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The Best Hairstyles for Women: Learn the Most Popular Ways to Style Your Hair

African American female with natural beauty wearing her thick hair in a wash n' go afro style hairdo.

Imagine if you had a comprehensive directory of the best natural hairstyles for women.

If that directory also included the best weave hairstyles, wedding hairstyles, and more, would that make things easier for you?

You’d probably be pretty excited to go through the list and find different styles that you like.

Today’s your lucky day, that’s exactly what we’re going to provide in this article:

…a comprehensive list of insanely popular hairstyles and haircuts for women, young girls, and kids that you can wear today.

Insanely Popular Natural Hairstyles for Women

You can use this hairstyle guide for inspiration, regardless of your hair type or natural texture.

1. Dreadlocks

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Dreadlocks, which are also known as dreads or locs, are strands of hair that look like ropes. Dreads are often formed by braiding or matting the hair.

Naturally, curly hair that is left to its own devices, by abstaining from combing or brushing, will generally produce tangles and mats will be formed, however it takes planning and maintenance to form evenly sized dreadlocks.

There are a variety of methods that are used to encourage the formation of dreadlocks, for example, braiding, rolling, backcombing, and the crochet hook method.

All of these methods require that consistent work is applied to the dreadlocks for them to become tight, mature, and neat in appearance.

Dreadlocks are easily one of the most popular natural hairstyles for black women. We’ve put together a tutorial for those interested in learning more about dreadlocks.

Middle-aged black woman with naturally wavy hair wearing dreadlocks with natural face-framing layers.

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2. Bantu Knots

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Bantu people is the generic name for 300+ ethnic groups in Africa, which covers a large geographical region in central and southern Africa.

Most people are not aware of the history that surrounds that bantu knots hairstyle.

The hairstyle features small, lovely buns that are coiled and sprinkled throughout the hair. Traditionally, this hairstyle has been worn for centuries by women of African descent.

African American female with naturally fine hair wearing bantu knots created with a round brush.

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3. Afros

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Years ago, the afro was commonly referred to as a natural. This style is frequently worn by males and females with curly, kinky hair.

This hairstyle is created by combing the hair away from the scalp, this allows for the hair to extend out from the head in a rounded and large shape, much like a ball or a cloud.

In the late 1960s, afros were particularly popular in African-American communities. Often times afros are shaped with the assistance of a wide-toothed comb referred to as an Afro pick.

The afro is at times abbreviated as a `fro´or TWA (for small afros). TWA hairstyles are quite popular, as many women are choosing to big chop when they go natural. TWA is short for ‘teeny weeny afro.’

There has been quite a bit of innovation recently with short hairstyles, like the ever-popular afro puffs. Also, many TWA styles look great while also being simple to maintain.

If you have short natural hair and are exploring your styling options, there is far more variety than you might think for short hair.

afro

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4. Braids, Cornrows, or Canerows

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Braids, cornrows, or canerows are traditional African hairstyles. This is when the hair is braided closely to the scalp; an underhand upward motion is used to produce a continuous and raised row.

The cornrow hairstyle is also found in a variety of Native American cultures.

Many times, cornrows are formed in straight, simple lines as implied by the name, they can however also be formed in designs that are curvilinear or geometric.

They are often popular due to how easy they are to maintain, if properly maintained through washing the hair carefully and regularly oiling the scalp, rows can be left in for even weeks at a time.

It’s important to note that a common type of hair loss, called traction alopecia, can be caused by braids that are pulled too tight or worn for long periods of time.

braid cornrows canerows

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5. Poetic Justice Braids

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People used to refer to these braids as box braids before they were known as poetic justice braids.

As a matter of fact, the name poetic justice started after Janet Jackson and Tupac had their famous collaboration in the movie called “Poetic Justice” where Janet (Justice) wore box braids during the film.

Poetic Justice Braids

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6. Goddess Braids

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Goddess braids are sometimes referred to as granny braids since they look similar to some styles commonly worn by grandmothers.

They are cornrow-style braids that are large and generally lie flat along the person’s scalp. Goddess braids are a great way of protecting your hair as it grows and they can be braided in a variety of ways.

The various styles come about by twisting goddess braids into knots or buns and combining them with smaller ones, although large cornrows are the typical way for braiding them.

