The hair of women with African American descent is unique in characteristic. Any woman who wishes their hair to look at its best will admit to spending endless hours experimenting with their hair and possibly trying out many salons to identify the look and style that best suits them.
Until recently, that process has been even more difficult for an African American - due to the complexity of their hair and a limited amount of styles that can be carried out with ease.
It was of no help either that the products produced specifically for Afro hair were few and far between. You may remember having your hair braided by a relative or friend - a procedure that took some time but kept the hair neat and under control. This is still hugely popular between African Americans, but the time has finally come that they can opt for those styles that were once deemed an impossible.
We can be triumphant - the hottest hair trends, that can change frequently are no longer a mission impossible. Experienced Afro hairdressers are showing up on every street and latest developments in hair products and tools are up for grabs to compliment and tame the most unruly of hair.
At the forefront of style for black women is the music icon Rihanna. We have watched and admired the look of this Barbadian diva since her arrival back in 2005. She started out with very long and straight locks that had us drooling.
Sure, she has a team of stylists to achieve her look, but with a little time and effort and the right products - each and everyone one of you can turn heads with a new look.
The Pop queen shocked us when she abandoned her long hair for a shorter 'do', but how well she carried it off - extremely. African American women are confident women and because of this, they can take on the most extraordinary styles and always look red-hot.
So to get your imagination going, I have compiled a list of this season's hottest trends - for women across the globe.
Chic Bangs - Tyra Banks has shown us the way forward as far as bangs go - teamed with long straight hair, she looked adorable. Having bangs can transform your look dramatically and there are different cuts that can suit every face shape.
The Bob -
The Bob -As mentioned previous, Rihanna ditched her long hair for a short bob that gave added depth and sophistication. This style can be played around with to be either conservative or wild. Be prepared to spend hours in front of the mirror creating lots of variables on a look that is really modern.
The Pixie. The pixie cut is super short and easy to maintain. Give it an ultramodern twist by choosing asymmetrical lines. Halle Berry made this style popular among black women, and it will be a style that continues to be a classic.
Braids.Yes - it is the staple cut for African American women. Your hair will stay as close to its natural state with this style and is one of the easier ones to maintain without overdoing it on styling products. Check out images of Alicia Keys and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Sleek and Straight. Thanks to straightening irons strong enough to tame any Afro, the days of using chemicals to straighten the hair are long gone. Black celebrities such as Beyonce and Mary J Blige look stunning with their sleek looks.