Hair typing has become the go-to method for women when it comes to figuring out what their hair needs, as well as lock down the right styles to wear for their texture. Many women are opposed to hair typing, but it can be very helpful to know the different black hair types and what they look like. This way you can take hairstyle and hair care inspiration from women that have similar hair types as well.
To make it easy for you, we’ve rounded up images of black hair types to help you visually understand the difference between each one and the hairstyles that you can wear with each:
Black Hair Types and 11 Simple Style Ideas
Straight Black Hair
There are some black women that may have naturally straight hair due to genetics. However, majority of the time, if you see a black woman with straight hair, she either has relaxed hair or is natural but uses heat styling tools like a flat iron or blow dryer to straighten her locks.
1. Long Straight Hair
Whether relaxed or natural and straightened, there are so many ways to style straight black hair types. Add body to your straight styles with loosely curled ends.
2. Short Straight Hair
There’s nothing like a short style pixie haircut. Try a short pixie style on straight hair if you prefer a hairstyle that helps you put your face shape on display.
Wavy Black Hair
This hair type is made up of hair that has curves that are shaped like a stretched-out S.
3. Long Wavy Hair
Add a bit more texture to your waves with Catwalk By TIGI Texturising Sea Salt Spray. Add it to freshly washed hair and air dry for a natural finish.
4. Wavy Curls
Some waves are tighter than others. This hair type above has a more defined wave. Use products that help define your wave or curl pattern. If you’re looking for super defined hair, apply TRESemmé Make Waves Shaping Gel to each section of hair and diffuse to dry.
5. Wavy Ombré
Make your curls stand out with a pop of color. Try an ombré or balayage for a natural look.
Type 3 Curly Black Hair
6. Curly Afro
There are so many ways to style curly hair. Try this brushed out style to create a big afro style.
7. Short Curls
Keep your look short and sweet with a pixie. Use a gel, like TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel, to define your curls. If you prefer a brushed-out look, you can opt for gently brushing your curls out after styling.
Type 4 Coily Black Hair
This hair type is made up of tight curls that have a zig-zag shape.
8. Coily ‘Fro
If you want to wear your hair in its true coily form, consider wash and go styles.
9. Stretched Coils
If shrinkage on your coils drives you insane, try twist out styles to help stretch them out.
Super Tight Coils
These coils are often referred to as kinky hair. The curls found on this hair type are super tight and gain about 50 percent (or more) of their actual length when straight.
10. Kinky Afro
Blow out your kinky texture out to create big afro styles. For protection and shine while you blow-dry your hair, use a product like Dove Smooth & Shine Heat-Protection Spray.
11. Medium Kinky Afro
A good haircut will help you achieve afro styles with a great shape. Black hair is prone to split ends like everyone else, and constant styling and brushing can wreak havoc on your strands. Be sure to keep up with your trims and your natural hair care routine to maintain the healthy state of your hair.