Embrace Your Natural Curls With These 12 Afro Hairstyles


Since emerging as a symbol of Black pride and power in the 1960s, the afro has remained a popular hairstyle for women with textured hair looking to embrace their curls and coils. While often depicted as being big and voluminous, the truth of the matter is that this style can be worn in a variety of interesting ways from super curly TWAs (teeny-weeny afros) to oversized puffs to waist-grazing ringlets.

Need proof? Just take a look at some major stars like Tracee Ellis Ross, Marsai Martin, and Dominique Fishback who are constantly showing the versatility and beauty of afro hair whether on the red carpet or off of it. With all the amazing hair inspo that these ladies bless us with, we couldn’t help but round up a few of our favorite afro hair hairstyles.

Ahead, twelve stunning afro hairstyles to inspire your next look.

Fresh Chop

As Gabrielle Union proves, there is no better feeling than a fresh summer chop. Her flawless cut keeps the focus on her face while still showing off her gorgeous curls.

Curly Rat-Tail

Let Janelle Monae and her hairstylist Nikki Nelms inspire you to give the rat-tail a try. We have to admit it looks super cool paired with an angled curly ‘fro!

Twisted Puffs

How fun are these twisted afro puffs seen on Tracee Ellis Ross? This innovative styling is the work of hairstylist Nai’vasha.

Full ‘Fro

Sometimes it’s better to just keep things simple and rock your ‘fro as is! Just make sure you get the shape nice and rounded like Logan Browning’s ‘do.

Sharp Cut

This clean, simple cut that hairstylist Vernon Francois created for Lupita Nyong’o gives off major cool-girl vibes. 

Baby Curls

Even the tiniest curls can still make a major impact. Make like Kiersey Clemons (and her hairstylist Nai’vasha) and style them in a baby ‘fro.

Afro Puff

A sure-fire way to keep your curls and coils off your face is a classic afro puff as Dominique Fishback proves. Doesn’t she look stunning?

Slicked Curls

A slicked-back ‘fro looks super glam when accessorized with some pretty clips as Marsai Martin shows off here.

Pigtail Puffs

Storm Reid pulls off afro pigtails like no other! To recreate this fun look, simply part your hair down the middle and secure two ponytails on each side of your head.

Major Volume

Take a volumized ‘fro to the next level like Ciara by adding in some blinged-out hair pins. You’ll be sure to rack up all the compliments!

Classic Pull Up

Yara Shahidi proves that a classic pull up and some soft fringe is never a bad idea with this stunning look created by hairstylist Kendall Dorsey.

Long and Luscious

The fluffier the curls, the better. To recreate Kelly Rowland’s gorgeous mane, just blow-dry your locks on low heat while using a brush or pick on your curls.

Will you be recreating any of these hairstyles? Let us know in the comments below!

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Camille Nzengung

Camille Nzengung is a Features Editor at The Tease, where she covers all things hair. You can find her writing about the best hair products, the coolest hair trends, and all the exciting new hair launches.


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