Top 100 Hairstyles for Black Women
Welcome to our Top 100 Hairstyles for Black Women! We believe that the start of a new year is the best time for a change, so why not mix it up and try a new hairstyle? We’ve chosen 100 fabulous hairstyles worn by the hottest black female celebrities to inspire you. Whether you prefer to keep your hair natural, relaxed, enhanced with a weave, or heat styled, there are loads of perfect hairstyles here just for you. Take inspiration from celebrities like Rihanna, with her ever-changing hairstyles and colours, Kelly Rowland with her mass of gorgeous corkscrew curls, Solange Knowles with her stunning natural afro, and Alek Wek with her simple yet elegant close-cropped ‘do. Get excited with our Top 100 Hairstyles for Black Women, and start planning your next fabulous hairdo!
[ Read also : 2015 Top 100 Hairstyles for Black Women ]
1. Beyonce African American Hairstyle: Long, beachy waves
Songstress Beyonce turned heads at this year’s Met Gala with her gorgeous, flowing beachy waves of hair. She sported a “reverse ombre” style, with her hair colour fading from light to dark. She also shows off her dark roots, which create a striking contrast with her blonde highlights. Hair this long can be high-maintenance, so choose wisely before getting extensions!
2. Alicia Keys African American Hairstyle: Big, beautiful braid
Singer and songwriter Alicia Keys keeps it simple with an attention-grabbing braid draped over her head. Her long hair is swept up into a huge, flawless braid that crowns her head beautifully. This style draws attention to your facial features, so make sure that your make-up is flawless!
3. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Cropped pixie cut
Caribbean singer Rihanna wears her hair in a cute, cropped pixie cut. We think she looks fabulous with her short hair, and the slight curl in her hair gives her look a cute, romantic touch. She’s opted for a jet-black ‘do, which gives her a classic and elegant look. We have to say we’re jealous of Rihanna’s ability to rock any and every hairstyle she chooses!
4. Kerry Washington African American Hairstyle: Tousled with bangs
Scandal actress Kerry Washington looks glamorous and elegant with her tousled, shoulder-length hair. She wears her hair loose, with blunt bangs and subtle chestnut highlights. The blunt bangs work very well to shorten her long, oval face, and her hair is just the right length for her face shape.
5. Keri Hilson African American Hairstyle: Asymmetrical bob with bangs
Singer and actress Keri Hilson looks super sexy with her blonde, asymmetrical bob. Blonde hair doesn’t always flatter darker skin, but we think Keri has pulled it off perfectly. She’s chosen a shade of blonde that brightens her face, and her blunt bangs draw attention to her perfectly made up eyes.
6. Eva Marcille African American Hairstyle: Platinum blonde pixie
American model and TV actress Eva Marcille looks striking with her platinum blonde pixie cut. Her look is fresh and edgy, and her light hair colour really suits her complexion. This look is very easy to style, and easy to maintain with regular trims. You can wear it straight or curly, depending on the texture of your hair.
7. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Big natural afro
Singer, model, and sister to Beyonce Knowles, Solange Knowles is an up-and-coming fashion and beauty icon. She definitely knows how to rock her beautiful, natural hair. She wears it in a big, sexy afro and keeps her makeup minimal to finish off her look. Natural hair needs a lot of care, as it can get dry easily. Invest in some protective products and use a satin pillowcase at night to prevent drying.
8. Kelly Rowland African American Hairstyle: Cute corkscrew curls
Singer Kelly Rowland embraces her gorgeous corkscrew curls and wears them loose. We simply love big hair, and Kelly shows us how to wear it with confidence. She parts her hair in the middle, and lets her curls softly frame her face. There are many ways to get curls if your hair isn’t naturally curly, so consult your stylist to find a method that suits your hair type.
9. Chanel Iman African American Hairstyle: Sleek and side-braided
American Victoria’s Secret model Chanel Iman wears her hair in a funky side-braided ‘do, with pink dip-dyed ends. We love the contrast between her intricate braids, and the rest of her sleek, straight hair. To achieve this look, braid hair on one side before carefully flat-ironing the other side. Use a moisturizing hair-spray to keep everything in place.
