Top 60 black natural hairstyles for medium-length hair in 2024

Top 60 black natural hairstyles for medium-length hair in 2024

Natural medium-length hair is pretty versatile when it comes to styling and plaiting. There are hundreds of black natural hairstyles for medium-length hair to choose from in the present-day world. The look you choose should match the shape of your face and flatter your best features.

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Amazing Black natural hairstyles for you. Photo: @shotsbygracie, @locs_and_ankara, @naturalhairstylestz (modified by author)
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Modern African women are embracing black natural hairstyles, especially protective ones. Fortunately, ladies with natural hair can try plenty of options and look unique. You can experiment with those that catch your fancy from the list explored in this article.s

Black natural hairstyles for medium-length hair

There are numerous black natural hairstyles for the present-day African woman with medium-length hair. Check out the looks below for inspiration.

Medium flat twists

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Medium flat twists. Photo: @styled_bylaurenice, @mycurlproducts (modified by author)
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The flat twist involves parting the hair into cornrowed sections but flat twisting the hair to the scalp. It takes a short time to achieve this style. The best thing is that it is not too harsh on your scalp and can prevent traction alopecia.

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Fancy school girl

School-going girls, teens, and young women normally need simple styles that do not take too long to make. A good alternative to straight-back school lines is the look above.

Loose dreadlocks

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Loose dreadlocks. Photo: @locs_and_ankara (modified by author)
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Dreadlocks keep your hair in a permanent protective style. Letting your locs loose is perfect for medium-length hair. The best part is they are low maintenance because you will not have to manipulate your hair often.

Good old afro

The good old afro is timeless. If you have naturally kinky, curly, and Afro-textured hair, rock this look. Beware, it requires specific hair products to maintain and some time to comb or style sit every morning.

Twisted dreadlocks

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Twisted dreadlocks. Photo: @locs_and_ankara (modified by author)
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Dreadlocks are low-maintenance, versatile, and are a permanent protective hairstyle. There are numerous ways of styling them. Twisting them makes you look fancy and playful.

Coil twists

Curl enthusiasts have used coil twists for centuries to create intricately detailed hairstyles and protect tresses from breakage. This look is also known as straw twists.

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Side-swept braids

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Side-swept braids. Photo: @justbraidsinfo (modified by author)
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If you have medium-length hair, you can do side-swept cornrows with your natural hair only. You can also add hair extensions to make them appear bigger and neater.

Jumbo Bantu knots

Bantu knots are a native African style that allows hair to retain moisture, thus reducing dryness. Besides, they are an easy protective style for growth and length retention.

Medium Bantu knots

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Medium Bantu knots. Photo: @shotsbygracie, @jay_anoka (modified by author)
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People with medium-length hair can also rock medium-sized Bantu knots. The good thing about this style is once you feel the knots have served the purpose, you can unravel them to get loose curled hairstyles.

Dyed naturalista

Allowing your medium-length natural hair to remain loose is a fantastic option, especially after periods of braiding. You can dye your hair in your favourite colour for some extra oomph.

Dreadlock buns

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Dreadlock pigtails. Photo: @poppinandlocn, @dreadlocknation_zim (modified by author)
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Tying your hair in two cute bun is a fantastic hairstyle for teens and young adults. Besides looking cute, it is an expression of style. You can also add a couple of cowrie shells or beads.

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Cornrow-curls combo

If you do not like hair hanging off your face, the look above is perfect. The cornrows at the front of the head keep hair out of your face.

Straight-back cornrows

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Straight-back cornrows. Photo: @ustbraidsinfo (modified by author)
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Straight-back cornrows are timeless. They can be worn to any function. Medium-length African hair is perfect for this style. You can add braid extensions for a neater look. Did you know you can have them in black or any other colour you like?

Fishbone style

Fishbone cornrows are plaited close to the scalp with one thick braid in the centre and thinner cornrows joining the main braid at an angle. This look is good for formal or informal events.

Loose sisterlocks

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Loose sisterlocs. Photo: @sisterlocs_artificialkenya (modified by author)
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Sisterlocks are a versatile natural hairstyle that consists of tiny-sized dreadlocks. Unlike dreadlocks that are twisted or rolled, sisterlocks are created using a special tool that builds the locks from the ends of the hair to the root. Letting them loose is fun.

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Single jumbo twist

The style above is perfect for a bride who wants to rock her natural hair on her big day. The jumbo twist holds the hair in place and takes it off the face.

Updo braids

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Braids in a bun. Photo: @justbraidsinfo (modified by author)
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One of the most common looks for Black women with medium-length hair is three-strand braids. These last long and are beautiful. You can ask your hairdresser to make medium braids using extensions and style them in a bun.

Authentic Atida

The Atida hairstyle is a traditional look that the modern artistic woman can wear. This look is perfect for women who do not like looking conventional.

Ponytail (with extension)

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Ponytails with added extensions. Photo: @fabulous_hairextensions_ke (modified by author)
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People with medium-length natural hair can have it blow-dried or heat-treated to style it. They can have it in a pony. Since the hair isn't long, they can add extensions for longer ponytails.

