Natural Hairstyles to Inspire You This Winter

November 18, 2011  |  
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Wintertime is the time when everyone wants to wear protective styling for obvious reasons. This is the time when you let your hair hibernate—after all, less stress does the hair good. For those special occasions when you really don’t feel like going for the same ol’ braids or sew-ins here are some styles that may inspire you to do something different. Afro-textured hair can be versatile if you’re willing to be creative!

This is a simple up-do that can actually be considered a protective style because your ends will not be exposed. Meeting his family for the first time this thanksgiving? Woo them with this one!

You can always rock your plain twists with bold make up to make a statement. On the other hand, you can go a step further by styling the twists instead. Experiment with some hairpins! You never know what idea will be birthed.

Depending on the look you’re going for, this can be very girl or professional chic. Experiment with hair accessories; they can make all the difference. See Hair Accessories That Will Jazz Up Your Look This Season.

Yet another up-do. This one is for the ladies trying to make an elegant statement at this year’s Christmas social! The piece sticking out in the back looks rather awkward though. I’d probably tuck it under.

Cornrows have always been a go-to for their versatility because you have all the patterns in the world to choose from. Here’s an alternative to the fro-hawk many ladies wear in summer.

Don’t want cornrows? Try flat twists. This works as a stylish low-manipulation and protective do with a little attitude.

Always remember: whatever style you choose, rock it with confidence and the rest will be history!

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  • How about us shaved baldies?!?!We’re natural too…..I’ve been rocking a bald head for over a year now.after 14 years of locs…I’ve never felt bolder…

    • You are a ‘free woman’…when I cut my locs, I felt like I was being re-baptized…

  • Msmykimoto2u

    Those last two look like art

  • Shelshel

    i’m sorry but only the 1st pix was cute….and i like the second. well i take that back three hairstyles were cute. the rest was history….blah.

  • As1

    Why are the women dark skin with very course hair. As beautiful as they all are, this seems a bit bias. I’m a light skin, Jamaican American. And I clicked on this tab in hopes on finding a nice natural hair style in which I could identify with.

    • Youknowwhatiitis

      Are you serious?  Why can’t you identify with any of these styles?  This isn’t a Dark and Lovely article.

      • Msmykimoto2u

        “This isn’t a Dark and Lovely article” LOL, im sorry, that was just too funny to me

    • Dolapo Roberts

      Skin color has nothing to do with the hairstyle your wear. I’m sure you can tweak some of these styles and make them your own. Again, this was just to inspire you. Thanks 🙂

      • Dolapo Roberts

        oops! You*

    • There we go again throwing in skin tone where it dont fit in!  I am a dark skinned woman with course hair and I get a lot of inspiration from hairstyles on any kind of natural afro hair!  I just change it to fit my hair texture and features.  This is an article about hair not skin tone!!!!!

    • Msmykimoto2u

      What does their skin color have to do with anything and these girls hair did not look that course to me….A hairstyle is a hairstyle and I’m sure some of these will work on you if you give it a chance. Just make it your own

  • I need to try all of these!!

  • Sam (‘s a girl)

    these are beautiful. i rock a natural so i’m always looking for inspiration. alas, except for the first–my go-to fro-hawk–most of these styles i can’t wear (yet) as i’m in the short to mid-length stage. still, beautiful.  

  • Doodzy

    LOVE THIS ARTICLE!! I’m a natural and the pics inspire me!