The desire to stay away from chemical relaxers has grown, over the years, in the Black community. While relaxers remain popular, there is a large segment of Black women who have said goodbye to the “curly crack” and they are embracing their natural curl pattern. Professional hairstylists in the Black community have taken notice and are rising to the occasion with new and exciting Black hairstyles for natural hair ideas. These new looks range from traditional locks and twists to vibrant rainbow-colored brush cuts and everything in between. Universalsalons.com is honored to be the home of over 5,000 Black hairstyles from professional hair salons across the United States. The following images are the 30 hottest Black hairstyles for natural hair trends in America today.
Black Hairstyles for Natural Hair
We hope you like the hairstyles in this gallery and if you see something you like, give the Black hairstylist that created the look a call and let them create a signature hairstyle for you.
These coils with comb hairstyle mimic natural hair locks but they have the advantage of giving the model the ability to change up her look quickly. The coils are influenced by the model’s natural curl pattern and her energetic lifestyle could actually help add volume to these coils with comb hairstyle. Professional hairstylist Marsha Baldwin from The Palace of Hair Artistry in Goose Creek, SC created this beautiful hairstyle.
The natural hair phenomenon has taken over many aspects of the Black hair industry in the last few years. Celebrities like Tracee Ellis Ross and Viola Davis have given this genre new energy with their captivating hairstyles. Black fashionistas are taking things to another level by incorporating freeform locks into their beauty routine. Freeform locks grow naturally without guidance from a loctician. The freeform locks shown in these images were created by Micaela Austin and Gaye Lamar at The Locks House, Natural Hair Gallery in Fayetteville, NC. Freeform locks hairstyles like the one featured in these images are low maintenance, create tons of volume in the hair, and they are not labor-intensive to create.
Rainbow hair colors are reserved for the individual who wants to be the center of attention. Usually, these looks are found on ultra-short crop tops or buzz cuts. Airaina Knight, a professional hairstylist at The Locks House in Fayetteville, NC decided that short hair shouldn’t have all of the fun. She created this flashy natural rainbow locks hairstyle. She used different hues of magenta, copper, purple, and teal colors to achieve the rainbow color. The color is laid over a rope twist technique that is brought up into an updo. Airaina left a few twists out on the sides and back for a playful, wispy look also.
The talented artists at The Locks House in Fayetteville, NC created this elegant natural Nubian locks updo hairstyle. Airaina Griffith is a nationally recognized professional hairstylist specializing in natural hairstyles. This look features copper-brown highlights and lowlights over a French lace updo technique. Airaina created soft petal curls in the top and added some locks jewelry to the front and back as accent pieces. This natural Nubian locks updo is the perfect hairstyle for a busy professional who needs a polished look without a lot of upkeep
Every woman wants a signature hairstyle that speaks to their personality and uniqueness. There are times, though when we want to take things a step further and make a bold statement. That’s exactly what Deirdre Clay, a professional hairstylist, and owner of Wave Links Hair Studio Inc. in Fayetteville, NC did with this stunning very short clipper cut hairstyle and custom grey hair color. The hair is cut dramatically short with faded sides and a v-shaped design part moving around the base also. The top is left a little longer and topped with a custom grey hair color process.
Today’s Black hairstyles are continuing to focus on the natural hair movement that took hold a few years ago. More and more Black women are embracing their natural hair and are looking for healthy alternatives to the types of chemicals used in some hair products also. One such alternative is the silk press. Silk press hairstyles have been a mainstay in our culture since the days of the hot comb and Madame CJ Walker. Like everything else associated with this industry, silk press hairstyles have evolved quite a bit over the years, thanks to the technical skills and artistic eye of the professional hairstylists who push fashion boundaries every day. One such innovator is Mr. Cameron Jackson from Corey Paul’s Hair Studio in Winston-Salem, NC. Cameron created an elegant look that gives his model a range of options with this modern silk press with color hairstyle also.
Black women often want long, natural hair. However, it can feel daunting to even start. A person can grow one’s hair out though. It will take a maintenance regime and the right professional hairstylist to guide the way. That’s why Tish Summers from Shear Diva Hair Designz is a natural choice when you’re looking to grow your hair. She works at Shear Diva Hair Designz in Fayetteville, NC. One of Tish’s major goals is to support women in their journey to natural hair locks growth.
