Pinned-Up Hair Styles on Black Girls

Score a cute pinned-up style like this one that model Selita Ebanks wore to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

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If you are looking for a little lift in the hair department, try pinning up your coif. Plenty of fab updos make your African-American locks look fantastic. Choose from chignons, curly pinned-up looks and more creative styles for a look that rocks.

Braided Beauty

A basic chignon is elegant and fashionable, but spice yours up by adding some braided detail. Part hair on the side. Then take a section of hair at the part along the hairline and French braid it down until it reaches the ear. Repeat on the other side of your part. Then take the rest of your hair and twist it into a bun at the nape of your neck. Secure your chignon with bobby pins.

Side Pin Back

This is especially cute on girls with naturally curly hair. Taming your natural curls can be tough, but there is an upside to getting it right. Try applying a little bit of styling gel to locks to help define your curl. Then take one side of your hair and pull it back, securing it in place with a few bobby pins and leave the rest as is.

Pinned-Up Waves

Curls are super cute pinned up. If you have a roller set that's gone a little limp, converting it into an updo is a fantastic way to get more mileage out of your style. If your hair isn't already curly, spray it with a heat protector before curling hair in sections with a medium-barrel iron. Hold the iron vertically. Once curls have cooled, gently rake hair back with your fingers into a ponytail. Loosely twist the ponytail and pin it in place with a few bobby pins.

Messy Pin-Up

Intentionally messy hair can be a lot of fun and chic. This style works with already curled hair, too. If you're starting with straight locks, set hair in hot rollers. Take curled hair and gently pull up random pieces, bobby pinning them to the back of your head until everything is pinned. The idea is for this style to look slightly undone, so don't worry about getting it perfect.

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