The Ultimate Guide to Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

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Black hairstyles have always played a dominant role in the American fashion scene. What we see African American women wearing today will drive the fashion trends for other cultures across the globe also. UniversalSalons.Com is honored to have over 20,000 Black hairstyles images in our galleries. We had our style editors comb through our library and choose the trends in the Black hair industry today. These hairstyles represent the wide range of choices today’s Black women have when they make their style decisions. All our hairstyles were created by some of the top professional hairstylists in the Black hair industry. Check out our gallery of the ultimate guide to black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021.

Loc Extensions Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

Beautiful Handcrafted Permanent Loc Extensions
Salon: Salon Planted in Shelby, NC / Stylist: Shamone Barnes / Salon Phone: (980) 494-3892 / Model: Chelsea / Make Up: Jocelyn Combs

Today’s afro-centric minded individual doesn’t have to wait years in order to achieve the look of long, thick natural dreadlocks. Now you can achieve the look of a well-seasoned loc hairstyle with the help of permanent loc extensions. This technique is one of the top Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021. Master hairstylist Shamone Barnes from Salon Planted in Shelby, NC has taken this trend one step further. Shamone created the loc extensions by hand. Shamone understands that each client deserves a look that is specific to them. She handcrafts each loc extension to ensure that all her clients get a truly, “one of a kind”, hairstyle. While this process is more labor-intensive than just choosing permanent loc extensions from a commercial seller, Shamone’s process has a more natural look and feel than most out of the bag loc extensions.

Knotless Box Braids

Long Knotless Box Braids Hairstyle
Stylist: Ta’Shara / Salon: Just Gorgeous Braids LLC in Charlotte, NC
Salon Phone: (716) 449-2487 / Model: N’Dea / Makeup: Mekaela Bradley

There is an allure to knotless box braids that harken back to ancient times. This elegant look is a major trend with Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021. They take us back to the time of the Egyptians and other African dynasties. Knotless box braids are elegant and sleek also. The uniform parts bring a sense of order to a bold hairstyle. Ta’Shara is a professional hairstylist located at Just Gorgeous Braids LLC in Charlotte, NC. She created this beautiful braids hairstyle using synthetic hair additions. The braids were added using a feed-in technique with gold accents for a flash of color also.

Lace Front Wigs

Long Lace front Wig Hairstyle From Chondra Wilson in Charlotte, NC
Stylist: Chondra Wilson / Salon: Lux Glamorous Wigs & Company in Charlotte, NC / Salon Phone: (757) 289-2020 / Model: Shaunlese / Makeup: Chondra Wilson

Lace front wigs are a staple in many African American women’s style collection. They are designed to be a quick alternative to wearing your own hair out in the elements also. Lace front wigs are distinguished by the small strip of lace going across the front of the hairline. This particular lace front wig hairstyle features long flowing tresses. It has wand curls throughout and an ash blonde hair color that was customized for this model. This hairstyle was created by one of the most sought-after custom wig manufacturers in the black hair care industry also. Chondra Wilson is a professional hairstylist and wig manufacturer located at Lux Glamorous Wigs & Company.

Ponytails Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

Side Part Sleek Ponytail Model
Stylist: Mikiko Boyd / Salon: Wave Links Hair Studio Inc. in Fayetteville, NC / Salon Phone: (910) 864-8777 / Model Onna / Makeup: Asia Carter

Side part sleek ponytail hairstyles are one of the largest fashion statements for 2020 and 2021. This long, straight ponytail is the perfect attire for everyday wear or an elegant evening out also. The look is defined by minimalistic lines from the hair being pulled all the way into a straight, flowing ponytail. There is a dramatic part on one side of the hair also. Side part sleek ponytails are gaining the spotlight. Major celebs like Beyonce and Rihanna were spotted with the long tresses flowing over their shoulders.

Long Microlink Hair Extensions
Stylist: Deirdre Clay / Salon: Wave Links Hair Studio Inc. in Fayetteville, NC / Salon Phone: (910) 864-8777 / Model: Gabrielle / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

Microlink Hair Extensions are healthy, braid less way to add length to your current hairstyle. This technique is great for those that want to try new hair color. You can get color without the commitment of a color process on your own hair. A microlink technique consists of attaching hair additions directly to your hair by way of a small silicone connector. When applied correctly, microlink hair extensions are safe and healthy for your hair.

