Black Hairstyles That Should Definitely Be on Your Mood Board

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  • Certain hairstyles, like box braids and Bantu knots, are staples in the Black community.
  • There are endless Black hairstyle ideas that can double as trendy nods to the Y2K era or be used as protective styles.
  • Some Black hairstyles are classic choices that you should try at least once.

Some hairstyles are simply classics in the Black community. Black hairstyles with natural hair often came from seeing people in the community, which is why looks like french twists felt like they were pulled out for every graduation and wedding. That’s also why there are so many braided hairstyle options to choose from, whether you need something to get you through a tropical vacation without having a meltdown about your hair or you just need something for everyday-wear.

So, it comes as no surprise, then, when we say there are a few Black hairstyles you simply must try – and in all probability, you most likely have already tried – as a member of the community. Thanks to the return of retro beauty trends, plenty of popular 2000s hairstyles seen on some of our favorite celebrities (hello, Nia Long’s pixie cut) have also made a comeback, and other staples, like box braids, have gotten modern updates (see: knotless box braids). While one of the perks of having hair that defies gravity – and can be styled however you see fit – is that you can achieve a plethora of looks, the options for cute Black hairstyles can feel a bit overwhelming at times.

If you want to flex your hair’s versatility but don’t know which style to start with, or you’re wanting to learn some popular Black hairstyle names, we’ve got you covered. Ahead, get some inspiration for all of the hairstyles every Black person needs to try at least once.

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