6 unmissable afro hair trends that’ll you be seeing everywhere in 2018

Keep your 'fro ahead of the mane game with these exciting new trends!  

Now that 2018 is officially here, we can all safely say we’ve survived another year and another New Year hangover. But as we step uneasily into January, it becomes more and more apparent that a new hairdo is just what the doctor ordered.

So, if you’re bored of your natural hair, rest assured you are far from alone. We know it’s all too easy to fall into a mane rut, especially when we’re in transitioning into the new year – but there’s no need to kick it off feeling this way, because there really are so many fresh, gorgeous afro hair trends you can totally give a go!

6 afro hair trends you’ll want to try in 2018

close up shot of woman with blonde afro curls, wearing black jacket and yellow top
If it’s good enough for Solange Knowles… Credit: Instagram.com/kassalaholdsclaw

Blonde afro

Eager to switch up your shade this year? Easily take your afro to star-worthy heights by opting for a bright blonde hair colour, which this beauty slays oh-so wonderfully.

The best thing about this dazzling hue? It’ll revive your dull winter complexion and also make your natural coils pop. But if you’re really struggling to find the right shade, our blonde afro edit is all you need! Credit: @kassalaholdsclaw

Editor’s tip: Tempted go brighter? Remember to use a wash and care system specifically formulated for dyed blonde hair.

We’re currently fawning over the TONI&GUY Illuminate Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner, as it helps hair look frizz-free, all while helping maintain your hue’s vibrancy.

close up shot of woman wearing black top, with afro hair and side bangs, looking into camera
Are you ready to get in on the fringe benefits? Credit: Instagram.com/ebonytown

Afro bangs

Seriously speaking, from what we’ve seen on the runway and street style stars so far, bangs are here to stay in 2018. And if you have afro hair, you’ll be happy to know you can totally pull of this trend, too!

As this naturalista demonstrates, bangs can pair perfectly with natural tresses, giving your mane a tonne of high-fashion vibes (come on, who wouldn’t want that?). Anyone else running to the salon? Credit: @ebonytown

close up shot of woman afro styled into a pineapple hairstyle, wearing printed silk suit and posing on the street
Slay the new year with this sweet hairstyle! Credit: Instagram.com/musesuniform

Pineapple hairstyle

In addition to being a fail-safe way to keep your curls defined, protected and frizz-free, the pineapple hairstyle is also a gorgeous ‘do you can wear out and about.

Whether you wear it with a snazzy headscarf, sleek or pretty and plain, you can start bidding farewell to bad hair days as you’ll be looking on-point 24-7 (yay!). Credit: @musesuniform

close up shot of woman with natural afro hair styled into a low bun, wearing black dress and earrings
This natural low bun will make you forget the topknot! Credit: Instagram.com/devrivelazquez

Blogger bun

When you get bored of wearing your hair up, why not switch things up a little and try out the pineapple’s more elegant and grown-up cousin: the blogger bun (AKA the lush low bun).

Yep, this stylish look is officially going to become your go-to hairstyle. Combine this ‘do with a statement earring, like this afro queen has done, and you’ll get all the likes. Credit: @devrivelazquez

close up shot of woman with afro hair with hair cuffs in it, wearing white top
Hair cuff hair, don’t care! Credit: Instagram.com/freshlengths

Hair cuffs

Heading to a party or a festival this year? We say ditch the flowers for this quirky, stylish alternative. Yep, these golden hair cuffs will ensure all eyes will be on you at your next event.

Honestly, who knew making your natural curls look like a piece of art could be this easy, eh? Credit: @freshlengths

close up shot of woman with side part afro hairstyle, wearing blue lipstick and hoop earrings and denim jacket
Which side will you pick? Credit: Instagram.com/miccheck12

Side-part afro

Want to refresh your look without resorting to a haircut? Simply revamp your ‘do by rocking it to the side, just like this Insta diva has done.

Not only will this fresh hairstyle flatter and accentuate your beautiful features, but it also allow you to give off a tonne of Solange Knowles vibes. #Slay! Credit: @miccheck12

Editor’s tip: Want to keep your coils hydrated while rocking this cool hairstyle? Then you’ll need to try the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist. This leave-in conditioning spray is infused with nourishing properties and it’ll also help make your coils more manageable and tangle-free.