One of the main reasons today’s Black community is flocking to a locks lifestyle is the phenomenal hair growth you can achieve by wearing locks. Notice that we didn’t say anything about just a locks hairstyle, we said locks “lifestyle’. That’s because a locks journey takes time and is about more than the appearance of your hair. When done correctly, Black men and women have seen many inches of hair growth in a relatively short period of time. We asked one of the leading experts in the natural hair and locks hairstyles industry, Tish Summers from Shear Diva Designz in Fayetteville, NC, to give us some inside information on the techniques she uses to help her clients improve their locks updo hairstyle.
The decision to go on a locs journey requires more than just a hairstyle change, it is actually a lifestyle change. One way to spice things up is to incorporate intricate looks like the barrel twist locs updo in these images. Locs are a natural way to motivate hair growth and they pay homage to our ancestral history also. Many people make the mistake of assuming that once you’ve made the decision to grow locs, your hairstyle choices will be very limited. In actuality, professional hairstylists across the country are creating innovative versions of locs hairstyles that will create endless hairstyling possibilities. One such hairstylist is Tish Summers. Tish is a locs specialist, professional hairstylist, and the owner of Shear Diva Designz in Fayetteville, NC.
One of the brighter aspects of this year has been the continuing trend in African American culture to relaxer-free hair. Whether it came about from the government lockdown of professional hair salons across the US, or the result of a desire to live a more carefree life, natural hairstyles are the hottest look in the Black hairstyles industry right now. Just because you choose to forego the “creamy crack” doesn’t mean you’ve taken on a dull lifestyle though.
This funky two-strand twist hairstyle features a bold custom hair color also. The color is a custom combination of different hues of browns and blondes. Deirdre Clay, a professional hairstylist from Wave Links Hair Studio in Fayetteville, NC designed this look on the model’s relaxer-free hair. This hairstyle is perfect for any occasion. You can wear it as a daily office hairstyle or an elegant evening look.
When black women want long flowing hair without the use of harsh chemicals, their go-to technique is the silk press. Silk press hairstyles have been a mainstay in African American fashion since the 1920s. Beauticians would use a metal comb, heated by a stove, to straighten the curl pattern of African American hair. Silk presses give you the ability to have hair that will gracefully flow in the wind, while also keeping your natural curl pattern. The model in these images is wearing a silk press natural hairstyle from Lisa Motley, a professional hairstylist from Alter Ego Salon in Columbia, SC.
Today’s fashion scene comes with every hair color under the rainbow. In fact, actual rainbow color techniques are some of the hottest trends in black hairstyles today. One color that Black women have always had a passion for was vibrant reds and ginger colors. Ginger is an automatic attention grabber and the right shade will form a beautiful highlight to your skin tone. This ginger hair color was custom blended by Gwendolyn Coxum, a professional hairstylist located at Salon Hair Forte in Dunn, NC. Along with the bold ginger on top, this hairstyle features copper-gold undertones and a rod-set curl pattern.
Professional hairstylists in the Black hair community have embraced the fun and vibrant looks created with rainbow hair colors. The exciting mix of colors will always be an attention-getter at any type of event. Rainbow hair colors are not just for special situations also. Many fashionistas are sporting their colorful styles in their everyday lifestyles. The hottest segment sporting these beautiful multi-colored looks are the women with short, natural hair. There’s just something about today’s Black women with short natural hair that is drawing them into this color sensation. We asked Jennifer Nealey, one of the most respected colorists in the Black hair care industry, to give us some pointers on achieving and maintaining an awesome short rainbow hair color on Black women.
The natural hair revolution is definitely here to stay. Black women have been embracing their natural locks in larger numbers over the years. We decided to look into a new short natural hair with color hairstyle from professional hairstylist Jennifer Nealey. We wanted to get some insight into what is fueling this natural hair craze also. Jennifer is a nationally published hairstylist whose work has appeared in some of the largest Black hair magazines. This particular look features a bold precision haircut and a custom hair color process featuring different hues of copper, red violets, and blondes also. We asked Jennifer to give us a few tips on creating and keeping this short natural hair with color style looking salon fresh.
