Hairstyles for Long African American Hair

February 24, 2011  |  

There are many styling options for long African-American hair, whethere you are a natural girl, a relaxer aficionado or if you are achieving length with the help of hair extenstions. Try out the following looks that are perfect for your long lovely locks!

Half-Up, Half-Down: A super simple style, this look works for African-American hair of all textures. Use a covered elastic or bobby pins to pull back the hair at the top of your head, stopping with the tresses at ear level.

The High Ponytail: Made popular by Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video and drag queens across the globe, the long ponytail is a fierce style choice. Use your desired styling product (preferably a lightweight gel) and a brush to lay your hair down flat and secure your ponytail at the top of your scalp. Be sure to use a covered elastic, as rubber bands can break Black hair quite easily.

Loose Waves: A great look for long, straight African-American hair, you can achieve soft, flirty waves by wrapping random sections around curling iron. Use a 1′ barrel for smaller waves and a larger one for big ones.

The Low Chignon: Chignons (loose, messy buns) are a simple, Hot style option and look fantastic with long hair. Pull your hair to one side and secure it lightly with a ponytail holder. Wrap the ponytail around itself, forming a messy bun and use bobby pins to secure. Pull a few face framing strands out to make the look even more stunning.

Pretty Plaits: Part the hair down the middle and form a tight braid on each side for a throwback look. For added sophistication, pin the ends of the braids together at the nape of the neck or the center of the scalp. Braids have the added benefit of being a protective style for African American hair, so consider incorporating them into your hair routine weekly.

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