Goddess braids have been very popular for quite some time. Due to the number of hairstyles that can be created, they remain popular.

The versatility they offer when it comes to styling is the reason that women love them. They can look simple, casual, and sleek or they can look elegant when styled up.

black women wearing goddess braids locs and green shirt

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7. French Braids

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A French braid is also commonly referred to as a French plait.

Three sections of hair are included in the French braid, and they are braided together, starting at the crown of the head and moving down towards the nape of the neck.

There are variations of this hairstyle, for example, the fishtail braid or the Dutch braid. Some ladies wear a french braid complemented by a curly ponytail.

french braids

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8. Ghana Braids

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Ghana braids are a classic style that protects your natural hair. Depending on the region or your part of the world, they might also be called banana braids, cornrows, or straight-backs.

Regardless of what they are called, Ghana braids have their origins on the African continent.

In fact, some of the earliest known depictions of Ghana braids are found in sculptures and hieroglyphics carved in approximately 500 B.C.

ghana braids pictures

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9. Crochet Braids

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Crochet braids tend to confuse some people since the name refers to the method used and the hairstyles can look quite a bit different.

The crochet method is similar to certain types of weave styles, where you start by cornrowing hair prior to adding extensions.

Whoever is doing the crochet braids inserts a crochet needle into the selected cornrow braid.

After that, a tiny handful of hair gets threaded onto that needle, before being pulled through that cornrow braid. It gets tied into a knot, so that is secured to your natural hair.

Crochet Braids

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10. Faux Locs

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If you have ever wondered what you would look like wearing dreadlocks, then the perfect opportunity for you could be faux locs.

Faux locs are artificial dreadlocks or imitation dreadlocks, and they allow you to see exactly how you would look should you decide to actually grow dreadlocks.

If you’re starting dreadlocks and want to avoid the lengthy growth process, deadlock extensions could be an option.

faux locs

Learn More: Faux Locs Tutorial: Step-By-Step DIY Video Guide

11. Protective Hairstyles

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If preserving your hair from damage is one of your hair goals, then protective styling should be incorporated whenever possible, into your natural hair regimen.

Protective styling is a hairstyling concept that reduces consistent manipulation of the hair, encourages length retention, and protects the ends of the hair strands.

This concept often leads to increased hair growth and fewer tangles. The concept is to simply mitigate damaged hair.

protective hairstyles

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12. Twist Hairstyles

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Twists (i.e., flat twists, two-strand twists, mini-twists, etc.) are some of the most popular natural hairstyles for black women in the United States.

These hairstyles are usually achieved by dividing the hair into various sections, the strands of hair are then twisted.

The “twist out” hairstyle is a variation of hair twists, this is where hair that has been twisted is untwisted creating a texture that is large and loosely crimped.

The twist out has multiple variations, one is done with the use of two strands of hair and the other uses three strands of hair, this one is called the “three-strand twist out.”

A textured hairstyle when untwisted is the end result of both methods.

Havana twists, Marley twists, passion twists, two-strand twists, flat twists, spring twists, and Senegalese twists, are some of the most popular twists. Depending on the length of your hair, some of these twists require specific types of hair extensions.

Senegalese Twists Tutorial: Senegalese Twists: The Complete Step-by-Step Tutorial

two-strand twists hairstyles

13. Finger Coils

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This is a low-maintenance, cute natural hairstyle. Beauty vlogger KeyLovesGod has a finger coil tutorial that is super easy.

While finger coils can be time-consuming to create, they look great and are an excellent choice for various lengths of natural hair.

14. Yarn Braids

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If you’re looking for a fun protective style or just want to mix it up, yarn braids are a good choice. Yarn braids are braids, but instead of using human or synthetic hair, you use yarn.

This style will allow you to leave your hair alone without having to style it for several days. Some women wear yarn braids for two weeks at a time. At that point, they may start to get itchy, and you’ll want to take them out.

15. Flexible Curling Rods

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If you’ve ever used your finger to twirl your hair around and wished it would hold that shape for more than a couple of seconds, then that’s the reason why flexi-rods were created.

It is easy to use flexi-rods on natural hair and generate a multitude of different hairstyles depending on your hair type, rod size, and how long they’re left in your hair.

A flexi-rod is a long flexible tube that is available in various sizes. When it comes to hair tools, it is fairly straightforward.

