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20 Smokin’ Red Hairstyles for African American Hair

Red hairstyles are anything but boring, and best of all, anyone can rock red! If you’re ready to spice up your look with a befitting red hair color, here are 20 styles that I think look amazing in a red hue. Check them out below!

1. The Fringe Pixie Cut

I’m absolutely loving this cut especially with the added red and black highlights.

The Fringe Pixie Cut 1 Red HairstylesStyle by Barbaralene Sellars, Heavenly Creations, Burlington, NC
The Fringe Pixie Cut 2 Red HairstylesStyle by Barbaralene Sellars, Heavenly Creations, Burlington, NC

How To Style:

  1. Have a professional hairstylist or barber cut your hair into this style.
  2. Using a curling iron curl the hair located at the top of the head frontwards (towards the forehead). Then curl the hair located on the sides of the head downward (towards the ears). Curl the hair located at the back of the head of the downwards (towards the nape of the neck).
  3. Comb the hair located at the top of the head forward, creating a fringe.
  4. Comb the hair located at the sides and back of the head downwards using a wide tooth comb.
  5. Spray with flexible hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend “Dark & Lovely Burgundy Blush” hair color.

Best Face Shape:

All face shapes are suitable for this look.

2. The Bumped Side Swept Fringe

I’m not exactly sure what they say about red heads, however this hairstyle is saying so much!  The color sauces up this otherwise classic cut and style. Follow the steps below to create this look.

The Bumped Side Swept Fringe Red Hairstyle For Black HairStyle by Priscilla Mendez, All About You Salon, Peoria, AZ

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using medium sized rollers
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove rollers, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair.
  3. Part hair on one side.
  4. Comb hair on both sides of the part downwards
  5. Spray with hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Red Hot Rhythm hair color.

Best Face Shape:

All shape faces fit this look.

3. Ziggy Curls

These natural curls and audacious color exude perfect volume. Follow the steps below to create this look.

Ziggy Curls 1 Red HairstylesStyle by Ms. Jackee, Jackee\’s Touch, Phoenix, AZ
Ziggy Curls 2 Red Hairstyles For Black HairStyle by Ms. Jackee, Jackee\’s Touch, Phoenix, AZ

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using small, medium and large sized perm rods.
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove rollers, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair-the hair lotion will help stretch and lengthen the curls as well as provide a substantial amount of movement
  3. Spray with flexible hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Rich Wine hair color to achieve this look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and hair types are suitable for this look.

4. Red Bomb Shell Curls

I absolutely love the way the hair has been curled to fashion this look.

Red Bomb shell Curls Red HairstylesStyle by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using extra-large sized rollers.
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove rollers, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair-the hair lotion will help stretch and lengthen the curls as well as provide a substantial amount of movement and bounce.
  3. Part hair in the middle of the head
  4. Use a wide tooth comb to style hair according to this photo.
  5. Spray with flexible hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Burgundy Blush boxed hair color along with Mizani Therma Strength Heat Protecting Serum to achieve this look.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

Most face shapes and relaxed hair types are best suited for this look.

Tip(s):

Pre-set the flatiron for best results.

5. Twofold Color Curls

Dual hair color combinations are very popular these days giving you endless option for color and style looks.

Twofold Color Curls 1 Red HairstylesStyle by Julie Dupree, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC
Twofold Color Curls 2 Red HairstylesStyle by Julie Dupree, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using medium sized rollers
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove rollers, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair.
  3. Part hair on one side.
  4. Brush hair to one side of the head using a hard bristled brush.
  5. Spray with hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Vivacious Red hair color.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

This styles suits all face shapes and relaxed hair types.

6. Side Part with Water Fall Curls

I like the look of voluminous curls and loose, deflated ones as pictured below. Both look marvelous to me! Follow the steps below to create this look.