Bohemian Curls

Bohemian Curls Sew-In Hairstyle With Hair Color
Stylist: Nakia Boykin / Salon: Studio Bold and Beautiful in Columbia, SC
Salon Phone: (803) 360-1972 / Model: Azarie / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

Bohemian curls are one of the hottest black hairstyle trends in America today. Hairstyles like this are some of the hardest looks to pull off also. It’s one of those carefree, get-up-and-go hairstyles that, just happens to fall in place perfectly. Everyone wants to look like they don’t spend a lifetime in the mirror working on their hair. In reality, that look isn’t easy to pull off. Hairstylist Nakia Boykin from Studio Bold and Beautiful in Columbia, SC comes to the rescue with this long bohemian curls. Bohemian curls are the perfect “messy” Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021.

Silk Press Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

Silk Press Natural Hairstyle
Stylist: Lisa Motley / Salon: Alter Ego Salon in Columbia, SC / Salon Phone: (803) 669-1634 / Model: Alana / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

When black women want long flowing hair without the use of harsh chemicals, their go-to technique is the silk press. Silk press hairstyles have been a mainstay in African American fashion since the 1920s. Beauticians would use a metal comb, heated by a stove, to straighten the curl pattern of African American hair. Silk presses give you the ability to have hair that will gracefully flow in the wind. You will also keep your natural curl pattern. The model in these images is wearing a silk press from Lisa Motley, a hairstylist from Alter Ego Salon. The silk press is one of the hottest Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021 also.

Goddess Braids

Goddess Braid & Afro Mohawk Hairstyle
Stylist: Lisa Motley / Salon: Alter Ego Salon in Columbia, SC / Salon PhoneL (803) 669-1634 / Model: A’Lajah / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

This hairstyle is the perfect combination of two style trends reminiscent of our rich African American history. Goddess braids are large braids that take up most of the hair as it winds its way around your head. In this particular hairstyle, it forms the foundation of the look also. The afro mohawk that forms the back finishes the look with a technique that is retro-chic. This tribute to our ancestry makes the list as one of the top Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021.

Asymmetrical Haircuts

Asymmetrical Blunt Bob Haircut With Color
Stylist: Deirdre Clay / Salon: Wave Links Hair Studio Inc. in Fayetteville, NC / Salon Phone: (910) 864-8777 / Model: KaShana / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

This asymmetrical blunt bob haircut is not for the faint of heart. It’s one of the hottest Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021. The bold lines and harsh angles are designed to showcase the model’s confidence and her zest for life also. Professional hairstylist Deirdre Clay from Wave Links Hair Studio Inc. in Fayetteville designed this two-stage precision haircut to accentuate her model’s natural features. Dee, as she is affectionately called, put some bold color accent pieces in the front also.

Ginger Hair Color

Curly Hairstyle With Ginger Hair Color for Black Women
Stylist: Gwendolyn Coxum / Salon: Salon Hair Forte in Dunn, NC / Salon Phone: (919) 464-0355 / Model: Rosa / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

Today’s fashion scene comes with every hair color under the rainbow. In fact, actual rainbow color techniques are some of the hottest trends in black hairstyles today. One color that Black women have always had a passion for was vibrant reds and ginger colors. Ginger is an automatic attention grabber and the right shade will form a beautiful highlight to your skin tone also. This ginger hair color was custom blended by Gwendolyn Coxum, a professional hairstylist located at Salon Hair Forte in Dunn, NC. Along with the bold ginger on top, this hairstyle features copper-gold undertones and a rod-set curl pattern also.

Goddess Locs Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

Long Goddess Locs in Fayetteville, NC
Stylist: Tish Summers / Salon: Shear Diva Designz in Fayetteville, NC
Salon Phone: (910) 882-1579 / Model: Erika / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

Long goddess locs are one of the most sought-after hairstyles for black women this year. When they are installed correctly, long goddess locs are trendy, they’re incredibly easy to maintain, and goddess locs are an excellent protective hairstyle for anyone trying to grow out their own hair. The issue many women have are improper installation of their locs.  After all, goddess locs are a form of faux locs, meaning hair additions will need to be used. Many people trust this installation to unlicensed, individuals who don’t understand the essential aspects of a proper goddess locs hairstyle. We asked Tish Summers, a professional hairstylist, and a faux locs expert to help us understand the steps needed to make your long goddess locs look like a million bucks.