10. Joy Bryant African American Hairstyle: Half-up, half-down Senegalese twist braids
Actress Joy Bryant looks radiant wearing her half-up, half-down hairstyle with Senegalese twist braids. Senegalese twists are more flexible than box braids, making them perfect for braided up’dos. Senegalese braids make a great protective hairstyle, and they’re also easy to unravel when you decide to change your hairstyle.
11. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Fire-engine red
Barbados beauty Rihanna rocks her bright, fire-engine red hair by wearing it in a massive side-swept fringe. There’s nothing subtle about this eye-catching shade, and it takes a lot of confidence to pull it off. If you’re ready for a bold, brave change, this might just be your hairstyle for 2014!
12. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Close-cropped and natural
Singer and model Solange Knowles looks fresh and carefree with her close-cropped, natural ‘do. Solange has embraced the ‘natural hair revolution’, choosing to wear her hair in braids or a fluffy ‘fro over weaves or wigs. This is a great style for you if you’re wanting to give your hair a break from the damage of frequent styling and chemical treatments.
13. Beyonce African American Hairstyle: Poker-straight and smooth
Beyonce looks elegant and polished with her poker-straight, smooth hair. To recreate this look, you can follow B’s example and try a high-quality lace-front wig. However, make sure that you wear it correctly – we’ve seen too many lace-front disasters caused by wearing the wig too low on the forehead. Done correctly, lace-front wigs can give you a whole new, exciting look for 2014.
14. Kerry Washington African American Hairstyle: Shoulder-length curls
Scandal TV star Kerry Washington looks elegant with her romantic, shoulder-length curls and her flawless natural make-up. Her side-parting is very flattering for her long face, as it draws attention down to her eyes and mouth. This is a great feminine style for special occasions, or a hot first date.
15. Halle Berry African American Hairstyle: Razor-cut pixie
Movie star Halle Berry looks fabulous with her playful, razor-cut pixie ‘do. This is a great hairstyle for women who are always on the go, as it’s easy to style. It’s also easy to maintain with regular visits to your hair salon. Another great thing about a pixie cut is that you can decide how long or short to go, depending on your hair type, your face shape, and your personal style.
16. Alicia Keys African American Hairstyle: Perfect patterned cornrows
Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys looks gorgeous with her perfect, patterned cornrows. This protective hairstyle is both feminine and glamorous, especially when paired with Alicia’s shimmery eye-shadow and pretty pearl earrings. Keep your hair moisturized by using a light oil like coconut or jojoba oil, and a deep hair conditioner every so often to keep your braids in peak condition.
17. Ciara African American Hairstyle: Long blonde bob
Singer Ciara wears her shoulder-length blonde hair in a pretty, long bob that grazes her collarbones. This hairstyle is very flattering for her heart-shaped face, and the blonde highlights suit her complexion. The long layers of her hairstyle also flatter her angular face, as they draw the eye away from her pointy chin.
18. Naomie Harris African American Hairstyle: Smooth, side-swept waves
Skyfall actress Naomie Harris looks smoldering hot with her long, side-swept waves of hair. She looks every bit the sexy Bond Girl with her shiny, smooth waves of hair and minimal make-up. Side-swept hairstyles are very popular at the moment, and they are easy to recreate at home.
19. Eva Marcille African American Hairstyle: Box braids bun
Actress and model Eva Marcille goes natural, and wears her hair in chunky box braids that are wrapped up into a stunning top-knot bun. Box braids are very popular at the moment, so feel free to experiment with new and exciting styles. Make sure you get your box braids done professionally so that they last as long as possible. Remember to oil your scalp daily, and don’t keep your braids in for more than 3 months!
20. Thandie Newton African American Hairstyle: Casual corkscrew curls
British actress Thandie Newton looks cute and casual with her fluffy corkscrew curls. She wears them loose, with a middle-parting to keep hair out of her face. To tame frizzy hair, invest in a natural oil-based moisturizer. Beware of silicon-based moisturizers – they can make hair look dirty, as the product lies on top of hair instead of being absorbed.
21. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Long, glamorous ombre curls
Songstress Rihanna looks breathtaking with her long, glamorous curls. Her middle-parting flatters her oval-shaped face, and the light ombre ends of her hair brighten up her complexion. If you don’t have naturally straight hair that you can heat style, you can easily recreate Rihanna’s look with a high-quality weave or a lace-front wig.
