African-American women have their own unique type of hair and have to style this hair differently from other women. There are lots of styles to chose from, but any woman, when choosing a hairstyle, while think of comfort and manageability and also fashion. For African hair there are some basic hairstyles to choose from but also quite a few variations to these basic ones.
However, for an African hairstyle, the first thing you should think about is if you’re going to go with natural hair, which in most cases of African hair is a frizzy curly look, or straight hair. If you go for straight hair, there are two options: chemicals or hair strighteners. If you go the chemical way, you will have to ask for a hair relaxing procedure. This will be done with chemicals that will straighten your hair with a permanent effect. You will have to redo this sort of therapy only when your roots grow out sufficiently to be noticed. However, if you use a hair straightener, you will have to redo everything every time you wash your hair. The advantage of the hair straightener route is that you can easily go from curly to straight hair and back only by washing your hair. A hairstyle that is very versatile is the bob hairstyle. This is not only a very popular haircut but it also fits African hair perfectly considering that it works great on either curly or straight hair. However, long hair does have more perks. Considering that African hair has some wonderful curls, long hair will make that asset more visible. And when you do decide to straighten your hair, for long straight hair there are numerous updos or variations of pony tails that can be worn on any occasion. However, for long African hair, there is also the option of hair braids, which while a little ethnic, will always be in style. Braids are a not that easy to achieve, it is a long process, but once done, they are fairly easy to take care of and look perfect every day.
African hair was and always will be the most difficult hair type to deal with. It is very thin and generally it’s frizzy and wavy. Not being a manageable hair type, it is very hard to style it and most of all, to style it in order to keep up with trends. However, due to the many techniques we have available today, it is not impossible. All you need is to have inspiration, be creative and most of all, have a good stylist. A good option for African hairstyles is straightening. You can either go for chemical hair relaxers if you want a more permanent effect or for hot hair strighteners if you want to be able to go back to your normal hair just by washing it. Straight hair is always a plus because it is easy to style in a large number of ways. Another option is to go for weaves of hair placed in your own hair, in order to get a thicker look or longer hair. You can choose between artificial waves which are cheaper, or natural waves which tend to look better and last longer. Also, these weaves can be a different color from your own natural hair, thus creating the illusion of highlights without the negative effect of dying your hair. Also, let’s not forget the options of braids. African hair is tailor made for braids. There are many celebrities with African hair that go for braids so there is a lot of inspiration out there. If you really want to mix it up, you can go for braids and weaves, together. The point is to integrate the weaves into braids of your natural hair in order to get more braids and, in the end, a thicker, fuller and better looking braided hairstyle. This type of style is lucrative to achieve, but it is durable and easy to manage afterwards. Whatever you decide on, do not get discouraged by the problems of African hair. There are always solution to make your hair, no matter how unmanageable, look modern and healthy.