Just because someone’s hairstyle is described as “ghetto,” it doesn’t mean that it’s unkempt or ratchet. More often than not, women who live in the projects are the most creative when it comes to styling their hair.
Hairstyles in the ghetto are bold, dramatic, and sometimes even a little wild! All of these styles are suitable for black hair, but as long as you want a more daring hairstyle and have the drive to perfect it like the women in these streets do, you’re more than welcome to try them out yourself!
Don’t know where to start? Here are 10 creative ghetto hairstyles you can draw inspiration from.
Blonde Braid Pigtails
Let’s start off with something simple—box braids. This protective style is common among women with thick, curly hair. So, it can get pretty boring and feel like you have the same hairdo as everyone else.
To spice things up a bit, dye some of your braids blonde and put them up in pigtails. You can even wrap some of your braids around the hair tie to conceal it for a neater, more natural look! It can be done with your real braids or blonde braid clip-ins!
Half-Up Curly Space Buns
Half-updos look gorgeous on super long hair, but they’re usually limited to half-ponytails. Women in the ghetto are a lot more creative than that and won’t settle for the usual. Try out these space buns instead!
Instead of putting half of your hair up in a regular pony, divide it into two to make a sleek bun that sits on top of each side of your head. Then, secure each one neatly with a thick hair tie. Make sure to curl your hair before doing this style. It’s a fantastic way to show off the length of your hair that you keep down.
Red and Black Box Braids
Another way to make your box braids stand out is to infuse a striking color into them instead of leaving them with just your natural shade. Red is a color that complements black very well and adds some pizzazz to your look.
You can achieve long, red and black braids like these with red extensions. Braid your locks and extensions going to one side of your head, so they fall gracefully in the same direction.
Do you hate having to deal with your long, unruly hair? Put them in three buns to get them out of the way. It’s definitely more eccentric than the usual double space bun looks, so try it out if you want to make a statement.
Since this hairstyle keeps your hair away from your face, it accentuates features you may want to highlight. It’s also fantastic for showing off bold makeup looks.
Sleek Single Bun with Flicked Edges
For a super clean, ballerina-like look, put your hair in a smooth, sleek bun and feather out your edges. Brush your hair out and put it in a smooth high ponytail. Then, tie your mane around itself to create a bun. Secure that bun with a hair tie and a few bobby pins to hold it in place.
Lastly, take a toothbrush and some hair gel and lay your edges flat. Flick them in soft swirls and curls for a creative finishing touch.
Finger Waves and Spiral Edges
Women often assume that when their hair is short, they can’t do any bold, dramatic looks with it. That’s simply not true! Check out these finger waves, which were all the rage in the 1990s but are making a comeback as a trend in the hair world.
To make it even more attention-catching, form your hairline edges into spiral-like waves too to match the texture of your hair!
Is there anything more intriguing than wearing two hairstyles at once? Check out this quirky hairstyle for long locks. It may seem like regular pigtails from afar, but as people get closer to you, they’ll realize that one side is a standard pigtail while the other is in braids.
This is a fabulous look to sport if you want something that will raise eyebrows. Try it out if you want to give people something to talk about!
Soft Pixie with Fringe
A pixie cut doesn’t always have to be spiky and boyish. You can also style it in a way that makes it look soft and feminine, like this. Instead of styling your pixie in spikes or a tall pompadour, brush it down to make it look wispy and feathery. If you have long hair in the front, this will create the illusion of a soft fringe. Brush this fringe to one side if you want side-swept “bangs.”
60s-Inspired Giant Bun
If you want a retro touch to your ghetto hairstyle, you can do a big bun by piling your hair on top of your head and using lots of hairspray to hold it in place. This style was super trendy back in the 1960s, so if you love vintage looks, this one might be an awesome fit for you. Add some side bangs and extra face-framing tendrils for a relaxed finish.
Women who aren’t black might not be so interested in protective styles like braids. But if you want to try them out, this look would be a great way to see how they’d look on you. Instead of putting all your hair in braids, get cornrows on just one side of your head. Brush the rest on the other side to add volume to your mane.