22. Naomie Harris African American Hairstyle: Half-up, half-down pompadour
Actress Naomie Harris combines two hot trends with her red-carpet hairstyle – half-up, half-down hair, and a voluminous pompadour (puffy bubble of hair). This long hairstyle is simple yet elegant, and it can be recreated quite easily at home with the right styling tools.
23. Keri Hilson African American Hairstyle: Super-long box braids
Actress and singer Keri Hilson wears her super-long, chunky box braids in a sexy up’do. Long braids are very striking, and we simply love Keri’s bold braided hairstyle. Long box braids can be quite bulky and heavy, so this hairstyle might not be the best choice for an everyday style.
24. Danai Gurira African American Hairstyle: Natural and close-cropped
The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira looks sultry and beautiful with her natural, close-cropped ‘do. If you’re struggling with damaged, chemically treated hair, why not consider the “big chop”? Close-cropped natural hair can look great, and this short style gives your hair a chance to grow back healthy.
25. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Blonde mohawk
Rihanna mixes it up and rocks an edgy, blonde mohawk with a side-swept fringe. This is an easy style to recreate with short, relaxed hair. Take care when chemically treating and colouring your hair, as these styling processes can badly damage hair and stunt hair growth.
26. Jada Pinkett Smith African American Hairstyle: Braided low bun
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith looks classy and confident with her braided low bun. This hairstyle is great for summer, as it keeps hair up and away from your face and shoulders. The low bun is classy and understated, making this a great hairstyle for work.
27. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Full, springy coils
Solange Knowles looks fresh and carefree with her short, springy coils of hair. This is a simple hairstyle that embraces the growing-out period of your natural hair. You can glam this hairdo up by accessorizing it with a hair-friendly silk headband, or a patterned silk scarf.
28. Kerry Washington African American Hairstyle: Long bob with bangs
Actress Kerry Washington wears her hair super-straight, with eye-brow skimming bangs. Her bangs shorten her long, oval face and draw attention to her eyes, which are perfectly made up with a shimmery blue eye-shadow. The long bob is a flattering style that’s in-between short and long hair, and it’s easy to maintain with regular trims.
29. Teyana Taylor African American Hairstyle: Tri-colour curls
American recording artist Teyana Taylor spices up her big, bouncy curls by dyeing them different colours. Her hair is parted slightly off-centre, keeping her hair out of her face. Teyana chooses trending shades of purple to add to the ends of her hair for an edgy, alternative look.
30. Nicole Beharie African American Hairstyle: Micro-braids with curls
Sleepy Hollow TV star Nicole Beharie wears her hair in micro-braids with delicate, medium-length curls. She sweeps her braids into a low ponytail, leaving a few loose curls to frame her face. Micro-braids are a great protective hairstyle, and they are light and flexible when styling.
31. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Bright red curls
We just can’t get enough of Rihanna’s stunning, bright red hair! Here she wears it in a cute up’do with side-swept bangs and a bow-tied headband. The secret to pulling off such elaborate hairstyles is, you guessed it: lace-front wigs. Lace-fronts are a great way to enjoy a fun, flirty new look without damaging your own hair with dyes and heat-styling.
32. Eva Marcille African American Hairstyle: Curly mini-mohawk
Model-turned-actress Eva Marcille looks cheeky and sexy with her curly blonde mini-mohawk. With slicked-back sides and soft spikes on top, this hairstyle is edgy yet feminine. Eva’s ash-blonde locks give this look extra impact, but it can work just as well with darker hair.
33. Naomi Campbell African American Hairstyle: Structured curls with bangs
Super-model Naomi Campbell goes all out with her glossy, structured curls and her signature bangs. Her long hair is cut into layers that softly frame her face, and her bangs draw attention to her eyes. This is quite an elaborate hairstyle to recreate, so be prepared to spend some time with your curling wand and your hair products!
34. Alek Wek African American Hairstyle: Barely there
Sudanese-born British supermodel Alek Wek is radiantly beautiful with her super-short hairdo. She makes a bold statement with minimal makeup and a brightly coloured dress, and we love how she’s embraced her barely-there hairstyle. This ‘do suits confident women who aren’t afraid to draw attention to their faces.
