Having all-natural hair while you are in your teen years can sometimes feel like a lot and depending on where you’re from, not many other people may have natural hair. It can be hard trying to maintain your natural hair while still doing all the fun hairstyles that are all over Instagram and Tik Tok. If you find yourself wanting to try new hairstyles but not quite fitting the mold of all the people with those hairstyles you crave, it is totally okay! You don’t need to process your natural hair if you don’t want to! There are tons of hairstyles meant just for you and your natural hair that are young and fun! So, whether you’re looking for a quick hairstyle to go to class, something fun to hang out with friends, or want to be photoshoot ready these are some great styles for you! Here are just a few of the easiest hairstyles you can do with your beautiful natural hair.
Now with some hairstyles on this list, it’s best if you have clean hair but there are also some others that you can do without needing to wash your hair first. So, if you’re feeling a little lazy or just don’t want to hunch over the kitchen sink you can find just the perfect new go-to style you need. Instead of throwing all of your natural hair up into a bun because you don’t feel like washing it or don’t know what to do with it, I have some fun hairstyles for that too!
1. Bantu Knots
You have probably heard of or seen other people wearing this hairstyle and wondered how to get it with your hair. The great thing about bantu knots is that it is actually super easy to create! They don’t take much time and are a fun traditional hairstyle to show off your natural hair. With bantu knots, it is best that you clean your hair beforehand which means you do need to carve out some time to wash and detangle your hair. It is best for this protective hairstyle to first use our AvoKiwi Protective Styling 6-Step Recipe to prep your hair for installing bantu knots. In our Protective Styling Bundle, you can find the following amazing products to prepare your natural hair for this fun hairstyle:
Step 1: Hydrating Shampoo
Step 2: Hydrating Conditioner
Step 3: Hydrating Ice Cream Deep Conditioner
Step 4: Hydrating Moisturizer
Step 5: Hydrating Twisting Paste
Step 6: Hydrating AvoKiwi Oil Blend
As always, remember to section out your hair to detangle it. This will reduce the amount of hair breakage you encounter and put less stress on your scalp. Add in some extra Hydrating Moisturizer or our Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner to give your hair a little extra slip in your detangling process. The key to detangling is truly to keep your hair wet and use products that will give your hair easy slip for when you comb. If you are looking to protect your curl pattern while detangling, try using a wide tooth comb or you can even check out our Detangling Brush that is designed to protect your natural curl pattern.
Once your hair is clean and detangled, it is time to section your hair again and create parts. Bantu knots look beyond gorgeous with pretty, clean parts in them so grab your styling comb and create as many or as little boxed sections as you want. It is easiest to start at the back of your head and work towards the front when parting your hair. As you finish one part, grab some Hydrating Twisting Paste to coat your hair. Take the part into two even sections and twist (just like doing a twist out). You will want to twist your hair all the way down to the end and then add a small elastic band to the end. (As a pro tip: put the elastic band on your hair and then twirl it around your finger until it can’t anymore. Now place the other end of the band around your hair and pull it tight.) Now, take the twist and twirl it around so it is in a nice tight bun (or knot) and place a bobby pin in it to hold it together. For this, some people like to take the base of the twist and twirl the hair around their finger, then place a bobby pin in it to hold it down.
Either way keep doing this method until your whole head is covered in those cute twists. The fun thing about bantu knots is that they can be worn in the original knot fashion or you can sleep on it and take them out in the morning to get a beautiful curly hairstyle. If you want to wear the bantu knots all day, grab some holding spray to keep them still and looking perfect throughout the day. Don’t forget to add in some Flaxseed Gel Edge Control to lay your edges down and complete the look! If you opt to take them out and rock it curly the next day, remember to sleep in a satin bonnet and fluff your hair out to perfection in the morning!
2. Flat-Twist into a Fauxhawk
I know this seems like it should be difficult but it’s actually super easy! If you’ve always wanted to try a mohawk but just don’t want to commit to shaving off part of your hair this is a great middle ground for you! This hairstyle is great for short and curly hair types and it allows you to show off your curl pattern. With this hairstyle, it is best if you start off with clean hair. That means you need to go through the whole process of wash day (or at the very least shampoo and condition) and detangle thoroughly. If you find your natural hair is hard to detangle, add in more moisturizer and leave-in conditioner to help. You can also create smaller sections to work on in order to make detangling more efficient.
