Different Styles of Afro Hair


Natural Afro styles are unique in texture and design. The Afro-hawk, twist outs, and coil outs are the most popular styles amongst the black natural hair community. While there may be other styles for natural black hair these are the most easy to accomplish. Follow the strategies below to achieve one of these beautiful Afro styles.

The Afro-hawk

In order to achieve this look, section your hair into four sections starting from the front of your head moving down the center of your head toward the back of your neck. Each section should be well conditioned. Apply a small amount of alcohol free gel to the outer edges of your hair. Using a black rubber band tie each section into an individual ponytail. Because black hair is so unique in texture the sectioned parts will appear to be an Afro-hawk, which is similar to the popular and trendy Mohawk.

Two-Strand Twists

Two-strand twists give the Afro texture of black hair a distinct wave pattern. In order to achieve the two-strand twist look, hair should be freshly washed and fully moisturized. Apply a leave-in conditioner to the hair. Section hair into small parts. Split each section into two strands. Apply alcohol free gel to each strand. Starting at the root, begin to twist the two strands, one over the other, until you reach the end of your hair. Allow your hair to dry (air dry or blow dry), and then begin to twist out your hair. Hair should be extremely wavy and shapely.


Coils are similar to two-strand twists in the way they change the pattern of the hair. Coils give the hair a spiraled pattern. This look can be achieved by washing and setting the hair. When your hair is moist, take a rat tail comb (a comb with a handle that narrows to a point) and part hair into small sections. Place the end of the handle of the rat tail comb at the root of the hair and twist your hair around the handle of the comb. Remove the comb to form a coil, which will look similar to a spiral curl. After you finish coiling your hair completely, apply a small amount of setting lotion to the hair. Allow your hair to harden and separate coils into a spiraled Afro.

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