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10 Pictures that Show the Incredible Versatility of Natural Hair

Avatar • Feb 7, 2015

From ‘fros to twist outs to straight to puffs, the versatility of our natural hair never ceases to amaze me.  Here are ten beautiful collages that showcase this amazing flexibility:

1. NaturalMetra

This collage is the epitome of natural hair versatility.  NaturalMetra gives us no limits to what natural hair can do.

NaturalMetra

2. JuicesandBerries

Talk about changeability!  In this collage, JuicesandBerries transforms from curls to an afro to a bantu knot out to a twist out.

juicesandberries

3. MoknowsHair

You may recognize MoknowsHair (or Monica) from the style icon series.  She certainly knows no limits to natural hair in this collage!

MoknowsHair

4. Loccrush

I haven’t forgot about my loc’ed ladies out there.  Check out the versatility Loccrush is giving us with this photo collage.

Loccrush

5. Hercurlzrbadd

Her curls really are “badd”!  If this collage doesn’t make you love our natural hair possibilities, I don’t know what to tell you.

hercurlzrbadd

6. Mz_Tammy

A natural hair collage list is not one without Mz_Tammy.  She demonstrates versatility using stretched updos, fros, twists, curls, and more.

MzTammy

7. MsRokia

MsRokia gives us nine different possibilities with natural hair in this cool collage.

msrokia

8. ChigirlMakeup

With the exception of the wig and weave, Chigirlmakeup gives us countless looks on natural hair.

chigirlmakeup

9. AmekaColeman

For you ladies with long and thick hair, AmekaColeman is giving us seven different possibilities on her natural tresses.

AmekaColeman

10. Only1me.cc

And last but not least is Only1me.cc showing us no limits on shrunken and stretched natural hair!

only1mecc

Are you feeling the versatility these ladies are giving us in these natural hair collages?

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Kyla
Kyla
5 years ago

Soooooo beautiful.

Kandice
Kandice
5 years ago

This is sooo inspiring!!! I’ve been seeing a lot of these on Instagram. Chigirlmakeup gives me LIFE!!!!! Another one of my favorites is westafricanbaby. She is slaying for all the 4c sistas out there. SLAYINGGGGG.

Torie Amza
Torie Amza
5 years ago

I don’t usually swear but D@MN!!! Nobody can do it like we can!!! Afro hair is the most versatile hair in the WORLD 😀

Maame Akesi Boa
5 years ago

Omg, amazing, do we have great hair or what!! Wow. Can’t wait to try out some of these looks!
Cara @ http://www.xocara.com

LBell
LBell
5 years ago

YAAAAAASSSSSS!! And thank you for including some of us more tightly-coiled sisters in here because I’m tired of hearing people whine about “well, MY hair won’t do THAT.…”

For you newbies in particular: The next time someone asks you why you “did that” to your hair, show them these pics and remind them just how AMAZING our natural hair textures are. Let’s keep turning this ship around…!

Adeola @ *The Mane Captain*

IG is full of hair porn. love the versatility of all the hair textures. Love them all!
http://www.coilsandglory.com

Dee
Dee
5 years ago

These collages are amazing!!

lecia p
lecia p
5 years ago

Sooo inspiring! my lazy butt needs to get on the ball!

Tia
Tia
5 years ago

Is it bad that I hate my natural hair. I have had it for the last two and half years it’s shoulder length now, but when it it not straight via blow dry/flat iron…I don’t know what to do with it and don’t have time to do to much. Wash and go…yeah right…my texture just does not appeal to me. Am I the only one that doesen’t like having to manipulate my hair twist outs/braid outs/ etc in order for it to look acceptable to me. I have a daughter’s who hair is natural that I have to comb and… Read more »

JenniD
JenniD
5 years ago
Reply to  Tia

Why on earth do you have shoulder length hair then? Wouldn’t a nice tapered cut or TWA suit your life style better? As far as your texture appealing to you its what you were born with. Covered it up, fry it straight with an iron or chemicals it will still continue to sprout from your follicles the exact same way.

tia
tia
5 years ago
Reply to  JenniD

I have shoulder length hair because I am halfway to the length that I want. I want my natural hair to be shoulder length…w/o being straightened. I don’t like tapers or Twa and would never wear them though they look good on other women…it just isn’t for me. I actually like my texture..by itself…it was post manipulation that I found it to be…ugly. But, it’s growing on me.

Loveothers4ever
Loveothers4ever
5 years ago
Reply to  JenniD

TWA’s and tapered cuts are not for everyone.

JenniD
JenniD
5 years ago

I believe that they are. Sometimes short hair is for saving time and having your look be more classic and predictable. There is a cut that suits everyone’s face. Don’t get trapped into thinking that you can only “look right” with long hair. Especially if having it means it takes up too much time. Don’t hide behind your hair. You can be beautiful without it.