Want to know what hair trends stole our hearts in 2017 and 2016? Keep on reading!


Top afro hairstyles for 2017 and 2016


close up shot of two black women with blonde small afro hairstyles
Baby afros for the win! Credit: Instagram.com/kanobipollard


The TWA (AKA teeny weenie afro) remains one of the most popular afro hairstyles for 2016. So, if you’re used to sporting a big bold ‘fro, why not take things down a notch and go for a cute TWA, instead? Likewise, if you already rock a TWA, give it a colourful update like @kanobipollard’s platinum blonde number and really work your curls with style!

close up shot of multicoloured afro hairstyle
Afro hairstyles: Funfetti. Credit: Instagram.com/vividartistichairdesign


Why go for just one hair colour when you can have two? Which is why we were glad to see this hair colour trend take off for afro hair. It’s aptly named ‘Funfetti’, after the sweet, multicoloured sprinkles used to top baked goods – and looks as delicious as it sounds! Credit: @rebeccataylorhair

close up shot of woman with classic halo afro hairstyle, wearing earrings and smiling
Show the world your gorgeous halo! Credit: Instagram.com/ vivinascimento7


This afro hairstyle is the essence of every ‘fro – big and proud! No matter your hair texture or length, you should celebrate it in every form it takes. To get the height and volume that this look requires, use an afro pick to comb out your mane and create a halo of coils and curls. This look is all about taking it back to basics with hot retro vibes (thanks, The Get Down, for inspiring us!).Credit: @vivinascimento7

close up shot of woman with candy pink afro hairstyle, wearing sunglasses and golden jacket
It’s like Candy! Credit: Instagram.com/africancreature

Candy pink afro

Looking for a new hair colour to revive your ‘fro? Then why not draw inspiration from sweet candy pinks? The soft, pretty hue looks amazing in combination with afro hair textures, as well as working to complement darker skin tones. It’ll make your hair look good enough to eat! Credit: @africancreature

close up shot of woman with tapered afro hairstyles, wearing hoop earrings and black jacket
Say hello to your new favourite cut! Credit: Instagram.com/arielvscupcake_

Tapered afro

In the in between stage of growing out your teeny weenie afro? This is a perfect afro hairstyle in its own right, but it’s also great if you’re looking to channel a new ‘do while you grow out your mane. Just ask your stylist to keep the length on top, while subtly tapering towards the nape of the neck. It’ll still give you plenty to work with, while also being more manageable during the growing process! Credit: @arielvscupcake_

close up shot of black woman with two toned black and red afro, wearing pearls and embellished jacet
Two-toned hair, don’t care. Credit: Dvora

Two-toned afro

For 2016, we’ve seen so many black women opt for more than one hair colour for their afro hairstyles, and this two-toned hair trend is proof that it’s still going strong! To nail this look, we suggest picking one bold hue to contrast against your natural hair colour – it’s sure to be a head turner! 

close up shot of woman with heart shaped afro hairstyle, wearing blue and white dress and statement earrings
Anyone else falling in love with this heart-shaped afro? Credit: Instagram.com/beauty_skindeep

Heart-shaped afro

Heart-shaped afros? Trust us, after seeing this cute afro hairstyle, you’ll be rushing for the shears! Simply ask for layers to be cut into your ‘fro, with shorter lengths at the top and tapering at the neck. The end result? A quirky style that’s guaranteed to turn heads. Who’s the Queen of Hearts? That’s right, you are! Credit: @beauty_skindeep

close up shot of woman with glittery afro ponytail, wearing round earrings and pink makeup
All that glitters is gold! Credit: brojahblahblah.tumblr.com.

Glittery afro

When we saw Ashish’s spring/summer 2016 catwalk show with models donning confetti and glitter, we knew that sparkly hair was set to be big for 2016. It’s also the perfect alternative to wearing a hair accessory, so your afro can be party-ready in seconds!

While the curly/coil texture of your hair will mostly help with keeping the glitter in place, try applying a little mousse before sprinkling sparkles into your hair, as this will ensure the glitter stays firmly put all night long. Now, bring on the boogie! Credit: brojahblahblah.tumblr.com


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