African American hair is versatile for a million different reasons, but one of the best is that its so incredible versatile--especially natural hair! From dreadlocks to afros, we rounded up our favorite coifs for chemical-free tresses.
African American hair is amazing for a million different reasons, but one of the best is that it’s so incredibly versatile—especially natural hair! From dreadlocks to afros, we rounded up our favorite coifs for chemical-free tresses.
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Want the edginess of a mohawk without the whole, shaved-on-the-sides commitment? Try faking the look with a thick French braid down the center of your head. Pro tip: This is a great look to try if you’re growing out a relaxer.
Up and Away
Whether you’re rocking real dreadlocks or locked extensions, ask your stylist for a dramatic updo. This look is perfect for work, dates, and everything in-between.
Over your everyday look? Experiment with bangs by adding flirty cornrow sweeping across your forehead.
Few things are sexier than a soft, touchable, fabulous afro. Add some dimension—and enhance your texture—but adding some golden-brown highlights.
This ultra-feminine chignon is just the thing for a formal occasion. Add a little cocktail dress, and you’re good to go!
Loc 'n' Roll
Add a dose of edge to your dreadlocks with this sculptural half-bun, half-ponytail look.
To rock this Eighties-tastic style, set your hair with a crimping iron; or add cornrows to wet hair, unraveling them once your hair dries.
To add some loose, soft curls to your long afro, simply blow it dry, set it on hot rollers, and then finger-style.
Twist and Shout
To achieve this tightly waved texture, set damp hair in two-strand twists, allow to air-dry, and then unravel. Voila, instant hotness!