By Grace Okogwu
Natural hairstyles have been a major beauty trend for African women since the ’90s. And as time goes on, more African women are comfortable carrying their hair in its natural texture. This beautiful evolution is a welcome trend.
There are a thousand and one ways to style natural hair, however, today, we’ll be ranking the top nine easiest styles for this hair type.
Faux locs are temporary protective styles resembling box braids. They assume the look of dreadlocks and have to be installed by braiding or twisting with a person’s natural hair.
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This hairstyle is so beautiful and lasts a reasonable amount of time after being installed. They make number 9 on our list because they are installed and sometimes, get so painful [when installed too tightly].
Box braids are quite common and popular protective style. They are usually installed using special extensions made from kanekelon. Box braids can be made in any size [small, medium, large, and extra large] and colour.
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This style can as well be styled in many ways. From buns, updos, french braids, and ponytails, the limit to style one’s box braids is creativity.
Box braids are also easy to wear and generally less painful than faux locs which is why they make it to number 8 on our list.
Cornrows are generally more simplistic hairstyles braided very close to the scalp using an underhand, upward movement to make a continuous row.
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This hairstyle can be made with or without instalment and in different colours and sizes. Cornrows also come in variations like the goddess cornrows, side sweep braids, cornrow with Fishtail braid, swirl, and boxer braids.
For the record, Bantu knots are not actually knots. Rather, they are a cluster of small coiled buns secured tightly.
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We place this gorgeous hairstyle as number 6 because it is not only an easy enough hairstyle to make, but also, it is a representation of the African culture.
And that is not all. After rocking the knots [or technically buns], one can enjoy well-defined curls after untwisting them.
Dreadlocks also known as locs, dreads. Dada, are rope-like strands of hair formed by braiding or matting the hair.
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Finger coils make it to number four on our list because they are easy to make. These bad guys help create well-defined curls after being uncoiled.
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As the style name implies, all you’ll be needing are your fingers plus the hair products of your choice. All it takes to achieve these coils is twirling your fingers around sectioned damp hair.
Twist outs are fun ways to style natural hair and it is quite simple to achieve. This style makes it to number 3 on our list as they are relatively easy to make and maintain.
Although there are many techniques for twisting out natural hair, the general idea is simple. Section hair according to preferred size and while stretching the section out, twist the hair over and under from the root till the ends.
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After twisting, several techniques like leaving twists for a few hours will guarantee defined twists when loosened.
Number 2 on our list is the bun. Not only is this style very easy to accomplish, but it’s also a time saver. In fact, it is so easy to style that ladies who have mastered it, only take a few minutes to achieve the look.
All that’s needed is a hair rope, as well as hair accessories of choice. Whether styled high, low or on the side, this hairstyle is a sure winner. It exists in several other creative variations.
Good old afro is always the number style for all queens rocking their natural hair. This style is classic, timeless, and easy to achieve.
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All that’s needed is to let one’s hair out at whatever height it is in all its glory. Sure afros can be styles as uniquely as creatively as a person feels and we’re here for that magic.
Afro extensions also exist to give women with shorter hair the voluptuous definition of hair they desire.
To conclude, we’d like to remind you that no matter the texture, colour, or length of your hair, it is beautiful as are you.
Which of these hairstyles is your favourite? And how would you rank them?