Rockin’ a New ‘Do This Season: Chic and Easy Options for Fashionistas of African Heritage
Sometimes it’s really hard to get your hair under control, especially if it’s coarse and unwilling to collaborate. Many women of african heritage go through this frustrating hair ritual every morning and thus seek help in expensive hair salons, only to find out that when it’s time to wash the hair at home, the hairstyle just won’t be the same again. Well, here are six hairstyles that are easy and guaranteed to get you in the spotlight with the help of no more than your own fingers, mirror and a comb.
The Afro-Chic Look
Some hair types are just better left coarse and untamed, if, that is, you have the confidence to pull it off. Afros were widely used once upon a time, and they signified power and rebellion. Ever since the queen of Afro-chic hairstyle Diana Ross introduced us to the intensive look of the natural african mane and Erykah Badu perfect it, we just can’t go back. It seems like the lavish wildness of the hairstyle caught up with us.
The afro emphasizes your facial features and makes you seem more confident and mature, and this works for both women and men (just look how sexy it looks on Lenny Kravitz). The volume of the Afro hair instills sophisticated roughness, while making it a stylish statement no one will ever forget. If you’re not in the mood of carrying such an untamed mane on you, you can always go with a short, softly backcombed version of the Afro.
The Color Explosion
When the time comes to freshen up your look, opt for unusual colors. Dark skin looks great when paired with extreme, vivid hair colors like reds, neons, pinks and purples. (Just look at Rihanna!) Contrast works in your favor, and having two-or-more-toned hair hues is no exception. You can even go blonde, either fully or just highlights.
Though, of course, keep in mind that dying your hair has some consequences, so make sure you are ready for them. Prolonged use of hair colors can make your hair brittle and dried out, so make sure you use high quality products, minimize the damage by touching up your color only when absolutely necessary, and opt for some diy hair masks to help restore the health of your hair.
The Tiny Wild Curls Look
If your hair has tiny curls that go wild from time to time, then we know just the right way of how to keep them formed and under control. Styling your curls has never been easier than it is today with so many hair creams available, which bare a promise to separate your curls and make them beautiful.
All you have to do is buy a cream and gently curl the locks around your finger. It might take you a bit more time, but the effect you get is absolutely worth it. By making your locks softer, your hair will get that healthy shine and glam you’ve always wanted to achieve. And no expensive trips to the salon, or heat treatment! The thing we love about this style is that it embraces your natural hair texture and volume!
The Cornrows Look
The cornrows hairstyle’s origins go all the way back to the ancient times in Africa. They were an indicator of all kinds of things: religion, status, age, etc. They were a powerful symbol and were often stylized into complex geometric shapes. When Africans were forced into slavery and brought to the American continent, what used to be a proud cultural symbol attracted much controversy and was often considered untidy. Therefore, many Africans were forced to leave the hairstyle and turn to straight hair.
When slavery was in the process of becoming abolished, cornrows were reintroduced to the public as a symbol of power. Through modern hip-hop culture, their importance nowadays is more relevant than ever. Also worth mentioning the fact that they are very comfortable. Don’t have to do your hair in the morning, and don’t need to worry about it throughout the day. It’s one less thing to worry about.
The Asymmetrically Shaved Look
The ultimate Hollywood hairstyle nowadays is the shaved hair on one side of your head look. Celebrities just love it, and the rest of the world is catching on. If you have to have guts to even dare and do something like this, power to you. It’s very chic and very rebellious, the hairstyle has managed to blow our minds with its boldness and its ability to make a powerful fashion statement.
The asymmetrical rocker chic ‘do is a powerful hairstyle perfect for bold fashionistas, who believe that risk is an inevitable ingredient on the path to extreme fashion. Of course, if you have a very serious day job, think twice before getting your head half shaved, since it will take a while for it to grow back.
The (Nearly) Bald Look
The most extreme hairstyle, which just happens to look perfect on women of African heritage, is the “nearly” bald look. To pull off this look you’ll need more than just courage, you’ll need a steel self-confidence. There is nowhere to hide in this look, so make sure you have the guts to pull it off day after day. Another important thing is to have the right facial features: well shaped head, little nose, big lips, and cat like eyes. If you have these, you’re good to go, if not, experimenting comes at your own risk.
Turn your coarse and untamed mane into a powerful fashion statement, by taking one of these hairstyles and adapting it to your hair. The results would be flawlessly stylish, and more importantly, original.