Since origination, Black people have used unique hairstyles to highlight their beauty. From Queen Nefertiti’s signature afro shape-ups to Bob Marley supporters’ bantu knots, each style boasts its rich history and significance. But wearing them may be challenging when school and workplace policies disfavor hair that’s unruly or curly.
1. Senegalese Twists
Senegalese twists are an increasingly fashionable protective style. Not only can they be worn in different lengths, but they also feature softer looks than regular braids and are easier to take out. For an eye-catching ombre style, ask your stylist to add bright-hued twists of hair into the ends of your twists in bold hues to give a statement look. This hairstyle works exceptionally well if you have naturally black locks but want an unexpected splash of color! Start your Senegalese twist from the back lower half of your hair using a rat tail comb and moisturize with oil. Once it dries completely, apply edge control and sealant as finishing touches for neat results.
Cornrows are a low-maintenance protective style. Not only do they enhance the beauty of natural hair, but they also hold significant significance for African Americans both today and historically. During slavery, enslaved people would braid intricate patterns in their cornrows to communicate with one another. Different numbers of braids would denote specific locations where they could meet up without being caught by authorities. Jourdan Dunn shows us an eye-catching take on this style with Albaso braids: an inventive mix of large cornrows and smaller braids worn over rolled hair. Paired with a skin fade, they elevate this look to new heights of style and calm. Perfect for those with longer locks, but also for shorter ones, creating the illusion of thicker locks through this unconventional method.
Braids have long been an iconic beauty trend that stands the test of time. Dating back as far as 3500 BC, braids have come to represent different things, such as social status, ethnicity, and religion. Whether it is Senegalese twists or cornrows, braid styles offer your locks the break they need while leaving you with an elegant and polished appearance. Furthermore, braid types can easily be pulled into half-up or ponytail styles for quick protective hairstyles that look fantastic! Passion twists, a two-strand braid featuring curly extensions to mimic locs, are another beautiful choice. Swept to either side or pin back for maximum volume or extra length, this style makes an attractive statement about who wears their locks long!
4. Half-Up Bun
A half-up bun is an effortless look that never goes out of fashion, perfect for days when time is of the essence, yet you still want to look put together. To achieve it, section your hair into two equal sections and clip away from your bottom area, leaving only your top room free for twisting into a ponytail, then secure it with bobby pins and elastic. Adding accessories such as bows for an added polished touch may complete this timeless style – perfect for all hair lengths and any occasion! With practice comes ease; adding twists will become second nature and even cuter! This look works especially cute this way – don’t be intimidated by its complexity!
5. Beaded Twists
Add beads to your braids for an unexpected yet stylish spin on classic styling! Beads add visual interest while reflecting your sense of style, adding flair and individuality. Be sure to use the appropriate beads, and sleep on satin sheets or pillowcases at night to prevent friction damage to your style! In the 1970s, Black people donned beaded cornrows as a sign of pride and heritage. Women took up this style to show their connection to their roots while hiding edges from product buildup or damage. Today, braids with beads remain popular styles among black people.