Although you can achieve curls faster when you use a curling iron, flexi-rods provide a heat-free way for making creating curly hairstyles.

flexi-rods hairstyles on natural hair without heat

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16. Low or High Bun

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Buns are always easy and serve as “go-to” styles for many women. In fact, a high bun is one of Kira’s favorite protective hairstyles. The bun helps protect the hair ends of your hair and looks very classy.

The style works well with most hair lengths. In this video tutorial, Halfrican Beaute demonstrates her method for creating a neat, professional-looking low bun for type 3 and type 4 hair types.

17. Space Buns

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Space buns (or as my wife calls them Mickey Mouse buns) are a little different from low and high buns, but space buns are a great option if you’re looking to change up your hairstyles.

While this style can be worn at any age, it’s particularly cute on young kids. My wife, Kira, and my daughter, Kennedy, often wear Mickey Mouse buns when we visit Disney World.

Jasmine Brown has put together an easy-to-follow space bun hair tutorial. Even though there are multiple ways to create space buns, we love the simplicity of Nina’s process.

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18. Frohawk (Sometimes Called Faux Hawk, Fohawk, or Mohawk)

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The frohawk (similar to a mohawk) is an emerging style in the natural hair community and it’s one that I really like.

This curly updo style is simple, attractive, and can easily be customized to fit your profile and outfit. I’ve even seen some women accentuate their frohawk with platinum blonde highlights.

The style looks nice regardless if you have short, medium, or long hair. In this video, Priscilla, who goes by the name ImShineStruck on social media, provides a simple tutorial on creating a braided frohawk on natural hair.

To create this style, Priscilla uses an afro pick, bobby pins, and coconut oil. This style really highlights the versatility of natural hair.

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19. Hair Extension Hairstyles

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I’m constantly amazed by the creativity of ladies in the curly hair community. In this video tutorial, Ify Yvonne, a popular Nigerian-American beauty blogger, demonstrates how to create a beautiful hairstyle with clip-in extensions.

As you may already know, extensions have become incredibly popular in the natural hair community.

Many popular celebrities, including Issa Rae, have worn hair extensions and weaves to supplement their natural hair.

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20. High Puff Hairstyles

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Similar to the high bun, the high puff is a simple yet elegant hairstyle that works on nearly all hair lengths and textures.

As I mentioned earlier, Kira really loves to wear high buns, the mega puff is also a common hairstyle that Kira wears to work during the week.

The hairstyle is easy, professional, and classy. This hairstyle is great for the office, your wedding day, the red carpet, or a night out on the town.

In this video, Actually Ashley provides a step-by-step tutorial for creating a beautiful mega-high puff.

21. Wash and Go Hairstyles

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One of the first hairstyles that many new naturals master is a wash and go. This simple hairstyle is a staple of many natural hair regimens.

This video, by AlyraTV, a YouTube vlog managed by twin bloggers, Alisha and Kyra, provides an awesome wash-and-go natural hairstyle.

During the video, Kyra provides a quick step-by-step wash-and-go tutorial that will last for a week.

22. Halo Braid

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The halo braid, which is similar to a crown braid, has such an ethereal, classy hairstyle that has quickly grown in popularity over the past several years.

Celebrities and many popular beauty bloggers have been wearing halo braids lately, so it’s one of the most popular braided styles right now.

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23. Curtain Bangs

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Bangs! You might think you know what bangs are, but a variety of cuts can transform your bangs in different ways.

There are wispy bangs, baby bangs, blunt bangs, side-swept bangs, curly bangs, and much more. Today, let’s get acquainted with curtain bangs.

If you are not familiar with this hairstyle, curtain bangs refer to a specific type of cut that creates shaggy, easy, breezy bangs. These bangs generally frame your face rather than cut straight across your forehead like straight bangs.

If you need a visual, imagine the girls from That 70s Show. The 70s were the era of curtain bangs. Just because curtain bangs hit their stride in the 70s, doesn’t mean you need an outdated hairstyle to sport this cute cut, though.

There are lots of ways to turn curtain bangs into an attractive modern look.

New York hairstylist Emily Heser puts it this way, “Curtain bangs are the gateway bangs. They are super versatile.” This great take on bangs can go long enough to pin back or cut shorter to suit your taste.

