Black Hairstyles For Alopecia

Black hairstyles have long been fashionable.

Today, from technicolor wigs to chunky braided bobs and everything in between, these styles have become trendy among black communities as non-black groups appropriate them without understanding their history and significance. However, their use by non-black groups raises many ethical issues as non-black groups claim them without fully comprehending them or their history or meaning.

Buzz Cut

One of the classic hairstyles for alopecia is the high and tight buzz cut.

This look is trendy among black men looking to conceal any bald spots or receding hairlines; to achieve it, taper off both sides with clippers while leaving out more extended parts at the top.

This hairstyle works exceptionally well for those with round or oval-shaped faces, as it helps elongate facial features and balance proportions. Furthermore, this look works excellent on younger men as it doesn’t draw attention to scars or moles on your scalp.

Partial Fade

A partial fade is an effective way to cover patches of thinning hair.

This style involves fading both sides of the head while leaving more length on top, with either a ponytail or angled bangs added to conceal bald spots.

Men can try the taper fade style to cover up their hair loss. This involves gradually fading back and sides of hair down to bare skin while leaving more length on top, helping conceal receding hairlines or widow’s peaks.


Highlights can add dimension and variety to any hair color.

Creating warmth or contrast and accentuating natural highlights or creating an entirely different effect. As with any hair treatment, highlighting can cause considerable damage.

To keep the healthiest highlights possible and to discuss desired effects with your stylist, use a deep conditioner and heat protectant regularly after using highlights. In addition, provide your stylist with photographs as references when discussing desired effects with them.

Low Braids

Braids can provide adequate protection from traction alopecia; ensure your braids or cornrows don’t pull too tight.

To avoid pulling at the roots and damaging the hairline. Niani advises wearing your braids low to decrease scalp tension and allow access to regularly cleanse and moisturize your scalp. “Remember also that any protective style must still allow access,” she continues.

If you want to try this look, knotless braids would be more appropriate, as this will prevent thick and bulky braids from showing through.


Headbands are an easy and stylish way to elevate a simple outfit.

A comprehensive, flat headband can be placed above your part like Jenna Dewan or halfway across your head like Lupita Nyong’o for added sophistication; or wear one like Sarah Hyland with a messy bun secured at the nape of her neck as an ultra-chic alternative!

Be mindful when positioning a headband to avoid traction alopecia, a form of hair loss caused by tight and long-term braids or cornrows that cause your scalp to pull out follicles, which leads to hair loss.


The mohawk is an eye-catching style that looks fantastic with either a bald fade or a comb-over.

Effortlessly wearable, spiky, or messy, the mohawk works particularly well for men with thin locks on one side of their heads.

Unleash your natural curls and coils to achieve this feminine protective style that’s quick and easy to reach, promoting healthy hair growth adorably! This style supports healthy hair growth.

Fro Puff or Top Knot

A fro puff or top knot is another easy black hairstyle that gives the impression of casual elegance while remaining low maintenance.


People with Type 4 hair can create an adorable style by braiding their locks in loose, visible spirals.

This adds volume while hiding any thinned areas or bald spots.

Tight braiding, cornrows, and twists put extreme strain on Black hair, often leading to traction alopecia – caused by constant pulling on the scalp and can be reversed with proper care and management from a Trichologist or Trichology clinic. Light frequency treatments also help reverse any possible hair loss that arises as a result.

Micro Braids

Long micro braids create the natural appearance of perfectly flowing locks.

Pairing them with golden hair beads creates an eye-catching style.

Add new life and dimension to a shaved head with blonde highlighting for added impact, as an effective way to hide thin or bald patches on the scalp. Braids can be one of the best protective hairstyles for Alopecia; however, improper care could damage strands significantly. Avoid pulling on or tugging at braided locks, which could result in Traction Alopecia.