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40 Awesome Afro Puff Hairstyles Naturals Can’t Get Enough Of

Simple but chic, an afro puff is the quintessential go-to hairstyle when you’re short on time or patience. Or just want to look fab without all of the fuss.

All a naturalista needs to work her magic is gel, a brush, a hair tie to secure the base and a scarf to lay her edges.

But don’t get it twisted. Just because an afro puff is a straightforward style, doesn’t mean it’s basic, or has to be boring. So keep scrolling. We think you’ll be surprised by all of the puffabilities.

40 Wonderful Ways to Style Afro Puffs

1. Classic Afro Puff

Classic afro puff hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
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Simply spritz your hair with a liquid leave-in conditioner to refresh if dry. Then, brush it up into a puff and secure it with an elastic band.

Add a little edge control around the perimeter and tie it down with a scarf to make sure everything’s laid. Play with your puff to get it to your desired shape. And voilá! No frills, but still plenty of flair.

Check out the tutorial on this fab five minute puff.

2. Flat Twists with Two Low Puffs

Two low afro puffs with flat twists on Black woman with natural hair
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Once you’ve mastered one puff, you can easily make two. And if you’re feeling fancy, add flat twists upfront, to complete your hairdo.

3. Maroon Afro Puff

Black woman wearing temporary red color on her high afro puff
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Go from maroon to magenta or whatever color you’re currently feeling. Thanks to temporary hair color, you can change your mane as often as your mood.

4. Purplish Puff

Curly magenta afro puff on Black woman with natural hair
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5. Jumbo High Afro Puff

Black woman with 4C hair wearing a jumbo high afro puff
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Don’t hesitate to pick your puff out as big as it’ll get. We stan a natural jumbo puff and any woman with the confidence to rock it.

6. Afro Puff with Blended Bangs

Afro puff hairstyle with blended bangs on Black woman with natural hair
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Cascading curls make it impossible to tell where your puff ends and the bangs begin.

7. Top Knot Afro Puff

Black woman wearing top knot afro puff hairstyle on her natural hair
IG: @slimreshae

Sitting high and pretty, this top knot puff is top notch in our book.

8. Two Afro Puffs

Two afro puffs hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @joiajohn

In a matter of minutes, you can brush your natural hair up into two polished afro puffs, then rock on with your bad self.

9. Afro Puff Bun

Afro puff bun hairstyle with two strand twist bun on Black woman with natural hair
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This simple style tends to look best on an old wash and go. Just gather your hair into a high afro puff, leaving a small section out in the front, as well as on each side.

Wrap around and freestyle pin parts of your puff to create this messy bun. Then, two strand twist your bang and retwirl your tendrils to complete the look.

10. Low Copper Afro Puff

Black woman wearing her natural hair in low copper afro puff
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This copper color is already an attention-getter, so when you slick your hair back into a low puff, the look is subtle, but still serving.

11. Drop Curls

Afro puff hairstyle with drop curls on Black woman with natural hair
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When it comes to afro puffs, frizz can definitely work in your favor. Drop curls are still drop dead gorgeous, even when humidity hits this hairstyle.

12. Afro Puff with Two Strand Twists

Afro puff with two strand twists and head scarf on Black woman with natural hair
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We love the contrast of the carefree puff in the back against the structured twists in the front, but the draped scarf is a whole mood by itself.

13. High Pearl Puff with Tendrils

Black woman wearing afro puff with tendrils and pearl headband
IG: @adoreme_curly

This pearl puff is proof that accessories and a few tendrils can take an ordinary puff and make it extraordinary.

14. Puff with Braided Bling

Side view of cornrows into low afro puff on Black woman with natural hair
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It’s no secret how much we love straight-backs. But pair them with a puff and some bling? This look is clearly everything.

15. Two Pom Pom Puffs

Two pom pom puffs on Black woman with natural hair
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We can’t help for cheer for this winning hairstyle. Two pom pom puffs remain undefeated!

16. Afro Puff with Pinned Back Bangs

Afro puff hairstyle with pinned twist out bangs on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @grizzle_abode

Want to add a little interest upfront? Bangs can be pinned to the side in somewhat of a swoop or rolled backward to create more of a pompadour puff.

17. High Ginger Afro Puff

High ginger afro puff on Black woman with natural hair
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Equal parts sexy and spicy, this curly ginger puff is absolutely gorgeous.

18. Puff Daddy

Black woman wearing a sleek, curly afro puff on her natural hair
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Perfect from every angle, we call this one the Puff Daddy because it can’t stop, won’t stop.