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The versatility allows the style to be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

One of the coolest aspects of this cut is that it works with virtually every texture of your hair. Wavy, messy, straight, sleek, curls, whatever. Regardless of your hair type, a great stylist can make curtain bangs work for you.

There are a couple of different reasons you should definitely consider this great hairstyle. Easy to grow out. If you change your mind, you can grow curtain bangs back out so much more quickly than traditional bangs.

They are versatile. This style works for just about any length or hair type. You can do it up dressy, or keep a casual vibe.

Easy to maintain and style. You don’t need to memorize a complicated styling routine to keep curtain bangs looking great.

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24. Wolf Cut

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The wolf cut is a viral sensation. You’ve probably seen it on your Insta news feed or Tik Tok, but you may not know exactly what it is.

A wolf cut is a hybrid created from the shag cut of the 70s and the 80s mullet. If you’re looking for an edgy or laid-back style, the wolf cut might fit the bill.

The wolf cut is typically a longer hairstyle. It has choppy layers. The top layers are short, which provides texture and volume.

Say goodbye to flat lifeless hair. The back has long soft layers, which creates a tousled messy look. The wolf cut has only recently burst onto the scene in the U.S., but it’s been a trend in South Korea for years. K-pop stars first popularized the style.

Who Should Choose a Wolf Cut?

Cute African American female with a voluminous wolf haircut and an oval face shape styled with curl cream.

A wolf cut can look great on nearly anyone. It’s a great style if you have fine hair that needs more volume. The amount of volume can also be adjusted somewhat by the number of layers added.

If you are trying to tone down your volume, however, the wolf cut is not a good choice. It’s also not a good idea if you prefer a polished look. The wolf cut is designed to be messy and relaxed.

If you have shorter hair, you can still rock a wolf cut. However, it will look edgier than it does on longer hair. A pixie wolf cut looks edgy and gives a rock vibe, so the cut can work with any hair length.

Styling a Wolf Cut

One of the beautiful things about a wolf cut is its versatility. You can wear your hair curly, wavy, or blow it out for a high-volume style.

For a soft beach hair vibe, use a styling tool to create beach waves. Add some texturizing spray to complete the beach look.

If your hair is naturally wavy or curly, simply add a leave-in conditioner and frizz spray, and allow the hair to air dry. For a straight style, blow out your hair. You can also use a volumizing spray or mouse to increase the volume in your style.

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25. Rezo Cut

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If you’re looking for a fresh and new hairstyle, you may want to consider a Rezo cut. This style is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s easy to see why.

A Rezo cut can be tailored to suit your individual features and personality, making it a very versatile option. A Rezo cut is a type of haircut that is characterized by short, disconnected layers.

It is a versatile style that can be worn both spiked up and slicked down. The Rezo cut gained popularity in the 1990s, and it has been sported by many celebrities over the years.

While the style can be achieved with any length of hair, it is typically best suited for medium-length cuts. To get a Rezo cut, your stylist will start by cutting your hair into disconnecting layers.

The length of the layers will vary depending on your preference, but they are typically shorter near the crown of the head and longer towards the front.

Once the layers have been cut, your stylist will then use thinning scissors to texturize the ends. This will help to create a softer, more natural look. If you’re looking for a stylish and versatile haircut, then a Rezo cut may be right for you.

what is the Rezo Cut

How Is it Done?

To achieve this look, the hair is first divided into two sections – the top and the bottom. The bottom layer is then cut shorter than the top layer, with the length gradually increasing as it moves up towards the crown of the head.

This provides a layered look that can be styled in various ways. When done correctly, a Rezo cut can add volume and texture to the hair, giving it a more flattering appearance.

A Rezo cut is a stylish and versatile option that can be tailored to suit your individual features and personality.

If you’re looking for a fresh and new hairstyle, then consider a Rezo cut. To get a Rezo cut, your stylist will start by cutting your hair into disconnecting layers of varying lengths.

Once the layers have been cut, your stylist will then use thinning scissors to texturize the ends. This will help to create a softer, more natural look. If you’re looking for a stylish and versatile haircut, then a Rezo cut may be right for you.

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26. Pineapple Bun Hairstyle

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The pineapple bun hairstyle is a method of creating a high, loose ponytail that rests on top of your head, in a soft bun.

