21 Cute And Trendy Hairstyles For Black Teenage Girls

Cute & Trendy Hairstyles For Black Teenage Girls

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Hairstyles define a girl’s personality, especially during teens when she looks for her own identity. Having a unique hairstyle or one that suits the face structure helps your teen to present herself better.

Your teen may have wavy, curly, frizzy, or any other kind of hair but do not worry about what suits her best as MomJunction brings you some recommendations, unique style statements, and popular hairstyles for black teenage girls. What’s best is we tell you which celebrities sported this hairstyle.

Top 21 Hairstyles For Black Teenage Girls

Funky Braided Hairstyles:

Braids, as you may know, are intricate or complex structures of overlapping hair strands. These are one of the most common hairstyles in the African and African American regions. They can be made in many forms, some of which are given below.

1. Dreadlocks

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Teens with long and thick hair will look hip in this dreadlock hairstyle. The puffiness of the twist gives a carefree look. If your teen sports short hair, just add in ‘Marley’ hair to replicate this hairstyle.

How To:

  1. Section your teen’s hair from ear to ear.
  2. Take the top half part of the hair and make a parting from the middle to the back.
  3. Next, part the hair from one point to the middle to form small pizza slice-like shapes.
  4. Add some strands of hair to the cornrows for thickness.
  5. Braid the hair into large braid extensions, if your teen does not have long hair.
  6. Do not add any hair serum as the hairstyle requires the hair to be rough. You could use hair wax, though.

Occasion: Casual parties or college sports events
Face Type: Square
Hair Type: Long and frizzy
Celebrities: South African actress Samkelo Ndlovu
Expert Tip: Never keep your teen’s locks damp. Always use a blow-dryer to dry them off. This will keep them from smelling.

[ Read: Hairstyles And Haircuts For Teenage Girls ]

2. Box Braid

Hairstyles For Black Teenage Girl - Box Braid

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Box braids have been around for ages and are considered fashionable among the African women. The best thing about box braid is that it is not attached to the scalp and can be made in several different designs.

How To:

  1. Divide the hair into fours and secure each section with a hair clip, except the one you want to begin with.
  2. Part the section vertically first, and then horizontally.
  3. Take the hair inside the box and divide it into three subsections.
  4. Begin by braiding your teen’s hair all the way down. But ensure that you keep a firm grip on the braid until you reach the end.
  5. Repeat the process on the entire head until the set of box braids is completed.

Occasion: Parties
Face Type: Oval
Hair Type: Long or short
Celebrities: Reality television actress Erica Dixon
Expert Tip: Wash hair at least two days before braiding and use a good conditioner to prevent the hair from frizzing out.

3. French Braid

Cute Hairstyles For Black Teenager - French Braid

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A French braid goes from adorable to sassy. The larger it gets, the sassier it becomes. Tell your teen to try a French braid this weekend and count the compliments coming in for her.

How To:

  1. Prepare your teen’s hair by brushing the tangles out.
  2. Gather a big section from the top center of her hair.
  3. Separate the section into three pieces by running your fingers through it.
  4. Take the left strand and cross it to the center.
  5. Now take the right strand and cross it to the center.
  6. Take a new strand from the left side, but you also have to include the hair that was not a part of the larger section.
  7. Similarly, take one of the strands from the right to the center.
  8. Repeat the above two steps until you reach the nape. Finish it off as a traditional braid.

Occasion: Formal parties; looks good with skin fit dresses
Face Type: Diamond
Hair type: Long and soft
Celebrities: Barbadian singer and songwriter Robyn Rihanna Fenty
Expert Tip: Braiding layered hair is easy. If your teen does not have layered hair, make sure to use a good serum to hold the hair together once it is braided.

4. Cornrows

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Cornrow is a classic Afro-American teen’s hairstyle. Just like you do for dreadlocks and box braids, for cornrows also you can add synthetic hair to the braids. You can tuck the ends in a bun or roll the ends using sponge rollers.

How To:

  1. Divide your teen’s hair and braid one side in the pattern shown in the picture.
  2. Continue weaving the sections into single braids.
  3. Spray some shine to finish the look.

Occasion: Holiday parties
Face type: Round
Hair Type: Long or medium
Celebrities: American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and record producer Keri Hilson
Expert Tip: As cornrows take longer to make, make them under a fan or in an AC room to prevent sweat in the hair. Also, use a pillow under the neck of your daughter to help her relax.

5. Goddess Braid

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Goddess braids give a tiara kind of look and accentuate the forehead and eyes. It is much like a large inverted cornrow. In this, the hair is not braided completely, but a major portion of it is left flowing. This hair would require synthetic hair as well.

