20 Beautiful, Cute and Easy Natural Hairstyles
Embracing your natural hair after years of straightening and using countless products can be a daunting task. There are hundreds of Youtube videos about how to style your natural hair, but let's be honest, none of them seem to be for us beginners.
Whether you are just starting your natural hair journey or are looking for cute hairstyles to jazz up your look, these beautiful hairstyles will have your back. You can even use colorful extensions and accessories if you want to try something different every now and then.
Here are 20 cute and easy natural hairstyles for us ladies that will definitely make it easier.
1. Wash and Go
Wash and Go is the easiest way to embrace your natural hair. This is great for beginners as this helps you learn about the natural texture and curls of your hair. Any products you use is totally up to you, but what you do is basically wash your hair and go about your day.
This is an excellent style for your everyday look, for office and coffee dates with your girlies.
2. Twist Out
Another easy hairstyle for beginners is the Twist Out. It is a great way to keep your curls tangle-free with minimum maintenance. All you need is damp hair with a styling product (or two if necessary) that you use to twist two-strand sections. For best results, use this technique after your shower routine.
Once the hair is dry, you can either undo the twist or keep it as it is, whichever you like best. Since air-drying can take quite a bit of time, we suggest using a hairdryer or a diffuser.
3. Box Braids
Box Braids is one of the protective styles for your natural hair. It is achieved with extensions of varying lengths and colors if you are into that. What differentiates box braids from other types of braids is the formation of boxes on your scalp to create a grid.
This helps you keep your curls tucked away while also protecting your hair texture. You can do it by yourself at home or seek help from a braiding stylist. There are different variations of box braids for you to try:
- Box Braids With Pearls
- Lob Jumbo Box Braids
- Braided Buns
- Braided Box Braids
- Braided Beehive
- Braids in a High Ponytail
- Box Braids With a Scarf
- Bohemian Box Braids
4. Bantu Knots
Bantu Knots is a traditional African hairstyle where hair is sectioned into tight buns that look like knots. You can either rock the knots as it is or try a Bantu knot-out for fluffy curls.
This hairstyle is ideal for short to medium hair-length and helps to detangle and protect you natural curls. Even though it might seem complicated at first, trust us, it will be worth it.
Pineapple has to be the easiest hairstyle for days when you are too lazy or tired of making an effort and still want to look put together. To achieve this look, put your curls together in a high ponytail and let them fall naturally.
You can use styling products to manage the curls or just fluff them out for a blown-out look. This is also a good practice to protect your hair at night. Use a headscarf or a satin bonnet to protect the style overnight.
6. Afro Puffs
This is a versatile hairstyle for natural hair, as there are many different variations of Puffs. Just comb your hair and tie it up in either sections or a ponytail. Afro Puffs are a variation of the classic Afro style, which is loved by both kids as well as adults.
You can even add accessories like colorful scrunchies, hair clips, or pearls to make them stand out. The following are some variations of Puffs for those lazy days:
- High Puff
- Low Puff
- High Puff with Head Wrap
- Afro Puff with Bangs
- Pigtail Afro Puffs
This one is for all the baddies out there. You can get the classic mohawk look by pinning or braiding the sides of your hair. Fauxhawk also helps protect your twist-outs on top to give you that elegant hairstyle.
Use gel or styling products to give the sides a sleek and modern edge. You can also use barrettes to make the style dress up for events. This style lasts you the entire day without the pain that comes with other similar sleek hairstyles.
8. Senegalese Twists
Senegalese Twists are different from your classic braid but equally effective and cute. Instead of three strands, you take two strands and wrap them around each other. This style looks similar to a rope which is why these are also called rope twists.
You can also personalize this hairstyle with colored extensions or accessories like rings, pearls or jewels. What you can also do is wrap the twists in a scarf or bandana to give it a bohemian vibe. For hassle-free days, you can also take the twists and make them into a ponytail or a bun.
If you have been rocking natural hairstyles for some time, you must be familiar with cornrows. The name cornrows comes from the appearance of braids that look like rows of corn on the cob. Traditional cornrows are done in simple straight lines, but you can edge up the look with waves or elaborate geometric designs.
Braid the hair in small sections under and close to your scalp to create an elevated row. Also, style your beloved baby hairs into swoops and swirls for a romantic look. You can also add accessories like beads or jewels into the braids.
10. Twisted Pompadour
It has been the style of choice for many bridal and prom looks over the years, but did you know you can personalize this style to fit your aesthetics? Twisted Pompadour is made famous by artists like Janelle Monae, who wore it proudly and loudly.
You take all your hair to make a sleek look and twist and pin it in place with large or small hairpins. You can also do this in sections to create a more defined look. This allows your natural hair to shine as it is practical and elegant for every occasion.