Pineappling arranges your hair in a way that makes it possible to avoid knots, flattened curls, and frizz when you lay down on your pillow at night. When you arrange your hair in a pineapple bun, only the sides and back of your hair touch the pillow while you are sleeping.

What do you need to put your hair in a pineapple bun?

  • A scrunchie or an ouchless elastic band to hold your pineapple ponytail on top of your head. To prevent hair breakage, some women like to use a satin scrunchie for making their pineapple bun. Any ponytail holder you use for your bun hairstyle needs to be elastic enough to be looped around your hair once to prevent dents and creases in your hair as you sleep.
  • Extra protection in the form of a satin pillowcase, a satin scarf, or a soft, satin bonnet to be worn over your pineapple bun as you sleep. Silk is also a good choice, although it is more expensive than satin. Some women also sleep on a silk pillow or sheets.
Black women wearing the pineapple method for natural Hair

Pineappling your hair is as easy as 1-2-3. First, bend forward and gather your hair on top of your head. Next, loosely secure your hair with a scrunchie or elastic band.

It is important not to use a band that is too tight. Finally, put on a satin or silk bonnet or scarf for additional protection.

Don’t use a traditional cotton hair tie, especially if you have kinky hair. In fact, even elastic bands aren’t always a good idea with kinky hair.

Elastic can leave an indentation in kinky hair. To avoid this problem, use a satin bonnet or a satin scarf instead. Satin bonnets and scarves are also useful for women who have recently had their hair chopped, and for women who have shorter hair.

Some final suggestions for success:

  • If you don’t feel comfortable with a single pineapple bun because your hair is short, it is OK to put up your hair in multiple, smaller pineapple buns, all covered with the same satin bonnet or scarf.
  • Plopping your hair with moisturizer or hair gel before putting on silk or satin protection can define your curls.
  • When taking down your pineapple bun, avoid brushes, combs, and picks. Finger combing takes longer, but it won’t break your hair.

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27. Karen Haircut

The popular Karen Haircut is usually a medium hair style with shaggy layers or a blunt bob with a few layers.

Looks may not be everything, but they can give insight into how a person thinks and behaves. Out of all of the haircuts in the world, few strike more of a statement than the often-discussed Karen Haircut.

If you’ve ever heard of the, “Can I Talk to the Manager Haircut,” then you’re already on the right track to envisioning what this one looks like.

A traditional Karen haircut is short, which means that it usually rests above the ears. But, instead of being a pixie, the cut starts short in the back and gets longer towards the front.

Keep in mind that this cut is much more severe than a lob. The difference between the shortest part and the longest portion in the front can be several inches.

Where the style lacks length in the back, the person wearing it makes up the difference with tons of height in the crown.

Choppy layers are often included towards the back of this hairstyle which makes it possible for the wearer to tease and lift up the back portion to create the iconic style.

While it might be a party in the back, people who wear this style also prefer long side-swept bangs in the front that add even more intrigue to the look. Usually, these bangs are kept smooth and flat, even when the rest of the style is slightly curly.

People who love the Karen cut feel as though the increased height and variations in length allow them to look sassy and in charge. However, the stigma that accompanies this hairstyle can sometimes cause people to have knee-jerk reactions to a so-called Karen before they ever open their mouths.

Keep in mind that plenty of people wear this haircut without engaging in foul behavior.

You can also ask a stylist to provide you with softer layers and variations in length to enjoy the perkiness of the cut without looking like a carbon copy of the other women in your neighborhood.

Since this cut can easily transition into an asymmetrical bob or lob, you can also begin working on transforming your style once you tire of this cut.

If you do decide to go for a full Karen cut, remember to embrace every teased inch of it. Consider going with chunky highlights that draw everyone’s attention to your style.

Then, make sure to properly fluff up the crown anytime you get a chance. A Karen cut just isn’t the same if it is allowed to go flat.

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28. Layered Haircut

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Layered haircuts give you the best of both worlds by allowing for part of your hair to maintain its length while shorter parts give you volume. People tend to go for layers when they want a hairstyle that requires minimal effort but has maximum impact.

When asking for layers, it is important to know that these cuts can be long and lush or on the shorter side. With long layers, the longest one determines the overall length of your hair. For instance, you might see models with the longest layer extending below their mid-back area.

