With these cute, easy relaxed hairstyles black women can try different looks every day, whether it’s to school, dates, work, or important occasions.
These hairstyles are easy to create and go well with relaxed hair texture and both short and long lengths. There are also several protective hairstyles to help your hair grow longer.
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While we love natural Afro hair texture, a lot of women go for straightened or relaxed hair to make it easier to manage. With relaxed hair, you don’t have to worry about co-washing, braiding, moisturizing and all the hair care that comes along with 4b and 4c hair textures.
And if you think relaxed hair is boring, we’ve got these simple, cute, and easy hairstyles for relaxed hair that help you switch it up everyday! The best part about these hairstyles is that you can get them done in minutes, without any special skills whatsoever.
Cute Easy Relaxed Hairstyles
- Body Waves
- Side Bun
- Open, Straight Hair
- Tousled Hair
- Half Up Half Down Hairstyles
- Mushroom Cut
- Pixie Cut
- Braided Ponytail
- Bubble Ponytail
- Side Shaved Look
Body Waves Relaxed Hairstyles
Body waves are among the most fun hairstyles for relaxed hair. One of the advantages 4b and 4c textures have over naturally straight hair is the amazing volume. So if you miss that bounce that your hair had after getting it permanently relaxed, you can try out the body waves hairstyle.
It gives your locks body and volume and is one of the best relaxed hairstyles for long hair. To create this look, you will need a curling wand or iron. Just heat up the iron and wrap sections of hair around the wand loosely. You don’t need tighter curls, so a low heat setting is enough.
Don’t forget to use a heat protect serum right before using the curling iron as relaxed hair is more prone to heat damage. You can even use a setting spray or mist afterwards to keep the hairstyle in place.
Mohawk Relaxed Hairstyles
If you like trying daring and bold hairstyles, this is the one for you. The mohawk is an excellent style if you want volume with short hair. The style involves having trimmed, faded sides and a mop of hair in the middle of your head.
We love how easy it is to maintain a mohawk. All you need is a bit of hair wax to keep the sides slicked away and your mohawk in place.
Try this amazing wax stick from TiGi for giving your mohawk a fresh look everyday. It has a soft hold that lets your hair keep its bounce and doesn’t make it look greasy.
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Side buns are one of the most elegant hairstyles for relaxed hair. They are great if you want something special for an occasion like a business party or a wedding. This slick hairstyle is also very easy to create.
Firstly, you need to make a clean side part. Then gather your hair towards the other side and tie it into a neat bun. Don’t forget to secure this bun with bobby pins to keep it in place. You can even use accessories like hair combs in the bun to give it that extra dose of glamour.
Open, Straight Hair
Among the best relaxed hairstyles for long hair is to just leave it open. Relaxed hair is great for this one reason. You can wear it open without any styling, unlike Afro hair which can be prone to frizz and drying if you leave it be.
You can wear your straight hair with a middle part or a side one. If you want, add some glamour to your look with barrettes or clips. These can also help keep flyaways in place.
Straight hair is prone to getting greasy quicker than natural hair textures. So we suggest using a nice dry shampoo in between your salon visits to maintain the open, straight hair look.
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Tousled hair is simply a variant of the open, straight hair look. But instead of the poker-straight finish, you add a bit of body and texture to your locks. It’s not like the body wave style where there are defined waves and lots of bounce to your tresses. With tousled hair you get more of a messy, just-rolled-out-of-bed look.
To create this look use your fingers to add waves to your hair instead of directly using the curling wand. Spray on a bit of setting spray to keep your tresses in place.
Half Up Half Down Hairstyles
If you want to add a bit more detail to your open hair, why not try the half up hairstyles? It is one of the best hairstyles for relaxed hair for school. The style is very youthful yet elegant at the same time.
Just take two sections from either side of your hair and put them up in a bun, braid, or hold them up with a banana clip. Let the other sections of your tresses fall loosely down your shoulders. You can keep them as is, or add tousles or waves to them for a different look.
This is among the best short hairstyles for relaxed hair if you are an older woman. The mushroom cut style is easy to maintain, classy, and looks great, especially if you’re in your 40s and 50s.
And the best part? You can still create many versatile styles with the mushroom cut. If desired, you can add bangs, wear your mushroom cut with a fade, or bump the ends to create a retro look.
The pixie cut is another hairstyle for short hair that is more versatile than you think. You can wear your pixie cut with straight hair or add a few waves or curls at the ends for a more feminine look.
Remember the edgy, pixie cut worn by celebrities like Rihanna. To get that badass look all you need is a good pomade or hair wax. With the help of this wax, you can create spiky sections of your hair and lay them in different directions. And you’ve got your edgy pixie in minutes!
Bangs are the best way to change the look of your hairstyle. And the best part is there is so much variety to choose from. Depending on your face structure and hair length, you can go for chopped bangs, curtain bangs, wispy, see-through bangs, a classic fringe and so many other styles. These are fantastic relaxed hairstyles for school as well.
If you live a very active lifestyle and want something out of your face, try the braided ponytail look. It’s also a great relaxed hairstyle for school if you’ve got to deal with a strict dress code. To create this look you need to start off with a regular ponytail. Then, you have to braid the hair and secure it with an elastic.
This is a very versatile hairstyle as you can try different types of braids with the ponytail – classic 3-braids, fishtail braids, etc.
Another one of the glamorous relaxed hairstyles is the bubble ponytail. This style is one way you can channel your inner Princess Jasmine. The best part is that this style is really easy to create too.
All you need to do is create a ponytail like every other day. Next, tease the ponytail with the help of a rattail comb to add more texture. This will ensure the “bubbles” of your pony look really voluminous.
Add an elastic hair band in the middle of your ponytail. And then add another one three inches above the end of your pony. And your bubble ponytail is ready!
Side Shaved Look
A shaved look gives you the perfect rebellious look. And we know it’s not for everyone, so we’ve got a simple solution. Go for a shaved look at one side. If you want to attend school or a more conservative workplace, you can simply cover up the shaved side by changing your hair parting. Genius isn’t it.
If work or school isn’t an issue, you can even go for fades or stylish undercuts on the shaved side to add a bit more edginess to your hairstyle.
As for the loose hair, you can leave it straight or change things up with waves or tousles.
What is the best protective style for relaxed hair?
Some of the best protective styles for relaxed hair include:
- Bantu knots
- Box braids
- Crochet braids
- Twist cornrows
These styles are great if you’re looking to get back to your natural hair textures or growing out your tresses.
Should relaxed hair be braided?
Yes. It is perfectly okay to braid relaxed hair. However, most stylists recommend you wait until 2-3 weeks after getting your curls permanently straightened to braid them.
After using relaxers, your hair is in a very brittle, fragile state. And braiding and twisting might cause damage and lead to breakage.
Also, braiding right after relaxing your hair might mess with the hair texture causing uneven kinks, and preventing your hair from looking perfectly straight.
Whether you’ve relaxed your hair permanently or prefer wearing extensions, these cute, easy relaxed hairstyles can help you create fun new looks everyday. These hairstyles are great for both short and long lengths. And don’t forget to invest in a good hair gel or hairspray to keep your luscious locks in place.
Leah LOVES hair. So much so, she dedicated an entire website to it! One of the founders of Hair Everyday and Chief Editor, Leah enjoys reviewing all the hair products and showcasing the best. She believes her most underrated articles are her hair care tips!