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Summer hairstyles and hair trends for African American women

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June 2, 2013 Category: Beauty Posted by:

By Leah Fletcher


As the summer weather heats up, are you in the mood for a hairstyle change? Do you want to position your hair off of your face and neck?  Or, is a different color calling your name? There is an assortment of popular trends in African American hair that go hand-in-hand with the upcoming summer season. They also will allow you to protect your hair and look chic and trendy at the same time. Look below for creative yet stylish ideas you can select and enjoy.                            



Soft Color

Summer is the perfect season for going lighter. But choose your hair color wisely. The trend is to skip the brassy blonde shades and opt for softer tones like deep golden bronze or a soft chestnut. Semi-permanent colors and rinses are temporary fixes that work well with both relaxed and natural hair. Consider mixing up your everyday look with the infusion of two colors. Simply adding streaks of color to your hair can do this. Don’t think you always have to use dyes, which can be extremely harsh, to update your look. 


Short and Sassy

Short hair can be full of versatility for the summer months. For short styles, choose from a pixie cut, a bob, an asymmetrical bob, low-cut natural, coil twists or Bantu knots. There also are short cuts to accommodate straightened, wavy and highly textured hair. So if you’ve been longing for a shorter hairstyle, summer is a great time to try it out.


Curly and Wavy Hairstyles 

Curly and wavy hairstyles are great for carefree summer days. If you live in a humid climate, you know that straightening your hair in the summertime may be a frustrating ordeal. You can wear your natural curls or achieve waves with curly sew-ins, Wash n go’s, curl formers, and flexi rods. All hairstyles and styling tools are great ways to help you achieve the perfect curl.



More and more women are going natural and bidding farewell to relaxers. Now, the Natural hairstyle means much more than an Afro and there is an array of available options.  Whether you braid it, cornrow it, or twist it, your tresses will enjoy a break from hairstyling this season. You may simply braid or twist your hair when wet and unravel your hair the next morning for gorgeous curl definition. For even more added curl, add a roller at the end of your braids or twists. During the summer season, braids are usually everywhere because they offer the perfect hairstyle for swimming and vacationing or if you just want a simple, seasonal alternative to your daily hairstyle.



A ponytail is no longer characterized as “your mother’s ponytail”. They have evolved. Now, think sleek and low or high and poufy, which are looks you can achieve by combing back straight or straightened hair. If you want to add extra length, don’t be afraid to add extensions.  


Head Wraps

Hair accessories such as hats and hair scarves are huge this season. Give your hair a break by simply wearing a stylish scarf to protect your locks from the warm summer sun.


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