35. Meagan Good African American Hairstyle: Sexy mohawk
Foxy actress Meagan Good goes all out with her sky-high, side-shaved mohawk. Meagan looks confident and sexy with this quirky hairstyle, and she wears bold and bright makeup to draw all the attention to her gorgeous face. With this versatile hairstyle, you can wear your hair up in a mohawk, or down in a side-swept fringe, depending on your mood.
36. Keri Hilson African American Hairstyle: Asymmetrical bob
American singer and actress Keri Hilson looks stunning with her short, two-tone asymmetrical bob. With a long side-swept fringe and short hair at the back, this hairstyle is funky and fashionable. We especially love Keri’s combination of chestnut brown and jet black hair.
37. Gabrielle Union African American Hairstyle: Plaited pony
Actress Gabrielle Union wears her long hair pulled back into a pretty, plaited ponytail. This is an easy way to update the boring old ponytail – wear your pony high up on your head in a trendy fishtail plait for a glamorous twist. Make sure you secure your plait properly so it does’t unravel half-way through the night!
38. Beyonce African American Hairstyle: Reverse ombre curls
Beyonce looks fresh-faced and flirty with her long, soft curls. She sports a reverse ombre dye-job (fading from light to dark, instead of the other way round) which gives her curls a bit of depth. This is a great casual, everyday hairstyle that you can add accessories to for different occasions.
39. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Medium-length braids
Solange Knowles never fails to look fabulous, no matter her choice of hairstyle. Here she’s wearing her medium-length braids loose, with the ends slightly unraveled. This is a practical and manageable length for braids if you’re wanting to get them long!
40. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Sexy side-shaved ‘do
Rihanna brought back the side-shaved trend when she partially lopped off her locks for this edgy, sexy ‘do. The contrast between her short, fuzzy sides and long, flowing waves of hair is quite striking. This is a great way to give your simple long hairstyle an alternative twist.
41. Kelly Rowland African American Hairstyle: Bold, chunky bangs
Singer Kelly Rowland looks stunning with her signature chunky, blunt bangs. She wears her glossy, raven locks in a simple up’do with bold bangs that accentuate her eyes and lips. This style only really works with dead-straight hair, so if you’re a curly girl, invest in a flat-iron or a high-quality weave to achieve Kelly’s look.
42. Taraji P. Henson African American Hairstyle: Elegant short bob
Actress Taraji P. Henson looks elegant and professional with her short, glossy bob. This style, with its huge side-swept fringe, is very flattering for her square-shaped face as it softens her angular jaw. Your face shape will determine how short you can cut your bob – consult your stylist.
43. Selita Ebanks African American Hairstyle: Slicked back, wet-look pony
Fashion model Selita Ebanks rocks the wet-look trend by wearing her hair in a slicked back ponytail. This look is achieved by smoothing hair with gel, and then carefully blow-drying it to give it texture and keep it in place. Perfect for a bad hair day, wet-look hair is also sexy and casual.
44. Teyana Taylor African American Hairstyle: Cornrows and crazy curls
Singer Teyana Taylor looks awesome with her cornrows and crazy mohawk of curls. The contrast between her tight braids and fluffy curls is striking, making this ‘do quite unique. It may take several hours to style correctly, but we think the “wow” factor is definitely worth it!
45. Jordin Sparks African American Hairstyle: Half-up, half-down
American singer-songwriter and actress Jordin Sparks is bang on trend with her half-up, half-down hairstyle. Half of her tousled, long tresses are swept back and secured behind her head, whilst the rest of her hair is left loose to fall on her shoulders. Leave a few flyaway hairs to frame your face and soften your features.
46. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Fabulous ‘fro
Solange Knowles looks every bit the darling diva with her round, fabulous afro. We love how healthy her natural hair looks, having watched her TWA (teeny weeny afro) grow out since she chopped her hair off. She keeps her look simple with sparkly earrings and bright coral lipstick – divine.
47. Anika Noni Rose African American Hairstyle: Sparkly headband and curls
Dreamgirls actress Anika Noni Rose looks pretty and radiant with her sparkly headband and soft, fluffy curls. Headbands are a popular accessory at the moment, whether you wear an elegant headband like Anika, or a hippy headband like a patterned scarf. They’re also a stylish and easy way to keep your hair tamed!
