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Afro Hairstyles for Women

Kritika Parwani
Most African Americans are learning to love their natural texture, rather than subjecting it to chemical processes. Natural afro hairstyles for women always make a statement.
African women are known for their chic hairstyles. Though Afro hair looks great, they are not the easiest to manage because of the texture of their hair. While earlier black hairstyles was all about straightening their natural hair, the rules of modern glamor are being refreshed and reinvented.
From pop diva Beyonce to Halle Berry, Afro hairstyles are becoming increasingly popular with natural wave and texture enjoyed rather than ignored. That is why in recent years more Afro-American women prefer to wear their hair in natural state rather than altering it with chemicals and heat.
Like most women, Afro-American women choose hairstyles based on convenience, fashion, and manageability.

Afro Hairstyles

Afro Bob Cut

If you have short hair or want a African-American hairstyle with least maintenance then, one of the best hairstyles is an Afro bob cut. Basically, a bob is a one length cut which generally falls between ear length and shoulder length.
The beauty of the bob Afro hairstyle in African-American hair is that the natural curly Afro hairstyles give it a very sophisticated and trendy look.

Simple Afros

Because of the wiry, fine hair of African-Americans, it makes a good basis for Afro hairstyles.
Famous examples of Afros are those worn by Angela Davis and Diana Ross in the 1960s. You can help encourage an Afro by braiding or coiling the curls and then combing them out with a special comb called a pick.
A pick is characterized by wide, flat teeth with generous space between the teeth to minimize the frizz and accentuate the curls. If you have looser curls then special curling molds, waxes, and gels can help achieve the Afro effect.


African-American women are known for their braid hairstyles. They not only look great, but are also low maintenance. There are myriad options in braid hairstyles that will look great on all lengths of hair.
Some popular styles include cornrows, micro braids, French braids, basket braids, fishtail braids etc. This is a trendy hairstyle for maintaining locks without the hassle of styling your tresses.
The time required for making braid hairstyles runs from a couple of hours to 6-7 hours. However, once that is done, the maintenance needed is minimum.

Afros with Side Swept Bangs

Another great option is adding bangs to simple Afros. African-American hairstyles with bangs have been popular for ages and mainly because they can be experimented with very easily. Side swept bangs give the impression of fuller hair and hence, are one of the best options for African-American hair.
Side swept bangs work best for angular and round shaped faces and are perfect for curly Afro hairstyles. Whether you wear side swept bangs with long or short hair they will stand out. For inspiration you can check out the hairstyles of Alicia Keys or Rihanna.
There are tons of other options that will suit your style and taste. As it was rightly quoted by Hubert de Givenchy in the 1985 July edition of Vogue, "Hairstyle is the final tip-off, whether or not a woman really knows herself." So go ahead and discover yourself!