This type of cut also allows you to choose how short you want the top layer to be.

A typical layered haircut’s shortest layer is usually around the cheekbone. If the cut goes much higher than that, then it can look like bangs.

It is also possible to include multiple lengths for each layer depending upon where they rest on the head, which adds even more versatility to this cut.

A hairstylist can use layers to create texture for your hair. Creating lots of layers in fine thin hair help to bulk it up. Using fewer layers can help to tame unruly thick or curly hair.

Always take into consideration the type of hair that you are working with when you are deciding upon how many layers to include.

Serious African American female wearing a layered style mid-length cur with wispy layers similar to a pixie bob.

Stylists may cut layers using a razor or traditional scissors, which can also change the look-up slightly. Razor cuts allow for more variance among the layers, and this technique is known for creating choppy layers that add an edge to your style.

Scissor cuts tend to be smoother. Using this tool, a stylist will often create larger layers at once, which adds more symmetry to the style.

An example of a shorter layered cut would be the Jennifer Aniston haircut that became so popular in the early 2000s. Today, stylists put their own spin on this classic layered cut by adding more face-framing layers that draw out your best features.

Longer layered cuts are often seen on celebrities such as the Kardashians. These cuts work well with extensions and hair pieces since the layers help blend the natural and synthetic hair together.

A layered haircut works well on just about anyone because it can be tailored to fit your facial features, hair type, and desire for a specific style.

The key to making this haircut work is to find an experienced stylist who knows how to create a personalized layered look that allows your features to shine.

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29. Deva Cut

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The Deva Cut calls for following the curl pattern instead of focusing on length when making individual cuts. The trims usually happen at an angle.

When preparing for a Deva Cut, certified salons typically recommend showing up for the cut after having washed the hair and letting it air dry. It should not be styled, and this includes no braids, twist-outs, flat iron usage, or curling.

Your hair should not be wet and should not put any product in it when preparing for a Deva Cut. However, you also need to make sure you untangle it before your appointment.

By the way, just because this type of trimming doesn’t make the length a priority, that doesn’t mean that you’ll look like you’ve had a “bad” haircut after the fact.

It’s the angling process that sets up your hair for a uniform edge once your salon stylist has completed the Deva Cut. However, your locks will have defined curls and no frizz when trimmed and shaped properly.

Lorraine Massey, who is also associated with the DevaCurl brand, created the Deva Cut and recommends it for use on tight coils.

Gorgeous woman with choppy bangs on a sophisticated haircut with natural waves and curls.

However, the method can be applied to loose curls because it follows the natural spring that groups of curled strands make. This means you can apply a Deva Cut to ringlets, natural kinks, and waves.

The Deva Cut takes longer than a standard trim – about an hour. The individual, diagonal cuts made result in a layered, textured look.

Products specifically made for the Deva cut are what you’d use to style it. You don’t necessarily need to use the DevaCurl brand, however.

Any conditioning mousse or curl crème made for your hair type will also work when styling it. Just don’t compromise on the quality of hair treatment or you could damage your hair.

Whatever you do, don’t tug on your locks while adding the product to your hair. Let it air dry instead of using a blower whenever possible to preserve your Deva locks.

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30. Ponytail Hairstyle

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A ponytail is a classic hairstyle where all or most hair is pulled away from the face. The hair is secured at the back of the head using a hair tie, clip, or another hair accessory.

The tail hangs freely, and the style gets its name from the resemblance it shares to a pony’s tail. The hanging tail can be braided and styled in several different ways.

Some styles include power, braided, retro, snatch, and scrunch ponytails. All ponytails are characterized by a single bunch of hair.

Ponytails are often used in informal settings or during exercise. It helps keep the hair out of the face, and it helps keep the hair secure. Ponytails are also used for safety reasons to secure the hair in health settings, workshops, or laboratories.

Ponytails are worn to symbolize power and seriousness. However, many elegant pointy tail styles are used for a bold fashion statement. Ponytails are a popular hairstyle because there is one to match every type of event.

Ponytails are also a classic style worn by school-aged children. It’s a great hairstyle to keep hair out of the face so kids can focus on their schooling.

A beautiful young modern woman with dark brown hair color wearing a medium-length hairstyle with loose waves.

