11 Easy Natural Hairstyles We Adore

Alyssa François | 06 June 2016
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Nail these simple natural hairstyles today.

As many natural girls out there know, no curl is created equal. What’s more, some of the cute and easy natural hairstyles that work for one curly girl may not work for another. While we dig it on some days, the gorgeous wash-and-wear look doesn’t work for everyone, and you may end up craving for something a little more contemporary or stylish. Read on to check out some of our favorite eleven easy natural hairstyles that are sure to work for all:

11 Easy Natural Hairstyles To Try

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Twist out fro-hawk style. Photo credit: Dvora

1. Twisted-out Fro-hawk

The twist-out is a pretty style that can be achieved overnight. On damp or dry hair, and with a styling product of your choice, create small to medium two-strand twists all over your hair. Opt for a gel like Suave Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining Gel Serum if you’re craving a more defined curl pattern. In the morning, prep your hair with oil to prevent frizz. Undo each twist, revealing a perfect springy curl, then lightly massage the roots to hide visible parts. Use an afro pick or wide-toothed comb for added volume. Lastly, give those curls a shake, pin the sides up and go!


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Looking for a quick update. One of our favorite easy natural hairstyles is the hump. Twist the front section of your hair to get your curls out of your face. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

2. Twisted Hump

Vlogger Mini Marley inspired this super easy and quick look via our All Things Hair YouTube page. At the top of your head, section off a portion of your hair to use for your hump, and use a large clip to keep hair out of the way. Pull and smooth back the remainder of hair with a headband or scrunchie, depending on the width and thickness of your hair. Secure it into a low, poufy ponytail and twist the top section into a hump, adding height to your tresses.  Secure in place with some bobby pins and smooth down some gel like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel near the base of your hairline to keep your cowlicks neat. Alternatively, you can leave the back section of your hair out. 

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A true wash and go style. Curly girls with short hair have it easy! Wash, rake gel through the hair and go!

3. Coils

Whether you have a TWA (a.k.a. teeny weeny afro) or longer hair, the coil hairstyle will suit any length just fine. To achieve this style, start off with clean, damp hair. Pro tip: A trusty spray bottle filled with water is your best friend for the sections that dry up before you get to them. It’s totally up to you how big or small you want each coiled section to be. With each section, after applying about a dime-sized amount of gel, twirl hair with your fingers starting at the scalp and work your way down to the ends, as the hair starts to form a nice, firm coil. 

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Halo twists are a great option for transitions as well. Photo credit: Dvora

4. Halo Twist Rolled Bun

The elegant look of this style is perfect for any occasion. We even love this style as your go-to office ’do. To start, simply part hair down the middle or to the side. If needed, spritz hair with water to make it more pliable. On each side twist hair towards the scalp all the way down to the nape. Secure each twist with a bobby pin or hair tie. Roll the remaining hair into a bun. Add a personal touch by sleeking your edges and baby hair down with a brush and a gel like Suave Professionals Firm Control Sculpting Gel for all-day control.

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Quick stylish ‘do when you’re in a hurry. Pull curls back into a loose pony. Leave some curls out at the front to frame the face. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Easy Natural Hairstyles: Easy low puff

Sometimes dubbed as the “if all else fails” style, the sleek low puff is there for you if you don’t want to fully style your tresses. In times of hair styling laziness, lightly spritz hair with water and work an oil like Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil onto strands to add shine and smooth the hair cuticle. Brush or smooth hair back into a low ponytail and secure it with a hair tie or headband. This low-maintenance style will have you looking polished in minutes.

How to wear easy styles for short natural hair
Tiny ‘fros are always chic.

6.  Easy Natural Hairstyles: Mini Blonde ‘Fro

Just because you’re keeping your texture natural doesn’t mean you need to keep your color natural too. We’re a bit in love with blonde afros. Going for a short crop means much less time under the bleach, which, trust us is a game changer. Just make sure that you keep your mini blonde ‘fro hydrated and toned by using a color-safe hair mask, like the Catwalk by TIGI Fashionista Violet Maskat least once a week to help keep brassiness at bay.

How to wear easy styles for short natural hair
A cute curly ponytail. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

7.  Easy Natural Hairstyles: Itty Bitty Ponytail

If your hair is a bit longer, you can go for the mini ponytail, or punytail as we like to call it. Tight curls look extra great in a high ponytail. You can tweak how your curls lie by tugging out individual curlicues. We always like to even out short ponytails with hair accessories. It makes sure that your style is more well rounded if you can’t always see your ponytail straight on.

How to wear easy styles for short natural hair: Perfectly Defined Curls
The best curls you ever did see. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8.  Easy Natural Hairstyles: Perfectly Defined Curls

Can we get a big round of applause for the perfection of these curls? Paired up with a center part, these corkscrew curls are incredibly chic. You can achieve this look by following our tutorial for curling your hair with flexi-rods. When you take out your curls in the morning, you’ll need to revive your curls a bit. We recommend spraying some of the Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist throughout your hair and you’ll be good to go.

How to wear easy styles for short natural hair: tiny coils
Miniature coils to rock on your natural hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

9. Easy Natural Hairstyles: Tiny Coils

For some seriously tiny coils you’ll need to use those tiny foam rollers you can find in most drugstores. To get this look, you’ll need to seek out the smallest size available. You can set your hair in the same way as the flexi-rods tutorial above, using the much skinnier foam rollers instead. This gives you that cool coiled and wavy look when you take out the rollers the next morning. Fluff them up and rock that curly ‘do.

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Short dreadlocks are gorgeous.

10.  Easy Natural Hairstyles: Bob Cut Dreads

You don’t need to wear curly short hair if you don’t want to! You can also go for dreadlocks, if you want to keep it natural. We love short dreadlocks on women, they’re cute and versatile. Just make sure you keep your little locs hydrated and healthy by applying hair oils to your hair.

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Embrace your curls with this cute style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

11.  Easy Natural Hairstyles: Super Shiny Pineapple ‘Do

We’ve always been big fans of embracing your curls, especially with this wet-look inspired ‘do. To achieve this look on your natural hair, apply TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel throughout your hair. Scrunch the product throughout your curls to achieve the wet, glossy look.


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