Afro textured hair: hairstyles beyond the afro

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Okay so we all love afros and ‘big hair’ is en vogue among naturals (black women who wear their afro-textured hair in its natural state, free of chemical straighteners, perms and hair extensions).

But there are literally hundreds of other styles as I observed at the recent natural hair event ‘Naturally Fabulous’ organised by The Natural Lounge in association with Naptural Roots Magazine.

Petite hair model Mahogany jetted in from the US sporting her much desired big afro and took part in the fashion show. Her slender figure and gorgeous hair was amply matched by her charm. Throughout the day she wore a warm smile and answered numerous questions about her diet and hair care routine.

Photo by Deborah Gabriel |© People With Voices

Mahogany

But on Saturday afternoon Mahogany had stiff competition, as the Cape bar (a spacious, light and airy venue off Cheapside) was full of over 300 of the UK’s beautiful, black women who were not models but every bit as attractive, animated and charming as Mahogany and who sported unique natural hairstyles.

Here are some of those beauties who I managed to snap on the day.

Photo by Deborah Gabriel |© People With Voices

And here are a a few more pictures from the day.

Photo by Deborah Gabriel |© People With Voices

As you can see – a good time was had by all!

In my next feature on the event you can meet my “ones to watch” featuring three UK YouTube vloggers and the founder of organic hair and beauty company ‘Solomon’s Daughter.’

Deborah Gabriel

About Deborah Gabriel

Dr Deborah Gabriel is a former journalist and PR specialist who completed her PhD in 2014 and now is a Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture & Communication at Bournemouth University. She is also the Founder of People With Voices and the Founder and CEO of Black British Academics.

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3 Comments On “Afro textured hair: hairstyles beyond the afro”

  1. It was such a great event to be a part of. Lovely to meet you there. x

  2. You really captured some fantastic hairstyles!

  3. Thanks for giving me inspiration for my next hairstyle.

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