27 Really Gorgeous No-Heat Natural Hair Styles
By Jacqueline Samaroo
Natural, curly hair is quite versatile and can be styled in a mind-boggling number of ways. What many naturalistas aim for, however, is to go heat-free while enjoying their hair’s awesome versatility. If you are looking to embrace no-heat natural hair styles for your curls, then these 27 photos will give you plenty of inspiration!
Wash and Go
What’s one of the biggest perks of going natural? Showing off your curls after a wash and go, of course. Or, in this case, your naturally beautiful and mesmerizing zig-zags!
When it comes to protective styling for curly hair, Bantu knots are one no-heat natural hair style you should try. Do a few large knots, as shown here, or plenty of smaller ones. You’ll be stylin’ and ready for summer either way!
Bantu Knot Out
Talk about taking the “Wow” factor up a notch! This blue Bantu knot-out has got curls for days!
Twists come in all sizes and lengths and these long, chunky twists nail the style perfectly. As far as no-heat natural hair styles go, they’re super quick, too!
The flat twist is one of many protective styles for natural hair. You can have yours professionally done or learn how to flat twist on your own so you can rock the style any time you like!
Curly girls are very good at getting two beautiful natural hairstyles out of one. So, flaunt your curls in twists for a while then transform your twists into a super curly twist out like the one shown here.
Perm Rod Set
Perm rods aren’t just for processed hair. Naturalistas put them to good use, too. For a true no-heat natural hair style, let your hair air dry after setting – then, work those curls, girl!
Flexi rod set
Lovely, soft, and flowing curls are what you get with a flexi rod set. Don’t be afraid to try it on your own curls – get help from our recent post, How To Use Flexi Rods On Natural Hair for Best Results – 10 Answers.
Oh, the ‘fro! It’s big hair at its curly, kinky finest. Add a front part, as shown here, or let the curls fall where they may. The ‘fro won’t mind – it takes on an empowering life of its own!
Want a no-heat natural hair style that’s edgy at the same time? The frohawk is the answer, girl!
An asymmetrical side part, hair accessory beads, plus beautifully laid and decorated edges – these afro puffs get lots of loving!
Teeny Weeny Afro
The teeny weeny afro blends sophisticated beauty with easy maintenance. Thinking of going for your own big chop? Find some helpful TWA care tips here.
Long in the front and short in the back, the tapered cut has a way of accentuating your face. Plus, this no-heat natural hair style cuts your washing, detangling, and styling time in half!
Tapered Teeny Weeny Afro
The tapered teeny weeny afro is just one way to wear your curls after your big chop. And as you can see here, it can be a pretty fierce choice!
Locs with Shaved Side
What’s not to love about this natural hairstyle? It’s sheer confidence and elegance rolled into one – and it’s bringing on the inspo! Can you feel it?
Cornrows can be done in a myriad of increasingly intricate designs, turning the wearer’s head into an intriguing work of art. However, the classic “rows” as we see them here, will NEVER go out of style!
Cornrows and Bantu Knots
Cornrows and curly Bantu knots combine to create this fauxhawk. It’s the ideal look for those who really like the style but aren’t willing to commit to the shaved sides of a true mohawk.
Box braids are the go-to protective style for many natural curlies. Whether done with just your hair or with extensions for added length, they can be super convenient for those with a busy schedule or transitioning hair.
Micro braids are not for the faint of heart. They can take many hours over several days to install but the result is usually worth the time – and the butt pain from all that sitting!
This is a much-loved look for both brides and formal occasions. You can achieve it on your own, too, with some practice. Learn how to make a halo of your crown with this quick tutorial.
Smooth, long, two-strand twists are the main features of the Senegalese twist. Add your own sense of style with color or by choosing either thinner or chunkier twists.
This is one of the easiest ways to show off your natural curl pattern but with added waves created by the braids. The look is similar to a twist out but with more elongation, especially if done on dry, stretched hair.
The high puff is a good style for preserving the length of your hair while you wear it loose. It beautifully showcases your natural curls – and it can be done on short hair, too.
If you want a sleek style without over-manipulating your hair, then the low puff is a really good choice. Don’t you just love this perfectly formed puff? We do!
The quick and easy pineapple is like the ultimate cheat when it comes to chic styling of your curly hair. It also pairs nicely with off-the-shoulder tops, as shown here.
We know – not everyone’s high bun will be the masterpiece we see here! It’s still a wonderful no-heat natural hairstyle choice when you want a truly sophisticated look.
The low bun sits at your nape with the front of your hair slicked back to accentuate your face. You can go for a smoothed bun or one that’s done more loosely, as in this pic, with your natural curl pattern on full display.
See one (or a few) that you plan on giving a try? Let us know!