10 Afro Hair Looks that Celebrate Identity and Culture

We're Celebrating World Afro Day!

In honor of World Afro Day, we wanted to celebrate the beauty, individuality, power, and history of afro hair with an array of classic and cool styles. The afro is more than just hair; it’s a statement, a symbol, and a representation of African people, culture, and identity.

Scroll down to be inspired by many of the best afro hair looks making a statement this season and beyond.

1. The Colorful Afro

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So bright and striking! Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Afros look good in color too. Ring into World Afro day with a bold colored fro. If you don’t want to dye your gorgeous afro permanently, try using colorful hair wax to temporarily dye your hair for the occasion.

2. The Decorated Afro

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Try some mini flowers for a flirty look.

Show your mane some love this world afro day by decorating your afro. This can be done in a variety of ways through flowers, pearls, and jewels. When styling your hair with accessories use Emerge Style Goals Gel to help quicken the styling process

3. Teenie Weenie Afro with Highlights

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Spice up your teenie weenie afro with ash blonde highlights. Photo by Ziphaus

Teenie Weenie Afros deserve a spotlight during World Afro day too! A great way to wear an afro with highlights is to define the coils/curls so that that color is defined as well. Use SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk to help rejuvenate your curls.

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4. Side Swept Afro

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Make a hot pink statement.

Wear this side-swept afro for a fun intricate look today. This is also a great look for naturalistas who love color! If you’re feeling bold, make a hot pink statement!

5. Half Up – Half Down Afro

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This blue afro is fun & exciting! Photo by Shawn Fields

Want your afro out of your face? Try this cute half up, half down afro. Put a twist on this style by temporally coloring your hair in this aqua style. Try using Emerge’s Edge Control to style your edges to top off this look.

6. Blown Out Afro

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Show off that enviable texture in a full-expression ‘fro. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Add some emphasis to your hair for world afro day! Achieve this style by blow-drying and picking your hair out for a bouncy blown our fro!

7. Classically Curled Afro

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Bring this picture to your stylist as inspiration.

Give your afro a classic look for World Afro Day. To achieve a look similar to this use small perm rods after washing your hair, or a curl defining milk as mentioned above for a gorgeous finish.

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8. Fiery Afro

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Ginger red is the perfect intersection between bold and neutral. Photo by Joecalih

If you’ve been on the fence about dying your fro red, this is your sign to go for it! The ginger red afro is perfect if you want a look that isn’t too bold or too neutral!

9. Afro Bangs

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Curly afro style.

Afro bangs are a super great way to frame your face. Depending on the shape of your afro, you won’t need to use scissors to achieve this look! Simply part your afro towards the front of your face rather than picking it outwards.

10. Dressed up Afro

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Go au naturel with your natural hair for prom. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Want an elegant and dressed-up look for your afro hair? Try using fancy clips and headbands for a look you can wear to all your formal events.

Will you be celebrating World Afro Day by styling your afro hair in a special way today?  Show us your looks by tagging us @AllThingsHairUS for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page. Also for more natural hair ideas, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter below!

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