39 Best African American Hairstyles & Haircuts for 2022

African american hairstyles

Modern, edgy, and classic African-American hairstyles always stand out in a crowd.  Like the perfect accessory, they bring a whole look together. Whether you prefer simple and chic or textured and funky, these black hairstyles are sure to get you noticed!

So before your next hair appointment, check out these inspiring photos of the most popular African-American hairstyles and haircuts.

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Thick Curled Light Brown Hair for Black Women
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#1: Thick Curled Light Brown Hair

The soft styling of thick curled light brown hair is beautiful for an evening out. Know that you’ll have to spend time in the mornings with upkeep should you plan to wear this style for more than a day. Beach waves are one of the most sought out soft styles, but keep in mind that it’s a style meant for only an event or moment.

Light Brown Protective Braids for African-American Women
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#2: Light Brown Protective Braids

Hydrated Curls for African-American Women
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#3: Hydrated Curls

Women on their natural hair journey will love how easy it is to style these hydrated curls. Hydration and moisture are the keys to healthy curls, so be aware of your hair’s nutrient intake and daily moisture. The number one thing to remember is that not every product works for every hair type, so ask your stylist what products and at-home practices are best for you.

Short Afro-Textured Hairstyle
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#4: Short Afro-Textured Hairstyle

Short afro-textured hair has an allure of its own. Show off your gorgeous short natural locks in this super cute short hairstyle.

How to style:

  1. While in the shower, apply a leave-in conditioner
  2. Gently dry hair with an old t-shirt and apply a generous amount of curl crème
  3. Lightly twist ends with natural curl pattern.
  4. Allow hair to air dry.
  5. Fluff curls as desired.

For defined and conditioned curls, on your African-American hairstyles, try Kinky Curly’s Knot Today conditioner. This pixie afro style on natural curls will work for all face shapes.

Curly Pixie for Short Natural African-American Hair
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#5: Curly Pixie for Short Natural Hair

Consider an African-American hairstyle that is a perfect naturally curly pixie cut. Ladies need to know that short hair does mean maintenance. However, it’s all in the haircut. A good haircut can make or break any style. Find a hairstylist that specializes in pivot point cutting. This allows me to give each lady a cut especially for them, their head shape, and their lifestyle. So, yes, the stylist who provides this cut should personalize it for you.

When it comes to products, less is best. This style is very soft. I use essential oils on the hair, so it’s very healthy. Heat is at a minimum. Just have fun with your hair long or short, discuss with your stylist in detail, and don’t forget to ask questions.

#6: Naturally Curly Kinky Hair

Women with naturally curly kinky hair should try a reddish hue! Tight coils look spectacular with expertly placed red and warm-toned highlights. Be sure to ask your stylist to place several highlights around the face to draw more attention to your best features.

#7: Stunning 3c Curls

A lightweight easy-going style for girls with 3c hair has stunning curls. 3c textured hair has a looser curl pattern and doesn’t shrink up so tight with water. If you want to wear your natural curls, keep it moisturized and allow your stylist to shape your hair when needed to keep unhealthy ends away. Middle part or side part, however you decide to wear it, natural curls on 3c hair will always be a winner.

Voluminous Bright Natural Curls for African-American Women
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#8: Voluminous Bright Natural Curls

Bright voluminous natural curls are a gorgeous look on women with naturally full and long hair. Your stylist can refer to the 70s-style bangs, which help manage the front and create a stylish frame. If you’re wanting to avoid a flat one-note look, consider getting some warm highlights to add some sparkle and depth. Don’t forget to keep a serum or moisturizing cream and a finishing spray to keep the frizz away!

#9: Sexy Copper Curls

Get into these sexy copper curls, especially if you’re wanting to let your hair be free and be worn effortlessly. Perfect for women with 3a-3c textured hair, your natural curl pattern does all of the talking with just a little moisturizer. Talk to your stylist about some balayage or lowlights to add some warm depth to your curls. Be prepared to re-define your curls most mornings. This is easily done with a natural hair curl refining product such as Cantu, or on wet hair with a softening mousse.

#10: Gorgeous Thick Natural Curls

Gorgeous thick natural curls reign supreme once more! If you’ve got em, now is the time to let your curls shine. One of the best ways to keep your coils bouncy and happy is to deep condition regularly, and reach for a moisturizing curly mist when needed. If you’re in need of a recommendation, try Mielle Organics. Their range of curly products is sure to keep your curls healthy and happy.