How To:

  1. Separate as much hair as you would like to make a braid out of.
  2. Divide the separated hair into two sections. These two sections could be equally thick.
  3. Staying within the section of hair that you’ve parted for the braid, take the synthetic hair and hold it together making a small braid.
  4. Begin braiding the hair back as you would with a cornrow and hold the synthetic hair with the real hair. Once you have braided till the end of the synthetic hair, cut off flyaways, and dip the synthetic hair in boiling water carefully. Be careful to not let the steam, hot air or water touch you or your daughter.
  5. You could add a hair accessory to make it look better.
  6. A light hairspray will hold your teen’s hair together.

Occasion: Wedding parties
Face Type: Oval or long
Hair Type: Long or short (as hair extensions will be used)
Celebrities: American reality television personality, actress, socialite, businesswoman, and model Kim Kardashian
Expert Tip: Use a moisturizer on the hair before you begin braiding. This will ease out frizziness and make the hair manageable. It will also give you better locks.

6. Braid Out

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Braid out is the go-to hairstyle of teens. It looks stylish paired with a scarf or headband. African American girls can sport this off even if they had short hair.

How To:

  1. Braid out hairstyle involves parting and braiding the hair strands into a single large braid or cornrows when the hair is damp.
  2. Use some holding agent like a mousse, gel, or setting lotion so that the texture of the braid locks in.
  3. The longer the braids are, the more defined the hairstyle will be.

Occasion: Casual parties
Face Type: Oval, round
Hair Type: Long or short
Celebrities: South African actress Zinhle Mabena
Expert Tip: Use a finishing pomade to hold the braids together.

7. Fishtail Cornrows

Cute Hairstyles For Black Teenager - Fishtail Cornrows

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Unlike the French plait, a fishtail cornrow starts from further back of the head. It has neat thin cornrows and is compact.

How To:

  1. Divide the hair into two sections – left and right.
  2. Take a thin strand from the right section.
  3. From the outside, put that strand over the left.
  4. Gently pull the merged section to make it tight.
  5. Repeat the process and make sure that the sections are tight.
  6. Leave a little (at least 1.5 inches) at the bottom so you can tie it. Make sure that the strands are really small and tight.
  7. Use a hairspray to keep the fly offs in place.

Occasion: Everyday hairstyle (for schools and colleges)
Face Type: Oval
Hair Type: Long
Celebrities: Puerto Rican fashion model Joan Smalls Rodríguez
Expert Tip: The easiest way to make this is to pull your teen’s hair to one side and then split it into two sections.

[ Read: Teenage Girl Hairstyles For School ]

8. Butterfly Braids

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Made with long hair, this hairstyle resembles a butterfly and is extremely exotic. It gives your teen a unique look and is a definite head turner.

How To:

  1. Tie your child’s hair in a band and divide it into two.
  2. Create a Dutch lace braid from one ear to the other till the end of the hair.
  3. Take a small strand of hair from the opposite side and braid it along with the braid you just made. Hold both these braids together at the nape of the neck, underneath the hair with bobby pins.
  4. Choose the strand of Dutch braid you want to begin setting for your butterfly.
  5. Gently push it through under that stitch, on an upward diagonal from right to left.
  6. Pick up a tiny strand of hair from behind the braid and apply some gel and comb it out.
  7. Create a loop with that strand and push it through the hairpin.
  8. Pull the hairpin back through, making sure you hold onto the loop with your finger. This will create a loop.
  9. Pull the pin until the loop on the top is larger than the one on the bottom.
  10. Repeat these steps.
  11.  Using a hairpin push it through that same stitch of hair on a diagonal, now from left to right. Pick up a tiny piece of hair from behind the braid, create a loop, and push it through the hairpin.
  12.  Add hairspray to even out the flyaways.
  13. The last length of the hair can be tucked under the braid using bobby pins.

Occasion: Prom parties
Face Type: Oval
Hair Type: Long
Celebrities: American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress Alicia Augello Cook (Alicia Keys)

9. Messy Side Braid

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This kind of hairstyle is something that is different from the mundane. It is best suited over uncombed hair and can make your daughter look gorgeous.

How to:

  1. Take all her uncombed or semi-combed hair towards one side, left or right.
  2. Start braiding from just below the ear.
  3. Make sure that the braids are loose and not tight.
  4. Leave a little bit (at least 2.5 inches) of hair unbraided at the end.

Occasion: Casual parties
Face Type: Square
Hair Type: Long or medium
Celebrities: Indian actress, singer, and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra
Expert Tip: Do not begin braiding from the top of the head. The closer the braid is to the ear, the better it looks.

10. Jumbo Braids

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This hairstyle is a bigger version of box braids. The only difference between this and box braids or cornrows is that, this one uses two or more braided strands to become one braid.

