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10 Awesome New Black Natural Hairstyles

There’s never been a better time to rock your natural coils, kinks and curls. Keep up to date with the latest trends in black natural hairstyles and check out these awesome looks below for your next hairdo.

Jumbo Box Braids

Q&A with style creator, Centra Maia Smith
Freelance Artist @ CineticEnergy in Detroit, MI

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

Sometimes you don’t want to wait hours on top of hours to get a head full of box braids done on your head. Sometimes you just want to get out the door and go about your day, but still look alluring and conversational. This is the protective hairstyle to do just that!

Jumbo box braids, which consist approximately 18-21 braids, look simply beautiful, carefree and effortless. My favorite thing about this style is the fusion of colors, size and length of the braids. I love the freedom of weight with 21 braids as oppose to 80-100 braids, which can be too much!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products I used to achieve this look were Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges, Argan Oil Eco Styling gel, any hair grease or natural hair oil for moisturizing the scalp, and hair mousse for a finishing touch.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I believe the hairstyle doesn’t make the person, but the person (any person) can make the hairstyle. For example, this beauty has naturally curly, waist-length hair, so it is cool to see extensions that can be worn by anyone despite hair differences. You would just need more packaged hair extensions so that it can exceed your own naturally long hair.

It’s all about confidence. As long as you have enough hair, speaking to my short haired women, at least four to five inches of hair to grip and weave into the hair extensions, you’re good to go! This style can be worn everywhere and by anyone, from professional to casual environments. Just be you…unapologetically beautiful and free!

Tapered Fro

Tapered Fro hairstyle Instagram @adrianfanus

Q&A with style creator, Adrian Fanus
CEO @ Adrian Fanus Grooming Inc in Brooklyn, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a dark tapered fro with natural curls.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend a leave-in moisturizing lotion to prep the hair and a curl sponge to achieve the natural twist. The sides are then laid down with a small comb or soft brush.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style for women with three to four inches of hair. It can be achieved with longer hair, but will require more work.

This look is perfect for women with a more oval face as the curves accentuate these features. It is recommended for someone who works in the creative field or a more relaxed atmosphere. The three lines in the back add more character to the haircut and truly show off a more adventurous and fun side.

Double Trouble Dread

This ‘do features slim locs in a french roll with a bright red highlighted crown. The neatness of this style will have many intrigued onlookers.

Black Natural Dread Updo with RedStyle by CHAVALA WILKERSON, Nubian Designs/Blades Professional, CHARLESTON, SC

How to Style:

  1. Section out rectangle in the interior of head. Roll hair and pin into place.
  2. Make a vertical roll with the rest of locs starting from the nape to the middle of head.
  3. Use the ends of the locs and make a horizontal roll and pin into place..
  4. Use hairspray for light hold.

Recommended Products:

Eco-Styler gel works well for achieve sleek look especially when re-twisting locs.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes best suit this style along with medium to long locs.

Tip(s):

Irie Dread Lock and Twist Papaya and Passion Fruit Locking Gel provides moisture to prevent dryness when twisting and styling locs.

Wonderfully Wavy…Kids Edition

This style features a wet and wavy style, simple enough for kids.

Curly Black Natural Hairstyle for KidsStyle by Deidre Clay, Waves Links Hair Studio, Fayetteville, NC

How to Style:

  1. Make a part on desired side.
  2. Smooth hair back on one side and pin into place.
  3. Use light holding spray.

Recommended Products:

Use Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls for more defined curls and waves.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style best suits curly to wavy hair and works on all face shapes.

Tip(s):

Do not oversaturate strands with hair procuct. A pea to dime sized amount works well to achieve this style.

Mohawk Madness

This style features cute coils and ringlets in a cornrowed, mohawk style.

Natural Mohawk with Versatile CurlsStyle by RASHEEDA BERRY, Godly Image Hair Studio Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, FL

How to Style:

  1. Section out rectangle in the interior of head. Finger curl the ends of the hair.
  2. Braid both sides of hair as desired. Pin braids in place.
  3. Use light sheen to seal the look.

Recommended Products:

Use long bobby pins to secure large portions of hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style suits all types of faces and works best on curly, short to medium length hair.

Tip(s):

Criss cross the large bobby pins for a more secure base.

Naturalista

This side updo makes a beautiful statement for a formal event.

Naturally Curly Updo with BraidsStyle by SARAH JENKINS, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

How to Style:

  1. Braid hair from one ear to the other. Pin ends down.
  2. Use kinky extension hair and rope twist it. Pin into place.
  3. Use firm holding sheen.

Recommended Products:

Marley extension hair is best recommended for this style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes best suit this style. Natural curls work best with this style.

Tip(s):

If you can’t find Marley extension hair, try to find the closest kinky hair. The trick is finding extension hair that best matches yours for this particular style.

TWA Short and Sweet

Featuring a red highlights, this teeny weeny afro is perfect for a night out!

Short Naturally Curly Hairstyle with HighlightsStyle by SHAE THOMPSON, A Heavenly Place In Hair , Walton Beach, FL

How to Style:

  1. Use a denman brush and comb throughout hair.
  2. Use fingers to place hair as desired.
  3. Spray sheen for finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Wen hair care  line provides a beautiful texture balm that will have your locks looking luscious.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style suits any face shape. Short to medium curly hair works best.

Tip(s):

To aid in detangling your hair, try Wen’s Shower Comb.

Fishtail Fantasy

This style features a beautiful side braid for a stunning look.

Natural Long Side Fishtail BraidStyle by Shelby Caldwell, Savvy Salon, Cornelius, NC

How to Style:

  1. Section hair in 2 unequal sections.
  2. Take the smaller section and braid 4 corn rows back. Pin ends to the side.
  3. Tease the rest of the hair and softly smooth into a chignon.
  4. Make a fish tail braid with the left over hair for a side ponytail.
  5. Use firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Use Keratease Cleansing Oil shampoo for healthy hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style fits all face shapes. Natural,  long hair is recommended for the best results.

Tip(s):

Keratease  conditioner works well as a followup to the shampoo to keep hair moisturized.

Finger Frenzy Curls

Heatless curls are a must for this summer!

Short Black Natural Hairstyle with Heatless CurlsStyle by ERMA STEPHENS, Head’s Above, Crestview, FL

How to Style:

  1. Take medium sections of hair and twist hair around finger for defined curls.
  2. Repeat this until entire head is completely curled.
  3. Use light sheen for finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Use Eden’s Heart Oatmilk n’ Honey Daily  Conditioner for soft beautiful curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style suits any face shape. Curly to wavy hair is recommended for this hairdo.

Tip(s):

The last thing you want is heavy products on your hair. Eden’s Heart also provides light finishers such as the Almond Elixir Invigorating Oil and Sweet Vanilla Butter.

The Goddess Twist

Finger waves are making their way back into style. Get in on the trend with this goddess twist!

Natural Updo with Finger WavesStyle by Shwanda Williams, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

How to Style:

  1. Braid hair into mohawk. Pin ends down.
  2. Use smooth hair extension and rope twist it into 2 buns. Pin into place.
  3. Use firm holding sheen.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Shea Moisture’s  Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo for a clean and moisturized strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape will suit this style. Medium to short length and any texture hair suits this style.

Tip(s):

This line also provides a restorative conditioner to help keep the integrity of the hair.

Natural hairstyles a real hit this year. Show off your natural curls with any one of these black natural hairstyles. You’re sure to stand out in a crowd!