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Cultural Roots: Celebrating Black History Month with Traditional African American Hairstyles


Between the early 1920s and late 1930s, an intellectual, social, and creative explosion took place in Harlem, New York—known as the Harlem Renaissance.

The Renaissance is considered to be an important part of African-American culture, giving birth to cultural expressions, and re-establishing the importance of African-American art in society.

But more than that, it also revolutionized Afro-Centric fashion and gave birth to various fashion trends that are still in vogue today. To celebrate Black History Month this February, let’s take a look at some of the gorgeous traditional African-American hairstyles you can rock:


Dreadlocks are still in vogue today, but are primarily associated with Jamaican and Rastafarian culture. Although some African-Americans use the “neglect method,” which involves only washing but not brushing the hair, it can take years for dreads to mature.

Backcombing and twisting your hair is a good method, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can damage your hair. If you want to sport dreadlocks, it’s best to go to a professional who knows what to do.

The Billie Holiday Look

Billie Holiday was (and is still) regarded as one of the most iconic Jazz singers. But it wasn’t just her beautiful voice that took the world by storm. She was also known for her keen sense of fashion. Corn Rolls

She rarely let photographers take pictures without a flower in her hair. Every up-do had a flower, and this became her signature look. There are plenty of celebrities and fans that still don this style.


Cornrows are still in vogue today and are considered to be an important part of Afro-Centric culture. Cornrows look similar to “cornfields.”

Your hair will be braided very close to the scalp, creating a continuous row.

Cornrows were worn for special occasions and events. But they were also worn by our ancestors as an homage to our culture and origins.

The Upshot

These are just some of the many hairstyles you can wear to pay tribute to our traditions and celebrate African-American culture.

But make sure you go to a professional who can help you create the perfect look and style. This is where we come in!

If you need to get your hair done or need an expert who can help maintain your hair, feel free to book an appointment with us today!

We’re a salon in Catonsville, MD, that specializes only in Afro-Centric hair care and makeup.