The Gorgeous Hairstyles Black Women Love Most

Although we can testify to the versatility and strength of textured hair, it still requires a certain level of protection to remain healthy. In addition to regular cleansing, deep-conditioning and the occasional treatment, natural strands should also be fashioned into styles that offer some level of protection and look really cute too.

Black history is paved with innumerable beauty staples, such as hair grease and hot combs. But the unwavering popularity of intricate styling — both braided and otherwise — is what makes us love taking care of our hair even more. And since seasonal changes often ignite hair transformations, we’re giving you a rundown of 26 styles to choose from.

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

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Faux Locs


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Faux Locs

This temporary version of dreadlocks is created by braiding the natural hair and wrapping the braid with kinky extension hair.

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Box Braids


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Box Braids

Three-strand twists that can be fashioned into different lengths, thicknesses and colors.

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Marley Twists


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Marley Twists

Two-strand twists created with kinky or coily extension hair.

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Micro-braids


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Micro-braids

Tiny three-strand twists that can vary in length and color.

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Cornrows


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Cornrows

Three-strand twists braided flat to the scalp.

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Lemonade Braids


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Lemonade Braids

Sideswept small- to medium-size cornrows inspired by Beyoncé’s look in "Formation," the first video off her iconic album Lemonade.

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Havana Twists


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Havana Twists

Two-strand twists created with extension hair called Havana hair (or a comparative version from your local beauty supply store), a man-made blend of ultra-soft hair fibers.

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Goddess Locs


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Goddess Locs

A method invented by Dr. Kari Williams, created similarly to faux locs, but with curly ends.

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Ghana Braids


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Ghana Braids

An African style of braiding in which extension hair is intertwined with your natural hair to add volume to a more traditional cornrow.

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Crochet Braids


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Crochet Braids

Also known as latch-hook braids, this technique attaches hair extensions to cornrows using a latch hook or crochet hook as opposed to sewing them in.

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Fulani Braids


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Fulani Braids

The most distinctive part of this braided style originated by the Fulani people, a Muslim group in West Africa, is a single braid down the middle of the head.

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Feed-In Braids


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Feed-In Braids

These braids give off the illusion of extension-enhanced cornrows growing directly from the scalp. The look is created by merging a strand of extension hair with a natural hair strand at the beginning of a braid.

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Bantu Knots


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Bantu Knots

A series of small, coiled-up buns that can vary in size.

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Head Wraps


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Head Wraps

A solid-color or boldly printed cloth that can be fashioned into various shapes over hair.

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Halo Braid


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Halo Braid

Two braids arranged in a circle around the outer area of the head.

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Nubian Twists


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Nubian Twists

Tight, two-strand twists (sometimes with curly ends), created with very soft extension hair.

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Sisterlocks


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Sisterlocks

A tinier version of dreadlocks credited to Dr. JoAnne Cornwell back in 1993.

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Wash & Go


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Wash & Go

When a naturalista chooses to wear her hair out without manipulating or styling it.

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Blowout


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Blowout

When the hair is slightly straightened using a blow-dryer and hairbrush.

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Buzz Cut


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Buzz Cut

A super-short haircut that’s close to the scalp.

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Pixie Cut


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Pixie Cut

A short hairstyle in which hair is often cropped or tapered to varying lengths.

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Tapered Cut


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Tapered Cut

A short hairstyle in which the sides and back are cut super low while the middle area is grown out.

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Two-Strand Twists


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Two-Strand Twists

The hair is parted into different sections, and two thick hair strands are twisted around each other to create texture.

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Twist-Out


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Twist-Out

A hairstyle that’s done after the hair has been worn in two-strand twists over the span of a night or few hours.

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Pineapple


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Pineapple

A hair technique in which curls are worn loosely at the top of the head to prevent tangling.

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Flat Twists


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Flat Twists

Two-strand twists that lie flat on the scalp.

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