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February 13, 2018

Black Hairstyles to Show Off in 2018

Are you wanting to mix things up? Are you thinking about going natural? Need some hairstyle inspiration? We got you! With so many hairstyles to choose from, the options can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to the unique needs black women have for their hair.

From timeless to trendy, we are breaking down the top hairstyles for black hair that we think are worth a try this year. It is your crown, ladies. Show it off!

Braids & Twists

Braids and twists are quintessential looks that black women have worn for decades. These styles are a fresh take on these time-tested styles that are on trend for 2018:

Relaxed Styles

If you crave a smooth and silky style from a chemical relaxer, these hairstyles will definitely start turning heads.


Dreads are perfect for any woman who wants to show off her roots. Zendaya famously wore dreadlocks on the red carpet causing this style staple to be Pinned on everyone’s favorite hair boards.

We think her look is beyond beautiful and is one reason why dreadlocks are here to stay. Check out some more of our favorite dreadlock looks below.

Need some tips on how to rock the locks? Check out our 5 favorite ways!

woman with black and red dreadlocks


From Rhianna’s short style that she wore in her “Needed Me” music video to Queen Bey’s new bob that she debuted over the holidays, this style is a classic! Here are our faves:

Pile It High

Updo styles are great for special occasions and for every day. You can also create your crown by stacking it with a faux hawk style or a head scarf. Any one of these are a great way to break away from the ol’ bun.

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Get the steps for this next look by beauty blogger, Rinata, here!

Go Natural

If you want to embrace your natural side, we say go for it. Recently, TED-ED Clubs featured a talk by 18 year-old India Hawkins who shared her personal journey from overstyled hair to giving her natural curls some time in the spotlight.
She tells her story of being raised to believe that her natural hair was not beautiful, but now that she has set her curls free, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Watch it now!

If you want to go natural, you can’t miss with a TWA (teeny weeny afro), a parted shoulder-length look, or long lengths that flow wild and free. Here are the ones we love helping our salon clients achieve:

Want some help with your next style? Come in to our student salon.* With affordable prices, you can even save money on your style in your next selfie! Call us today at 314-868-8196

Learn More About Elaine Steven Beauty College

If you love everything about hair trends, styles, and colors then a career in cosmetology might be perfect for you. To learn more about our cosmetology program, contact our admissions team today!

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.


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