How to Create African American Hair Ringlets

By Michelle McFarland-McDaniels

Natural hair is all the rage in the African-American community. Curls are an especially popular option, since many African American hair textures have some degree of natural curl. Ringlet curls are among the sexiest, sassiest and most sought after styles among African American women. Fortunately, with a bit of effort, you can easily achieve natural looking ringlet curls even if you weren't born with a cascade of them adorning your crown.

African American hair can create beautiful, bouncy, long-lasting ringlet curls.

Step 1

Thoroughly wash the hair until it's squeaky clean. Apply conditioner and rinse well. Blot the hair with a towel until it's damp.

Step 2

Use the pipe cleaners to make ringlet rollers. Bend one end of each pipe cleaner. If your hair is extremely long, twist two pipe cleaners together to create one very long pipe cleaner.

Step 3

Part the hair into small sections. Holding the section of hair straight out, detangle the hair by starting at the end and combing back toward the root. Next, comb the section from the root to the end to smooth it. Dab the section with a tiny dot of oil or moisturizer.

Step 4

Starting just above the bent end of the roller, wind a section of hair around the roller in a single layer. It's important not to wrap the hair around more than once to achieve a perfect ringlet. Once all the hair in the section is in the roller, bend the other end of the roller. Be sure to position the roller so that its sharp ends don't poke into eyes or delicate skin. Repeat this process until all of the hair on the head has been rolled.

African American ringlet curls can be worn in tight corkscrews or finger-combed into longer, looser curls.

Step 5

Allow the hair to dry before unrolling it. Unbend both ends of the roller to straighten it. While holding one end of the straightened roller, use your other hand to pull it out of the curl without disturbing the curl. Repeat this process until all of the hair has been unrolled. Use your fingers to loosen, tumble and style curls as desired.