Balayage Color

Double Color Technique for Black Women
Stylist: Dre’ Ramseur / Salon: Hair Infiniti Wellness Salon in Charlotte, NC
Salon Phone: (980) 949-6837 / Model: Sunshine / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

When it comes to hair color, there are two types of women in the world. Those that will take anything that comes out of the box, and those that demand that perfect shade that will compliment all their natural features. The customized hair color process featured in these images is definitely designed for the latter. Balayage hair colors are a major trend in Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021. The look was created on relaxer free hair by professional hairstylist Dre’ Ramseur from Hair Infiniti Wellness Salon in Charlotte, NC. This is a specialized hair color process featuring a shadow root ombre and a balayage color technique also.

Relaxer Free Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

Short Natural Hairstyles with Color Style
Stylist: Andreana Ramseur / Salon: Hair Infiniti Wellness Salon in Charlotte, NC
Salon Phone: (980) 949-6837 / Makeup: Chondra Wilson

As more Black women make the decision to transition back to their relaxer free curl texture, professional hair salons across America are introducing new techniques that push the boundaries of fashion. One of the newest trends is applying a custom hair color technique on top of their client’s relaxer free hair also. Adding color to relaxer free hair is beautiful but it comes with its own set of challenges. We had our national style editor, Dre’ Ramseur from Hair Infiniti Wellness Salon in Charlotte, NC give us some tips on wearing and maintaining relaxer-free hairstyles with color.

Loc Updos

Niva Grimball Created One of Charleston, SC's Top Loc Updo Hairstyles
Stylist: Nivi Grimball / Salon: Samiyah’s Hair Styling Salon, Charleston, SC
Salon Ph: (843) 571-2673 / Model: Lynette / Makeup: Nivi Grimball

This locs updo hairstyle is perfect for those that are in-between lengths or are fairly new to their locs journey also. This hairstyle was created by Nivi Grimball, a professional hairstylist and loc specialist located at Samiyah’s Hair Styling Salon in Charleston, SC.  This updo is refined with a subtle hint of color in the front also. The look will wear well at any type of event from a corporate meeting to an elegant black-tie affair. Their versatility and easy maintenance are two of the reasons many women who are new to their natural hair journey choose locs updo hairstyles. This is why locs updo are such popular Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021 also. Nivi Grimball makes sure that her clients who make this choice are looking runway ready when they leave her salon.

Rainbow Hair Colors

Short Rainbow Hair Color in Greensboro, NC
Stylist: Jennifer Nealey / Salon: Hair Favor in Greensboro, NC / Salon Phone: (336) 423-6396 Model: Tiffany / Makeup: Chandra

Professional hairstylists in the Black hair community have embraced the fun and vibrant looks created with rainbow hair colors also. The exciting mix of colors will always be an attention-getter at any type of event. Rainbow hair colors are not just for special situations also. Many fashionistas are sporting their colorful styles in their everyday lifestyles. The hottest segment sporting these beautiful multi-colored looks are the women with short, natural hair. There’s just something about today’s Black woman with short natural hair that is drawing them into this color sensation. We asked Jennifer Nealey, one of the most respected colorists in the Black hair care industry, to give us some pointers on achieving and maintaining an awesome short rainbow hair color on Black women.

Natural Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

Short natural Hair with Color
Stylist: Jennifer Nealey / Salon: Hair Favor in Greensboro, NC / Salon Phone: (336) 423-6396 / Model: Dre / Makeup: Chandra Peak

The natural hair revolution is definitely here to stay. Black women have been embracing their natural locks in larger numbers over the years also. We decided to look into a new short natural hair with color hairstyle from professional hairstylist Jennifer Nealey. We wanted to get some insight on what is fueling this natural hair craze also. Natural hairstyles are trending Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021. Jennifer is a nationally published hairstylist whose work has appeared in some of the largest Black hair magazines. This particular look features a bold precision haircut and a custom hair color process featuring different hues of copper, red violets, and blondes also. We asked Jennifer to give us a few tips on creating and keeping this short natural hair with color style looking salon fresh.

