Medi­um length afros don’t receive near­ly as much love as they should. If you ask some nat­u­rals, this length can be a lit­tle awk­ward at times. These four ladies prove that even dur­ing that awk­ward phase, medi­um length nat­ur­al hair are fros to be reck­oned with!

Schy­lo Phillips from Auro­ra, Col­orado

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Schy­lo Phillips
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Schy­lo Phillips

This 22 year old beau­ty has been nat­ur­al for one year and 7 months. Phillips admits that she doesn’t have a strict hair reg­i­ment, but she wash­es her mane about twice a week. After she applies her leave in con­di­tion­er, she combs it and lets her hair air dry. Her tex­ture is includes curls and waves and she loves any­thing from the brand Dark and Love­ly Au Nat­u­rale, espe­cial­ly their coil mois­tur­iz­ing souf­flé.

Her Advice for Medi­um Length Ladies:

“Don’t get frus­trat­ed because of the length. It’s a weird peri­od where your hair isn’t short any­more so you can’t just wake up and go, but it isn’t real­ly long either. If you can’t just comb your hair and wear it out ( which is what I do a lot), exper­i­ment with some oth­er styles. My hair is long enough now to be put in a bun, braids, twists and coils. I also straight­en my hair once every cou­ple of months and wear it like that. Just enjoy the hair you have! If you take care of it, it will grow but until then, the medi­um length is still very ver­sa­tile.”

Where you can find her: Insta­gram @Shytopia

Can­dise Zepherin from Brook­lyn, New York


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Candise Zepherin
Can­dise Zepherin

This 24 year stu­dent and moth­er has nev­er had a relax­er, but she did straight­en her hair fre­quent­ly. After suf­fer­ing from head dam­aged hair for 8 years, she decid­ed to embrace her nat­ur­al hair a year and a half ago. Cur­rent­ly, she deep con­di­tions her hair week­ly, alter­nat­ing between inten­sive mois­tur­iz­ing con­di­tion­ers and pro­tein con­di­tion­ers. When styling, she sec­tions her hair while wet and applies a mois­tur­iz­ing leave in, styling primer, styling prod­uct, and seals with an oil after dif­fus­ing her curls. Some of her favorite prod­ucts are from Ouidad. Zepherin enjoys their super fruit clar­i­fy­ing cream and sham­poo, their ultra nour­ish­ing cleans­ing oil, their whipped curls dai­ly con­di­tion­er, and their melt down extreme repair mask.

Because Ouidad’s prod­ucts can be a bit pricey, she also uses Camille Rose Nat­u­rals prod­ucts, like their curl mak­er and algae renew deep con­di­tion­er.

Her advice for medi­um length ladies:

“Love every step of your nat­ur­al hair jour­ney! At one point I was only con­cerned about the length of my hair. Now I’ve learned to be patient and enjoy my hair at what­ev­er length it is and to appre­ci­ate the fact that it’s healthy.”

Where you can find her: Insta­gram @Cee.leigh She is also in the process of start­ing a YouTube chan­nel, so be on the look out!

Ashe­ly Odom from Hous­ton, Texas

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Ash­ley Odom
Ashley Odom
Ash­ley Odom

Odom is an Instruc­tion­al Tech­nol­o­gy Spe­cial­ist and has been nat­ur­al for 6.5 years. Her favorite prod­ucts are Coco Mois­tur­iz­ing and Styling Crème, Shea But­ter, and coconut oil. Every two weeks, she wash­es or co-wash­es her hair with CoCo Curls sham­poo and con­di­tion­er. Her go to style is a twist out which she achieves using Coco Curls Mois­tur­iz­ing and Styling Crème. After allow­ing her hair to air dry, she either wears her twists as a pro­tec­tive style or she sep­a­rates them the next day.

Her advice for medi­um length ladies:

“Don’t be sur­prised if your hair grows pret­ty rapid­ly after doing your chop and take your time with styling the short­er sec­tions of hair. Nev­er be afraid to change up your fro by adding braids or twist in your styling and/or by adding a pop of col­or.”

Where you can find her: Insta­gram @deepimpact403, Twit­ter @deepimpact403, and Face­book

Vic­to­ria Phillips from Auro­ra, Col­orado

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Vic­to­ria Phillips

No, you’re not see­ing dou­ble. Vic­to­ria is Schylo’s twin sis­ter! She will be nat­ur­al for 3 years this April. The full time col­lege student’s hair reg­i­men includes washing/detangling her hair once a week. She also deep con­di­tions at least every two week and she does an apple cider vine­gar cleanse once a month. Every night, Vic­to­ria tries to mas­sage her scalp with cas­tor oil and coconut oil.