There is something to be said about keeping your hair healthy and rocking a drop-dead gorgeous look at the same time. Today’s fashionista requires more than just a pretty doo, she wants versatility, flair, and above all else, the ability to keep her hair healthy while she wears her style. If this sounds like you, then this natural hairstyle with comb twists and copper hair color is the perfect look. This look also features sides that are swept up into a mohawk with honey blonde highlights over the copper hair color.
Finding the right hairstyle that fits your needs when you are near the beginning of your locks journey can be a little daunting. Professional hairstylist Charo Thomas from Hair Rejuvenation by Charo Hair Salon in Fayetteville, NC created just such a look with this beautiful short locks updo hairstyle. This updo is perfect for any busy professional who wants to travel their locks journey and look great doing it. The style features an elegant aquamarine hair color on the top and an intricate crossover technique in the back also. The aquamarine is bold enough to grab the attention of any room, yet subtle enough to be accepted in any corporate setting. Charo Thomas from Hair Rejuvenation by Charo created an excellent short locks updo hairstyle that will look good for any occasion.
Asymmetrical bob hairstyles are cut shorter on one side. It’s a great way to add flavor to the classic bob hairstyle also. This model is wearing purple and magenta highlights that are very subdued. The color is done on natural hair also. This is great for women that have grown their hair out and they’re looking to do something fresh with it. The color is a custom color also, so if you get this look, you don’t have to worry about resembling any of your friends out on the street. It is a combination of a couple of highlights and a couple of lowlights to bring out the final color. This must be why the look is so unique.
Braid out hairstyles are a great way for African American women to show off and enhance their natural curl pattern. Braid out braid your hair with a moisturizing agent and then pull the braids apart with either your hands or a pick of some kind. Brittany Casterlow, a professional hairstylist from B.Glam Beauty in Greensboro, NC created this natural braid out hairstyle with vivid hair colors. She used a customized ombre color technique with a wide range of colors also. Brittany used different hues of magenta, teal, yellow, rose, orchid, and coral to create this look also. If you love your natural hair and you want to take your style to another level, this natural braid out hairstyle with vivid colors is just for you.
Natural hairstyles are quickly growing in popularity all over the United States. More and more African American women are dumping the “creamy crack” and embracing their own natural hair texture also. While there is definitely a trend toward showcasing our own beautiful natural hair, today’s fashion-conscious woman still wants to look drop-dead gorgeous as we do it. With that in mind, professional hairstylist Star Hewitt from The Remedy Salon in Durham, NC created this elegant bob haircut with graduated layers and hair color on her model’s natural hair. This hairstyle is simply stunning with its neutral blonde hues and soft wispy curls in the front also. Every aspect of this hairstyle is specifically designed for this model’s total look, from the precision haircut to the custom hair color process.
If the words used when people mention you are fierce and bold, then you need a dynamic hairstyle to match. Check out this brassy blonde curly hair mohawk. It was created by Brenda Barron, a professional hairstylist from Samiyah’s Hair Styling Salon in Charleston, SC. This hairstyle is brimming with excitement, from the tri-shade custom hair color, the rod set curl pattern, to the multi-technique cutting design. It is designed to be an attention-getter the moment you step into a room also.
This locs updo hairstyle is perfect for those that are in-between lengths or are fairly new to their locs journey. This hairstyle was created by Nivi Grimball, a professional hairstylist and loc specialist located at Samiyah’s Hair Styling Salon in Charleston, SC. This updo is refined with a subtle hint of color in the front also. The look will wear well at any type of event from a corporate meeting to an elegant black-tie affair. Their versatility and easy maintenance are two of the reasons many women who are new to their natural hair journey choose locs updo hairstyles also. Nivi Grimball makes sure that her clients who make this choice are looking runway-ready when they leave her salon.
Natural hairstyles are quickly gaining popularity among black women. This model has naturally long hair with no chemicals or extensions, and her cosmetologist adds some full-body curls to create texture. Earlisia Torrence from Elegant Tresses in Winston-Salem, NC opted to create a hairstyle that is elegant while also making a bold statement. Many women are choosing to wear their natural hair while having one side tapered close to the skin. Earlisia also added a design part in the tapered section. The tapered haircut is a way to dare to be bold with your hair-do also. The style helps the model be confident with its look also. This hair trend is not going away any time soon.