It also takes a minimal amount of time to prepare in the mornings. Many parents don’t have much time in the morning, and a ponytail can help to get ready for school much more effortlessly.

Both men and women wear ponytail hairstyles. The ponytail is a popular and adaptable hair choice for rock musicians to professionals.

One common issue to be mindful of with ponytails is traction alopecia. This condition results from wearing ponytails too tight.

Also, it’s common for people to suffer from headaches from wearing ponytails. You can loosen the ponytail for relief, but each person differs in their tolerance.

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31. Shirley Temple Curls

Shirley Temple Curls on Natural Hair

In case you’re yet unfamiliar, Shirley Temple Curls are easily one of the most recognizable styles in the world. Made famous by the lovable child star, Shirley Temple, Shirley Temple Curls have been popular since the Great Depression.

Simply put, Shirley Temple Curls are essentially spiral curls that are relatively uniform, frame the face, and have lengths that fall between the face and shoulders.

These bouncy curls have been a go-to style for women of all walks of life for quite some time. This is primarily because of the fact that it looks great on virtually all hair types and face shapes.

Moreover, it is a very youthful style and seems to bring out the girlish traits of women of all ages.

Typically speaking, Shirley Temple Curls are around the size of a sharpie marker or slightly larger. Nevertheless, these curls can also be created in different colors and sizes.

Mixed race black woman with a thick hair texture has Shirley Temple curls on blonde, brown, and gray hair strands.

To achieve this style, you simply part your hair to give you the desired size of the curl.

From there, you will want to add your favorite products. This could be anything from a heat protectant to a spritz spray to help hold and maintain the curl. After that, you choose your method to create the spiral.

For example, you may want to use a curling iron.

If so, you will likely use a heat protectant and/or spritz, wrap the hair around the curling iron in the same manner you want the curls to form, hold the iron for a few seconds, then slowly slide the iron off, allowing the coil to spring back into place.

On the other hand, you can also achieve this style using straws, rollers, pipe cleaners, etc. No matter which tools you choose, be sure you are using the best products to protect your hair and the curls you are creating.

Shirley Temple Tutorial: Shirley Temple Curls: Learn How to Recreate the Classic Hairdo

32. Sisterlocks Hairstyle

Quick & Easy Sisterlock Hairstyles

Sisterlocks is a certain hairstyle that has been around since 1993 when the popular and very creative style was designed by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell. She touted sister locks as not being just a hairstyle but a lifestyle instead.

She touted sister locks as an invitation for women who are interested in powering themselves and being able to express themselves culturally by embracing a more natural, healthy hair care system that has ended up being a very popular and gorgeous style.

The question is, what exactly are Sisterlocks?

Sisterlocks are similar to traditional dreadlocks but are much thinner. Sister locks are weaved into the hair with a patented tool rather than being hand-rolled with certain products being used.

Sister locks have to be installed by a certified Sisterlocks consultant to ensure they are done correctly.

When making an appointment with a certified Sisterlocks consultant to have your hair done, you need to expect the appointments to span over a period of time that can last up to 36 hours.

This is due to the fact that the intricate weaving technique that is used to loc the hair is very time-intensive because over 400 locs are being created over time.

With Sisterlocks, your Sisterlocks consultant will utilize a tool that is needed to install a few locks during your initial consultation to see which type of pattern is going to work best on your particular hair type.

After your Sisterlocks are all completed, you should have a follow-up visit with your Sisterlocks consultant within a month after your initial appointment.

You will then go for retwisting appointments every four to six weeks to keep your locs healthy and looking amazing. The result will definitely be well worth the effort as you will have a beautiful hairstyle that will last a very long time.

Sisterlocks Tutorial: Sisterlocks: Complete Guide to Cost, Installation, Maintenance, and Styles

33. Pixie Bob Haircut

Pixie Bob Blowout & Style Options + BOLD Red Color | Dominique Sachse

A pixie bob haircut is currently very popular and there are many versions of this timeless and classic hairstyle. A pixie-bob haircut is a very short hairstyle that combines the elements of a classic bob-style haircut and a short Pixie haircut.

The pixie cut has the bob haircut style but is several inches longer and even resembles a grown-out bob haircut.

