While African American’s used to rely heavily on traditional African hairstyles, this has changed dramatically over these years. This change is due to a number of reasons including a change of African hairstyles and an acceptance of the traditional hairstyles. Today, the African American hairstyles tend to be very similar, if not exactly the same as the Caucasian American hairstyles.
Traditional African American Hairstyles for Short, medium & Long Hair
The traditional African hairstyles that the African Americans embraced for generations often included tight braids and slicked back hair. These hairstyles were easy to care for and often included parties to get the hair dressed properly. The braids hairstyles were difficult to do, so professionals or naturally talented individuals would often assist in the braiding. These parties or get together’s for braiding were where most of the information relating to friends and family was traded and bonds were formed or strengthened.
Braids Hairstyles for African American Women
The braids have not disappeared from the African American’s hairstyles. These braids have simply evolved. These braids can be used to add hair extensions or weaves in, or to style the natural hair in an easy to manage hairstyle. These braids often form crowns or other styles such as buns as one would use their unbraided hair. The braids are difficult to get tangled and require only minor care adjustments, making them easy to keep.
Another major development in the African American’s hairstyle is the acceptance and embracing of the European hairstyles. This is to mean hairstyles that focus on smooth and well-shaped hair. This creates a sense of calm to the African American hair that it would not normally have. Often the hair is straitened and then styled in any number of different styles to enhance the facial and body features of the individual.