Side Part with Water Fall Curls Red HairstylesStyle by Giana DiBenedetto, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using medium sized rollers.
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove rollers, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair-the hair lotion will help stretch and lengthen the curls as well as provide a substantial amount of movement.
  3. Part hair in the middle of head.
  4. Spray with flexible hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Motions Pink lotion for well moisturized strands.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

Most face shapes with relaxed hair types best suit this look.

7. One Sided Swept Curls

The best part about this sultry look is how quick and  easy it is to create!

One sided Swept Curls 1 Red Hairstyles One sided Swept Curls 2 Red Hairstyles Black Hair

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using extra-large sized rollers.
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove rollers, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair-the hair lotion will help stretch and lengthen the curls as well as provide a substantial amount of movement.
  3. Part hair on the side.
  4. Using a hard bristled brush, transfer hair to one side of the head.
  5. Spray with flexible hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Deep Copper hair color and Keracare Finishing Spray.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

This style is suitable for most face shapes and relaxed hair types.

8. Middle Part with Descending Waves

The slightly fallen spiral curls and intense red shade or standout gorgeous! Follow the steps below to create this look.

Middle Part with Descending Waves Red HairstylesStyle by , Ogle School, Dallas, TX

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using large sized rollers.
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove rollers, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair-the hair lotion will help stretch and lengthen the curls as well as provide a substantial amount of movement and bounce.
  3. Part hair on the side.
  4. Spray with flexible hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Motion’s Pink Lotion as a moisturizer for this style.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

This style suits most face shapes and straight hair types.

9. Wild & Free Curly Tresses

I love the tight curl pattern and the red and blond highlights throughout this ‘do.

Wild & Free Curly Tresses 1 Red HairstylesStyle by SHAE THOMPSON, A Heavenly Place In Hair , Walton Beach, FL
Wild & Free Curly Tresses 2 Black Hair Red HairstylesStyle by SHAE THOMPSON, A Heavenly Place In Hair , Walton Beach, FL

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using small perm rods.
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove perm rods, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair-the hair lotion will help stretch and lengthen the curls as well as provide a substantial amount of movement.
  3. Separate and spread curls using fingers.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Crème of Nature moisturizing shampoo as a base for this style.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type

This style is great for all face shapes and textured hair types.

10. Afro Shaped Spiral Curls

This style sports tight spiral curls shaped to form a lovely afro. A beautiful look for any women.

Afro Shaped Spiral Curls Red HairstylesStyle by DENISE GRANBERRY, L3 Salon, Spring Lake, NC

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using medium perm rods.
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove perm rods, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair-the hair lotion will help stretch and lengthen the curls as well as provide a substantial amount of movement.
  3. Separate and spread curls using fingers.
  4. Style hair using fingers.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Rich Wine hair color.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type

All face shapes and hair types suit this look.

11. Short, Slim & Sweet Tight Drop Curls

This is a wonderful look. It’s a very clean and polished. Follow the steps below to create this look.

Short, Slim & Sweet Tight Drop Curls 1 Red HairstylesStyle by Stephanie Cameron Dailey
Short, Slim & Sweet Tight Drop Curls 2 Red HairstylesStyle by Stephanie Cameron Dailey

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using extra small perm rods.
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove perm rods, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair-the hair lotion will help stretch and lengthen the curls as well as provide a substantial amount of movement.
  3. Separate and spread curls using fingers.
  4. Style hair using fingers.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Vivacious Red hair color.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type

All face shapes with textured hair types are well suited for this look.

12. The Red & Black Side Swept Fringe Pixie

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling this hairstyle!  The layers are awesome and just the right amount of hair has been taken off the sides. Follow the steps below to create this look.