Goddess braids with curls
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#11: Goddess Braids with Curls

Goddess braids with curls are regular braids with a textured twist. The cohesive blend creates an eye-catching protective hairstyle that lets you enjoy the youthfulness of your curly hair. A satin bonnet at night is used to preserve this hairstyle.

#12: Black Girls’ Half-Shaved Style

Black girls’ half-shaved style is done on a natural side part, ending behind the ear. Women who wear half-shaved hairstyles are fearless and adventurous, as they are not afraid of trying something new.

Side-parted curly bob hairstyle
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#13: Side-Parted Curly Bob Hairstyle

A side-parted curly bob hairstyle can create shape and highlight your cheekbones. Curly bob hairstyles can save you a lot of time and money when it comes to styling. However, it does limit your styling options. Tuck one side back and accessorize to personalize your style.

Dreads for african-american women
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#14: Dreads for African-American Women

Dreads for African-American women is a fashion-forward hairstyle. It can be protective or permanent while promoting the growth of Afro hair. Make a statement and embrace your natural hair by sporting a hairstyle like this.

Long crochet braids
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#15: Long Crochet Braids

Long crochet braids can be worn with little to no tension. Achieve endless benefits for your fine to thick hair with the correct braiding pattern to minimize tension on those precious follicles. Ensure hair and scalp are thoroughly cleaned, conditioned, and moisturized before installing.

#16: Wavy Lob for Black Women

A wavy lob for black women can be effortless and chic with any hair texture. This look will introduce body and movement to your tresses when styled with a curling iron for soft waves. A good thing about this style is that women can go longer than a week without adding heat to it.

Chic & Eccentric Swirls and Braids
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#17: Chic & Eccentric Swirls and Braids

This African-American hairstyle is described as chic and eccentric by stylist Kay of Hampton Roads, VA.

This style can be worn as shown or taken out and worn as curls. Kay advises that knowing the hair texture is very helpful to determine which products to use and whether it would be better to do the style on dry or semi-dampened hair.

Feed-In High Ponytail
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#18: Feed-In High Ponytail

A feed-in high ponytail is very versatile. It was styled and created by professional braider, Janae Brice of Georgia.

“You can put it to the side, directly in the middle, or into a large bun! This look can be worn for any type of casual or professional event,” says Brice.

Waterfall Devacut
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#19: Waterfall Devacut

Consider a very long, luxurious, signature Waterfall Devacut on for natural black hair. This is the type of locks that create a stunning high messy bun or just a low bun.

Minneapolis-based stylist Daisy Giles-U’u states, “My favorite thing is the drama that the length brings. A close second would be the additional curls that the added shaping in her interior brings.”

African-American hairstyles like this are for black girls who have either think hair with a very strong curl pattern that doesn’t dilute much with length or those who have a weaker curl and don’t mind heavy maintenance and diffusing with each cleanse and condition.

Fulani Braids hairstyle
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#20: Fulani Braids Hairstyle

This style is called “Fulani Braids”. Stylist Reya of the UK created the box braids at the back of the head, while the front of the head is a row of cornrows. It’s like taking parts from two separate African-American hairstyles and turning them into one hairstyle.

According to Reya, “This long hair can be styled a handful of different ways because the braids at the back of the head allow for easy styling and manipulation. Ultimately, these braids can be worn in an updo, a ponytail, half up half down, or even in a bun.”

Reya recommends tying down the braids at night with a silk headscarf to prevent frizzing. It’s also important to moisturize, whatever your hair type, before and after braiding to prevent the hair from drying out. Remember that this is a protective style, so make sure you protect your hair and scalp.

#21: Short Edgy Razor Cut for Black Women

Opt for disconnected and edgy razor-cut bangs with stunning highlights and a caramel base for black women.

Created by stylist Loriane Jackson of Chicago, this color can be achieved with Wella 7W, Blonde Brilliance bleach, and 20 volume developer by Wella. This dynamic and edgy bang was shampooed with Joico K-Pak and conditioner and molded to the shape of the head with It’s a 10 leave-in and the Nairobi foaming wrap.

Jackson states, “She was placed under the dryer for 45 minutes, then combed out. I added a pea-sized amount of grapeseed oil for styling, rubbing it throughout the hair. I used a 1/2-inch flat iron to silk out and finish the hair.”

Trendy Waves for short hair
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#22: Trendy Waves for Short Hair

Here’s a wavy look that’s classic with a modern twist! Waves are definitely trending. Georgia-based stylist Tynisha Escobar says, “The waving technique allows me to be as detailed and creative while giving a woman optimum longevity.”

Escobar adds, “I recommend this look to any lady who enjoys a low-maintenance and trendy style. It’s ideal for those with short, chemically relaxed hair.”

