At one time African Americans were stuck with any hairstyle that their particular hair would easily adjust to. There was not much versatility when it came to black hairstyles but it certainly was not from lack of trying. In the beginning, there were crude hair straightness that hit the market. These were a chemical base solution and played havoc on the hair.
Now there are multiple products on the market to afford the women of color virtually any hairstyle they would like. It can be super curly with no frizz, semi curly or just plain straight. This has opened the door for not only a larger choice of black hairstyles with length as well.
Many of the products that used now for the black hairstyles are not simply products that are applied but equipment as well. Take for example the straightening iron. This has not become just the friend of the afro American woman but for women of many ethnic groups regardless of hair textures.
Where women of color used to be limited in their black hairstyles choices, they now have the best of both worlds. They can still choose to wear their hair as their own ethnic styles dictate or to go with something they could not have before.
Probably the style that many women of color will opt for is the straight hairstyles. This is usually achieved now with the hair iron. Chemical straightness are still used for a more long-lasting purpose but now they are far less damaging to the hair.
Most often, when straightening is the choice it is usually combined with the longer hairstyles. Women of color who have chosen to wear their hair long with have it straighten or straighten it themselves and will wear it in an upswept style for a more formal look and casually down for a more casual look.