20 Best Easy African American (Black) Boy Hairstyles

A Young Boy’s Guide to Styling African-American Hair Textures Without Flaw: Every parent of colour, with a child blessed with curly or kinky hair knows the trouble that comes along with them. Be it getting your child to get ready, or taming the hair on occasion, or even making sure their hairstyles are school appropriate, can be a task.

This hair type is usually rougher and coarser to touch. They are also heavier in density than Caucasian hair. So, if you are not sure of where to start from, go and visit your local barbershop – they will be able to guide you on some of the products which will suit the individual needs of your child.

Kinds of African-American Hair:

An average Afro-American can have various types of hair. This can, however, be classified into three main types. Each of these types has several sub-types, and sometimes the hair can grow into a combination of all these types. These are:

Types of Hair
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Kinky Hair –

Kinky hair is signified by tight curls and a frizzy look. Kinky hair is the most difficult to maintain and needs regular hair care. For boys, kinky hair is usually kept short cropped or make into waves. This hair requires regular moisturizing and conditioning.

Curly Hair –

Here the curls are a lot looser than kinky hair. The quality and texture tend to lean on the bouncier side of the spectrum. This type of hair is easier to manage when braided or controlled by step and gradient cuts.

Wavy Hair –

Wavy hair can be seen as being looser with respect to the curls and in a heavier, more dense coagulate with respect to the density. This hair sticks closer to the scalp than curly hair. It is relatively easier to maintain and style.

How to Boost African Boy Hair Growth

Hair growth for an African-American boy can be a problem as most of the time they are encouraged to tie their hair tightly back. This restricts the growth of the hair and in turn damages it leading to breakage and hair fall. Here are some tips and tricks on how to grow out African-American hair:

Proteins: Proteins are essential to hair growth and can either be ingested or applied externally. Protein and vitamin treatments are available at all beauty stores and can be bought specifically for your hair type, depending on how much damage the hair has sustained.

Vitamin Supplements: Vitamins like b, B12 and other minerals help in boosting hair growth and also helps the body maintain a good chemical balance.

Fish Oil: Fish oil such as cod liver oil can also be taken in oral supplement form.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is known for its moisturising and nourishing qualities. Oiling your hair with coconut oil twice a week can make your hair grow faster and healthier. It also reduces damage while styling.

How to Take Care of Afro-American Boy Hair

Taking care of Afro-American hair can be a task, but if you follow these simple steps, the results will speak for themselves.

Pre Shampoo: A pre shampoo is a conditioner which is mixed with some essential moisturising organic oils. This can be made at home or bought from a store. A pre shampoo has to be applied before shampooing the hair for a short while, and then washed away.

Shampoo for Hair Type: Using shampoos which are made for your hair type can create a world of difference. So next time you go shopping for your child’s hair products, research and find shampoos which do not contain sulfates. Sulfates dry the hair and make them frizzy.

Conditioning: Condition the hair every time you wash them. This locks in some moisture and keeps the hair looking presentable.

Deep Conditioning: Deep Conditioning packs now a days are easy to use and are mostly hassle free. This means that deep conditioning of a younger person’s hair becomes easier. A deep conditioner must be used only once in a week and should not be shampooed off, but rinsed.

Hair Serum/Butter: Hair serums which are made especially for kinky, or curly hair should be applied right after a wash, once the hair is pat-dried. This serum is the extra protective layer on the hair to protect it from the heat and pollution of the outside.

Avoid Styling: Styles which require a lot of tying up and tight buns should be avoided at all costs. On the other hand braids are protective hair styles and can be incorporated easily. Styling the hair with heat and chemical exposure can ruin it’s quality forever.

20 Best Easy African-America Boy Hair Styles with Diy Process

#1:Fade with Top Waves:

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For this hairstyle, you should look for an edge cut from the bottom up. This means that all the outer edges of your haircut have to be perfectly precise and in gradient. Going to a barber for this haircut is advisable. However, the waves at the top can be a little hard to create. Here is a step by step on how to create waves on the top of your head like a pro.

What You Need:

  • Leave-in Serum
  • Wave Brush (Texture depending on your hair quality)
  • Warm Water
  • Washcloth
  • Durag or cap

How to:

  • The first step towards creating waves is to detangle your hair with a wide toothed comb.
  • Apply hair serum to moisturise the strands before styling them.
  • Next, use the wave brush and comb your hair continuously for one to two minutes.
  • Then once the hair is brushed, take the washcloth, and dip it in water. Now squeeze the water out and then place the warm cloth on the top of your hair and push the cloth gently down in a sweeping motion.
  • Repeat process two to three times, and cover the damp hair with a durag or a cap and leave for 4-6 hours.