11. Halo Braid
Looking for something angelic, sweet and effortless? Halo Braids are the answers to your prayers. These braids are soft and they protect your natural hair. They can look glamorous for special events and casual for your everyday office look.
Take all of your hair and make it into a braid that can circle the perimeter of your head. Based on how good you are with braids, this can be done in less than 15 minutes. This technique also protects your hair and can be styled in many ways.
There is nothing like a slick high ponytail to keep it classy. What is great about a ponytail is that you can spice it up with braids, twists, and accessories. There are many traditional hairstyles that take inspiration from a classic ponytail.
Similarly, you can also opt for a high, low, or mid ponytail, depending on how you are feeling that day. A ponytail can also be easily turned into a bun to keep your hair away from the face. Add a braid to your high ponytail and you're Beyonce, keep it casual and you're Rihanna.
The following are some variations of ponytail for natural hair:
- Braided High Ponytail
- Phony Pony
- High Ponytail
- Low Ponytail
- Bubble Braid Ponytail
- Bouncy Curl Ponytail
- Curly Weave Ponytail
13. Natural Perms
I know perms are not the easiest hairstyles to do for beginners but hear me out! There are different types of natural perm techniques that range from hair products to perm sets that let you have the classic style with not much hassle.
Perm rod set allow you to have the bouncy curls without using hair curlers. You should apply the set on wet/damp hair and let it air dry. Make sure to select rods that are similar in size to your natural curls. This will allow for the style to stay longer on your head. Use setting products to keep the curls bouncy.
Another protective style to give your hair a break from the usual hum-drum is using a headwrap. You can use headwraps in multiple ways to cover your entire hair or some parts.
African women have used these headwraps for centuries as a cultural statement and protection of heritage. You should opt for a silk headwrap to protect the moisture on your hair strand. Wigs can also be used to avoid slippage. Additionally, you can even add a leave-in conditioner while you're at it.
15. Curly Bangs
Bangs haven't been the ideal haircut for women with natural hair as curly hair can be unruly and kinky at times. However, more and more colored hairstylists are taking it upon themselves to make bangs accessible to all.
The bangs will need maintenance but the look will be worth the wait with the bounce and volume it brings. Look no further than celebrities like Zendaya and Rihanna who have rocked bangs with curly hair.
If you're looking for a fluffy and feathery hairdo, Blowouts are your best friends. Especially on tightly coiled hair, these serve to stretch out the hair and get length retention. However, this might not be an easy feat as you have to start by prepping your hair.
Start with damp hair and comb thoroughly to avoid tangles. Also use a detangling product during the blowout to protect your natural hair. Separate the hair in sections and use the dryer in sections starting from the bottom to the top. Repeat the process on all the sections.
17. Half-up Half-down
Opt for a half-up, half-down hairstyle on your natural hair for days you want a practical and easy look. This will give you the volume while also allowing you to keep your hair out of your face. If you like styled baby hair, this style will allow plenty of that too.
Start with the top half of your hair and secure it into a tight ponytail or a bun on the top or back of your head. You can use gel or pomade to keep the front of your hair sleek. You can tease out the rest of the hair for more volume. Make sure to leave some face-framing curls for some elegance.
18. Hair Buns
Hair Buns are the best for easy and chic look. You can modify it for any and every purpose depending on how you're feeling that day; if you're late, go with a messy bun; it's a day of meetings at the office, rock that low bun; meeting your girlfriends at the mall?, space buns FTW!
There are so many options that make it a go-to hairstyle for women with natural hair. You can even accessorize the style with slips, jewels, and large scrunchies if you like. There are several types of hair buns to choose from:
- Curly Bun
- Braided Bun
- Messy Bun
- Twisted Bun
- Half-up Bun
- Twisted Low Bun
19. Wet Look
The Wet Look quickly made its way from the runways and red-carpets to our everyday hairstyles due to its versatility. It gives you a sleek and edgy look without trying too hard. This is ideal for short natural hair.
You will need a ton of styling mousse or high-shine defining gel. Use these products on your damn hair and let them air dry or use a diffuser in a low setting. We suggest using a diffuser as it keeps the shine while also allowing you to style the hair. You can leave the hair as it is or put it in a low bun.
20. Pixie Natural Hairstyle
Among all the short hairstyles popularized for natural hair, pixie is definitely the one you should be paying attention to. Especially for beginners, it allows the understanding of natural hair and select styling techniques for your hair.
Finger curls, tousled hair, or a voluminous wash and go, try everything to see what works best for your hair. For days you have 10 minutes to do your hair, use hair gel to create finger waves.
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