African American hair, usually kinky or curly, is very versatile. Teenage African Americans display its versatility well, wearing styles that range from curly to straight. Dreadlocks are also popular among African American teenage boys and girls.

Faux Hawk

The faux hawk is a twist on the traditional Mohawk. A faux hawk gives the illusion of a Mohawk without shaving the hair from the sides of the head. The hair on one side or both sides of the head can be flat twisted, put into cornrows, or slicked back to create the look. This is a fun and edgy look for black teenage girls.

Fro Hawk (Afro Mohawk)

The fro hawk hairstyle is created by shaving the hair off of both sides of the head. The hair in the middle of the head, from the forehead to the nape, is left thick. Lines or graphics can be worn on the shaved sides. This style is unisex, but more popular among teenage boys.


Dreadlocks or “locks” are formed by allowing natural hair strands to mat or tangle together into larger strands. Dreadlocks can be formed into thick or skinny locks. Locks can be pulled into a ponytail by teenage boys. Teenage girls can style skinny locks into various styles like ponytails, buns, and French twists.