If you have African American hair you know that there are many different ways to style it. You might have even run the gambit of hairstyles yourself. Perhaps you had it relaxed. Then you went to a natural look. Next you tried micro braids, cornrows, or even dreadlocks. No matter what your personal hairstyle is, you can always modify for an evening. After all, there are many occasions in our lives when we need to have our hair in sleek updo. A wedding, a corporate event, or a night on the town all call for beautiful hair. Updos always translate to elegance, so it is useful to know some updo hairstyles for African American women.
If you have short hair, an updo can be tricky. You’ll have to rely on a lot of pins and product to get your hair up and out of the way. In general, if you are wearing boy length hair you shouldn’t try for any kind of specific updo. Instead, just find a sexy way to style your hair. Using finger waves has become popular in recent years. You’ll have to heat straighten your hair if it has not been chemically straightened.
If you have medium or long hair, there are many styles of updos that you can do. For starters, you can work on a simple bun. To accomplish a bun you pull all of your hair back into a ponytail and secure it with a rubber band the same color as your hair. Then you twist your entire ponytail and start to wrap it around the rubber band, pinning as you go. Tuck the loose end of the ponytail into the side of the bun and then cover the entire style with a light coat of hairspray. A bun is probably the most versatile style because it can be done on natural, relaxed, or braided hair. Even if you have dreadlocks you can twist your hair around itself to make a bun.
You can also wrap your hair up into a French twist and tie it in a chignon. Another fun style is to wrap your hair in large coils moving from the front of your head toward the back. This creates a lovely frame for your face. There are many updo hairstyles for African American women of which these are only a few examples. Experiment and find one that works well for you.