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.
10 Insta-babes with African hairstyles who are showing us all how it's done
1. Albaso braids
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
2. Box braids
While you might believe it was Janet Jackson’s Poetic Justice look that 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
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!
3. Box twists
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
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 coloured extensions, or even just with your natural curls. Mix it up! Credit: @mominatu
Next read: How to create bantu knots in flash.
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
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.
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 locs are your next best option.
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 just 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
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.
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
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.
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