Cornrow updo

Updo cornrows are timeless. They get hair out of your face and are long-lasting.

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Short faux locs

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Short faux locs. Photo: @curleeme, @naturalhairstylestz (modified by author)
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Unlike dreadlocks, faux locs are not real and use either synthetic or human hair to achieve the style. People with medium-length hair can install this long-lasting style and let the locs loose or style them however they want.

Loose twists

Two-strand twists are neat and beautiful. Beware that they unravel faster than three-strand braids.

Medium-length braids

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Medium-length braids. Photo: @naturalhairstylestz, @larry_beautyglam (modified by author)
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Three-strand braids do not always have to be long. You can make them as long as your hair is. They can be curly or straight at the ends.

Styled twists

Two-strand twists can be styled to make them last a little longer. Besides, styling them gives them a unique twist, pun intended.

Fulani-inspired

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Fulani-inspired braids. Photo: @naturalhairstylestz (modified by author)
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Fulani braids are known for their signature accessories, including beads and cowrie shells. Accessorising your braids makes you stand out in a crowd.

African bun

Rocking an all-natural bun is fun. The look is easy to maintain. Note that you have to have thick hair to rock the look. If you do not, you can add natural-looking bun extensions.

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Zigzag cornrows

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Zigzag cornrows. Photo: @honey_braidz_86, @blessed_hands_._ (modified by author)
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Zigzag cornrows are beautiful and give a unique twist to the straight-back style. They are best done on natural hair and braid extensions.

Natural bun with a twist

If an all-black natural bun feels a tad too boring for you, you can spice it up by dyeing the ends of the hair in your favourite colour. You can also add subtle twists to your bun for some oomph.

Half Bantu knots with curls

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Half Bantu knots with curls. Photo: @naturalhairmag (modified by author)
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Bantu knots are quite easy to make when you have natural hair. You can choose to have just three of more knots at the front of your head and let the rest of the hair down. With this hairstyle, you will also show the volume and texture of your natural hair in the best way.

Jumbo natural braids

People with thick, medium-length hair can rock jumbo three-stranded braids effortlessly. This look is ideal for the holiday season when you want to relax and enjoy life.

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Twist fishbone

Twist fishbone
Twist fishbone hairstyles. Photo: @yonoushair_co (modified by author)
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The twist fishbone hairstyles above are elegant and stylish. They are ideal for the modern working woman who embraces her natural hair.

Cornrow-straw twists combo

An interesting way of styling your medium-length natural hair is combining cornrows with straw twists. This look is perfect for casual events.

Twistouts

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Twistout hairstyles. Photo: @yonoushair_co (modified by author)
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Twistouts are made by unravelling Bantu knots or regular two-strand twists on natural hair. You can do this style with black or dyed natural hair.

Two jumbo cornrows and a bun

With medium-length natural African hair, you can achieve the two jumbo cornrows and a bun look. You need a seasoned hair stylist to achieve this look.

Wavy cornrows

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Wavy cornrows for you. Photo: @braidedbyanisah, @murseron313 (modified by author)
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Wavy cornrows are elegant and classy. They are ideal for young adults and children. They can be worn to formal and informal events.

Criss-cross bun

Fancy fishbone styles

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Fancy fishbone styles. Photo: @sproutskidsalon (modified by author)
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The double fishbone above is perfect for kids. Another elegant alternative is to have mini fishbone buns.

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Criss-cross pigtails

Criss-cross hairstyles have become quite common in recent years, especially among cornrow lovers. They are unique, elegant, and classy.

Fancy natural cornrows

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Fancy natural cornrows. Photo: @sproutskidsalon (modified by author)
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Hair stylists have become quite creative. Cornrows can be styled in whichever way you desire. You can use different hair accessories to make your style stand out.

Curly sisterlocks

Sisterlocks are all the rage right now because they are cute and low-maintenance. This is one of the natural hair styles for ladies to try soon.

Cutie pigtails

The combination of cornrows and pigtails above is exquisite. This look is ideal for young kids, especially over the holidays. You can accessorise with cute bows or scrunchies.

Which are the best black curly hairstyles for medium hair?

The best natural hairstyles for medium hair include braids, twists, twistouts, afros, faux locs, sisterlocks, and dreadlocks. Check out the styles above for inspiration.

What are some easy black hairstyles for medium hair?

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If you are looking for easy natural hairstyles for ladies with medium hair, you can try cornrows, braids, twists, or Bantu knots. These can be styled in whichever way you desire.

Which are the top natural hairstyles for Black women?

The top natural hairstyles for Black women include braids, cornrows, twists, faux locs, Bantu knots, and many others.

There are many black natural hairstyles to choose from in the present-day world, and many that flatter your best facial features.

Legit.ng recently published a list of ideas for knotless braids with curls. Knotless braids with curls have acquired appeal in the fashion industry.

They are a trendy, natural-looking protective hairdo. Besides, they are versatile when it comes to styling and suitable for any occasion.

Source: Legit.ng

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