48. Zoe Saldana African American Hairstyle: Long, side-swept fringe
Zoe Saldana embraces the side-swept hair trend and goes all out with a long, wavy side-swept fringe. The asymmetry of this hairstyle draws attention away from her length of her face, and accentuates her lips and eyes. This is a pretty yet bold up’do that is easy to recreate at home.
49. Tiffany Hines African American Hairstyle: Asymmetrical bob with flippy bangs
Actress Tiffany Hines looks stunning with her short, asymmetrical bob. We particularly love her flippy bangs that skim over her eyes and give her hairstyle a dynamic edge. Finish off this look with a few highlights to brighten up your hair colour.
50. Beyonce African American Hairstyle: Huge box braid topknot
We simply love this look on Beyonce! She looks phenomenal with her box braids in a huge, gravity-defying topknot. It’s quite tricky to keep everything in place, so make sure you secure your braids properly once you’ve wrapped them up into a top-knot. Also, bear in mind box braids can be bulky and heavy, so don’t wear them up for hours on end.
51. Keke Palmer African American Hairstyle: Braided up’do
Actress Keke Palmer looks angelic with her perfectly braided up’do. Braided hair has been very popular this year, and we’re sure the trend will carry on into 2014. Take inspiration from Keke and wear your hair with a pretty “crown” braid as a hairband. Leave some hair loose to softly frame your face for a romantic feel.
52. Tika Sumpter African American Hairstyle: Soft, springy spirals
Actress, singer, and model Tika Sumpter looks gorgeous with her soft, springy spirals of hair. She keeps her look simple and wears her loose hair in a side parting to keep it out of her face. We love the subtle dip-dyed ends of her curls – they give her hairstyle some extra glam.
53. Kelis African American Hairstyle: Short, red, and curly
Singer Kelis mixes it up by wearing her hair short, red, and curly. This is a sexy, low-maintenance style that suits most face shapes. When changing your hair colour, take a note from Kelis and always remember to dye your eye-brows to match your hair!
54. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Razor-cut pixie
Rihanna shows off one of 2013’s hottest hair trends – the razor-cut pixie ‘do! This is a cute short hairstyle with loads of personality, and we think it suits Rihanna perfectly. Her angular side-swept bangs flatter her oval-shaped face by drawing the eye down to her eyes and her matte red lips.
55. Alicia Keys African American Hairstyle: Wavy cornrows
R&B singer Alicia Keys sports another variation of her trademark mini cornrows. We love the wave pattern she’s chosen, and the delicate braiding of each cornrow. Alicia shows us that protective hairstyles can be really glamorous as well as practical, by wearing them to red-carpet events.
56. Kerry Washington African American Hairstyle: Pretty ponytail
Kerry Washington shows us another hot hair trend for 2013/2014 – pretty, polished ponytails! She wears her mid-height ponytail with a deep-parted, side-swept fringe that neatly frames her face. To finish off your posh ponytail, wrap a strand of your hair around the hair-tie to conceal it.
57. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Senegalese twists
Solange Knowles delights us once again with her superb hairstyle choice. This time she wears her hair in fashionable, chunky Senegalese twists that are piled up on top of her head. Senegalese twists are a simply gorgeous way to protect your natural hair as it grows out, and they’re easy to install too!
58. Jennifer Hudson African American Hairstyle: Long, straight and shiny
Songstress Jennifer Hudson looks chic with her long, straight and shiny hair. Her chunky bangs really flatter her angular face by drawing attention to her eyes. We also love Jennifer’s subtle caramel highlights near the ends of her hair – they look great and they brighten up her complexion.
59. Gabrielle Union African American Hairstyle: Cute, curly bob
Gabrielle Union looks like she’s just stepped out of the fabulous ’50s with her cute, curly bob. This retro style is both glamorous and cute, with its structured curls and side-swept bangs. Finish off this look with some glossy, blood-red lips and winged eyeliner.
60. Keri Hilson African American Hairstyle: Short, cascading curls
Singer-songwriter and actress Keri Hilson rocks her sexy ash-blonde curls by wearing them loose and wild. Ash-blonde is a great light shade for darker skin, as it looks more natural than platinum blonde. Recreate Keri’s curls with a thick curling iron and plenty of hairspray.
61. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Medium-length beachy waves
Rihanna looks like she’s just stepped off the beach in Barbados with her gorgeous blonde beachy waves. Her just-above-the-shoulder length hair is full of body and texture, and her wavy bangs are very flattering for her oval-shaped face. Paying attention to your face shape is very important when deciding to get a fabulous new cut, as you can make sure it’ll look great!
