The French Roll Hairstyle Was a '90s Staple For Black Women, and It's Getting a 2022 Upgrade
- A french roll is an iconic hairstyle for Black women that features a ponytail that has been "rolled" into place and secured with pins.
- Last popularised in the '90s, the style is making a comeback for 2022.
- The hairstyle now features braids, curls, and even hair accessories.
Close your eyes and think back to any special occasion in the '90s. Then, picture the hairstyles that the people in your lives were wearing. Now open your eyes and answer this question: was the hairstyle a french roll, yes or yes?
The french roll is an elevated updo that has been an iconic hairstyle in the Black community, with Black women flocking to the look in droves for special occasions like weddings or graduations in the '90s. The style begins by gathering a ponytail and twisting the ends of the hair before twisting it at the back of the head. Then, you "roll" the section into place and secure with bobby pins or decorative hair accessories to finish the look.
As are most trends from the '90s and early 2000s, the style is re-emerging in 2022; however, there are now numerous iterations of the design that look just as chic as the original but have been modernised to fit today's aesthetic. People are dressing up the french roll with everything from curls to braids, and even specialised hair accessories, to give the classic a fun twist — and allow you to recreate the style without looking like a carbon copy of your mother.
Click ahead for some inspiration on how you can transform the look into a chic 2022 masterpiece — and don't forget to document the end result with a photo. (You know, time capsules and all.)