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31 Cute African Hairstyles for Women in 2021

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Are you in search of hot and trendy African hairstyles for women? Then trust me, This post got you covered.

In this post, I will show you 31 different protective hairstyles for black women that are currently the hot vibe.

The sweet part of these hairstyles is that they are all protective and long-lasting. So if this is something you’re seeking for make sure you go through it till the end.

African Hairstyles for Women

Best & Trendy African Hairstyles for Women

I also have good news for you- And the news is that these hairstyles you’re about to see can be styled in many patterns and sizes to suit your taste.

1. Box Braid

If I give you an African or African-American hairstyles idea for black women without mentioning the trendy box braid hairstyle, I need someone to check up on me. I have no backup data, though, but I believe that 95 out of 100 black women wear this hairstyle at least once in their lifetime.

African Box Braid Hairstyle

2. Passion Twists

The next on my gallery here is the trendy, long-lasting protective hairstyle that caused a heavy wave on the internet early this year. It’s a relatively low maintenance protective hairstyle that would cost between $150- $300 to install.

African Passion Twists Hairstyle

3. Spring Twists

This hairstyle is like the twin sister to spring twist. The only difference between them is the springy feature and the type of extension used. However, I believe that Spring twists last longer on hair when compare with Passion twists.

Spring Twists Hairstyle

4. Bantu Knots

I fell in love with this hairstyle when I saw a trendy picture of Rihana flaunting it with a free and happy state of mind. Talking about the installation cost, I am sure you can get it styled for $100-$200 price, depending on your location and saloon. Just so you know, this is one of the trendiest African hairstyles for women.

Bantu Knots Hairstyle

5. Cornrows Braids

As the name implies, the style is plaited in rows that look like corn. The most interesting part of the cornrows is that they can be styled with or without extension, depending on your natural hair length. However, it does not last long when you style it with just your natural hair.

Cornrows Braid Hairstyle

6. Marley Twists

You might be thinking that this style was inspired by the popular Reggae singer Bob Marley. But I am sorry to disappoint you; it’s far from that. Marley twists hairstyle is another low maintenance and low-tension two-strand twist hairstyle that is hot on the trend.

Marley Twists Hairstyle

7. Havana Twist

This hairstyle is like another twin sister hairstyle to Marley twist hairstyle. They’re so similar that when styled small, you might find it hard to differentiate. But the real difference here is the kind of extension (Havana Hair) used to achieve this style.

Havana Twists Hairstyle

8. Senegalese Twists

Some ladies prefer to call this style rope twist, but it is better known as Senegalese Twists in the general world.  If plaited in Jumbo style, it takes the look of dreadlock. And Just like every other twist hairstyle, it is a two-strand protective hairstyle that you can achieve with either Kanekalon or  Marley hair extension.

Rope Twists Hairstyle

9. Flat Twists

And here I have another easy plus super-simple natural hairstyle for black women that you can style by yourself at home. I will publish a full guide on achieving this hairstyle at home, so make sure you bookmark this blog.

Flat Twists Hairstyle

10. Lemonade Side Braid Hairstyle

Some people prefer to call this hairstyle asymmetric braid which is not too popular; some even call it a one-sided hairstyle. But I believe the name you give it depends on the way and length it is styled.

Lemonade Braid Hairstyle

11. Fulani Braid

When you are listing or compiling tribal braid hairstyles for black women without putting the Fulani braid hairstyles on the list, then you have gotten it all wrong because the Fulani braid is by far the trendiest tribal braid hairstyle you can find on the internet.

Fulani Braid Hairstyle

12. Goddess Faux Locs

Another hairstyle that almost takes the look of Dread loc is the Goddess Faux Locs. This hairstyle directly signals that old wine tastes better because the older this hairstyle gets, the better and nicer it looks.

Wavy Locs


13. Bohemian Locs

The Bohemian Locs hairstyle is another unique hairstyle I came across on the internet. However, I haven’t tried it out on any of my clients. But I think it’s a relatively nice hairstyle. You can buy Bohemian extension and see how it look from their official website

Boho Locs Hairstyle


14. Dookie Braids

Yeah, Here comes the hairstyle that takes the jumbo pattern of styling. If you’re the type that doesn’t like rope size or small braid hairstyle, this is something you might want to give a try. And believe me, you won’t regret it.

Dookie Braid Hairstyle


15. Faux Locs

I know by now you might be wondering if there are differences between the Faux loc hairstyle and the Goddess Loc. There’s a slight difference- The Goddess Locs hairstyle has curls at the end while the Faux Loc ends are sealed with fire.