62. Tika Sumpter African American Hairstyle: Ballerina bun
Actress Tika Sumpter looks picture perfect with her tightly wound ballerina bun. This is a super-simple style that can be both glamorous and casual, depending on your outfit, makeup, and accessories. Tika keeps her look sleek and polished with her hair totally swept back away from her face.
63. Zoe Saldana African American Hairstyle: Crowning braid
Zoe Saldana embraces the braid trend and gives it a new. unique twist. She wears her hair loose with a braid of her own hair as a headband. Recreate this pretty, feminine look by forming two braids; one at each temple. Secure the two together in a sort of “crown” for a stunning braided headband effect.
64. Garcelle Beauvais African American Hairstyle: Loose and slicked back
Actress Garcelle Beauvais has perfected the trending “wet look” hairstyle, and we think she looks fabulous! Her hair is slicked back and worn loose for maximum effect. To achieve wet-look hair, carefully smooth hair on the top of your head back with gel, and then blow-dry it to keep everything in place. Leave the rest of your hair dry for a great contrast.
65. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Wild, carefree afro
We consider Solange Knowles a great ambassador for natural hair – and she’s super stylish too! Here she looks gorgeous with her wild, carefree afro all grown out. We love her natural hair texture, and her halo of healthy, springy coils. This is also a manageable length for an afro, as it’s nicely in-between a TWA (teeny weeny afro) and a huge, high-maintenance ‘do.
66. Beyonce African American Hairstyle: Medium length, tousled waves
Queen B looks causal and carefree with her medium-length, tousled waves of hair. Her hair has plenty of texture, and we love the summery shade of blonde she’s chosen. To protect your hair from damage caused by heat styling and bleaching, use plenty of protective hair styling products, and moisturize your hair every day.
67. Nia Long African American Hairstyle: Perky pixie
American actress Nia Long looks feisty with her long and perky pixie cut. We love her side-swept fringe and her softly spiked hair. The pixie cut is a trending short hairstyle that can be tweaked to suit your face shape and your hair texture. Consult your stylist to find the best pixie cut for you.
68. Kelly Rowland African American Hairstyle: Straight with subtle highlights
Songstress Kelly Rowland looks stunning with her straight hair and chunky bangs. Kelly makes her simple ‘do more interesting with some subtle, carefully placed highlights. The coffee-coloured streaks give her hair depth and brighten up her face.
69. Tatyana Ali African American Hairstyle: Side-swept and long
American actress and R&B singer Tatyana Ali follows the side-swept hair trend and wears her raven tresses swept to one side. This look is very easy to recreate, with loads of hairspray and a thin curling iron to get her gorgeous, cascading curls.
70. Kelis African American Hairstyle: Quirky quiff
Singer Kelis rocks a quirky, sky-high quiff with shaved sides. We love her side-swept fringe and the subtle highlights at the back of her head. We also really love her phenomenal eye make-up and her dewy, glowing skin. This is a great hairstyle for you if you don’t mind drawing attention to your face.
71. Gabrielle Union African American Hairstyle: Fancy flicks
Actress and former model Gabrielle Union wears her stunning long hair in layered, fancy flicks. We love her hair colour choice as it warms up her flawless complexion. The layers and flicks soften the angles of her face and create a beautiful frame for her best features.
72. Nichole Galicia African American Hairstyle: Side-swept and coiled
Django Unchained actress Nichole Galicia looks sultry and sexy with her glossy, raven tresses. She wears them loose with a long side-swept fringe that flatters her oval-shaped face. Nichole keeps her make-up minimal with smoky, sexy eyes and a nude lip.
73. Joan Smalls African American Hairstyle: Fishtail pigtails
Supermodel Joan Smalls rocks two trends at once with her fishtail-plaited pigtails. Fishtail plaits are very fashionable at the moment, and we’re sure they will be very popular in summer 2014. Find a how-to tutorial online to get a step-by-step guide to creating perfect fishtail plaits.
74. Ciara African American Hairstyle: Mid-length and tousled
Singer Ciara wears her mid-length hair loose with a deep middle parting. We love her bold low- and high-lights that complement her fair complexion. The middle-parting is very flattering for her face shape as it softens the angle of her strong jawline.
75. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Jet black mini-mohawk
Hair chameleon Rihanna looks edgy and sexy with her jet black mini-mohawk. To recreate Rihanna’s look, use plenty of extra-strength hair styling gel and hair spray to keep your mohawk up. Glam up this alternative look with winged eye-liner and some bright red lippy.
76. Garcelle Beauvais African American Hairstyle: Glossy long bob
Garcelle Beauvais wears her poker-straight hair in a stylish, long bob that grazes her collarbones. She keeps her look simple with a small side-parting and minimal makeup. To get sleek, straight hair like Garcelle, invest in a good quality flat-iron and some heat protection spray to shield your hair from damage.
77. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: All natural
Solange Knowles mixes it up and accessorizes her healthy, natural hair with a colourful, printed headscarf. Hair accessories are a great and inexpensive way to update your hairstyle. Choose silk over cotton scarves as they don’t sap moisture from your hair.
78. Teyana Taylor African American Hairstyle: Dip-dyed curls
Singer Teyana Taylor looks stunning with her free-flowing, dip-dyed curls. She’s opted for a striking contrast between her black hair and her dyed ends, rather than the gradual fading effect of ombre. Follow Teyana’s lead and play around with different hair colour combinations for a fresh, exciting look.
79. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Fiery red long bob
We love Rihanna’s red hair even more than her blonde locks! She wears her fiery red hair in a long, layered bob that barely grazes her collarbones. She’s chosen the perfect length for her bob, as the long layers gently frame her face and soften the angles of her jaw.
80. Ciara African American Hairstyle: Voluminous bob
Ciara looks elegant and carefree with her wavy, voluminous bob. This ear-length hairstyle needs loads of volume to look great, so invest in some volume-boosting hair products and some hair rollers to use when blow-drying your hair.
81. Joan Smalls African American Hairstyle: Perfect wet-look ‘do
Supermodel Joan Smalls looks superb with her slicked back, wet-look ‘do. We love the contrast between the “wet” and dry textures of her poker-straight hair, and her minimal makeup. To get flawless wet-look hair, use strong styling gel on the top section of your head and blow-dry carefully to keep hair in place.
82. Gabrielle Union African American Hairstyle: Loose fishtail plait
Actress Gabrielle Union wears her glossy, two-tone hair in an unstructured fishtail plait. We love how she’s given this trending hairstyle a new edge with a few strands of highlighted hair twisted into her plait. She wears her plait to one side, creating a cute, asymmetrical hairstyle.
83. Solange Knowles African American Hairstyle: Two-strand twists
Solange Knowles never fails to impress with her amazing choice in hairstyles. Here she wears her hair in thick, two-strand twists that look amazing in motion (check out some pictures of her live performances where her braids are flying around her head – amazing!). These braids may be bulky but they’re easy to install and remove.
84. Zoe Saldana African American Hairstyle: Chic chignon
Zoe Saldana looks chic and elegant with her elaborately coiffed chignon. This classic hairstyle is an extremely popular formal up’do for 2013, with its timeless glamour. Zoe wears her chignon to the side at the nape of her neck, with soft, structured curls framing her face on the other side.
85. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Messy up’do with long, side-swept bangs
Rihanna looks super cool with her messy-yet-stylish up’do. We love her hair colour – beachy blonde highlights with dark blonde underneath. This is a great everyday style for long hair, and it works well on bad hair days too. Pair your up’do with some dark sunnies and you’re good to go!
86. Tyra Banks African American Hairstyle: Poker-straight with blunt bangs
Former supermodel and talk show host Tyra Banks looks smoking hot with her poker-straight hair and blunt bangs. We’re pretty sure that she’s wearing one of her trademark lace-front wigs, and it suits her look perfectly. Lace-front wigs allow you to change your look dramatically, without any permanent consequences.
87. Brandy African American Hairstyle: Sexy spring twists
Singer Brandy Norwood delighted us with her amazingly long spring twists. Spring twists are usually worn short, but Brandy shows us that they can look amazing long too. We’re also excited that Brandy seems to be transitioning into natural hair – be sure to keep an eye on her in 2014!