#2: Top Knot With Blond Hair

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This look is an easy to achieve style with a twist of colour.

To get this style you will need:

  • Comb or Brush
  • Hair Spray
  • Hair Band

Steps:

  • Begin with making a top knot. For this, collect all your hiar together at the top of your head.
  • This is easiest to make when standing with your waist bent down.
  • Once the top knot is created, cordon off the hair which you will need to bleach.
  • To bleach, mix powder bleach from a store with some developer and leave it to develop.
  • Once developed, apply the bleach to the hair and fold in foil.
  • Keep checking for colour developing and do not leave for more than 30 minutes.
  • Rinse, and voila! A style is created

#3: Undercut with a Pop of Color

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An Undercut is the easiest style to achieve in terms of DIY.

To get this style you will need:

  • Trimmer
  • A pair of scissors
  • Hair gel/ Hair spray
  • A comb/ Brush

Steps:

  • Section your hair into the top of the head and the rest of the head.
  • Clip the hair on top, and then use a trimmer to trim the rest of the head.
  • Use a scissor to then make the hair on top of the head even in length and colour as desired.

#4: Buzz Cut with Hair Tattoo

Buzz Cut with Hair Tattoo
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A buzz cut is popularly known as a military hair cut where the length of the hair all over the head is extremely short, but the top of the head is kept relatively longer.

A hair tattoo is when a surgical blade is used to finely remove the hair from some places, creating a design. This style is best left to the experts to attempt for risk of injury.

#5: Mohawk with blonde hair

Mohawk with blonde hair
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For this look, create a general Mohawk and trim the rest of the head to a stubble. Then, with the remaining hair, once evenly cut, choose whether you want to colour the entire hair blond or just the tips, or whether you want to highlight the hair, and proceed accordingly.

Bleach should be used under supervision of an adult and should not be left to touch skin surfaces. Afro-American hair is usually darker in colour and so it needs to be bleached before applying any other colours.

#6: Braids with Top Knot

Braids with Top Knot
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Creating braids is not difficult when a mass of hair is to be dealt with. However, when tiny braids need to be made, these things should be kept in mind:

  • Where braids are protective hairstyles, a braid too tight can cause the hair to break from the follicle.
  • Braids should be made from the crown of the head backwards, so as to help the hair remain in their direction of growth, thereby boosting hair health.

#7: Mohawk with Undercut

 Mohawk with Undercut
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This style is fresh and breezy and easy to create.

To get this style you will need:

  • Trimmer
  • A pair of scissors
  • Hair gel/ Hair spray
  • A comb/ Brush

Steps:

  • Untangle damp hair and then section them out. Make one section on the top of your head and leave the rest of the hair.
  • If the hair is too long, cut using scissors or trim with a larger guard on.
  • Once the hair is sufficiently trimmed, use the comb as a guide and make a part around your temple.
  • Use the trimmer and trim the hair below the temple to a negligible size.
  • Finish off with serum and styling mousse.

#8: Short Tapered Fade

Short Tapered Fade
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A short and tapered fade is a style where the hair on the top of the head are kept to a relatively shorter length, and a fade is created in the front. The back of the head here is to be left relatively thicker than the front. The difference between the guards used for the two sections should not be more than two sizes.

Once done, this cut is best styled with mousse or wax with the hair left curly to natural tendency.

#9: Buzz Cut

Buzz Cut
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The most classic male haircut and also the most generic is the buzz cut. This is also called a military or a crew cut. This is a no effort, no maintenance look where all the hair is cut with the trimmer using the guard at its second or first setting.

#10: High Fade With Spikes

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The difference between a high fade and a normal fade is that the normal fade begins at the temples, whereas the high fade begins at the eyebrows. This kind of a fade is not preferable in most cases as it may take away body from the hair. However, a good trick to style this cut is to spike the hair. This can be done as follows:

  • In damp hair, rub together evenly some hair grease or wax.
  • Using your fingers to style the hair, comb through in an upward direction and continue until the hair is set.

#11: Short Dreads with a fade:

Dreadlocks come is all styles. They can be long, or short and will still deliver the same look. Short dreads with a fade are the new it look thanks to crooner The Weeknd who has popularised it. This fade starts from the temples and then goes lower on the head to the nape, in a gradient.

To get this style you will need:

  • Trimmer
  • A pair of scissors
  • Hair gel/ Hairspray
  • A comb/ Brush

Steps:

  • Start with fading with a trimmer.
  • Make dreads using hair gel and strong hair wax.

#12: Fat braids with a fade:

Boys with longer hair can go with braids in various fashions. They can choose cornrows or not pulled back braids. These braids are so versatile that they can be out into a bun or a ponytail and still look as good.

