4 Natural Hairstyles Black Women Have Brought Back from Our Childhoods

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Natural Hairstyles Both Black Women Have Brought Back from Our Childhood
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The saying, "the more things change, the more they stay the same" is definitely true when it comes to natural hairstyles.

Over the past decade, more and more Black women have ditched their relaxers and opted to embrace their innate textures instead. The result? A plethora of style options. But we shouldn't look over the fact that many of the braids and twists we enjoyed wearing during childhood have made a major comeback.

While we may not be sitting between our moms knees anymore, many of these looks can be upgraded for adulthood. Need proof? Just ask a few of your favorite celebs.

Here, we've rounded up four styles from our childhood that we're now sporting as adults.

Jumbo Twists

As seen on Ciara on the January 2021 cover of Self, the star's take on the nostalgic style features loosely curled side tendrils and sleek parts. You can recreate this look by parting your hair into big sections, then wrapped Goody's Ouchless Clear Hair Ties at the base. Next, use a styling cream like Creme of Nature's Moisture Whip Twisting Cream and do a two-strand twist, leaving our a few hairs at the temples. Finish off with Mielle's Honey & Ginger Edge Gel.

Bantu Knots

No one has more fun with their hair than Tracee Ellis Ross, so it's clear to see why she's always testing out a new style. Back in the day, our mothers used to put our hair in Bantu knots after wash day. But now, they're cute for whenever. Use Pattern's Leave-In Condition while your hair is wet to add softness and shine, then twist your hair in one direction and finish by wrapping it around the base to create the look.

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Space Buns or Afro Puffs

I remember I loved when my mom styled my hair this way as a kid, because it reminded me of Minnie Mouse (my hero at the time). To re-create this look, part your hair down the middle and use your favorite gel to slick it down into two ponytails — Eco Styler is my favorite. Next, you can either braid your hair and wrap it around the base, like Yara Shahidi, or leave it loose to create two puffs. Add any hair accessories you like.

Straight Back Cornrows

Upgrade your straight backs by playing around with your baby hairs. Gabrielle Union's go-to hairstylist Larry Sims used their line Flawless' Repairing Edge Tamer to create a wavy look for the star.

This is All Natural. From the kinkiest coils to loose waves, we're celebrating natural hair in its many forms by sharing expert tips for styling, maintenance, and haircare.

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