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Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition

By January 27th, 202127 Comments
Re-Post 5/2/2012

by Jamila of For The Fabulous and Frugal  

It’s that
time again! Graduation is right around the corner, so I wanted to do a
special post for you fabulous college curlies preparing to move on to
the next phase of your life!

My first tip is that you can wear your curly/kinky/coily underneath your cap.
I thought it wasn’t possible, but it was actually quite easy to wear a
cap over my curls, even with the humidity of summer in North Carolina.
So before you reach for that flat iron,  here are some style options to
keep it fierce and carefree on graduation day. 

Twist Out: A
simple way to rock your hair big and boldly under a cap is to simply
wear a twist out and secure the cap on with bobby pins, which is what I
did. To maximize space under the cap, try flat twisting your hair and
not fluffing the roots, so that the area underneath the cap lies flat,
and the part outside of it is visible and defined.  
You can also pin some of the front section of your hair back, like I did:
Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition
Twist-out with one side pinned to the back
 Not convinced? Here are some more ladies rocking fierce twist outs underneath a graduation cap:
Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition

Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition

Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition


Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition

Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition

 Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition

…believe me now? 🙂

Here’s my favorite tutorial (by Naptural85) on how to use flat twists to get a super defined twist out:


And another great video by Black Onyx on how to get your curls to hang:


Twist It Up:  You could try curly twists,  mini twists, or finger coils, which can be pinned various ways beneath your cap and styled different ways post photos/ceremony.
Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition


Roller Set: If you’re worried about your hair puffing up beneath your cap, this is a great option to still rock your curls, but have them be easier to manage under a hat. Try Curlformers or Flexi Rods.
Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition


Another option is to do a half-pinned up style. You can style your hair
with flat twists,  so that you have a cute style to wear the rest of
the day. Check our my version here.
Natural Hair Styles- The Graduation Edition
When all else fails… Accessorize!
Bring a few headbands, flowers, and bobby pins in case your hair gets
fussed up during the photo session. Always good to have these on deck! I
hope this helps. 

Senior curlies, what are you doing with your hair for graduation/senior pics?


  • janine says:

    fantastic! I have naturally curly hair and great tips for university graduation

  • Anonymous says:

    This is wonderful! I may consider doin mini twists but considering I will be goin to Texas a week after graduation not sure maybe crochet braids..congrats to all the graduates

  • watkinsabob says:

    alot of great videos and examples!!!

  • crystal michelle says:

    This is great…..I am graduating on May 30th and was considering a wig…glad I found this!

  • Vanesa says:

    Yes!!! I am so happy I found this! I was worried I would have to straighten my hair for graduation but now, I can do my own hair for free!

  • Unknown says:

    Love all these videos

  • Tea Wash says:

    im so happy for this post!! i was just considering straitening my hair for my graduation also but i really dont want to pay to go to the salon especially not after having a bad experience a few months ago

  • Valeria says:

    Congrats to my fellow graduates of 2012!! I ended up straightening my hair on low heat for graduation. The eastern North Carolina heat is no joke and the humidity had no mercy yesterday. Although the majority of my curls are gone, my hair is still relatively straight. Gonna take this opportunity to trim my ends before going back to curly!

  • WineGrrl says:

    Congratulations to all the graduates!

    This information is very useful; as a faculty member, I have to wear black robes and a mortarboard, too! I didn't attend a school with fancy colored robes and a jaunty beret! 🙁

  • Tomikio says:

    I see you iJeezy!! lol..I love this blog and to see a friend up here is even better!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Just in time!!!!!!! My graduation is in 3 days and I have yet to find a hairstyle. Between my finals and a whole bunch of other stuff I do not even have a dress picked out. I took a break from studying and visited this website and now I have one less thing to worry about. Thanks!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    i remember being newly natural and wearing a fro most of the time. When it came time for graduation I was like how am I going to wear my cap. my grandma paid 80.00 to get two strand twist. I was so mad when I realized that it was something I could do myself.

  • Onome E says:

    Congrats Class of 2012!!! Great article, wish i had it when I graduated in December!!

  • Rachel says:

    This came at a perfect time! I had NO clue what to do with my hair for my graduation. I currently have box braids in my hair now, but I don't know how it will look with that cap on my head…but thanks for putting this post up! I really needed it!

  • Linda says:

    Thank you so much! I've been stressing out so much about how to wear my hair under that stupid cap. They def did not think about black people when they came up with those hats. I think I'm going to do a two-strand twist out and then pin it up so I can still look good when that cap comes off.

  • Vanessa aka Miss V says:

    ugh, i'm transitioning and just thinking about how I'm going to wear my hair for graduation is stressing me out! since i'm getting my JD, my cap looks nothing like the ones in the post. i'm thinking i'm just going to do a simple bun… i'm afraid i'll lose definition with the heat.

  • Anonymous says:

    I graduate in June and I was just considering getting a weave because I had no idea what to do with my hair. But now I'm going to try out some of these styles beforehand. Congrats to all the other graduates as well!

  • Anonymous says:

    Holy graduation Batman!!! These girls look great. I LOVE the fact that so many options were given. Love the blue glasses too.

    Nicol C.

  • Anonymous says:

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    Lets keep writing and share your information to us.

    Nb: Dont forget to leave your comment back for us" WHAT THE HECK?!

  • Anonymous says:

    I am very happy to see this article. I was trying to figure out what the heck I was going to do with my hair for graduation and now I have some idea lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE GRADUATES! My daughter did this 2 year's ago! I wish we would have seen a post like this back then!

  • Fitra2009 says:

    You has a great blog. I'm very interesting to stopping here and leaves you a comment. Good work.

    Lets keep writing and share your information to us.

    Nb: Dont forget to leave your comment back for us.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this. I am graduating with my Master's Degree at the end of the month and have been going crazy thinking about what to do with my big hair and that little, itty, bitty cap! lol

  • Anonymous says:

    This was right on time!!! I graduate in June and have been STRESSING about what to do with my hair. Thank you for all the pics of the twist-outs underneath the cap. I feel so much better now.

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats to you Seniors! These hair styles look beautiful. Im definitely going to try some of these hair styles.

    Ashley L.

  • butterfli07 says:

    I am so grateful for this post today – definitely has given me some ideas about how to manage my natural hair during graduation in 2 wks. I'm leaning towards doing a twist out, give my hair a wavy look and still look fierce for photos afterwards.

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