The Red & Black Side Swept Fringe Pixie 1 Red HairstylesStyle by Marcus Doss, Marcus Doss Salon, Fayetteville, NC
The Red & Black Side Swept Fringe Pixie 2 Red HairstylesStyle by Marcus Doss, Marcus Doss Salon, Fayetteville, NC

How To Style:

  1. Have a professional hairstylist or barber cut your hair into this style.
  2. Roller set clean damp hair using medium sized rollers- roller setting the hair with the largest amount of hair.
  3. Once hair has dried completely, remove rollers, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair.
  4. Part hair on one side.
  5. Comb the hair located on the left side of the head downwards than forwards using a wide tooth comb, then using a hard bristled brush, brush the side of the head with the shortest amount of hair downward-A small amount of black or clear hair gel can be applied for extra smoothness.
  6. Spray with hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Crème of Nature Moisturizing Shampoo and Motion’s Pink Lotion for moisturized hair.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

All face shapes and straight hair types fit this style.

13. The Oversized Fringe Bob

The fullness of this fringe plus overall look of this bob screams sophisticated. Follow the steps below to create this look.

The Oversized Fringe Bob 1 Red HairstylesStyle by Nancy Hamilton, Lady of Grace, Peoria, AZ
The Oversized Fringe Bob 2 Red HairstylesStyle by Nancy Hamilton, Lady of Grace, Peoria, AZ

How To Style:

  1. Flat iron hair straight and sleek- Apply a heat protection crème to hair before applying hair
  2. Part hair on the side of the head.
  3. Comb a portion of the hair located at the top of the head forward, curl this portion of the hair with a flatiron- this should be and upward curl.
  4. Comb the hair located on the sides and the back of the head downwards, then use a flatiron to curl the tips/ends of the hair located at the sides and back of the head.
  5. Spray with a light oil sheen to complete look (Optional Step)

Recommended Products:

I recommend Organic Root Stimulators Oil Sheen.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

This style works with all face shapes and straight hair types.

Tip(s):

Pre-set you flatiron for best results.

14. The Angela Davis Fro

More women are trading their hair weaves, braids, relaxers and perms in for an all natural fro, a style that doesn’t require chemical alterations of their natural hair or extensions. This look may not be for everyone, but it usually compliments those who do wear it.

The Angela Davis Fro Red HairstylesStyle by Jackie Evans, All About You Salon, Peoria, AZ

How To Style:

  1. Roller set clean damp hair using small perm rods.
  2. Once hair has dried completely, remove perm rods, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair-the hair lotion will help stretch and lengthen the curls as well as provide a substantial amount of movement.
  3. Separate and spread curls using fingers.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Golden Bronze hair color.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type

All face shapes with textured hair fit this look.

15. The Peacock Pixie

The layers used to create this look really allow the curls to shine through. The textures are beautiful and the length and color of the hair is just right. Follow the steps below to create this look.

The Peacock Pixie 1 Red Hairstyles The Peacock Pixie 2 Red Hairstyles

How To Style:

  1. Have a professional hairstylist or barber cut your hair into this style.
  2. Using a curling iron, curl the hair located at the top of the head forwards (towards the forehead). Then curl the hair located on the sides of the head downward (towards the ears). Curl the hair located at the back of the head of the downwards (towards the nape of the neck).
  3. Using a wide tooth comb, comb the hair to one side of the head.
  4. Spray with flexible hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Rich Wine hair color.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

All face shapes and straight hair types best suit this look.

16. The Red & Black Mohawk

The Mohawk is a popular hair cut amongst women and men alike. The dimensions and layers of this Mohawk are very chic. Follow the steps below to create this look.

The Red & Black Mohawk 1 Red HairstylesStyle by Frangetter Battle, Personal Touch Beauty & Barber, Kingstree, SC
The Red & Black Mohawk 2 Red HairstylesStyle by Frangetter Battle, Personal Touch Beauty & Barber, Kingstree, SC

How To Style:

  1. Have a professional hairstylist or barber cut your hair into this style- The Mohawk.
  2. Roller set clean damp hair using medium sized rollers.
  3. Once hair has dried completely, remove rollers, then apply a small amount of hair lotion to hair-the hair lotion will help stretch and lengthen the curls as well as provide a substantial amount of movement.
  4. Spray with flexible hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Motions Pink Lotion for well moisturized hair.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

All face shapes and relaxed hair types work with this look.