Some over her favorite hair prod­ucts include sham­poo, con­di­tion­er and leave-in con­di­tion­er by Shea Mois­ture. She also enjoys Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie (it’s her favorite!) and Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil and raw coconut oil.

Her advice for medi­um length ladies:

“Lit­tle to no manip­u­la­tion! I try not to do too much to my hair besides wash­ing it and keep­ing it clean and detan­gled on a reg­u­lar basis. Patience is also key. And try not to com­pare your jour­ney to any­one else’s, because it is YOURS and you need to love and accept your hair no mat­ter what!”

Where you can find her: Insta­gram @Vikkihelene and Face­Book Vick­to­ria Phillips.

La’Tanya Ramos from Williams­burg, Vir­ginia

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La“Tanya Ramos
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La’Tanya Ramos

Although Ramos has been nat­ur­al for three years, she has big chopped twice. The 28 year old  is a Army Vet­er­an and she doesn’t have a strict hair reg­i­men. She used to sched­ule wash­es, co-wash­es and deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ments based off of what she saw on YouTube, but now she real­izes all the manip­u­la­tion stunt­ed her hair growth.

Today, Ramos only sham­poos her hair if she uses gel, which isn’t often. She also cleans­es her hair dai­ly by using Just for Me Crème Cleanser. Her hair loves water, so if she’s not wear­ing a twist out for a few days, she wets her hair in the show­er. Some of her favorite prod­ucts come from the Just For Me! line. She also uses Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil and Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie for her twist outs. 

Her advice for medi­um length ladies:

“Don’t wor­ry about curl def­i­n­i­tion or achiev­ing per­fect twist or braid outs, just let your hair do it’s own thing. Def­i­n­i­tion is awe­some, espe­cial­ly when you see a nat­ur­al sis­ter with­out a frizz in sight but there is noth­ing more beau­ti­ful then see­ing a nat­ur­al exud­ing so much self respect and con­fi­dence in their untamed mane.”

Where you can find her: Insta­gram @Willow_Rome

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15 Comments on "5 Medium Length Afros You’ll Love"

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I love their hair . I have medi­um length nat­ur­al hair so I under­stand their strug­gle. I wear my hair in spi­ral twists pinned in the back for a few weeks then take it down in a twist out for two weeks then I get it twist­ed again. I love Can­dia first hair style.

Azul Aurora

I love Ashley’s and Candise’s hair. Candise’s curls are just per­fect. I looked up the prod­ucts Ash­ley uses. I Googled to find out more about her styling tech­niques, because I do need new styles. I won­der what prod­uct she uses to col­or her hair, and what Candise’s tech­nique is for high­light­ing hers.

Leah James

I have medi­um length hair and it’s so frus­trat­ing it’s too short to do long hair styles but too long to do twa styles and just wash and go . So I always do two styles braid my hair and wear two buns. I nev­er wear it out because it tan­gles a lot and dried it’s bet­ter when it’s up and out of the way. I miss the tea stage but since I’m grow­ing it long I’m going in strong. :)


I real­ly wish I could have a per­fect­ly round afro.
But… my hair decid­ed to nat­u­ral­ly be all dif­fer­ent wave­lengths instead >_>


I’m in love with La’Tanya’s curls in the first pic. I keep going back to look at them. I think they look absolute­ly per­fect! They look so uni­formed. Not this this girl’s curls…my curls are so schiz­o­phrenic but I love them any­way :-)


One more thing, posts like this are why this site is so impor­tant. Every day, we are bom­bard­ed with imagery which shows white women as beau­ti­ful or the ubiq­ui­tous stripper/sex work­er as being the ide­al woman. I love that sites like this show intel­li­gent, pos­i­tive, demure women as beau­ti­ful for once. Some­times I get dis­cour­aged or won­der why my looks/style aren’t good enough. Then I come to sites like this where I feel beau­ti­ful too because my style is cen­ter stage. I enjoy and learn from intel­li­gent women who are admirable in more ways than just their looks.


Gor­geous. Medi­um length afros are so cute! All of the women have very dif­fer­ent, yet all very cute, hair­cuts! I think that is where a good fro starts–a good hair cut/shape.


Candice’s sec­ond pho­to reminds me of Whit­ney Hous­ton. All the ladies are beau­ti­ful!


Great advice Ladies. I’m medi­um length right now.


Vic­to­ria resem­bles Sanaa Lath­an in her first pic…
Four love­ly ladies with gor­geous hair!!


I was think­ing the same thing when I saw that pic!


Yep, me too!

Elodie Careme

Mdeium lenght ? If my hair was like this I would call it long and cer­tain­ly not medi­um…

Leah James

My Hair is that length that is medi­um length not long . Long hair is way longer and big­ger .


Exact­ly! Espe­cial­ly when it’s stretched…it IS long!