With most styles, pixie bob haircuts are typically shorter in the back with a longer top and bangs which create the shape of a very short Bob although it is still longer in length.

Some of the more modern haircuts even feature very short sides like most Pixie haircuts do, but not all of the versions sport that style.

From the Tinker Bell-inspired bob to the inverted pixie bob and the mushroom-stacked pixie, pixie bob haircuts vary in length.

Depending on the preference of the person receiving the pixie bob haircut, it can be above the ear level all the way down to chin length. There is usually longer hair on top with shorter hair in the back and sometimes even the sides are shorter.

Bangs are extremely common with this style of haircut since the front is brushed forward or even over to the side.

It is a very low-maintenance style, which is why many women, and even some men, opt for this beautiful, classic style since it’s less maintenance and hassle when rushing off to a busy day at work or a fun day of play.

This type of cut is very versatile in the fact that it can be worn in a professional manner for work and easily softened up with sweeping side bangs for the evening that will usually cascade across the cheekbone for a much sexier and glamorous look.

It’s easy to create the swooped bangs by blow-drying the bangs in the opposite direction than you actually want them to fall around your face.

If you have considered a Pixie haircut in the past, now is the time to do it because it is very on-point and in-style.

34. Military Hairstyles for Black Females

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The United States Army has recently announced new grooming standards via a leaked PowerPoint deck.

My wife, Kira, is a 9-year veteran of the United States Navy.

She was appalled that the depth of diversity enlisted in the United States military wasn’t a vital component in making such a drastic overhaul to the grooming standards (i.e., military hairstyles for women).

There are obvious physical differences in everyone’s hair texture, length, individual styling capabilities, and each person’s comfort level.

To label common African American hairstyles as unacceptable military hairstyles for women really shows the limited vision of military decision-makers.

The goal should be to achieve a diverse, more balanced approach, for acceptable military hairstyles for women.

A balanced approach would include all ethnic groups, not exclude them.

It’s encouraging to see that weaves, hair extensions, and wigs are acceptable army hairstyles.

The Army sends a very strong message when the hairstyle guidelines include weave, extensions, and wigs, but prevents military personnel from wearing their natural hair in a manner that is confident and professional.

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Your personal choice of hairstyles goes well beyond the uniform.

Women shouldn’t be made to relax their hair, wear short hairstyles or hide the texture of their hair.

The United States military is comprised of various groups of people with many differences.

When a rule makes characteristics that are unique to an ethnic group a violation, you immediately make that group a target for correctional actions.

You also introduce an unnecessary level of uncertainty about how those individuals carry themselves. The confidence that should propel you to be the best that you can be is no longer there.

Women who wear their natural hair, without chemicals or extensions, are expressing their individuality by not applying chemicals to straighten their hair or add hair extensions.

There are no adverse effects on military readiness, unit cohesion, good order, discipline, health, or safety.

The female soldiers are volunteers in today’s military. They voluntarily enlisted in the military and were accepted, meaning they have a place in the military.

Wearing professional, uniformed, natural hairstyles should be included within Army Regulation 670-1 as approved military hairstyles for women.

A petition was created by Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs to allow professional natural hairstyles. The petition needed 100,000 signatures but didn’t successfully obtain the necessary number of signatures.

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Natural Hairstyles for Work

It’s not uncommon for ladies with natural hair to ask if we recommend specific natural hairstyles for work or job interviews.

It’s our opinion that regardless of whether you’re relaxed or natural, there are certain hairstyles that are more appropriate for professional environments.

Plus, natural hair is much more versatile than relaxed hair, so the styling options that you have are only limited by your imagination.

Depending on where you work, the expectations of your appearance may be documented in an employee handbook.

Although it’s worth noting that some companies within Corporate America aren’t accepting of African American cultural norms, including clothing, food, language, and hairstyles.

This can be magnified by the often rigid corporate environment layered with dress codes and other appearance and behavior-related policies.

I always tell women that it’s important that they feel comfortable with their appearance; that’s always the most important factor, in my opinion.

Typically non-profit organizations don’t have the same rigid work environment as corporate settings; therefore, you may be able to experiment more freely with various hairstyles and color treatments.

Ultimately all of the hairstyles included in this article can be styled appropriately for work.

The key is to present a neat, professional appearance based on your personality, preferences, and the culture of your company.