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When you're searching for black hairstyles made up of an even balance of braids and curls, you may assume that there are only a couple classic styles. If you're a girl with a penchant for braids and for celebrating your curls, then you'll be happy to know you actually have a wide variety of braids-meet-curls hairstyle options. Whether you prefer an edgy look or a soft, bohemian-inspired feel, there's a 'do that complements your personal style.
When you need a quick, glamorous hairstyle that you can throw together at the last minute while looking as though you took hours -- go with braided headbands. Keep the front half of your hair free from the back of your ears forward, and pull the rest of your hair into a high, curly ponytail. With the front of your hair, form one or two braids that run from one ear to the other like a headband. Secure with tonal bobby pins and your look is done.
If you're in the mood for a more classic take on the braids and curls style, opt for the super on-trend half-up hairdo. Start by placing your hair into cornrows, braiding it from your hairline back to your crown. Either braid hair straight back or create an even part and braid your hair to the side as you work toward your crown. Style the rest of your hair by celebrating your natural texture or creating spiral curls. For spirals, prep hair with heat-protectant spray and curl small sections with a 1/2-inch barrel curling iron.
Going for a braids and curly look can go super modern -- if you've got a thing for fauxhawks, this one's for you. Start by placing cornrow braids in your hair from the base of your head toward a central line from the front of your head toward the back. You can opt for a perfectly centered line or one that's slightly diagonal, leaving a strip of hair approximately 2 to 3 inches wide to work with. Twist the remaining hair, wear it natural or curl with a 1/2-inch curling iron.
Creating an asymmetrical look is a fun way to add a dose of interest to your 'do. Oh, and if you've ever considered shaving one side of your head, this is a temporary way to achieve the same look without the commitment. Braid your hair into tiny cornrows on one half of your head. Braid vertically or from your face toward the back of your head -- both looks work -- and get creative with your un-braided tresses. Let your hair do its own thing or blow-dry your hair straight and create big, loose curls with a jumbo-barrel curling iron.