle, twist your locs into buns, and you’re done! Just make sure to keep friction to a minimum as this can cause frizz.