#23: Side Cornrows Braid Style

These side cornrows are super edgy and worth a try!

Designed by hair artist Madaline of Georgia, she says, “it fits every woman’s face shape and it makes your appearance more appealing because it brings out your jaw structure and facial features that would normally be covered. It contours your face and neck naturally. It also makes a woman’s face look slimmer and more chiseled, no matter the body type.”

Madaline only uses one product when doing these side braids. “I use Beeswax because it slicks down any hair texture and makes it easy for me to carve my way around. Beeswax also grows your hair really fast and keeps it moisturized from the time I apply it until the time they take down the hairstyle,” Madaline explains.

Vintage-Inspired Waves
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#24: Vintage-Inspired Waves

These vintage waves are very classic. The style really speaks to the vintage 1920s flapper look that has resurfaced over the past few years. Virginia-based stylist Delvina Jeffries says, “My favorite thing about this style is that it’s effortless for a stylist to achieve this look and easy for ladies to maintain at home.”

This style really works best on fine or relaxed hair. It’s a great low-maintenance, get-up-and-go hairstyle that can work with most face shapes.

#25: Protective Bob Braids

This braided bob is a protective style for most Black/African-American women. It’s an average short bob that’s perfect for the hot summer. “What I love about it is that you can just get up and go in the mornings,” states stylist Stella Styles of Palm Beach, FL.

To recreate this look, you will need six to ten packs of braiding hair and a protective styling hair jam/grease, as well as a flamed candle or flat iron to burn off the tips into the desired length.

Styles adds, “The type of women I would recommend for a braided bob would be those who would like a protective style that is less maintenance.”

#26: No-Fuss Hair Coils

Opt for natural, no-fuss hair. The best thing about this look is that you can see those curls with flair!

The shaved designs help to enhance her curl type. With tighter curls, sometimes the curls can get lost, but this style helps to show them off.

Five-Strand Feeding Braids
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#27: Five-Strand Feeding Braids

Consider five feeding braids with little braids in between. It’s simple and versatile at the same time, giving you an edge without being too extreme. Stylist Esther Contant of New York created this style, which is a nice day to day look that you can dress up or down.

“For this look, I used one pack of Xpression braiding hair, as well as Shine and Jam to keep the parts and braid clean. I followed with mousse, tied it down, and placed her under the dryer for about ten minutes,” Contant explains.

Loose Shoulder-Length Waves with a Side Part
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#28: Loose Shoulder-Length Waves with a Side Part

Here’s a loose wave style by stylist Jasmine Flagg of Cincinnati, OH. By using this method of straightening, it allows any texture of hair to have bounce and body.

Flagg emphasizes, “My favorite thing about this style is that it is a nice, soft and elegant style. It also allows flexibility with or without chemical, since many African-American women have transitioned from using relaxers to natural hair.”

She explains, “This look rarely fails. It’s nice and sleek, yet youthful. It also doesn’t add any tension, so it’s a nice way to let your hair breathe from your normal day to day styling. The only upkeep would be to wrap it at night and cover it with a silk scarf.”

#29: Weightless Modern Long Curls

This African-American style of locks shows a diamond shape that accentuates the facial features. It’s nice how it falls weightlessly and how effortless it looks with her defined curls. The hair was cut curly and fully dry to create this shape. The curls were cut where they live!

Use only water-soluble products to recreate this look. Innersense Organic is one of my go-to product lines! Cleanse your hair with Hydrating Cream Hair Bath shampoo and Hydrating Cream conditioner. Style hair with Quiet Calm curl cream and I Create Hold gel.

Make sure to apply the styling products on sopping wet hair, adding the cream first and finishing with the gel for hold. Scrunch the hair to remove excess water and to allow the product to penetrate. We let the hair fully dry without touching the hair.

Once this hair is fully dry, scrunch it to break the gel cast. The curls will be plumped, soft, and hydrated!

Medium-Length Pixie with Red Highlights
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#30: Medium-Length Pixie with Red Highlights

A medium-length pixie makes a fun, playful, sexy look. Florida-based stylist Simone Ho-Sang loves how it’s a soft style overall with just a bit of boldness to it with the color.

This pixie cut is for the black woman who is up for a soft, cute, and edgy look. It’s great for women who want to take a little risk with their color. The ideal lady does need to have a bit of density in her texture to achieve this look, though.

#31: Sassy Short Pixie

It’s fresh yet glamorous – this boyish pixie cut will leave you feeling breezy all day without the hassle of your hair getting on your pretty face.