Long Sew-In Hairstyles

Cover - Stunning Long, Curly Sew-In from Kevin Quattlebaum in Columbia, SC
Stylist: Kevin Quattlebaum / Salon: Personalities Hair Studio, Columbia, SC
Salon Ph: (803) 290-3700 / Model: Jasmine / Makeup: Kristy Quattlebaum

Large, flowing curls are the envy of many fashion-forward individuals. So many people want to experience the look and feel of below-the-shoulder curls gracefully blowing in the wind as they walk down the street. There are some, however, who don’t have the time or patience to wait for mother nature to grace them with the hair length needed to acquire long hairstyles. Kevin Quattlebaum, a professional hairstylist from Personalities Hair Studio in Columbia, SC has created just what they need in this long, curly sew-in hairstyle also.

Quick Weave Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

Bold Quick Weave Hairstyle With Custom Hair Color
Stylist: Marquita Briggs / Salon: Alter Ego Salon in Columbia, SC / Salon Phone: (803) 800-2956 / Model: Rasheeda / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

Today’s lifestyles are so much more hectic than in past times. We want to take advantage of every opportunity, but in doing so, our schedules have become extremely tight. Many of today’s black women have found quick weaves as a great way to sport an awesome, low maintenance hairstyle and keep their own hair healthy at the same time. That makes quick weaves an intrical part of Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021. This bold quick weave hairstyle was created by Marquita Briggs, a professional hairstylist located at Alter Ego Salon in Columbia, SC. This hairstyle features a swooped, peek-a-boo bang and loose curls throughout also. It’s perfect for anyone who wants the benefits of a protective hairstyle.

Updos Hairstyles

Tripple Ponytail Updo Hairstyle From Deirdre Clay in Fayetteville, NC
Stylist: Deirdre Clay / Salon: Wave Links Hair Studio Inc. in Fayetteville, NC
Salon Phone: (910) 864-8777 / Model: Onna / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

Updo hairstyles have always been the go-to look for any formal occasion because of their intricacy and eye-catching angles. Magnificent updos have graced the runways of the world’s largest fashion houses for many years. Deirdre Clay from Wave Links Hair Studio Inc. in Fayetteville, NC created this triple ponytail updo hairstyle that looks both regal and trendy at the same time. Dee (as she is known in the black hair industry), used three separate ponytails, spaced evenly apart, and intertwined them to make this look. This updo hairstyle will look good in any formal setting and it is easy to maintain also.

Hair Color

Spicy Red Sew In Bob Hairstyle from Samantha Fields in Greensboro, NC
Stylist: Samantha Fields / Salon: Beautifully Made Salon in Greensboro, NC / Salon Phone: (516) 434-0953 / Model: Jasmine / Makeup: Chandra Peak

This beautiful red balayage hairstyle is actually a custom-made wig unit created by Samantha Fields from Beautifully Made Salon in Greensboro, NC. The unit is cut into a bob hairstyle with light curls created by a flat iron technique. Both the bob haircut and the custom hair color technique seen here were made specifically to fit this model’s lifestyle, and environment. Sammy, as Samantha is known in the industry, ensured that her model’s natural hair was well protected and hydrated underneath also. The combination of the custom haircut and color techniques, as well as the, sew in wig installation come together in this spicy red sew in bob hairstyle. Hair Color is a major staple in black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021.

Little Girl’s Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

Over 50 Black Hairstyles for Little Girls

When you work with over 1000 professional hairstylists across the United States, you get to see large varieties of beautiful hairstyles in every genre and fashion. Professional hair salons are making new rules every day that push the boundaries of style and design. Kid’s hairstyles are no exception to this new trend. Trying to choose just the right new hairstyle for your little girl can be daunting with all the choices available also. That’s why the editors at UniversalSalons.Com have compiled a list of over 50 black hairstyles for little girls. We combed through our library of over 5,000 black hairstyles and found these gems for your little girl. We hope you find something you like in our gallery. If so, call the professional hairstylist that created the look and give them the opportunity to create a cute hairstyle for your little girl.