Faux Locs


16. Micro Braids Hairstyle

People see this as the most delicate hairstyle and this is not far from the truth. The micro braid hairstyle is very small in nature, and because of this, it tends to last for long. But where the problem lies is always between installation and removal.

Micro Braid Hairstyle


17. Kinky Twists

A short kinky twist with your natural hair is the real Kinky; the one done with extension is either passion or spring.  Most black ladies always confuse the Kinky for Passion and spring twist hairstyle IMO.

Kinky Twists Hairstyle


18. Stitch/Feed-in Braid Hairstyle

A man wrote on Facebook, ” If you want to bill me, come to my place with this hairstyle”. Did you get the vibe or I should increase the volume?  I know you already know am talking about the feed-in braid hairstyle.  Nowadays, it’s hard to see a braider that would give you a sweet stitch braid without stressing your root and scalp.

Feed-in Braid Hairstyle


19. Jumbo Braids

The jumbo braid hairstyle is another low maintenance protective hairstyle that you might want to try. It’s relatively cheap to install and less time-consuming. And most importantly, it can last for more than 4 weeks, depending on your maintenance and hair care routine.

Jumbo Braid Hairstyle


20. Dreadlocks

Some people believe that the dreadlocks hairstyle has some origin with spiritual-related stuff, why some believe that it’s just hairstyle. The only issue with natural dreadlock is that it takes time to grow long and mature. Except you’re going with the installation method. The cost of maintenance of good and healthy Dread Locs is relatively expensive as well.

Dreadlocks Hairstyle


21. Black Women Pixie

The Pixie haircut or hairstyle is one of the trendiest hairstyles I have come across on Pinterest. The haircut is so cool when styled in any texture or thickness. I have noticed that some women prefer it short. And I am quite convinced to say the shorter, the better.

Pixie Haircuts


22. Half Up Half Down

Some people prefer to call this style the Half & Half hairstyle in some parts of the world. This style is not a hairstyle on its own; it’s more like a sub-styling hairstyle, just like the Pineapple style for curly hair.

Updo Braid Hairstyle


23. Afro Hairstyles

The afro hairstyle is what black women are known for. It’s a completely natural hairstyle that demands no help. All you need to do is moisturize and make sure each strand looks good and healthy.

Afro Hairstyle


24. Afro Big Chop

Instead of going completely short, most ladies chose Big chop and believe me, this is never a bad idea. Especially if you want to grow your hair over again. The Afro Big chop hairstyle is quite different from the regular natural afro hairstyle discussed above. The only thing is that this haircut demands the use of a clipper plus a professional barber. 

Big Chop

25. Twists Out

I have always known this style as one of the best protective hairstyles for women with curly or coily natural hair. Alongside protecting your hair, this style can promote significant hair growth. The twists out, in several cases, serve as wash and go hairstyle alternative for some ladies.

Twist Out Hairstyle


26. Two Strands Hairstyle

Actually, there’s nothing that special about the two strand twist hairstyle. Most women adore it so much because it’s easy to put in and takedown.

Two Strands Hairstyle


27. Yarn Braids

Just like every other protective African hairstyle for women, The Yarn braid hairstyle offers protection and promote hair growth. Still, instead of using the regular braid hair, you use an extension called Yarn which is remarkably lighter in weight. The hairstyle is generally low maintenance in nature.

Yarn Braids


28. Mohawk Braids

The Mohawk braid is another braid hairstyle style that sourced its shape and name from the trendy male haircut called Mohawk. To make it cooler, there are some other Mohawk hairstyles in my watchlist that aren’t braided. I will share with you guys when next I post.

Mohawk Braid Hairstyle


29. Mohawk Twist

Just like I said before, now the Mohawk hairstyle is very versatile. So the best part is that a creative and professional stylist can recreate the mohawk style with any hairstyle you can ever imagine.

Mohawk Twist Hairstyle


30. Thread Hairstyle

This hairstyle shouldn’t be something new to a typical Nigerian, because 90% of females wore this style at least once in their lifetime. The thread used to achieve this hairstyle are always wool or rubber thread and it’s one of the cheapest protective hairstyles for black women.

Thread Hairstyle

I hope you enjoyed my comprehensive gallery and post on the best African hairstyles for women.

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I am Stanley. A Unisex Hairstylist, Writer, and book lover. After 12 months of the apprenticeship program as a stylist, I started working with my boss for an extra one year. This time frame made me accumulate knowledge and experience in the hair industry, of which I will love to share with friends all over the world through my blog.

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