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How to Style and Take Care of Jet Black Hair

Follow these easy tips to get beautiful, black hair.

Think of jet black hair as the deepest, darkest hair color there is. Most Pinays have naturally black hair, and there are many ways to rock this dark hair color. You can wear this dark hue on its own. You can also add color and showcase black hair with highlights straight from the salon!

While browns and blondes have their appeal, jet black hair color evokes a sultry, sophisticated vibe. And when your black hair is sleek and shiny, you’ll turn heads even with the slightest bit of styling effort.

First, let’s talk about taking care of your jet black hair color, then we’ll give you the best hairstyles to help you show off this deep, dark hue.

Jet Black Hair Care Tips

1. Keep your jet black hair frizz-free.

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A drop of hair serum can go a long way in keeping your hair frizz-free. Credit: Hariono Halim

With our country’s hot and humid climate, frizz is inevitable, that’s why it’s important to take the extra mile in keeping your hair smooth. Applying hair serum to your hair is a quick way to fight frizz and make your hair sleek and smooth.

Bottle of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum

Editor’s tip: Say goodbye to frizz by applying TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum to your hair. It has keratin and marula oil, and it gives your hair five benefits in one amazing system. This serum calms frizz, adds shine, detangles knots, makes your hair soft, and tames flyaways. It leaves your hair silky, smooth, and full of movement. 

2. Cover gray strands.

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Got gray strands? Don’t worry! A hair color spray can conceal them. Credit: Shutterstock

Don’t let stray grays pop out of an otherwise smooth and sleek jet black hair. Spritz TRESemmé Root Touch-Up Spray (Black Color) to your hair to hide grays and help make your black hair look refreshed. It’s a lightweight, temporary hair color, and the effects last until your next hair wash.

Bottle of TRESemme Root Touch-Up Spray (Black Color)


3. Always condition your hair.

Asian woman with long, shiny, jet black hair
Daily conditioning is key to getting shiny hair. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Constant exposure to the sun dulls black hair and takes away its shine, making it look drab and lifeless. Also, when you shampoo your hair, some of your hair’s natural oils are stripped away, so make sure to always condition your hair to lock in moisture and shine.

Bottle of TRESEMME Keratin SMooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner

Editor’s tip: After shampooing, use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner. It has KERA10 Protein Complex that penetrates your hair up to 10 layers deep. It gives your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash, and these include making your hair smooth, soft, and shiny, taming flyaways, calming frizz, and providing heat protection. This conditioner also has oleo serum for additional nourishment and moisturization.

4. Keep your scalp healthy and dandruff-free.

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Rock jet black hair with a dandruff-free scalp. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Oftentimes, the scalp is overlooked when you want to make your hair beautiful and shiny. But paying attention to your scalp is just as important as taking care of your strands. When the scalp is unhealthy, hair that grows from it tends to be dull and brittle. There are even studies that show that an overgrowth of Malasezzia, the fungus that causes dandruff, puts the scalp under stress and causes premature hair loss.

Aside from this, we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want white flakes on your jet black hair, so include an anti-dandruff shampoo in your hair care regimen.

Dove Dermacare Scalp Shampoo bottle

Editor’s tip: Fight dandruff without drying out your hair by using Dove Dermacare Scalp Soothing Moisture Shampoo. It has Octopirox, a known anti-fungal ingredient that works deep in the scalp to keep flakes at bay. It also has glycerin that’s known for its moisturizing properties and sunflower seed oil that nourishes the scalp, locks in moisture in your hair fibers, and restores scalp health.

Dove Dermacare Conditioner

For best results, use Dove Dermacare Scalp Soothing Moisture Conditioner after shampooing your hair for more hair and scalp nourishment. 

5. Keep your jet black hair nourished.

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Cover your hair with a shower cap to let the hair mask penetrate your strands. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Take your hair care regimen to the next level by giving your tresses deep conditioning treatments regularly. Apply a hair mask at least once a week to keep your hair moisturized, sleek, and nourished.

Canister of Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Treatment Creme

Editor’s tip: Apply Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Treatment Crème to your hair once a week. This keratin treatment calms frizz, restores shine, and revives damaged hair, so your hair stays smooth and sleek. 

6. Trim your split ends.

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Black hair looks healthy and beautiful when there are no split ends. Credit: Hariono Halim

This is also the key to maintaining damage-free hair. When you leave your splits ends be, the damage will spread up to your hair shaft and cause breakage. This will lead to weak hair as well as a rough and dull appearance.

To trim your split ends, gather a small section of hair and twist the tips tightly. You will see your split ends as small strands of hair popping out of the twist. Trim them using a sharp pair of scissors. That’s it!

7. Add dimension to your hair.

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Black hair tip: add highlights. Credit:

If you feel like your black hair is too flat, add some layers. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference this subtle variation can make. For an even more dramatic effect, you might consider styling your black hair with highlights for straight or curly tresses. This not only adds depth to your layers, but also augments the playful movement and dimension, making your hair anything but flat.

8. Experiment with haircuts.

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Black hair tip: experiment with haircuts. Credit:

Wearing your hair long and straight is a low-maintenance way of showing off your dark dreamy locks; but don’t be scared to spice up your beauty routine with a haircut. Layered haircuts liven up a look by giving it a soft bounce, while edgier styles such as blunt bangs or short spiky cuts will bring a lot of character to your look.

Easy Hairstyles for Your Jet Black Hair

Switch up your style every now and then to keep your hair from looking boring. Of course, you’ll always have a favorite, but you don’t have to stick to it every single day. Here are some hairstyles that you can experiment with for your jet black hair.

