Black Hairstyles From the ’90s That We Will Never Forget

The ’90s was one of the most important decades in the fashion industries- it shaped the way we dress up, style our hair and put on makeup.

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This decade has presented us with some of the most iconic makeup looks and hairstyles that are still popular among the millennial kids.

In this article, we will talk about some of the most favorite black hairstyles from the ’90s that were insanely popular back then and have the same effect even today.

1. The Box Braids

Box Braids

The “Poetic Justice” was a big hit in the 90’s and the box braided hairstyle of the lead actress became an instant favorite among the black women of that time. Everyone wanted to adorn their long tresses with these thick, rope-like braids and add extreme dimension to their looks.

The box braids are still popular in the millennium and if you are someone who doesn’t want to maintain your black hair on a day-to-day basis, this chic, bohemian hairdo would be perfect for you.

You can either visit a hair salon to create these braids or try at home. But as this style is a bit complicated (even though it seems really easy and fuss-free), we would suggest you do them in the hands of an expert.

2. The Micro Braids

Micro Braids

Girls in the ’90s (even today) favored the micro braids because these small, woven tightly to the scalp braids can stay in their tresses for months without any touchups or extreme care. Even though the micro braided hairdo is a black girl hairstyle, white girls also seem to prefer it because of its ability to add depth and variation in your overall outlook.

As like as the box braids, we would also suggest getting the micro braids at a hair salon because constructing these delicate braids are super time consuming and requires few braiders to actually finish the whole process. Also, you might not end up having the same finished look you have been looking for if they are done at home in unprofessional hands.

3. High Ponytail With Curls

High Ponytail With Curls

Remember Tyra Banks promoting her 1996 Sports Illustrated Swim cover? If you do, we are sure that you also remember her uber chick sleek high pony with curls at the bottom- this is one of those 90’s hair trends that’s still popular today.

Start off by straightening your black manes into silky smooth tresses with a hot comb (we prefer the Andis High Heat Press Comb) and then gather all the hair at the crown to tie them up in a high ponytail. After that, divide the pony into 4-6 parts and curl (with a wide barrel curling iron) each section just up to the half-length so that the sleek straightened part and the curls both are visible in the pony.

4. Long, Sleek Do

Long Sleek Do

Not just the 90’s, the long sleek hairdo has been popular among the black women since forever. That’s because this hairstyle is completely opposite from their natural hair texture and helps them to create an entirely different vibe and outlook for themselves.

Start off your straightening process by washing your black tresses with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner to add a bit of moisture to them (try this Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Kit). Then dry them completely with a hairdryer and spritz on some heat protectant on your entire hair. After that, section off your manes into 4-6 parts and using a flat iron or a hot comb, start straightening each section until all your natural tresses are straightened with a silky smooth finish.

For a great long sleek Do, check out Hot Combs For Black Hair!

5. Platinum Blonde Hair

Platinum Blonde Hair

Mary J. Blige wore platinum blond manes in one of her album covers and it was enough to make this colorful hairstyle a rage back in the ’90s. Several different singers, actress, as well as girls like you and me, were seen sporting different hues of the blond since then to add a very vibrant and lively vibe to our personality.

You can rock this hair color in hair length and with any hairstyle. And if you wish to adorn your tresses with this 90’s hairstyle, just go to your hairstylist and ask her to dye your hair blonde. Or you can also dye them at home with using packet colors like the L’Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color for a safe yet budget-friendly coloring experience.

6. The Short, Cropped Do

The short pixie cut is one of the most iconic black hairstyles from the ’90s. From Halle Berry to Toni Braxton and Nia Long, every big African American star sported this cropped hair at some point in their life. This short, cropped haircut is expressive, frames your face perfectly and requires less time and care to maintain- all of which makes this cut a top choice for busy women still in this century. Furthermore, this particular hairstyle helps you to get rid of the hair damages (due to over-styling or other external factors) and still rock a very stylish do anywhere and everywhere you go.

We would suggest you visit your hairstylist right now if you are planning to cut your black locks and sport a style like the 90’s stars.

7. The French Roll

French Roll

Black women from the ’90s would tie up their hair in a French roll if they needed an extra flair and wanted to look classy and sophisticated for a black-tie event or a formal date. This hairdo was so popular back then (as well as today) that even Whitney Houston was seen sporting this French roll in more than a few of her movies.

If you want to deck up your black tresses with this hairdo, we would suggest you put on some bejeweled clips and decorations in order to add a bit of feminine and soft touch to your overall look.

For perfect French Roll you can use a Gold n Hot Electric Pressing Comb



Reader Interactions


  1. Hello dear,

    I am a huge fan of your writings.

    I have gorgeous ringlets in my hair which I am very proud of. But after reading your article, I just want to adorn them with the micro braids just to switch up my style for a few days.

    Now I have 2 questions:

    Will the micro braids cause any damage to my hair?

    Can I sport them for a month or two and go back to my previous hair texture?

    Looking forward to your answer!

    Thank you in advance.

    • Hello Gabriella,

      At first, we would like to thank you for being so supportive of us.

      Now answering your questions:

      First of all, if you do the braids in the hands of an expert and make sure that you treat the tresses properly before and after the braids, there is zero to minimal chances of hair damage.

      Secondly, you can always undo the micro braids whenever you want. There is no time barrier or anything.

      So don’t hesitate. Deck up your hair with this ’90s hairstyle now and rock the world!

  2. Wonderful!!

    I greatly enjoyed reading this constructive, well-researched article!

    This writing is thorough and full of recommendations for different useful products, which I liked. You guys did a great job for your readers.

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    • Dear Bree,

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  3. Great article! Excellent writing!!

    However, these are not the only hairstyles that were immensely popular in the ’90s. There were plenty of fashion-forward hairdos that you could have mentioned, like the Farrah Fawcett. You guys seem to limit your suggestion to just 5-7 styles every time.

    My suggestion would be to at least provide your readers with a few more ideas/styles so that they can know more.

    Just a friendly suggestion; not a criticism!

    Thank you!

    • Hello Mary Alice,

      First of all, thank you for sharing your thoughts and advice with us; we appreciate such valuable inspections.

      Secondly, you might not have noticed that in this article, we have only discussed the Black hairstyles of the ’90s. Farrah Fawcett hairdo is not a black hairstyle.

      Moreover, the reason we don’t include so that options because of the word limitation. Length blogs might bore our readers like you.

      However, we will keep in mind your suggestion and try to write accordingly.

      Please stay with us for future writings.

  4. Hi,

    I am a great fan of your blog. They are informative and of just the right length. I can understand by reading the articles that you guys spent hours and hours coming up with each piece of writings to entertain us with various useful topics.

    Thank you very much for your effort. I always wait for your new blogs.


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