Since I’ve been natural for almost 5 years, I’ve noticed that different hairstyles have come and gone. There are so many trends in the natural hair community, and 2014 seemed to be the year of tapered cuts, brightly colored hair, and crochet braids. Are the hairstyles listed below, which didn’t get much love in 2014, officially played out or will they make a resurgence in popularity in 2015? Let us know your predictions below!
Faux Hawks — Replaced by Tapered Cuts?
Once upon a time it was the thing to do to take bobby pins or hair combs and pin up both sides of your hair to resemble a mohawk, or for those with advanced skills, to cornrow or flat twist the sides of your hair. While tapered cuts often resemble mohawks, with either slightly shorter sides or fully shaved sides, I haven’t seen many naturals doing the good old smooth and pin on the sides of their hair. Perhaps those of us too chicken to commit to a tapered cut will bring back faux hawks next year to fake like we’re in the cool kids club.
Curlformers — Replaced by Wand Curls?
Curlformers were HOT in 2012 and 2013, especially once Naptural85 came out and endorsed them in about 4 different ways. However, in 2014, not much attention was given to curlformers, especially as curling wands provided an easier, less time consuming, and more comfortable way to give your hair curl and body. For people like me who have tried and failed with curling wands, curlformers are still are best option to get uniform spiral curls.
Yarn Braids — Replaced by Faux Locs?
Remember when folks were braiding their hair up with yarn as a protective style? I forgot too. The more realistic-looking wrapping installation of faux locs have made yarn braids almost obsolete in the natural hair community, as has some naturals’ sensitivity to the yarn. This is great news for loc wearers, because loose naturals are loving your style enough we’re opting to fake it, and do so well.
What other styles that were formerly popular amongst naturalistas have fallen out of fashion? Do you think any of these styles can make a comeback?