The Afro hairstyles are back in the limelight, and this time with a unique edge to them. Yes, Afro hairstyles are no longer restricted to the African-Americans but have become a fashion statement for all those who have the guts to flaunt this unique hairdo the right way. Anyone with somewhat wavy to curly hair, can manage to grow out their hair in order to get an Afro hairstyle.
If the hair is left untied, it can become hard to notice the subtle variations in an Afro hairstyle. Which is why, it is important to adapt various other hairstyles with this hairdo. For instance, adding a slight sidewards crew cut or braiding parts of the hair, will allow the Afro to standout.
You don't just wear an Afro hairstyle, you let it become a part of your personality! Only those who are ultra-confident, true to themselves, and enjoy high fashion can show off this hairstyle with gusto.
Short Afro Hairstyles for Women and Men
#1 - Afro Crew Cut
Now the idea is to have a nice thick tuft of hair which forms the crew. You can get this done by chopping the hair short from the sides and leaving longer spikes on the top of the head so that it forms a crown. If your hair is dense enough the crew will show for itself. However, if not, you've got to add some hair gel so as to help the hair flare out. Since this is a really short hairstyle, both men and women can get this hairstyle done.
#2 - Small Halo
Trim the Afro in such a way that there is a small halo of hair created. You may extend the hair completely or you could wear a hairband, which pulls the Afro a bit behind. You may even color some sections of hair so as to add more color, depth, and personality to your hairstyle. Let your hair curl outwards by twisting a few strands outwards. These twists will standout and add new depth to the hairstyle. You can also consider coloring the whole Afro or only the twists and braids, so as to show them off a lot more.
#3 - Braided Afro
You can mix and match this season by adding a few braids to your hairstyle. Add in a few braids which extend from the forehead to the sides or to the central patch of the head, from where the Afro hairstyle begins. Get the braids twisted or set into patterns, so as to add new dimensions to the haircut. This is an excellent choice among the many hairstyles for men, this season.
#4 - Patch Work
Get the almost natural yet difficult-to-cut Afro hairstyle, wherein the Afro bifurcate into small extensive patches. Let the hair pop out so that they are rounder and fuller. Your hairstylist is likely to use a comb in order to make intricate designs or patterns on the scalp, which will eventually show through the hair partitions.
#5 - Afro Pony
Let your hair grow out and then simply tie them all up in a high ponytail. This simple hairstyle looks fabulous as it allows the Afro to flare out while letting the top front half on the head to look thinner and sleeker. This hairstyle pulls the forehead a bit and accentuates the eyebrows and eyes.
#6 - Back to School
Get your Afro into two neat ponytails. Much like how Ludacris wore it. You can do this hairstyle at home in a few easy steps. All you need to do is to make a neat division which separates your Afro into two equal halves. Now make two high pony tails on each side and comb your Afro out so as to flare it a bit further. If you wish you can get the frontal half braided or twisted into intricate Bantu knots. These knots and twist look outstanding because they are so rare and difficult to make.
#7 - Side Swept Afro
A simple yet elegant hairstyle for both men and women is to simply make a fringe and slide it to one side. You may keep this fringe short and curly or you could keep it comparatively longer than the hair on the sides. You could also get braids to enhance the attractiveness of this hairstyle.
Short Afro Hairstyles for Kids
#1 - Afro Twists
Children can be made to wear such an Afro hairstyle, where the hair is partially braided or twisted and the rest let free. For reference, see the first image in the kids Afro section. This hairstyle can be adapted with short as well as long hair. The Afro can be tamed a bit to flow in small curls, as this gives a neater appearance to the child and is a suitable option when it comes to following school decorum.
#2 - Spiked Afro
This hairstyle looks absolutely adorable on small boys, who can have fun showing off their hair at playschool. Just let the hair grow out and then comb the hair upwards and thereafter make spikes out of random tufts of hair. However, this hairstyle is bound to attract a lot of dust and grime, therefore make sure you keep your child's hair clean.
#3 - Orb Afro
This hairstyle has the classic look of a hemispherical orb and does not require very long hair. The hair is basically trimmed to form a proper Afro, with all the hair brushed outwards. Another nice hairstyle option for both younger boys and girls.
#4 - Curly Afro
If your child has really frizzy, dense, and curly hair, you can make things easy for both of you by giving him or her a curly Afro. This hairstyle does not need to be brushed often and thus requires little maintenance. Children look very cute, in this hairstyle.
#5 - Mickey Mouse Afro
The Micky Mouse Afro is an extremely adorable option for tiny toddlers. It looks great on boys but looks better on girls. This is a very easy hairstyle to make and maintain. If you wish, you may add some Bantu knots or braids as well along with the two ponytails or tufts.
This season is all about being free-spirited, so chuck the cutting edge and mundane hairstyles, such as bobs and the side sweeps. Go completely natural with your kinky hair and let them flow free, just like the way they were meant to be!