1. Long and Straight Jet Black Hair

Straight hair ideas: Asian woman with long black straight hair smiling outdoors
Straight and shiny black hair always looks chic.

Long and straight jet black hair suits any occasion and activity—whether you’re working from home or having a virtual party with your friends. Keep it nourished with keratin to make it sleek and straight.

Editor’s tip: For potent conditioning and some serious shine, use Cream Silk Rich Organic Powerfusion Rich Lustre Ultra Conditioner. It has cinnamon, cassia leaf oil, and sunflower seed oil, which help in keeping your hair smooth and shiny. It also helps nourish brittle and frizzy hair.

2. Long and Curly

Asian woman with curly jet black hair
A dollop of hair mousse is all you need to make your curls smooth and defined. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Got natural curls? Embrace them and show them off like a true queen. To style, apply hair serum to your curls to make them smooth and shiny. Then, scrunch your hair to add volume and movement.

3. Jet Black Bob With Blunt Bangs

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Short hair with bangs looks cute with eyeglasses. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Make your short hair more exciting by adding a straight, blunt fringe. Bangs frame your face and they also help in giving balance to round and long face shapes.

4. Messy Short Hair

Short black hair: Woman with textured short hair
Nail a messy ‘do with a few spritzes of sea salt spray or hair wax. Credits: Shutterstock

Going for something laid-back? A messy ‘do is a stylish way to leave your hair be. Just finger-comb or scrunch your hair

5. Half Updo With Wispy Bangs

Asian woman with long black hair with bangs
Wispy bangs give you a chic and relaxed look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

A simple detail like a fringe can instantly quirk up your hairstyle. Have it wispy for a carefree look!

6. Long Hair With Baby Bangs

Asian woman with long hair wearing a red top
Styling baby bangs requires a bit more effort, but it’s totally worth it. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Be bold with the way you wear your bangs by cutting them short. Baby bangs give you a high-fashion vibe that’s bound to make you a stunner.

7. Pixie Cut With Quiff

Asian woman with pixie cut with quiff wearing a sleeveless denim vest
On the edgy-chic end of the style spectrum? Style your hair this way! Credit: Hariono Halim

Ready to take things further? Get a pixie cut! It’s chic and edgy and brings a new flavor to your whole look!

8. Big Top Knot

Asian woman with a big top knot wearing a green polo
Big hair, big in style! Credit: Natasha Estelle

Put your hair up on a busy day and do it in style with a big top knot. Unlike a regular bun hairstyle, a big top knot involves lots of volume. Create this ‘do by tying your hair in a high ponytail and teasing it before you twist your hair and form a bun. Then, gently loosen some strands to make your big top knot look even thicker.

9. Long and Messy

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In a hurry? This hairstyle for jet black hair won’t take you long to do! Credit: Shutterstock

Surely, everyone loves smooth, straight hair. But on a bad hair day, you can simply embrace the mess! Just finger-comb your hair and let your tresses fall to whichever side they want to be on.

10. Straight and Layered Jet Black Hair

Asian girl is wearing a white top that beautifully contrasts her jet black hair
Look gorgeous in your long and straight, jet black hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

You can never underestimate the power of long and straight, jet black hair. You can keep it from looking flat by adding layers. And when styling, finish with hair serum or leave-on cream to seal in shine.

11. Korean C-Curl on Jet Black Hair

Asian girl wearing a lavender jacket is kind of flipping her long jet black hair out.
The C-Curl is a must-try hairstyle. Credit: Hariono Halim

If you think you’re not yet ready for full waves and curls, this is a great start. Just curl the tips of your hair, and you’ll be amazed at how these waves add bounce to your jet black hair.

12. Center-Parted Sleek Bob

Asian girl is wearing a blue jacket and her hand is slightly touching her face
Even short hair looks great in jet black color. Credit: Natasha Estelle

What’s not to love about this hairstyle? It’s sleek, fresh, and super chic! You can leave it straight and unadorned or jazz it up with bobby pins or clips.

13. Jet Black Hair With Clips

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White hair clips pop beautifully against jet black hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Hair clips serve as pretty accents that liven up your jet black hair, so feel free to mix and match them to create the look you want.

14. Jet Black Hair With Blonde Highlights

Asian woman with blonde highlights
Look trendy and edgy with blonde face-framing highlights. Credit: Cottonbro from Pexels

Get these blonde face-framing highlights, which is also called money piece, if you want a small dose of this color on your jet black hair. Black hair with highlights for straight tresses can create a stunning look that captures attention. It’s also a popular look among celebrities and social media influencers.

15. Jet Black Hair With Blue Tips

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Black hair tip: accentuate with pops of color. Credit:

If you want to keep your jet black hair but you also want to add color, you can get dip-dyed hair and add bright pops of color at the tips. Alternatively, having black hair with highlights for straight tresses can add a bit of depth and dimension to your otherwise dark hair, making your hairstyle even more striking and stylish.

16. Jet Black Hair with Highlights for Straight or Curly Tresses

Asian woman with curly tresses
Try some highlights to give an illusion of depth to your jet black hair! Credit: Kevin Kabore from Pexels

Nothing beats the striking allure of black hair with highlights straight out of the salon. Whether you’re going for subtle chocolate undertones or vibrant streaks of color, your jet-black mane serves as the perfect canvas to express creativity and oomph. Preserve the dazzling effect with color-safe products and semi-regular touch-ups to keep your black hair lustrous.

So you see, jet black hair color doesn’t have to be blah! It’s a rich, ravishing color that perfectly complements Pinay skin tone. All you need is a new perspective and the desire to play around with your look to make your dark hair more vibrant and more interesting.