Resources, Advice, and Products For Taking Care of Natural Black and African American Hair

Natural Hairstyles

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    Braids are a beautiful option for natural hair, whether it is in transition, or all natural. This braided style shows individual braids pulled back into a ponytail. © DiversityStudio1 |
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    Short Afro

    Natural hair in a short afro style

    This style is simple and sweet - great for the woman who is transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. As will all types of natural hair, a short afro should be moisturized and conditioned and taken care of to encourage its growth. Photo © Hongqi Zhang (aka Michael Zhang) |
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    Natural Gray Afro


    Afro textured hair looks nice with gray highlights. This short cut is a nice style for the mature woman who wants a simple natural hairstyle. © Paul Simcock |
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    Twist Out

    Natural afro textured hair in a twist out style

    To achieve this look with natural hair, the hair should be twisted after washing and conditioning ( a twist is like a braid, but it uses two strands instead of three). After the hair has tried, the twists should be gently taken apart and fluffed up to achieve a twist out. Picture © Andre Nadeau |
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    Natural Afro with Headband


    This style features a natural afro pulled away from the face with a decorative headband. Many different looks can be achieved with style by varying the type of headband worn. © Sam74100 |
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    Historical Photo

    Historical Photo of Natural Black Hair

    The painting above is of African women from various tribes who were brought as slaves to Brazil. This painting was done in 1835. Although the subject is a painful one, the painting clearly shows the variety of creative and unique natural hairstyles that these women wore. (Date of painting is 1835, artist is Jean-Baptiste Debret) Jean-Baptiste Debret [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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    Nigerian hair

    Traditional Nigerial Hairstyles

    J.D. Okhai Ojeikere is a Nigerian photographer, who is probably best known for his photographic collection titled "Hairstyles." Hairstyles shows a slice of Nigerian culture by showing photos of women wearing traditional Nigerian hairstyles. The photo above shows some of the works from his collection. More photos like this can be found in his book titled Photographs. Image ©By klara.kristinaCC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr
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    African Braids

    A photo of natural braided hair

    This drawing is dated 1869, and depicts a young girl from Grand-Bassam. I've show a closeup of the picture to show the african hairstyle on one of the girls.
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    A cornrow is a type of braid where the braid is attached to the scalp. Cornrows can be simple or fancy depending on the type of pattern braided onto the scalp. By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia (Fine Braids, Dimma) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons