High temperatures and African-American hair are a bad combination. Whether you have locks, coils, or zig-zags, we bet that you’re highly uncomfortable as soon as you go out in the sun. For that reason, let’s talk about the best African-American hairstyles that will let you look incredible even in the scorching heat.
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Best African-American Hairstyles for a Memorable Summer
Contrary to what many people say, we believe that it’s not necessary to have your hair tied up throughout the entire summer. It’s really not the only way to enjoy the sun. As a matter of fact, the best African-American hairstyles you can try out this summer are both gorgeous and practical, not to mention easy to maintain.
Although it sounds a bit too good to be true, it really isn’t impossible or that difficult to have a hairstyle that turns heads wherever you go. Here are a few suggestions.
If you’re ready to make a drastic change, we might have just the thing for you.
To begin with, let’s clarify what a fohawk actually is. The hairstyle is similar to a mohawk, only it’s significantly tamer. So, instead of having defined areas that are quite obvious — hair and no hair — a fohawk gradually fades. Being that it’s the shortest close to your neck, your curls will flourish on the upper middle.
You can give this hairstyle a twist and make it even trendier. We suggest that you add a splash of bright color to the tips. However, if you’re not a huge fan of blue, pink, or green, you can achieve a more feminine look with blonde tones.
If you’re blessed with perfectly shaped coils, there’s really no reason to hide that gorgeous hair. As far as we’re concerned, your stylist should do a chin-length cut with a lot of layers.
Considering that coils can’t be tamed, you shouldn’t even try. With a short layered cut, your coils will look absolutely dreamy. Besides, your hair will be out of your way, which makes this option one of the best African-American hairstyles for the summer.
If you’re not too crazy about short hairstyles, this one can save your precious locks.
A properly done ponytail can be a perfect beach hairstyle. Still, this one is so simple to pair up with every outfit and occasion — so don’t underestimate it. We believe the high ponytail is one of the best African-American hairstyles you can opt for; it’s versatile and suitable for both summer parties and hanging out by the pool.
Your hair should be slick and straight so that the ponytail is worthy of a black-tie event. Therefore, make sure to take your time with hair straightening if you’re going to make this a DIY project.
Although dreadlocks can be absolutely gorgeous if they are done properly, they are a long-term commitment. And not only that — you sometimes need hours to make dreadlocks. The exact time depends on your hair length.
But, the good news is that you can have a new summer hairstyle without committing to dreadlocks long-term. The solution is simple — faux dreadlocks. Finally, your hair will be out of your way. Besides, dreadlocks are low-maintenance, and you can pull off different hairstyles with them.
Naturally, we suggest that you take this idea to your stylist. An amateur can mess up your hair — you wouldn’t believe the potential problems.
In case you’re in a hurry, and you need a stylish hairstyle fast, we have a solution for you. As we can all see, buns are very popular, and they are here to stay. However, the popularity of buns has made them less special and thus less suitable for important events.
Instead of making a careless bun, start by straightening your hair and making a high ponytail. Then, instead of making a regular bun, do a loose braid first. If you make a circle around the ponytail with the braid and secure it with bobby pins, you’ll get an entirely new look.
Long African-American locks of hair can be a real nightmare in scorching summers. Nevertheless, we completely understand why you don’t want to give up on your hair just because it’s a bit hot.
For that reason, we recommend Bantu knots as one of the best African-American hairstyles for all those low-maintenance gals out there. Unlike with faux dreadlocks, you can make this hairstyle by yourself. What’s more, if they are done properly, Bantu knots can last for several days.
One piece of advice, though — don’t make the knots too tight. Given that your hair is already susceptible to heat, tight knots can make your hair break. So, if you want to protect it, loosen the knots and keep it moisturized.
Wavy Pixie Cut
We have a soft spot for pixie cuts. Tinkerbell isn’t the only one who can pull off this hairstyle — so can you.
Although there are many options when it comes to pixie cuts, this year, we have a special recommendation — add waves. A wavy pixie cut will go well with your African-American roots, and there’s a good chance your hair won’t object too much. More importantly, a wavy pixie cut will make you look as if you’ve just stepped out of the Prohibition era. Put on a couture dress, and you’re good to go.
Unfortunately, people underestimated how fantastic cornrows can look, and we think it’s finally time this hairstyle got some recognition.
Obviously, cornrows can look bulky and be difficult to maintain in case they are not braided properly. However, an experienced stylist can make your cornrows thin, slick, and elegant.
Still, this summer, we have a new idea for you. Instead of doing regular cornrows, get a side hairstyle. That way, you can both wear your hair down and make a sophisticated low side bun when needed.
Bobs are back in every shape and color. In case you feel like you’re ready for a big change, our suggestion would be to get an asymmetrical bob — but we wouldn’t stop there.
As we’re sure that you’ve noticed, wild colors are really trendy right now. So, even though you might not be eccentric, we suggest that you do a little experiment. You don’t even have to use permanent dyes — you can get a color shampoo instead.
An asymmetrical bob in vivid colors is a definite head-turner. We’re sure you won’t go unnoticed this summer.
All the hairstyles on our list are quite different. We recommend that you take your pick based on your natural hair texture and your preferences. Besides, you can always mix it up and combine different ideas until you find the perfect hairstyle for you.