It is so refreshing to see talented artists performing their craft. That’s what you see when you look at this pin curl updo on natural hair. The hairstyle is from Columbia, SC professional hairstylist Kevin Quattlebaum. This hairstyle is fierce on several levels. The client’s hair is meticulously protected throughout the process also. Kevin created a custom hair color process specifically for this client also. The focal point of the look is the pin curl updo with loose body wave curls falling to one side. The combination of healthy natural hair, the beautiful golden highlights, and the pin curl updo create a stunning hairstyle. This style can be worn at any social function also. While the hairstyle looks beautiful and complicated, Kevin Quattlebaum ensured that his client could easily maintain this look at home.
Few things express your inner confidence more than a beautiful short natural haircut that shows off your own curl pattern. The only thing that could speak any louder about who and what you care about would be to top off that naturally curly hairstyle with a bold platinum blonde hair color. That’s exactly what professional hairstylist, motivator, and platform artist Kevin Quattlebaum from Personalities Hair Studio in Columbia, SC did when he created this short natural curly hairstyle with a custom blonde hair color. The model makes a statement wherever she goes. She’s announcing to the world that her confidence arrived in the room 10 steps before she did. While this hairstyle may seem simple and carefree, Kevin went to great lengths to ensure that this short natural curly hairstyle would have the perfect color, shape, and curl pattern that would enhance his model’s inner diva.
Ladies who stay with their natural curl pattern may feel that their choices for more elegant updos may be limited. Deirdre Clay, a professional hairstylist from Wave Links Hair Studio Inc. in Fayetteville, NC has created a new alternative. This beautiful curly updo hairstyle for natural hair features braided sides and a long bang over the eye also. The bang was created using a two-strand twist technique. The sides were molded out and straightened with a curling iron also. The sides were then braided into a faux hawk updo in the back. The back of the hair is twisted up into the faux hawk as well. This curly updo hairstyle for natural hair will look great at any type of event and it’s designed to be very low maintenance also.
There is nothing quite as beautiful as a bouncy, curly hairstyle. Especially when that style brings out the client’s natural curl pattern. Well, Terrisina Jackson from Mahogany Salon did just that when she created this naturally curly hairstyle with highlights. Terrisina used a double flat twist technique with rods at the end and around the back to accentuate the model’s natural curls. The result is a refined hairstyle that looks carefree and fun. This hairstyle can be worn for any type of occasion, whether it’s a day in the office or a night on the town. Terrisina Jackson made sure her client would be looking good and ready for whatever the day brings.
Red is most definitely the go-to hair color for anyone wanting to stand out in a crowd. Deanna Burton from John O’Brien Hair Salon in Statesville, SC created this intense red hair color for her model. The hair red hair color is a custom blend Deanna created just for this occasion also. To add to the attractiveness of this look, the custom hair color lays on top of the model’s own natural hair also. More and more black women are making the choice to stay with their natural curl pattern these days. Many think that doing so would limit their styling possibilities but Deanna Burton likes to challenge that idea. She loves to create artistic hair color ideas using the client’s natural hair that won’t damage the hair in any way. Deanna gives her client’s the best of both worlds also.
.Greensboro, NC cosmetologist Jennifer Nealy from Hair Favor Hair Salon, was able to create this high lift blonde hair color on natural hair with the idea that blondes do have more fun. More women are choosing natural hairstyles as a preferred style method also. There are so many ways to wear your hair even if you choose a particular cut. Jennifer wants clients to know wearing your natural hair is a great way to let your scalp breathe. She was able to create this style with ease. Natural hairstyles styles require low maintenance with a look of high maintenance appeal also.
If you’re making a trip to the salon, you know you’ve already made a deal with yourself to do whatever it takes to look and feel absolutely gorgeous. For the natural hair queen, you want to know that you are set for at least a week, escaping the whole re-twist regime before bedtime, a comb out in the morning, and, you’re not really feeling braids at the moment. While braids may not be your thing, when you’re ready to go deep into the fun and flirty side, this rainbow hair color is just what the doctor ordered.
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