How To:

  1. Braid your teen’s hair in regular braids, but do not make them very thick.
  2. Hold two of these braids and braid them together.
  3. You could either tie them up as an updo, or leave them down.
  4. Use a hairspray to hold everything in place.

Occasion: Casual parties
Face Type: Long
Hair Type: Long
Celebrity: American singer, songwriter, and actress Christine Flores (Christina Milian)

[ Read: Updo Hairstyles For Teens ]

Cool Weave Hairstyles:

Not so long or short and yet flowy – that is how weave hairstyles are. They concentrate on styling hair in manners which make it look like waves and have a little, if not all, flowy pattern.

11. Twists

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One of the most common and easiest hairstyles to do, twist hairstyles involve rolling your child’s hair up and making nice weaves out of them. The final output has to look something like waves on her hair.

How To:

  1. Comb your daughter’s hair out neatly. If the hair isn’t well combed, the braid may not come out well. You could also dampen the hair a little bit for better results.
  2. Part the hair into two and make sure that you don’t mix them up.
  3. Using either your finger or roller comb, start rolling the hair inward from the tip of the hair.
  4. Halfway through, take off your fingers or roller comb and pin the twisted curls from the inside.
  5. Do the same for the other side of parted hair as well.
  6. Use a hairspray to keep the hair in place.

Occasion: This hairstyle is best suited for Prom parties and goes well with flowy gowns.
Face Type: Square
Hair Type: Long and wavy hair
Celebrities: South African singer, actress, and television presenter Nandi Mngoma
Expert Tip: Make sure that you twist all the hair as untwisted sections are vulnerable to frizzing out and breaking.

Flashy Updo Hairstyles:

If letting your teen’s hair loose is not an option then updos come in handy. These hairstyles are nothing but tying the hair up in various fashions, to let it not touch the neck. This has a modification. Some of these styles require you to tie up only a part of the hair and let the other down. Find out more below.

12. Classic Bob

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Bob is one of the simplest hairstyles for black teen girls to maintain.

How To:

  1. Shampoo, condition and blow-dry your teen’s hair. Apply light serum to keep the hair in place.
  2. Alternatively, your teen can wrap her hair in a satin scarf.
  3. Touch up the hair with a hair iron and blow it dry with a round brush to maintain the roundness of the bob.

Occasion: Formal or casual
Face Type: Round or oval
Hair Type: Short
Celebrities: American actress, film producer, and former fashion model Halle Maria Berry
Expert Tip: Use a styling gel to give the hair shine and smoothness.

13. Ballerina Bun

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A ballerina bun is sported by ballet ladies and is way of making a bun tighter.

How To:

  1. Straighten out your teen’s hair so it is tangle free.
  2. Pull the hair up and tie a high and tight pony with an elastic band.
  3. Take a little part of the hair and start twisting it. Then wrap the hair on top near the elastic and secure with bobby pins.
  4. Do this to the other parts of the hair too.
  5. Make sure to wrap the hair in one direction only.
  6. Put some hair spray to prevent any fly off hair and to keep the bun in place.

Occasion: Formal parties (with long or flowy dresses)
Face Type: Round
Hair Type: Long or medium
Celebrities: American actress and producer Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
Expert Tip: Use a lock-it spray to hold all the hair in place.

14. Minnie Mouse Hair

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Minnie Mouse has been one of the most popular cartoon characters of all times, making this hairstyle a rage among many teens.

How To:

  1. Part the hair down to the middle of the head.
  2. Create a high pony on each side and tie it with elastic.
  3. Add a little volume to the pony by teasing with a comb. This helps the pony stay fuller.
  4. Pull a part of the ponytail partially through one portion of the band, to form a fan-shaped bun.
  5. Spread the bun out till it reaches the base of the pony.
  6. Stuff any leftover hair into the funnel created by the pony and secure it with bobby pins.
  7. You could use a hairspray to hold the entire hair in place.
  8. Additionally, you could also use a bow near one of the ponytails.

Occasion: Teen or theme parties, casual outings
Face Type: Round or oval
Hair Type: Long or medium
Celebrity: American businesswoman, socialite, television personality, model, actress, singer, DJ, and author Paris Whitney Hilton

15. Messy Half Up

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No time to put all those hair in place because you need to dampen them? Don’t worry. Try this hairstyle which covers up your teen’s hair and makes them look messy but beautiful.

How To:

  1. Separate the top half of the hair with an elastic band.
  2. You could make it look voluminous by tugging it ahead.
  3. Tease the pony area with a comb and then wrap it around the elastic band.
  4. Secure it with bobby pins.

Occassion: Casual
Face Type: Oval
Hair Type: Long or short
Celebrities: South African on-air personality, actress, and model Minenhle Dlamini
Expert Tip: Use a hair gel or serum to give extra smoothness to the hair.

