5 Easy Natural Hairstyles for Black Women to Wear to Work

Not too long ago, black women's natural hair was considered unprofessional for work. But times have changed, and more black women are now confident enough to wear their natural hair without judgment.

However, some women with natural hair are still skeptical about wearing it to work because they think the styling process will take too much time. But you don't have to worry about that anymore.

In this article, we will show you five natural hairstyles that you can wear to work, and that can be done in under five minutes! The best part is that you can achieve these hairstyles at night, shortly before bedtime, and wear them out the next morning.

1. The Cinnabun

The Cinnabun or cinnamon bun hairstyle is a low-maintenance and protective style that's perfect for long or medium-length natural hair. It can last for days with proper care, keeping your ends tucked away and preventing breakage.

You can style it to fit your personal preference by creating smaller or larger buns and adding accessories like headbands or scarves for a pop of color.


How to Do Cinnabun Hairstyle

What you need

  1. Moisturizer and sealant
  2. Hair gel
  3. Headband
  4. Bobby pins
  5. Silk/satin scarf

Step 1: Moisture and seal your hair

  1. Apply a leave-in moisturizer to your hair and moisturize your strands, from roots to tips.
  2. Seal in the moisture by applying a hair cream or butter, such as Shea butter.

    Step 2: Smoothen your edges with gel

    1. Next, apply some styling gel to your edges to lay them down nicely and sleekly for this hairstyle.

    Step 3: Gather your hair up in a puff

    1. Use an elastic headband to tie your hair up into a high puff.

    Step 4: Roll each section of hair

    1. Next, pick a section of your hair and roll it from the ends down to the roots.
    2. Then, secure the roll with a bobby pin and repeat this process for every other section until you are finished.

    Step 5: Preserve this hairstyle overnight

    1. If you are wearing this hairstyle for the day, tie your silk/satin scarf over your edges for a few minutes to lay them down perfectly. Your look will then be complete.
    2. If you plan to wear this style the next day, tie a scarf around your hair, then cover it with a bonnet and go to sleep.

    Below is a tutorial video by Strawberricurls that provides a step-by-step guide on how to create the Cinnabun hairstyle.

    2. The Faux Bun

    The faux bun is a chic and protective style for natural hair. It not only looks stylish but also helps protect hair from damage and breakage.

    Faux bun hairstyle

    How to Do Faux Bun Hairstyle

    What you need

    1. Ponytail extension
    2. Bobby pins
    3. Elastic hair band

    Step 1: Moisturize your hair

    Lady moisturizing hair
    1. First, straighten your hair to make it easier to work with when doing a bun.
    2. Next, apply moisturizing cream to your hair and brush it. You can brush it down to the middle or all the way down, depending on your preference.

    Step 2: Apply gel to your hair

    Lady applying gel to natural hair

    1. Rub a sizable amount of styling gel between your palms. Then, apply it evenly throughout your hair to smooth it out and lay down any flyaways.

    Step 3: Tie your hair into a low bun

    Lady tying her hair with elastic band

    1. Next, gather your hair and tie it into a low bun using an elastic hair band.

    Step 4: Lay your hair down

    Lady tying a head scarf

    1. For a sleek look, tie a silk or satin scarf over your hair and leave it in place for a few minutes.

    Step 5: Attach your ponytail extension

    Lady styling hair

    1. Attach your ponytail extension to your bun and braid it down.
    2. Next, roll the ponytail extension clockwise until it forms a bun, then tuck in the ends with some bobby pins.
    3. Your look is now styled and ready!

    To learn more about styling the Faux Bun on natural hair, you can watch the tutorial by My Natural Sistas on YouTube.

    3. The Top Knot Bun

    The top knot bun is a stylish and easy hairstyle for women with natural hair. This trendy look can be achieved with just a few simple steps.

    Top Knot bun hairstyle

      How to Do Top Knot Bun Hairstyle 

      What you need

      1. Leave-in conditioner or spray bottle of water
      2. Hair gel
      3. Hairband
      4. Satin scarf

      Step 1: Moisturize your hair

      Lady spritzing hair
      1. To start, stretch out your hair before styling. You can achieve this by wearing braids or twists overnight, which will help stretch your hair without using heat.
      2. Next, spritz your hair with water or a leave-in conditioner to give it some moisture.

      Step 2: Apply gel to your hair

      Lady brushing hair back

      1. Apply the styling gel to your hair edges and smooth it out using a hairbrush.

      Step 3: Put your hair into a ponytail

      Lady pulling hair up
      1. Next, pull your hair up into a high ponytail and secure it in place with an elastic hair band.

      Step 4: Make a high roll

      Lady pulling hair into a ponytail

      1. Next, divide your ponytail into two sections and wrap them up into a high roll.
      2. Then, tie a satin scarf around your edges to sleek them down.

      Here is a helpful tutorial by Rayann410 on how to style a top knot bun on natural hair.

      4. Twisted Mohawk

      The Twisted Mohawk is a popular low-maintenance hairstyle for women with natural hair. It involves twisting a row of hair down the center of the head and leaving the sides and back free. The twists can be styled in a bun or left loose, creating a mohawk-like appearance.

      Twisted Mohawk style

      How to Do Twisted Mohawk Hairstyle

      What you need

      1. Elastic hair bands
      2. Bobby pins

      Step 1: Section your hair

      Lady braiding the side of her hair

      1. Part your hair into three sections: front, middle, and back.
      2. From both sides of the middle section, make a single braid, but don't braid all the way to the ends.

      Step 2: Tie and twist your hair

      Lady styling her hair Mohawk style

      1. Now, tie the loose ends with a hair band.
      2. Next, use hair bands to tie the middle and back hair sections into separate ponytails. From these ponytails, create little twists. It's okay if these twists are not neatly sectioned.

      Step 3: Wrap the twists

      Lady styling her hair Mohawk style

      1. After that, wrap the twists around until you achieve your desired look, and secure them with bobby pins.

      Step 4: Wrap the front section of hair

      Lady styling her hair Mohawk style

      1. Repeat this step for the front section of your hair as well.
      2. Part your hair into three sections, twist each section, and wrap them around.

      Watch this short video tutorial by Brittany Basden on how to style the twisted mohawk look.

      5. The Twisted Crown

      The Twisted Crown hairstyle is a beautiful and versatile look for natural black hair. It uses twists instead of braids, giving a unique twist to the classic crown braid.

      The twisted crown hairstyle

        How to Do Twisted Crown Hairstyle 

        What you need

        1. Tail Comb
        2. Styling cream
        3. Hair brush
        4. Bobby pins
        5. Satin scarf

        Step 1: Detangle and stretch your hair

        Lady with stretched hair
        1. To begin, ensure that your hair is stretched and detangled.

        Step 2: Section your hair

        Lady sectioning her hair

        1. Using a tail comb, create a long angled side part from the top of your head to the bottom. Part all the way down so that you have two equal halves.

        Step 3: Moisturize your hair

        Lady moisturizing hair

        1. Next, apply your styling cream or leave-in conditioner to your hair. Then, use a hairbrush to smooth your edges.

        Step 4: Flat twist both sections

        Lady twisting hair

        1. Start by flat twisting one section of your hair from the top all the way to the back, then secure the ends with bobby pins.
        2. Repeat the process for the other section of hair.
        3. Finally, tie a satin scarf around your head to lay your hair down while you sleep, and remove it the next morning.

        This video tutorial by Natural85 will show you how to style the twisted crown hairstyle.