Five years ago, wearing out natural hair was for the majority of black women an aesthetic taboo. Natural hair was seen as unmanageable and unstylish. “Good hair” was wavy, bad hair was kinky. Braids, relaxers and weaves were the only way to have a nice and smooth hairstyle.

Today, things have changed considerably. Natural hair is slowly becoming the new classy and stylish hairstyle for Afro women. Magazines, websites, blogs, video tutorials on youtube, have been focusing on natural hair and the different styles that can be obtained with them. Natural hair products lines have increased in the last 2-3 years and consequently also, the salons devoted to natural hair care.


A model rocking natural hair at an evening with Joy and Dionne event, London

This trend is embraced by celebrities as well. Notorious examples are Shingai Shoniwa, Solange, Janelle Monae, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who contributed to making natural hair a real fashion.

The traditional ‘Afro’ continues to be an unmissable hairstyle. However as the natural movement developed, new styles were created and other rediscovered. Twists and twist outs, updos, Bantu knots (just to list few of them), are all incredible ways to style afro hair.

Dionne Smith showing how to use curlformers at the an evening with Joy and Dionne event

Weaves have been for long considered a must for formal and classy events such as balls and galas, but there are many ways to style natural hair for this occasions. Bantu knots out with the back pinned up are an easy and versatile option. A classic updo can make anyone look chic and elegant. Also using curlformers and rod sets can be useful to add definition to the hairstyle.

ALSO SEE: Going Natural – Black Women Embracing Their Kinky African Hair.

Natural afro hair is now worn with confidence and pride, and black women are increasingly accepting and treasuring their textures. With all the different styles and options available, natural hair is destined to become the new ‘good hair’!

As a result, earlier this month, at the, an Evening with Dionne and Joy makeup and hair event that took place in Black Velvet London, professional hair stylist, Dionne Smith concentrated on showing the different ways you can style afro hair as well as how to use curlformers (photo above).

By Susanna Ajayi


    • @Sharon, if you want to do it, you just have to go for. Procrastination will get your no where 🙂 There are many ways that you can style your natural hair. There are many YouTube tutorials on this. Also, there are several treatments that you can use to treat the hair and make it soft and easy to manage. And do not forget, you can always fix your weaves/hair extension on top of your natural hair. But you need to choose styles that will not expose your hair. Otherwise, you’ll have to straighten it or it will look odd, which is not what you want to do.

  1. Shout out to all my natural hair sisters keeping it real out there like Lupita Nyong’o, Chimamanda Adichie and the rest of them. Kinky hair is beautiful and all the attention Lupita has received can attest to that.

  2. To each her own, whether natural hair, relaxed hair, or extensions, each woman should go for what looks good on her and that she also feels comfortable with. That’s my own view.

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