19. Perm Rod Set Puff

Perm rod set afro puff hairstyle with bangs on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @nae2curly

There’s nothing like stretching your style, and the time between wash days. An old perm rod set can look just as pretty as when it was first done, put up in a puff with bangs.

20. Half-Up Half-Down Afro Puffs on Short Hair

Half-up half-down afro puffs hairstyle on a Black woman with short natural hair
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Short natural hair can still get in all of the puff action. Create two small ones in the front and leave the back loose for an adorable half-up half-down hairstyle.

21. High Afro Puff with Two Strand Twisted Bangs

High afro puff hairstyle with two strand twisted bangs on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @slimreshae

The perfect accent, these two strand twisted bangs serve as face-framing tendrils on an already popping puff.

22. Braided Ponytail Puff

Braided ponytail puff hairstyle on Gabrielle Union's natural hair
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Do you know what we say about a braided ponytail with a puff at the end? Bring it on!

23. Pineapple Puff

Pineapple puff on Black woman with natural hair
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Pineappling’s not just for nighttime. Forget the scarf and pull your hair forward into the perfect juicy daytime puff.

24. Beaded Afro Puffs

Black woman with natural hair wearing two jumbo afro puffs with beads
IG: @lovelyoverdose

For a little more razzle dazzle, experiment with adding beads, charms or other hair jewelry to your puffs.

25. Curly Chestnut Mega Puff

Jumbo curly chestnut afro puff on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @powerfluffgirl

From the color, to the shape, to the volume, this mega puff is truly magnificent.

26. High Flexi Rod Afro Puff

High flexi rod afro puff hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @poupeekinky

There’s no such thing as a failed flexi rod set when you can pull your hair up into a high puff. Then, any obvious frizz is just part of its charm.

27. Side Twist into Low Afro Puff

Side twist into low afro puff on Black woman with natural hair
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A single side twist pinned into a low puff is simplicity at its finest.

28. TWA Puff

Black woman wearing a TWA puff on her natural hair
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Don’t let anybody tell you that your teeny weeny afro can’t puff. Just opt for an elastic headband, instead of a hair tie, and only push it back a bit.

29. Curled Afro Puff

Curled afro puff hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair

Gather your hair into a high puff and set small sections on rods or rollers to achieve a similar curl. If you want to skip the set completely, opt for the roll, tuck and pin approach to create this elegant updo.

30. Afro Puff with Flat Twisted Front

Black woman with 4C natural hair wearing an afro puff hairstyle with flat-twisted front
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Start this style upfront with a diagonally parted flat twist, bobby pinned on the side. Then, secure the back with an elastic rope. If your curls aren’t quite popping in your puff, either two strand twisting small sections or setting them on perm rods should do the trick.

31. Faux Puffs

Black woman wearing two faux afro puffs on her natural hair
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If your length isn’t quite there yet, you can fake it ’til you make it with some faux afro puffs that match your natural texture.

32. Wash and Go Coily Puff

Wash and go coily afro puff on Black woman with natural hair
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An old wash and go can get new life, just by pulling your hair up into a puff.

33. Side Twisted High Puff

Side flat twists into high puff hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
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An unconventional approach to a puff, this burst of side flat twists sparks even more possibilities.

34. Double Stuffed Ginger Puffs

Two ginger afro puffs on Black woman with natural hair
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We can’t get enough of double afro puffs, but ginger is having a moment, and we are “hair” for it!

35. High Puff with Headband

Black woman wearing high afro puff hairstyle with headband in her natural hair
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Functional as well as fashionable, not only is a sleek, chic headband a great contrast to a fluffy puff, but it can hold down your hairline and complement your outfit.

36. Tucked Afro Puff on Stretched Natural Hair

Black woman wearing a tucked afro puff with headband on her stretched natural hair
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Stretched natural hair doesn’t typically stand up in a puff the same as a fresh, unbothered fro, but a little teasing and tucking can give you the same effect.

37. Voluminous Afro Puff

Voluminous afro puff on Black woman with natural hair
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As wide as it is tall, this fluffed up puff, quite possibly has the perfect shape.

38. Curly Pineapple Puff

Faux curly pineapple afro puff on Black woman with natural hair
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No worries if you don’t have enough pineapple for your puff. Fast and fabulous, this faux puff, will keep you from having FOMO.

39. Gold Afro Puff

Black woman with natural hair in a gold afro puff hairstyle
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Whether you want to try a bold gold, or explore a fierce, fiery puff, like below, thanks to temporary hair color brands like Hair Paint Wax, you can dare to be different, without damaging your natural hair.

40. Fiery Orange Afro Puff

High orange afro puff hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
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Now that you’re feeling pretty secure in your puff proficiency, head this way to check out more easy natural hairstyles you can try your hand at.