Exotic Long Hairstyles:

With long hair, a lot of things can work out. Long hair, whether frizzy or not, helps in pulling off a number of hairstyles. We’ve listed a few below.

[ Read: Short Hairstyles For Teenage Girls ]

16. Crimps:

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Spice up your teen’s straight hair by trying crimps. Crimps look chic on shoulder length or longer hair.

How To:

  1. Comb your teen’s hair and spray some heat protectant.
  2. Divide her hair into sections and create waves using crimping iron. This hairstyle will last for about two weeks.

Occasion: Formal occasions
Face Type: Long or oval
Hair Type: Short
Celebrities: American model, television personality, talk show host, producer, author, actress, singer, and business woman Tyra Lynne Banks
Expert Tip: When you want to undo crimping, use a dry shampoo and then wash. This will ease out the hair.

17. Naturally You

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We see a plenty of girls with banal ponies. But this one is a pony with a twist. Give a bit of texture to the hair and add some accessories, your teen is ready to rock!

How To:

  1. Smooth your child’s hair and tie into a high ponytail using a rubber band. Take a half-inch strand of hair and cover the hair tie with it. Secure it with a bobby pin.
  2. If your child’s hair lacks volume, you can blow dry to give some dimensions.
  3. Take a few plastic flower clips and tuck in the crown of the hair. You can even use a floral hair-band instead of clips.
  4. Spray some hair spray to keep the pony in place.

Occasion: Casual
Face Type: Round or long
Hair Type: Short and frizzy
Celebrities: American actress Amandla Stenberg

Cute Short Hairstyles:

Though short hair limits the options of hairstyling, it adds lots of scope for highlights and straightening. This helps in making unique hairstyles. What’s best is even if the entire hair has not been styled, it makes you stand out in the crowd.

18. Flower Child

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One of the cutest hairstyles, this one looks like a small crown over your teen.

How To:

  1. Part your teen’s well-combed hair.
  2. Start making braids from the top most part of one side of the forehead. Stop once you reach the middle.
  3. Start from the other side and braid both the sides together once you are in the middle.
  4. Continue braiding the middle section downwards.
  5. At the bottom, braid all the hair together into a tightly held plait.

Occasion: Weddings
Face Type: Round or long
Hair Type: Long
Celebrities: Barbadian singer and songwriter Robyn Rihanna Fenty
Expert Tip: Use some real flowers to decorate the hair. This will give an added effect to the braids.

19. Curly Highlights

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Mostly fashionable and trendy, this hairstyle is good for the ones who know their color of highlights.

How To:

  1. Dampen your teen’s hair lightly.
  2. Comb it neatly and apply some hair cream to soften it.
  3. Part the hair and begin rolling it downwards. Use a blow dryer to ease the process. You could also use an electric roller to roll the hair.
  4. Use bobby pins to hold the curls over the head.
  5. Now use a color only for some parts of the hair which you want to highlight.

Occasion: Casual
Face Type: Round, oval, or square
Hair Type: Short or long
Celebrities: American actress AnnaLynne McCord

[ Read: Fashion Tips For Teens ]

20. Curly Ringlets

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This is one hairstyle that needs a little backend process. This cannot be done instantly and would require a longer time, especially as it involves taking a head shower.

How To:

  1. Wash your child’s hair with lukewarm water and use a good conditioner and serum.
  2. Do not use a towel to dry the hair but your fingers to remove excess water. Do not dry the hair completely.
  3. Detangle the hair only with a wide teeth brush or your fingers and work it downwards slowly.
  4. Use a serum to hold the ringlets in place.
  5. You could also twist the ends of the hair strands a bit. You could also use an electric roller to roll the hair.

Occasion: Casual parties
Face Type: Round or oval
Hair Type: Short
Celebrities: South African kwaito star, television presenter, and actress Thembi Seete
Expert Tip: It is important that you use a hair masque to finish off as it would help in keeping the curls intact.

21. Messy Hair for Tapered Cut

Hairstyles For Black Teenage Girl - Messy Hair for Tapered Cut

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This style is best for hair that has been cut. It adds a bit of frizz in the front of the head and the rest of the hair is short.

How To:

  1. Take a small section of the hair at the front.
  2. Straighten it out using a hair straightener. Be careful of the amount of heat you are adding to your kid’s hair.
  3. Comb off the rest of the hair without interrupting the straightened part.

Occasion: Casual
Face Type: Oval
Hair Type: Short
Celebrities: American actress and film director Angela Evelyn Bassett
Expert Tip: To keep the rest of the hair messy, except the front part, use some hair gel to tousle the hair a bit. This would result in a bed look.

So, moms, choose the best hairstyle for your daughter based on her face shape, hair type, and the occasion! Tell us your favorite pick!

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