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13 Graduation Hairstyles For Natural Hair You'll Want To Rock ASAP!

This post was originally published on 22 Aug 2019. Due to its popularity, it was updated on 28th April 2021.

Looking for graduation hairstyles for natural hair? We know that things are a bit up in the air at the moment, but all those years of hard work are coming to an end (and regardless of if it's IRL or virtual) you want to look the part.

Notice how everyone and their aunty expects you to straighten your hair? We believe wholeheartedly that you can embrace your natural hair on your graduation day and look the part.

Do you need some inspiration? We spent a whole lot of time browsing Pinterest and Instagram to give you our top picks. You should be focusing on booking your graduation meal, making sure your gown and cap measurements and correct and enjoying your well deserved moment of glory.

We made sure to pick low maintenance looks because after graduation you'll be busy interviewing and searching for a way to kick start your dream career. So keep scrolling for our top graduation hairstyles for natural hair. 

Twist Out

Who doesn't like a good twist out? It's a trusted style that we all know and love.

natural hair in graduation cap

Natural Afro

How about wearing your hair out and enjoying its natural texture? 

Issa Rae-inspired Updo

No matter your hair type – it's all beautiful! So rock your hair texture loud and proud with as Issa Rae-inspired hairstyle! 

 Afrocenchix graduation Hairstyles for natural hair: black woman wearing a graduation cap looking over her shoulder

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A really nice low effort protective style you can keep in for well over a week and maintain with our Braid Care Set!

Flexi-rod Curls

Oldie, but a goodie! Flexi-rods give those beautiful bouncy curls which will bounce along with you across the stage when you collect your certificate.The curls should last 3-5 days if you sleep with a satin bonnet or silk scarf.


Small Halo Braids With Two Puffs

Tired of twists outs? Use your old twist out but rework it into this super cute hairstyle.

Twisted Side Bun

Walk across the stage with elegance rocking this hairstyle! Buns are a classic for a very good reason. Effortless class.


Flat Twists 

Simple but really cute! Plus, they will fit perfectly under your cap.

Faux Braid With Bun

This style is perfect for graduation, click the link in the title to see how this beautiful graduate created this timeless look!


Flat Twist With A Low Bun

Again, this hairstyle is simply cute and will fit perfectly under your cap! Ideal if you have a lot of hair.

Side Flat Twists With A Low Bun

We are a fan of flat twists, can you tell? This loose flat twist style can also be achieved with a roll and pin kinda approach.


A Protective Hairstyle

Let's be honest, protective styles like wigs can be in helping to protect natural hair and great way to switch up your style for graduation day!

Afrocenchix graduation Hairstyles for natural hair: happy black woman throwing confetti

Top Tip: Already have an idea of a hairstyle in mind? Oh no, it's too big to fit under the cap? Not to worry – we have a tip for you. Style your hair first then fold down the sides of your cap and pin them so it's flat. Then balance your flattened cap onto your style and pin it in place. Big hair? No problem!

Short Afro

Want more guidance about to make your natural hair look the healthy on your graduation day? Check out Afro Hair Care - The Ultimate GuideWe also want to see your graduation hairstyles! Show us on our socials @Afrocenchix  

Afrocenchix graduation Hairstyles for natural hair: black woman wearing a graduation cap standing under a tree

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