After your hair is clean and detangled again, part your hair on either side. Add in some Flaxseed Gel Edge Control to really define those parts and make as many flat twists as you want. (Flat twists are just cornrows but with two-strand twists instead of the three-strand braid.) Be sure to tie off the end of your flat twists as they reach the middle point of your head and leave the rest as it is. After you finish adding in all the flat twist you like, pull the remaining hair in the middle into buns or ponytails so they look like a mohawk. You can make as many as you want until you get your desired mohawk look. Pin down any stray-aways and lay down your edges. To finish it off, add in some Curl Defining Flaxseed Gel to give your curl pattern a little extra definition and top it off with some holding spray. You can add in some accessories to really show off your edgy style and have fun with your new look!
So, this hairstyle is great for any of my 4C girls! What makes this hairstyle even better is that you don’t need just cleaned hair. So, if you just took out some braids and need something to do with your hair until wash day or are just feeling a little lazy this is perfect for you! Now, if you like listening to a lot of RnB music then you might be familiar with this hairstyle. The pompadour recently became more popular with Janelle Monáe and Bruno Mars opting to wear it as a go-to hairstyle, and it should definitely also be in your repertoire as well!
This hairstyle is amazingly quick and easy, but it looks like you put a lot of effort into achieving it. For the pompadour, all you need to do is grab a section of your hair at the front and pull it together like you're making a ponytail. Once you have your section of hair all together, roll it from the ends down to your scalp and place bobby pins in it to keep it in place. For this, it’s best to use two or three-inch bobby pins. After you pin it in place, add a little bit of holding spray and use our Curl Defining Flaxseed Gel to define the rest of your natural hair curl patterns. Now, you’re ready to go!
See! Beyond super easy! Plus, it is a fun and revived hairstyle for all teen girls no matter your hair type. So, the next time you’re in a rush or just don’t know what to do with all that natural hair growth, remember the pompadour is here for you to switch things up! And if you are a 4C girl wanting to recreate this hairstyle with freshly washed hair, try NaturAll’s Club AvoKiwi 4C 4-Step Recipe to make and keep your 4C natural hair clean and ready to tackle any hairstyle possible.
4. Puffy Ponytail
This hairstyle is really for any of your lazy days. If you were trying a new hairstyle and it is just not working, now you don’t know what to do with your natural hair before going to the mall with your friends, this is the life-saving hairstyle you need! For this hairstyle, all you need is a few ponytail holders (or scrunchies if you want to bring back the ‘90s) and some gel. You don’t need to have just clean hair to do this hairstyle, but you will want your hair to be detangled. Try dampening your hair and adding in some Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner to help detangle your hair quickly.
Now, grab all of your hair into a ponytail and use your brush to smooth it all down. Add in some Styling Flaxseed Gel Curl Custard to your hair in order to lay your hair down completely. Brush or comb the gel through your hair so it is evenly distributed, then take your first ponytail holder and tie off your hair. You can tie your hair off at the base of your neck, the middle of your head, or on top of your head, just wherever your heart desires for that day. Pull the hair tight and brush out the rest of your hair. Next add in another ponytail holder a few inches below the first and keep repeating those steps until you are at the end of your hair. Now, you’ll want to fluff out each section between ponytail holders and make them look nice and puffy. Add in some Flaxseed Gel Edge Control to slay your edges down nice and neat and you are photoshoot ready for a day out with the girls in no time! This is one of my go-to hairstyles for when I just don’t know what else to do with my hair but already committed to plans with my friends.
5. Curly Bun
The curly bun is for when you really want to bring the ‘90s back. It is super easy to do with natural hair and you get to show off your cool curl patterns. With the curly bun, it can be done on clean hair as a part of your wash-and-go styling or just if you wake up late for school and need to get going! The hardest part of this hairstyle is deciding whether to make one bun or two and if you want the bun to be high or low (for me, it’s always high).
All you need to do is grab your hair together (no need to worry about if it’s neatly brushed through), take a ponytail holder and create your bun. Use bobby pins to maintain any fly-aways and add a little holding spray to keep your bun together. If you want two buns, just part your hair down the middle and repeat the steps. Try taking out two tendrils of hair to frame your face and add in your favorite scarf or headband to hide any messy or dirty hair (because let’s be real, we all have those days).
So, there you have it. Five easy hairstyles to do with your natural hair if you’re a teen. You can try all of these hairstyles out yourself or ask whoever styles your hair to try these next time it’s hair day. Remember, you’re natural hair is gorgeous and don’t let anyone change your mind about it! Keep ricking your hair the way you want and check back here for some fun hairstyles and tips and tricks for how to maintain your natural hair.