8 Cute Hairstyles for Black Girls with Natural Hair

We’ve rounded up some of the best influencer-approved natural hairstyles to help you achieve the look you want at home or share with your stylist. Get ready for your refresh.

By Kindra Moné

Hydrated Mini Braids

Mini braids on ultra-hydrated hair are a versatile style that keeps your strands protected with minimal tension. Opt for straight-back braids to the ears and single braids in the back. This hairstyle can evolve from week to week by taking out the braids in the back for a cute braid-out that can be styled loosely, in a ponytail, or half-up and half-down. Keep your braids juicy and hydrated with Ceremonia’s Oil Mist con Aloe Vera.

@_lexialize wearing mini braids; photo is a closeup of her face with cornrows pulled back

Volumized Wash & Go

Don’t let the curl blogs fool you. All curl patterns are beautiful when their natural texture is embraced! Whether your curls are 3a or 4c, you’ll get your best, juiciest wash-and-go when you regularly deep condition your tresses. Try Fable & Mane’s HoliRoots Hair Mask for hair that is stronger and more hydrated.

@quiomy.h showing her copper-colored curls with a wash-and-go

Braided French Roll

This ’90s-style braided French roll is so chic for your next night out. Leave a few braids out to frame your face on each side, and gather the remaining braids at the nape of your neck. Then, twist upwards and secure with an extra-large hair claw like the Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross Hair Clip.

@by.christabelle wearing French curl braids; a few strands left out in front, while the rest is in a claw clip at the back

Black Barbie-Inspired Ponytail

This polished, high pony is a great style to try after your blowout is past its prime. Simply brush your hair into a high ponytail, leaving out a carefully parted, side-swept bang. Add a pack of hair for extra volume — securing the wefts to your ponytail by tightly wrapping and fixing with a bobby pin (or several). Don’t forget to wrap a strand of hair around the ponytail to hide the tracks. To give the most sleekness, try John Frieda’s Original Frizz Ease Serum for humidity-protected shine.

@iamsamiira wearing a half-up/half-down look with her blowout


A twist-out is the way to go for curls that pop with definition for days. While you part and twist your hair, use a product that will give you hold while also providing moisture like Urban Hydration’s Style, Twist & Curl Cream. Pro tip: Try finger coiling your ends or wrapping them around a slim flexi rod for a bouncier look.

@RellzRellz wearing a twist-out; her hair is in an afro parted down the middle

Braided Bantu Knots

 A natural hair trend that’s here to stay, Bantu knots always give an edgy, Afrocentric look. And, when you’re ready to take them down, you’ll be able to enjoy a whole ‘nother look: fluffy, defined curls. For best results, you’ll want to use a gel that is strong enough to hold your hair yet flexible for bounce later, like Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle.

@Madusa.Karma wearing large Bantu knots with baby hairs slicked down; her pose is a side profile

Criss-Cross Passion Twists

These passion twists are anything but ordinary, and the fun criss-cross pattern in the front keeps your hair out your face. Another advantage of this protective style?  It’ll be even easier to up your scalp health game! Try using the Bea’s Bayou Good Biome Scalp Solution for a water-based way to soothe itchiness and reduce buildup.

@mariamaaaaa wearing her hair in criss-cross passion twists. She's rockin' a blue spaghetti-strapped dress, her left arm resting against a wall and her head is resting on that hand

Double Puffs with Baby Hair

This playful style is the perfect carefree look to dress up a casual daytime ’fit. Part your (very well-hydrated) hair horizontally into two ponytail puffs. Then, complete the look by setting your baby hair into gorgeous sweeps framing your face. Naturall Club’s Smoothing Edge Control Glaze and the 24-Hour Edge Tamer Brush by EBIN New York gives you plenty of control and lets you shape your edges to your liking.

Close-up of @anjeez wearing two afro puff pigtails. Her hands are in front of the camera as if she were using them to envision a camera shot

Main Image: Roman Shalenkin/Stocksy; collage by Sesi

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