Black Women's Hair Extension Styles

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Black Women's Hair Extension Styles
Black women's hair has come a long way since the 1970s. (Image by, courtesy of foundphotoslj)

Hairstyles for black women are as multifaceted as the tools that create them. Fortunately, there are some basic types of styles that can help you understand black women's hair.

Weaves and Tracks

A hair weave uses your hair and additional locks of either synthetic or natural hair to add length. This hair is either attached onto a track--slim line of cotton netting--or loose in a package. The tracks are glued, laced or beaded onto your hair.


The African-American braid styles come in cornrows or several braids created side by side on the head. Additional synthetic or human hair can be woven into the braids for length and/or width. Braids are usually decorated with beads.

Natural Styles

Naturally frizzed or kinky and very thick black women's hair is usually braided, twisted or dreadlocked--twisting the hair continuously as it grows. The hair is also worn in an afro style, loose and natural.

Relaxed Styles

Black women achieve straight, softer looks through chemical relaxing. The kinky follicle is chemically forced to lay flat. The relaxer can be removed before the full effect to get a wavy style or loose curl.

Wigs and Hairpieces

Wigs come in a full-head cover or a piece that goes over the front or the back of the hair. Hairpieces are also available in the form of buns and ponytails that clip to your hair.

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