African American hairstyles are in fashion these days. With hundreds of pop icons and rappers coming from ethnic African background, Afro-American hairdos have become quite popular, especially among the younger generation. For those, who are new to the concept of dealing with this type of hairstyles, it can get a bit confusing. For instance, all Afro-American hairstyles look similar but different techniques are used to design different styles.
Types of African American Hairstyles
Afros hairstyles: This hairstyle is created with natural African hair and can also be made for those who have natural tight curls. Here the hair is styled in such a manner that it juts out from the scalp. Usually, the style is created all over the head and the shape can vary depending upon the individual’s preference. This type of hair became immensely popular in the 1960s-70s eras.
Afro Puffs: This style is similar to the Afro style and can be created with natural hair with the help of an elastic holder. The hair is made to puff outside the holder and is one of the best ways to highlight the beauty of natural hair. This hairstyle looks great on kids who require a neat as well as trendy look.
Bantu/ Zulu Knots: This style requires parting the hair in several sections and then twisting it into tight, firm knots. The size of the sections is entirely dependant upon the length of the hair. You can also design the sections in round, square, rounded or triangular shapes. The hair in a particular section s taken and twisted to form a coil and the end is secured with an invisible rubber band.
Braids: This is one of the most popular African-American hairstyles and looks good on almost everyone. They require taking several strands of hair and braiding them into rope-like formations. You can start with three stranded braids that are considered to be the simplest and move on to five stranded braids, twelve stranded braids and so on. Braids can be created close to the scalp or allowed to hand freely. Braids can be made by taking sections of hair and made close to the scalp as in Bantu knots.