To get this style you will need:

  • A comb
  • Small rubber bands
  • A trimmer
  • A pair of scissors

Steps:

  • Make braids starting from the temple to the back of the head.
  • Keep tying each braid with a rubber band.
  • If you are making cornrows, take the hair from the centre, in.
  • Finish with either tying them up or leaving lose.

#13: Short hair with a fade:

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A fade is not a foreign concept to the Afro-American community. This is a cheap and quick way to look well groomed.

To get this style you will need:

  • A trimmer
  • A comb
  • Mousse

Steps:

  • Wash and comb out hair.
  • Use comb to part the hair and make the top of their hair into a section.
  • Trim the hair on top into even lengths.
  • Using a trimmer, trim the hair from the temple to the nape of the neck in a gradient fashion.

#14: The curly afro:

This is the most low maintenance hairstyle for an Afro boy to sport. Think, Chad from High School Musical.

To get this style you will need:

  • A trimmer
  • A comb
  • A mousse for curly hair

Steps:

  • First, let the hair grow out. This is easiest in boys with curly hair.
  • Once long enough to cut, trim it to even lengths.
  • As the hair grows, it needs to be trimmed into the direction desired. This is the simplest classic look.

#15: 360 Waves:

The Drakes and Big Sean’s of the world have finally made the waves look an actual fashion statement and it has never been easier to achieve fashion in the comfort of your own home.

To get this style you will need:

  • Bristle Brush
  • Hair gel/ Hair grease
  • Warm Water
  • Wash Cloth

Steps:

  • Untangle the curls with a comb and apply an even layer of hair grease through it.
  • Use a bristle brush according to the hair type, and after untangling the curls, begin to form waves in the hair.
  • Now take the washcloth and dip it in warm water. Squeeze the excess and put the cloth on the hair and leave for a few minutes.
  • Repeat this process until desired waves are formed and then put on a durag or silk scarf and sleep on it.
  • Finish with hair gel to make the style stay.

#16: Pompadour:

A basic pompadour can be achieved on any kind of hair with enough styling.

To get this style you will need:

  • A round brush
  • Hair spray
  • Hair Drier
  • Trimmer
  • A comb

Steps:

  • Start with combing damp hair to untangle the knots.
  • Now, using the round brush as a guide, make the hair into a quiff and dry it into position. Brush it into an inward direction for desired look.
  • Use hair gel or spray to finish.

#17: The retro high top fade:

The most classic African American look has been the top fade. This can be achieved as follows:

To get this style you will need:

  • A razor
  • A trimmer
  • A pair of scissors
  • A pick toothed comb
  • Mousse

Steps:

  • Maintain a fade. Grow your hair and trim them to gradients.
  • Allow the hair on top of your head to grow out. Use a pick toothed comb to push them to grow upwards.
  • Once they are long enough, use mousse to style the hair in the direction and shape desired.

#18: The dreadlock bun:

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black men who have long hair can easily try this look. This is one of the easier looks for men with long hair. It is easy to maintain once the style is created. For a cleaner and sharper look you can try trimming hair around to bun.

To get this style you will need:

  • A comb
  • Hair grease/ Hair mousse
  • A large rubber- band

Steps:

  • Divide your hair into 3 different sections.
  • Now, twist the hair to make dreadlocks. These will be made in all three sections by taking some amount of hair from each section.
  • Now use grease to hold these dread locks in place. Once the dread locks have been made then tie them up into a bun on the top of your head.
  • Alternatively, you can tie these dreadlocks up at the back of your head.

#19: Mohawk:

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A Mohawk is a style where hair is only grown on the middle of the head in a strip from the forehead to the nape.

To get this style you will need:

  • A trimmer
  • A razor
  • A comb
  • A pair of scissors
  • Gel/ Mousse

Steps:

  • First, comb out a section that you intend to grow out.
  • Now, clip those hair close to the scalp and make two sections on either horizon of your head.
  • Use a trimmer to get rid of any excess hair growth except for the hair in the middle.
  • If you prefer, you can leave some buzz cut hair around the rest of the head, or shave it all off.
  • Once done, style the hair left with a mouse or gel.

#20: Blurry Fade with Defined Part

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This hair style is another sharp look without a lot of effort.

To get this style you will need:

  • Trimmer
  • Razor blade
  • Scissors
  • Comb

Steps:

  • First, create a fade of your liking using the trimmer to trim, and the comb to guide through the hair.
  • Then, using the comb, make a part on whichever side is preferred.
  • Use the blade to make the part more defined.

Conclusion:

There is no dearth of styling options for persons of color and today, fashion statements favor the bold. So go forth! And unleash your big hair energy into the world!

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