Styles for natural African-American hair include variations on the Afro, dreadlocks and a variety of creative up-dos. Natural African-American hair is extraordinarily versatile. With some imagination and a little work, people can create multiple traditional, dramatic and chemical-free hairstyles.
Natural African-American hair goes up well in an elegant French twist. An alternative up-do is to braid the hair and pin it on the top of the head in a faux mohawk. Other up-dos with bangs involve pinning the bangs across the forehead for a flirty look. Pinning the hair over the forehead in a chignon is a demure and classic up-do look. Women with dreadlocks can also create dramatic up-dos with plenty of volume; adding dreadlock extensions makes this look even more extreme.
A soft Afro is a classic look for an African-American woman with natural hair. Rolling longer hair on hot rollers and then styling it creates an alternative, gentler look for an Afro. A wilder look is created by crimping long natural hair. Releasing cornrows from their braids and wearing them free is also a great natural look. A quick way to create a similar look is to twist wet strands of hair around one another, then unravel them once they are dry. Dreadlocks can also be worn half-up and half-down for an edgy and exciting look.