Long Pixie for Straight Hair
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#32: Long Pixie for Straight Hair

When it comes to African-American hairstyles, this Hollywood favorite short cut is sensational! Combine this with full bangs and show off the beautiful face line you’ve got.

Sleek Angled Bob on African-American Women
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#33: Sleek Angled Bob on African-American Women

A cool blonde shade on straight strands is perfect for any season. Match it up with a sassy bob cut and you’re good to go!

Glamour Blowout with Long Waves
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#34: Glamour Blowout with Long Waves

Wear the right blonde with these super stylish loose curls. Bring out the S-shape of your hair and be strikingly stunning!

Long Straight Hairstyle with Bangs
Style by Nicki Glasgow, Studio Seven Salons, Columbia, SC

#35: Super Straight Hair with Blunt Bangs

For head-turning African-American hairstyles, try pairing strong, full bangs with super straight hair.

How to style:

  1. Prep towel-dried hair with a blowdry lotion.
  2. Section hair into 4 quadrants and blow dry straight using a small paddle brush.
  3. Blowdry bangs by alternating blowing them down and from side to side.
  4. Flat iron hair by working in small horizontal sections.
  5. Flat iron bangs straight down and with a light bend on the ends.
  6. Finish style with a small amount of dry oil.

Try the Drybar’s 100 Proof Treatment Oil for lightweight shine. This style will work for all face shapes.

Lightly Curled Long Bob
Style by LACEY SINGLETON, Upscale Hair Salon, Savannah, GA

#36: Lightly Curled Long Bob

This lightly curled long bob is a soft and sweet hairdo that speaks volumes. Try adding curls just to the ends of your long bob for a sweetly chic attention-grabbing style.

How to style:

  1. Apply a blowdry lotion to towel-dried hair.
  2. Using a medium-sized round brush, blowdry hair.
  3. Blowdry bangs using a small round brush and slightly over the opposite side.
  4. Using a flat iron, style bangs as desired.
  5. Curl hair with a 1-inch flat iron.
  6. Set style with a soft hold hairspray.

Finding the perfect round brush is difficult, but Olivia Garden’s 2-inch 100% natural Boar Bristle Round Brush works well to achieve a perfectly smooth blowout. When curling hair, don’t curl any higher than mid-ear to achieve the perfect curl on the ends look. This style will for oval, triangle, and oblong face shapes.

Knotted Updo
Style by Shwanda Williams, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

#37: Knotted Updo

African-American hairstyles are perfect for both naturally curly and relaxed girls.

How to style:

  1. On air-dried hair, apply a moisturizing oil.
  2. Part hair from the top of the ear to the other ear.
  3. Pull the top section into a tight ponytail near the part.
  4. Pull the bottom section into a tight ponytail near the part.
  5. Create 5 sections in each ponytail.
  6. Divide sections in half and create a 2 strand twist.
  7. Secure twists with a clear elastic.
  8. Wrap 2 strand twists around ponytails as desired and bobby pin into place.
  9. Fluff twists for extra volume as desired.
  10. Finish style with a shine-enhancing spray.

Try Kinky-Curly’s Perfectly Polished to moisturize and add shine to your locks. This updo style will work for all face shapes.

braided frohawk hairstyle for African-Americans
Style by LASHONDA HOWARD, First Impressions, Ft. Walton Beach, FL

#38: Braided Frohawk

Take on the world and get noticed when flaunting curly hair and a braided faux hawk style!

How to style:

  1. On air-dried hair, section offside where you want braids to be.
  2. Create 4 cornrow braids that go from the front to just behind the ear. Secure braids with a clear elastic.
  3. Spritz the rest of the hair with water and apply a curl cream.
  4. Allow hair to air dry and fluff curls as desired.
  5. Finish with a medium-hold hairspray.

Try Moroccan Oils Luminous Hairspray in medium for a flexible hold hairspray with tons of shine. This less dramatic mohawk style will work for all face shapes.

Jaw-Length Bob with Bangs African-American Hairstyle
Style by PAULA RUSSELL, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

#39: Jaw-Length Bob with Bangs

For a style that’s not too short and not too long, try this jaw-grazing bob with strong bangs.

How to style:

  1. On towel-dried hair, apply a blowdry lotion and thermal protectant.
  2. Working in small sections, blow dry hair using a Denman brush.
  3. Flat iron hair and gently bend the ends under.
  4. Flat iron bangs as desired by adding a slight bend to the ends.
  5. Apply a shine-enhancing oil to the ends.

Use Josie Moran’s 100% argan oil for super soft and shiny locks. This style would work best on triangle and oval face shapes.

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