Excuse us while we lust over these Wakanda-worthy African hairstyles

Amra | 13 April 2018
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These gorgeous African hairstyles are giving us more life than vibranium!

 

If 2018 is teaching us anything about natural hair, it’s that African hairstyles are still reigning supreme. We’ve seen fire natural African hair looks in movies (#WakandaForever!) and on our favourite red carpet celebs – yes, we’re looking at you Solange Knowles – which means now you should too!

So why all the fuss, eh? Well, not only do natural African hairstyles have a royal history behind them, but they’re also protective and a great way to boost your mane game. And, to show how chic they are, we’ve detailed the best black hair ‘dos to covet this season.

 



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african hairstyles: close up shot of woman with albaso braided african hairstyle, with curly ends posing in a studio
Looking for a wedding-ready African hair style? Try this. Credit: Instagram.com/jourdandunn

1. Albaso braids

Weddings or any other formal events deserve an African hair style that’s equally as glam – and this albaso hairstyle definitely delivers.

Intricate cornrow braids, like the picture above, offer a fresh and romantic take on natural curls, plus they work just as well on long and short hair! Credit: @jourdandunn

natural african hairstyles: close up shot of woman with long box braids hairstyle, wearing black jumpsuit and posing outside against a yellow wall
When it comes to African hairstyles, box braids are always at the top. Credit: Instagram.com/braidsgang

2. Box braids

While you might believe Janet Jackson’s mane moment in Poetic Justice started off everyone’s obsession with box braids, the style actually originated from Africa.

The options of colour, length and styles from this trendy African hair style are endless — so what cute creative combination will you pick? Credit: @braidsgang

TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist

Editor’s tip: Want to ensure your hair is taken care of while it’s in box braids? Then you need to try the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist.

This amazing product will help keep your box braids looking and feeling softer, smoother and more hydrated, all while adding a divine scent. Just another reason to whip them back and forth!

black hair dos: close up shot of woman with box twists, wearing floral african print top and sunglasses, posing against grey wall
Twist box braids are lighter and easier to style. Credit: Instagram.com/crystal_kasper

3. Box twists

Box braids aren’t the only African hair style you can experiment with! In fact, box twists (AKA rope twists or Senegalese twists) are also on the rise – and from this picture, it’s easy to see why.

Not only are they’re super light, but they also take less time to achieve. Ain’t nobody got time to sit for 8+ hours in the salon chair, right? Credit: @crystal_kasper

natural african hairstyles: close up shot of woman with braided bantu knots, wearing red lipstick and posing outside, with golden earrings standing outside
Festival hair? Sorted! Credit: Instagram.com/moninatu

4. Bantu knots

Need a natural African hair look that will work for festival season? You’re looking at one! These bantu knots have festival-ready written all over them and can be worked in so many ways. Try braids, adding flowers, or even just with your natural curls, mix it up in whatever way you like best! Credit: @mominatu

Next read: How to create bantu knots in flash.

close up shot of woman with cornrow straight backs African hairstyle with cowrie shells in it, posing outside
Cornrows and cowrie shells go together like peanut butter and jelly. Credit: Instagram.com/vibezbytroy

5. Cornrow braids

According to this Instagram babe, cowry shells aren’t just for the beach! In fact, black hair ‘dos like these straight back cornrows look fit for a sea princess when styled with them. Credit: @vibezbytroy

TRESemmé Biotin+ Repair 7 Primer Cream

Editor’s tip: When it comes to braided African natural hairstyles, you really can’t go wrong with using a styling cream. We go for the TRESemmé Biotin+ Repair 7 Primer Cream to help create ours as it helps to tame frizz, nourish and improve manageability, making it super easy for you to plait.

black hair dos: close up shot of woman with faux dreadlocks hairstyle, wearing headscarf and posing outside
Whether you go real or faux is all up to you! Credit: Instagram.com/madusa.karma

6. Dreadlocks

African hairstyles, like these lovely dreadlocks, are the best to covet when you’re in the mood for giving off major boho vibes. To really nail the look, this beauty loosely ties a scarf around her high ponytail, giving it a seriously cool undone vibe. Credit: @madusa.karma

Tip: If you love the look of this natural African style but can’t commit to the long process of getting them done, faux ones are your next best option.

african hairstyles: close up shot of woman with fulani braids and beads pony hairstyle, wearing black cut out top and posing outside
Fulani braids will make you feel just like a queen! Credit: Instagram.com/lielt_samrawit

7. Fulani braids

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest African hair style trends, you’ll know that Fulani braids are everywhere! They’re as intricate as albaso braids, but distinctively feature beads and hair cuff accessories for a royal, glam effect.

They can also be worn in a variety of ways (be it a bun or a ponytail), as there is usually a centre braid weaved at the front of the hair, while the rest is left for you to play with. Credit: @lielt_samrawit

natural african hairstyles: close up shot of model with goddess halo braid with beads accessories
Are you ready to channel your inner goddess? Credit: Instagram.com/reneebigtime

8. Fulani halo braid

Here’s a brilliant example of how to rock Fulani braids with a goddess braid. This natural African hair look is seriously destined for anyone who’s after a ‘do that’s full of romantic flair. Beautiful, right?  Credit: @reneebigtime

Next read: How to do a goddess braid.

natural african hairstyles: close up shot of woman with fluffed out afro hairstyle, posing in a studio
You can’t go wrong with this natural African hair style! Credit: Instagram.com/eboneedavis

9. Fluffed out afro

When you think of African hairstyles, we’re sure a big, beautiful and bouncy afro hairstyle comes to mind, right? Us too! So, instead of tucking your natural mane away this season, channel your inner Foxy Cleopatra by rocking it super fluffed out. Credit: @eboneedavis

Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment

Editor’s tip: The key to keeping African + natural hairstyles looking on point? Hair oil.

The Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment is exactly what you need to help make your mane feel nourished, soft and shiny.

african natural hairstyles: close up shot of woman with ninja bun hairstyle, wearing sunglasses and posing outside
When it comes to black hair ‘dos, you can’t go wrong with the ninja bun. Credit: Instagram.com/efikzara

10. Ninja bun

If anyone is going to show you how to pull off the ninja bun, it’s this babe.

Here she has fashioned her natural African hair into a girl boss-worthy ninja bun, which is basically a really tall top knot. If it’s good enough for Lupita Nyong’o, you can pull it off, too! Credit: @efikzara