7 Blonde Afro Ideas for the Bleach-Happy Curlfriend

The perfect hue for your 'do.

Got the itch to switch up your style? If your #hairgoals look like a blonde afro, we’re on the same page. There’s nothing like your natural hair texture paired up with the color you’ve always wanted to try.

But getting natural black hair to lighten to blonde is time intensive. So make good friends with your hairstylist and prep a few snacks because it will likely take several sessions. The end resulting blonde afro? Totally worth it. Read on to see our top blonde afro hair ideas.

1. Bronde Balayage Afro

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For those who want to make it subtle.

Bronde hair is a forever fave color. It’s really gone by so many different names over the years, but no one can deny that brown and blonde look beautiful together. We love how this effect was created with the balayage technique that can help make the transition from black to brown to blonde much more natural-looking. If this is your dream hair don’t forget that you’ll need to keep the blonde and brown toned by using a system that’s designed for color-treated hair. You’ll also need to use a regular hair mask, like The Good Stuff Intensive Nourishment Cream, to help your hair get hydrated. Plus, it’ll get your hair super shiny!

2. Dirty Blonde Side Part Afro

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This caramel blonde is almost too sweet.

You don’t need to go totally platinum to enjoy a blonde afro, especially since there are awesome shades out there like this caramel dirty blonde shade! Bonus, this darker take means less time with bleach and a bit less upkeep. Style with a cool side part to show off your volume and length.

3. Mini ‘Fro

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The mini ‘fro will always be chic.

A total alternative is going for the teeny weeny ‘fro. This close cut look is great for blonde hair because it’s so high fashion. It’s also a great way to mitigate the breakage effects of doing a long blonde afro. If you’re getting regular trims, bleach breakage isn’t a problem.

4. Curly Bangs Honey Afro

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Honey, I bleached my hair!

Say hello to the most perfect shade of honey blonde. This color is super flattering to warmer skin tones. We love how this ‘fro was styled with super defined curlicues and bangs. To get the look, use Love Beauty and Planet Lavender & Argan Natural Oils Infusion to hydrate and define your hair. This formula works to hydrate your bleach blonde and curly hair, making it soft and shiny!

5. Pulled-Back Blonde ‘Fro

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The ultimate style for grown out roots. Photo credit: Dvora

This medium length ‘fro mixed with a big ol’ headband is seriously dreamy. The overall look is very polished, but still really edgy. Oh, and as a bonus, wearing a big headband like this you can cover overgrown roots. Total win!

6. Center Part Afro

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Hello, natural volume! Photo credit: Dvora

We have a thing for extra long afros styled with a center part. It gives your ‘fro so much volume and really shakes up your look from the halo afro style. If you’re lucky enough to be able to grow out a bleached afro to this long length, moisturizing is going to be your BFF. We always suggest hair masks because they make a world of difference for bleached hair. Try the TRESemmé Botanique Color Vibrance & Shine Intensive Mask for some weekly hydration.

7. Barely Blonde

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The perfect way to dip your toes into blonde hair.

For a different take, why not try highlights? This look makes your halo afro have a whole lot of dimension and lightens up your look at the same time. It’s also great if you want to add a little light around your face without taking all of your hair blonde.