Afro Hairstyles: 7 Styles You’ve Got to Try

Allison Schmidt | 18 November 2016

Rock on, curl friend. 

At All Things Hair, we are all about embracing you, the real you! No matter your sense of fashion, or hairstyle is, you have to embrace and love what you got. We’ve been (thankfully!) seeing this more and more in hair as more people have been embracing their natural texture with afro hairstyles. And while this hairstyle is typically renowned for its big hair, there are tons of variations where people are rocking the teeny weeny fro to dyed afro hairstyles. But if you’re still on the fence about going natural and growing out your hair, we’ve got a collection of seven afro hairstyles that might just change your mind and inspire your new look. Read on to check out some afro hairstyles that we love.

7 Afro Hairstyles We Love

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A gorgeous full afro is an awesome style to try. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

1. Full Afro

We love the look of this full texture afro hairstyle. We always say the more volume the better! A round, halo cut, like this one, is so flattering on every face shape. Plus, no matter how kinky curly your hair is, this cut will show it off in all it’s glory. Just be sure to keep your ‘fro moisturized so you can get lots of shine. Coconut oil is a great way to moisturize and add shine to your hair.

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A mini ponytail keeps your curls out of the way without hiding them.

2. Mini Ponytail

We know that a free flowing afro can be high maintenance. That doesn’t mean you need to wear a totally different style, though. A quick fix to style your hair while getting it out of your face is a mini ponytail. We also love the look of super curly space buns, for something a little different.

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The tighter the curl, the bigger the need for consistent moisture from root to tip.

3. Medium ‘Fro

If you are growing out straightened hair, or just a close cut buzz, a medium length afro is for you. Keep in mind, if you are new to longer natural hair, you’ll need to up the moisturizing products. We recommend using the Dove Quench Absolute Intense Restoration Mask. It will give you tons of moisture without feeling heavy or greasy.

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This purple color is to die for. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

4. Technicolor Full Afro

Having natural hair is no reason not to have the hair color of your dreams. If you are planning on a big color change make sure you see a salon professional. If the color you want needs to include a bleaching process, keep in mind it’s possible for the bleach to alter your curl structure. Bleach opens the outer layer of your hair and can cause damaged frizzy hair. Keep damage at bay by using natural hair oils.

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Change up your ‘fro shape by adding a center part. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. Center Part

Going for an afro hairstyle doesn’t mean you need the round, halo shape. Nope! Adding in a part gives your hair even more texture by changing up the shape. Best part is, you don’t need a haircut to achieve this style. All you need to do is separate your hair along a line and style to either side.

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Defined curls look healthy and moisturized.

6. Defined Curls And Side Part

If a center part isn’t your jam, try a side part with defined curls. We like using the Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining Gel Serum because of it’s combo of a gel and serum. This isn’t the only serum we like for natural hair. But, it’s the best for getting shiny, soft (not crunchy) defined curls.

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Natural hair doesn’t need to be your natural color.

7. Blond Ombré ‘Fro

Bleaching natural hair is always an option. It will take extra time to get black hair up to blond, but it’s worth it to not totally damage your hair in one sitting. If you are down for spending time in the salon regularly, you can get this gorgeous ombré look. Just be sure to do hair oil treatments in-between the bleaching sessions.

Want to see more inspirational afro hairstyles? Check out these shorter curly styles