88. Regina Hall African American Hairstyle: Low ponytail with tousled bangs
American actress Regina Hall looks pretty and poised with her elegant low ponytail. We’re super envious of her sleek, shiny hair and her perfectly straight, side-swept bangs. To get your hair this shiny, invest in deep conditioning hair treatments and a shine enhancing hairspray.
89. Thandie Newton African American Hairstyle: Deep side-parting
Actress Thandie Newton wears her hair in a dramatic, deep side-parting with hair swept to the side. We love the contrast between her cascading curls and her bare neck, as well as her hot pink lipstick. Side partings are flattering for most face shapes, as they create the illusion of a more elongated, slimmer face.
90. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Cleopatra bob
Rihanna looks smoldering hot with her blunt, Cleopatra-inspired bob. This chin-length hairstyle is full of attitude, and we love how mysterious RiRi looks with her long, straight bangs. This style works best with straight, fine hair, but you can also use heat styling to tame your wavy or curly hair.
91. Gugu Mbatha-Raw African American Hairstyle: Super-cute curls
Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw looks absolutely adorable with her little, springy curls. She wears her hair in a half-up, half-down ‘do that we simply love. To recreate Gugu’s super-cute curls, use a small diameter hair wand and a little bit of hairspray to keep them in place.
92. Joy Bryant African American Hairstyle: Slicked back, curly ponytail
Joy Bryant wears her hair in a polished, pretty ponytail that combines slicked back hair and sexy, full curls. We absolutely love Joy’s no-fuss approach to beauty – she looks stunning even with a simple hairdo and minimal makeup.
93. Zoë Kravitz African American Hairstyle: Layered razor cut
American actress, singer and model Zoë Kravitz looks absolutely stunning with her short, layered razor cut. She seems to have picked up on her dad Lenny Kravitz’s effortless style, because she looks confident and carefree with her sexy casual ‘do.
94. Joan Smalls African American Hairstyle: Side-swept coiff
Supermodel Joan Smalls shows off her own version of the side-swept hair trend. She wears her hair with the usual side parting, and a surprising “bubble” of hair on one side. We love how she keeps her look simple and natural by wearing only eyeliner and lip gloss.
95. Lisa Bonet African American Hairstyle: Striking dreadlocks
American actress Lisa Bonet absolutely owns her awesome long hairstyle with striking, waist-length dreadlocks. Dreads are an alternative to braids, and they can be achieved by twisting natural hair and styling it into individual dreadlocks of hair. Dreads can be prone to dryness, so make sure you oil your scalp every day.
96. Beyonce African American Hairstyle: Luscious layers
Beyonce looks stunning with many luscious layers in her hair. Layers are flattering for pretty much any face shape, and they give amazing body to fine or flat hair. A general rule is to ensure your shortest layer ends just under your chin, and no higher.
97. Chanel Iman African American Hairstyle: Awesome accessories
Supermodel Chanel Iman shows us how to accessorize your hair for maximum impact. For a cool, rock-chick look, wear a bandanna as a hairband with the rest of your hair loose. Pair your look with some dark sunnies and you’re good to go!
98. Rihanna African American Hairstyle: Marbled bob
Rihanna looks amazing with her blonde-and-black marbled bob. We’re pretty impressed by the massive side-swept fringe that divides her face in two, although we’re not so sure that she can see properly through all that hair! For a more practical style, keep your fringe out of your eyes or thin it out so you can see through it.
99. Eva Marcille African American Hairstyle: Structured wavy ‘do
Actress and model Eva Marcille looks glamorous with her 1920’s-inspired structured wavy ‘do. This is a wonderful short hairstyle for formal occasions, as it gives hair great texture and it looks gorgeous. Use plenty of hair-styling gel to keep your hair in perfect, wet-look waves.
100. Kerry Washington African American Hairstyle: Romantic bob
Actress Kerry Washington looks simple gorgeous with her slightly curled, romantic bob. We love how her choppy bangs draw attention to her face, and the subtle caramel streaks in her hair that flatter her complexion. This is a great date-night look – we recommend wearing it with a pretty, feminine dress and kitten heels.
So there you have it – the Top 100 Hairstyles for Black Women! We hope you’ve enjoyed looking through all of our carefully chosen hairstyles, and that you have some great ideas for this year. No matter what your personal style or hair type, we’re sure you’ve found the perfect look for the new year. Let us know what you think in the comment box below!