17. The Pixie

If you have hair that doesn’t grow past your ear or you’re looking for a new short ‘do, then this maybe be the look for you. This pixie’s lightly curled top and tapered sides, have me falling heads over heels with this look.

The Pixie 1 Red Hairstyles The Pixie 2 Red Hairstyles

How To Style:

  1. Have a professional hairstylist or barber cut your hair into this style.
  2. Using a curling iron, curl the hair located at the top of the head backwards (towards the back of the head). Then curl the hair located on the sides of the head downward (towards the ears). Curl the hair located at the back of the head of the downwards (towards the nape of the neck).
  3. Lift the hair located at the top of the head using a wide tooth comb.
  4. Apply a generous amount of hair wax to the hair located at the sides and back of the head-Smooth and warm wax in hands prior to applying to hair.
  5. Spray with flexible hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Rich Auburn hair color.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

All face shapes and relaxed hair types suit this look.

18. Slanted Bob Cut

Without this vibrant red color this slanted bob cut, would be just that, a slanted bob cut. Follow the steps below to create this look.

Slanted Bob Cut Red Hairstyles

How To Style:

  1. Flat iron hair straight and sleek- Apply a heat protection crème to hair before applying hair.
  2. Part hair on side
  3. Use a flatiron to bump ends of hair- bumping is done by clamping the ends of the hair to the flatiron then turning the flatiron inwards, then releasing the ends from the flatiron.
  4. Spray with a light oil sheen to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Vivacious Red hair color.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

This style suits most face shapes and relaxed hair textures.

Tip(s):

Pre-set your flatiron for best results.

19. The Uneven Bob Cut

I’m pretty sure the uneven bob look was originally a mistake, however like all artistic mistakes,  this style developed into great masterpieces and standard style in the salon world.  The cute color take this look to the next level.

The Uneven Bob Cut 1 Red HairstylesStyle by Jennie Richardson, Annointed Hands Beauty Salon, Walterboro, SC
The Uneven Bob Cut 2 Red HairstylesStyle by Jennie Richardson, Annointed Hands Beauty Salon, Walterboro, SC

How To Style:

  1. Flat iron hair straight and sleek- Apply a heat protection crème to hair before applying hair.
  2. Part hair on side
  3. Use a flatiron to bump ends of hair- bumping is done by clamping the ends of the hair to the flatiron then turning the flatiron inwards, then releasing the ends from the flatiron.
  4. Spray with a light oil sheen to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Soft Auburn hair color and Organic Root Stimulator’s Oil Sheen for gorgeous, shiny locks.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

This style suits most face shapes and relaxed hair types.

 

20. Curly Pixie

This hairstyle is supper sexy and fashionable. The layers in the hair allow the directions of the curl to become well-defined. Follow the steps below to create this look.

Curly Pixie Red HairstylesStyle by Sheleta Mason, Shelia\’s Creative Hair Designs, GREENSBORO, NC

How To Style:

  1. Have a professional hairstylist or barber cut your hair into this style.
  2. Using a curling iron curl the hair located at the top of the head backwards (towards the back of the head). Then curl the hair located on the sides of the head downward (towards the ears). Curl the hair located at the back of the head of the downwards (towards the nape of the neck).
  3. Lift the hair located at the top of the head using a wide tooth comb.
  4. Apply a generous amount of hair wax to the hair located at the sides and back of the head-Smooth and warm wax in hands prior to applying to hair.
  5. Spray with flexible hair spray to complete look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend Dark & Lovely Deep Copper hair color and Keracare Styling Wax Stick.

Best Face Shape And Hair Type:

All face shapes with relaxed textures fit this look.

I hope these red hairstyles for black hair are just the inspiration you need to take your look to the next level!