Loveothers4ever
Loveothers4ever
5 years ago
Reply to  JenniD

I am not hiding behind my hair, there is no self esteem issue. You have a right to your opinion and I have a right to mine. Jenni I don’t agree with you. I like how short hair looks on other people. Toni Braxton’s hair for example, her cut is great! It suits her face, however my face just doesn’t suit a short cut. I do my own hair and I know whats right for me. No stylist or anyone for that matter can tell me otherwise.

JenniD
JenniD
5 years ago

I wan’t implying that you had self esteem issues or trying to tell you what’s right concerning your hair. Of course you know your hair better than me! All I’m saying is be open to the possibilities beyond long hair. Never say you only look right one way. Its like selling yourself short.

Loveothers4ever
Loveothers4ever
5 years ago
Reply to  JenniD

Exactly since I know my hair the best how then could I sell myself short? Jenni you implied it by saying hiding behind your hair. I’m not selling myself short, I repeat I don’t agree with you. Your words can be perceived as negative, keep that in mind and reread your comment to me. Let it go sweetie. Long hair is not for everyone either! It’s all in what you like NOT what someone else thinks.

SemiXoXo
SemiXoXo
5 years ago
Reply to  Tia

Why don’t you try braids with/without fake hair? It’s a low manipulation style that can last for some time without having to really do much. My hair has personally thrived from braids. Buns are also ideal. And like JenniD suggested: you can always cut it which would save you maintenance time. Or you can continue to keep it straight if you’re not completely ready to deal with your texture.

tia
tia
5 years ago
Reply to  SemiXoXo

Thanks Semi, I am thinking about braids…I tried them in the past but I think I should try them again.

mindyprojectlover
mindyprojectlover
5 years ago
Reply to  Tia

Tia you are not alone. I think one of the biggest problems a lot of women face with going natural is that we see pictures like the ones above and think that with the right products, more attention, LOC, DC and all those other bullsh*t acronyms and rituals, one can get her hair to look like MoKnowsHair or ChigirlMakeup when really, her “type” or texture is more akin to Only1me.cc — who has beautiful hair and is a gorgeous woman. The problem is, when super kinky hair is dry and hard to manage and requires so many hours to wash,… Read more »

tia
tia
5 years ago

Thanks for your response mindyprojectlover…I think you got at the just of how I was feeling. Today I washed my hair, and left. Nobody really paid attention to me except for other Black people..and the looks well, let me just say felt awful, there was even some laughter. Yesterday was the same. More and more though I am realizing that I do love my hair. And while I prefer it when it is pressed and hanging, I love it like this too. I have been growing it out because I want my natural hair without being teased or prodded to… Read more »

tia
tia
5 years ago

Hi Mindy, you got the just of how I feel. At this point I understand why people get perms and why they were created. It is hard work manipulating my hair. I just want to walk out of the house with it as is and I did that today and yesterday. For the most part no one really noticed me, but of course I got a couple laughs from a few black women who had braids/weaves/ or just a different texture all together mostly every one else didn’t care. I felt pretty liberated today, well at least once I got… Read more »

Loveothers4ever
Loveothers4ever
5 years ago
Reply to  Tia

I definitely understand. I have been relaxed, natural and now transitioning. Try these products and routine. See if it helps make your hair softer and easier to manage. I have found that my hair is easier to work with and I have two textures. I mostly do co-washes with a deep conditioner, silicon mix +kanechom goats milk+ Giovanni nutrafix (light protein,(amazon or vitacost).I just do rollersetting under a hooded dryer (walmart). I use ORS hair serum olive oil heat protectant, Moisturizer like Giovanni direct leave in and wrap my hair w/ rollers in a scarf sit under dryer. Moisturize and… Read more »

Shaniya Ruth Optimistic Brown
Shaniya Ruth Optimistic Brown
5 years ago
Reply to  Tia

Hey dear, you can use African Shea Butter and Carrot Oil. Add a little bit of water to the Butter and warn it along with the Carrot Oil so that it become pore oil and put it in a spray battle. In the night you moist your scalp with it. To get your hair curly after you twist it, use the same mixture and spray on it and twist it as you would use hair oil to twist it, tie it down in the night and loose the twists in the morning and there you go!!

brlbeleza
brlbeleza
5 years ago

This article makes me feel so blessed to have type 4 hair!!! Natural hair can be a ton of work but my goodness there is no look on earth this beautiful!!! Imagine what America would be like today if black women had always had the opportunity to shine like the ladies above. Wow!

mlank64
mlank64
5 years ago

I remember reading that Oprah Winfrey’s stylist…Andre Walker stated that natural hair lacked versatility.….HA!

Eratee
Eratee
5 years ago

My main problem with style my natural hair is my length, it’s really short it’s barely on my neck so it’s not very versatile therefore I usually have protective style and when I do have my hair out I am ver restricted with what I can with it. also my hair is not curly therefore I can’t even leave it in an Afro when it’s moist

anastasia
anastasia
5 years ago

Loooooooove it! Thanks!

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me
me
5 years ago

I LOVE our hair.….wouldn’t trade it for any other hair

alt-K
alt-K
5 years ago

Beautiful sisters with beautiful hair!

Staci Elle
5 years ago

beautiful!

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