Braid Out Hairstyles

Natural Braid Out Hairstyle with Vivid Hair Color
Stylist: Brittany Casterlow / Salon: B.Glam Beauty / Salon Phone: (336) 601-3603
Model: Destiny / Makeup: Chandra Peak

Braid out hairstyles are a great way for African American women to showoff and enhance their natural curl pattern. Braid out braid your hair with a moisturizing agent and then pull the braids apart with either your hands or a pick of some kind. Brittany Casterlow, a professional hairstylist from B.Glam Beauty in Greensboro, NC created this natural braid out hairstyle with vivid hair colors. She used a customized ombre color technique with a wide range of colors also. Brittany used different hues of magenta, teal, yellow, rose, orchid, and coral to create this look. If you love your natural hair and you want to take your style to another level, this natural braid out hairstyle with vivid colors is just for you.

Short Haircuts for Black Women

Short Hairstyle for Black Women with Layers and a Feathered Bang
Stylist: Deirdre Clay / Salon: Wave Links Hair Studio Inc. Salon Phone: (910) 864-8777 / Model: Brandi / Makeup: Deirdre Clay

Short hairstyles for black women are currently all the rage. They are the hottest look for women of all ages, expressing their creativity, confidence, and individuality. Short hair ranges from the Bob to Pixie cuts that appear on big-name celebrities also. There is little doubt that these looks for black women are here to stay, therefore they will always excite. These stylish haircuts accentuate the features of the face and truly bring out the inner confidence that everyone possesses. These looks can let you make a statement and stand out in a crowd also. Short Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021 make use of bold lines and varied angles.

Classic Bob Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

Bob Hairstyle with Bubble Gum Hair Color
Salon: Wave Links Hair Studio Inc. / Stylist: Deirdre Clay / Model: Bria / Make Up: Deirdre Clay

Bob hairstyles for black women have been a fashion statement since the days of Josephine Baker. From easy-care, low maintenance, to cute, glamorous, sultry, sophisticated, and sassy. No other hairstyles are so versatile. Bob Hairstyles are ideal for your active life, they go from work to play, or date night with ease and flair. Whatever your age, you will find the perfect bob to fit your face, figure, and lifestyle also. Look through our hairstyles galleries for ideas. With 1000’s of hairstyle images, you will be sure to find the style of your dreams.

Best Black Hairstyles for 2020 & 2021

These are the HOTTEST Black hairstyles trending for 2020 & 2021

  1. Loc Extensions

    Now you can achieve the look of a well-seasoned loc hairstyle with the help of permanent loc extensions.

  2. Knotless Box Braids

    There is an allure to knotless box braids that harken back to ancient times.

  3. Lace Front Wigs

    Lace front wigs are designed to be a quick alternative to wearing your own hair out in the elements.

  4. Ponytails

    Ponytail are the perfect attire for everyday wear or an elegant evening out also

  5. Microlinks

    Microlink Hair Extensions are healthy, braid less way to add length to your current hairstyle.

  6. Bohemian Curls

    Bohemian Curls are one of those carefree, get-up-and-go hairstyles that, just happens to fall in place perfectly

  7. Silk Press Hairstyles

    When black women want long flowing hair without the use of harsh chemicals, their go-to technique is the silk press.

  8. Goddess Braids

    Goddess braids are large braids that take up most of the hair as it winds its way around your head.

  9. Asymmetrical Haircuts

    The bold lines and harsh angles are designed to showcase the model’s confidence and her zest for life.

  10. Relaxer Free Black Hairstyles

    As more Black women make the decision to transition back to their relaxer free curl texture, professional hair salons across America are introducing new techniques that push the boundaries of fashion.

  11. Balayage Color

    Balayage hair colors are cuistomized for each client. It’s a major trend in Black hairstyles for 2020 & 2021. 

  12. Rainbow Hair Colors

    The exciting mix of colors will always be an attention-getter at any type of event.

  13. Natural Black Hairstyles

    The natural hair revolution is definitely here to stay. Black women have been embracing their natural locks in larger numbers over the years also.

  14. Braid Out Hairstyles

    Braid out hairstyles are a great way for African American women to showoff and enhance their natural curl pattern.

  15. Short Haircuts for Black Women

    Short hairstyles for black women are currently all the rage. They are the hottest look for women of all ages, expressing their creativity, confidence, and individuality.

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