Let’s face it, Afro-Caribbean hair is the best. But with every blessing comes it’s own challenges, and afro hair textures is no exception. To get the most out of your hair it’s important to keep it healthy to prevent damaged or lifeless hair. Curly hair textures tend to be dryer than other hair types and so you need to make sure you are giving it as much moisture as possible to keep it looking flawless. To best flaunt your gorgeous locks you will need to find the best hairstyles for your textured hair, one that is practical, cute and flattering for your style.
Take a look at the best hairstyles for black Afro-Caribbean hair textures.
Style 1: The Curly Afro Bun
Even though your curly, thick hair is the best, there are the occasional times that you want to keep it out of your face. This style is perfect for practical days out when you need to keep your face hair free. It’s super easy to do and takes little-to-no time to rock this style in the morning – especially on those greasy hair don’t care days. Add some personality to this up-do by adding a bandana or material around the bun.
Get the look:
- Depending on the length of your hair, simply tie all your hair in a high pony.
- If you have long hair then secure the ends of your hair near the base of your high pony to make the shape of a messy bun. Work with small sections of hair at a time to get the look you want.
- If you have shorter hair then you can secure any flyaways with a bobby pin and add any extra embellishments (bandana or headband).
Style 2: The Thick and Voluminous
Make your hair the envy of everyone else by using hair extensions to add thickness and volume to your hair. This is the best way to add more texture and get the perfect Afro look. This hairstyle is suited for those that have 4C afro kinky hair because it adds even more volume to thick and curly girls.
Look for high-quality hair extensions otherwise you risk them looking ratty and unflattering. Where you can, it’s best to go for all-natural real hair extensions that last a very long time and are easy to take care of. This way your do will always look perfect.
Get the look:
- Wash hair and dry thoroughly before using hair extensions for the best curly look.
- Section hair in layers horizontally around your head and clip in hair extensions, starting from the base of your head and working your way up.
- Continue to add hair extensions to your hair until you reach the look you are happy with.
Tip: Make sure you do your research when looking for the right hair extensions for you. If you don’t already know, then find out what type of curl you have like 4b or 4c curls. This will make it easier to get the right hair extensions that suit your hair perfectly. For more on using hair extensions, take a look at our previous article: the 10 hair extension myths busted.
Style 3: Half up Half Down Box Braids
This style looks stunning and is great to bring variety to your box braid style. The best part about box braids is that they open the door to countless other sophisticated hairstyles. This half-up half-down hairstyle is easy to do, and looks stunning for any occasion.
Get the look:
- Start with your hair down, parted in the middle. It’s best to work with freshly washed braids.
- Grab the front, top section of your hair and twist it straight above your head.
- Coil your twist around to curl back onto the top of your head.
- Secure your bun on the top of your head using bobby pins. Insert bobby pins at the base of the bun to ensure your hair is secure.
- Use oil to tame any flyaways around the bun and the hair by the sides of your face.
This style is not only stunning, it is practical as it keeps the front parts of your hair out of your face. This is a really easy-to-do hairstyle that will transform any look in an instant.
Style 4: The Simple Bantu Knots
This simple hairstyle can instantly transform your look and really is a doddle to achieve. The Bantu Knot is a popular hairstyle worn by African women for generations. Even the likes of Rhianna can be seen wearing them. These knots may look complicated, but with a little know-how and determination, you can get the look you are after. This hairstyle is awesome because it actually creates two hairstyles in one; the Bantu Knot and the Bantu Knot-out (curls created after the knot is taken out).
Get the look:
- Thoroughly wash and condition your hair. This hairstyle will leave a lot of your scalp on show and therefore it’s important to clear off any product build up or flaky scalp issues before you get going.
- Next, you will need to section off parts of your hair. This will form the small buns on your head. Depending on the length of your hair you can section them off into small, medium or large sections – whatever works best for you.
- Take some hold product, like a gel or mousse and twist each section of hair in the same direction starting from the root and working all the way to the tip. You should end up with a rope-like section of hair.
- Continue twisting the hair until it coils and curls around itself to make the bun.
- Secure with a clip.
- Continue with this around each section until all your hair is knotted.
Style 5: The Scalf Twist
The scalf twist is inspired by the box braid half up half down style with a twist. This is a great way to add some color to this classic hairstyle. This look works best when your hair is braided and freshly washed because it adds extra shine to this hairstyle.
Get the look:
- Start with hair down and parted down the middle.
- Grab your scarf/ bandana and twist to make the scarf long and thin.
- Section the front and top part of your hair (like in the Half up Half Down Box Braids style) and twist
- Twist until the hair begins to coil downwards into a bun.
- As your hair begins to coil down to your head, put one end of the scarf at the base of the bun and begin coiling your hair downwards to cover it.
- Wrap your hair down and secure into a bun with bobby pins.
- Begin to wrap the rest of the scarf upwards over the bottom of the bun.
- Tuck the end of the scarf into your bun (usually at the base) and secure where you need to with bobby pins.
Everyone needs a couple of staple hairstyles to fall back on when our kinky curly hair just isn’t playing ball. Finding the right hairstyle for your hair type can be challenging, especially for Afro-Caribbean hair textures. Experiment and try new and daring styles to get the look you are after. What hairstyle will you rock next?