I have always loved my natural hair, however, I have to confess that I had fallen into the trap of always thinking I needed to tame my hair. Have you had that feeling before? You pretty much just resort to braids or straightening/ blow dry your hair so that it appears more acceptable and manageable.
Well, say no more to that! I’ll share with you 3 ways to elevate your personal style with your natural hair while embracing the kinks and curls.
I learned to embrace my hair more a few years into my natural hair journey. I have learned how to work with my hair instead of against it, and this mindset took some time to adjust to. That is why I'm so passionate about helping you do the same in a shorter amount of time.
Trust me, I know it can be a daunting experience for those of you who are newbies. I hope these tips/ suggestions are helpful and get you out of your natural hair funk.
OPTION 1: Get a signature style
Let your natural hair be a part of your personal brand. Pick a style that is preferably easy for you to execute and keep up with. For me, this is a bun. It's been a simple way for me to always feel in sync with my hair and still keep a level of sophistication and youthfulness.
Here are a few natural hairstyles to consider
STYLE I: ALL TYPES OF BUNS
Buns come in many “flavors”, high bun, low bun, buns with drawstring ponytails, DIY Kanekalon or even Marley hair buns. Feel free to experiment and switch it up as you see fit, you can even get out your edge control and slay those edges!
Here are a few pictures of the bun in action.
Check out this Youtube tutorial
STYLE II: HALO BRAIDS
This is one of my favorites for adding a layer of sophistication, it's so simple to do however makes a huge statement. I have pictorial you can check out here
also, check out this super simple youtube tutorial to achieve the look.
STYLE III: TWIST & TUCK
"Twist and tuck" is another favorite if you have the length to achieve the look. it is so classy and I love how it looks. You also get to tuck those strands for protection.
STYLE IV: TWIST OUT
For those with shorter natural hair, perhaps you just had your “big chop” and need something quick and easy
OPTION 2: Simplify your regimen
This is one of the easiest ways to really enjoy your natural hair. Having a simple regimen will allow you to spend less time frustrated and more time actually enjoying your natural hair.
You have a few options!
Master your moisture retention strategy: are you a LOC, LCO, LOCB type of girl? if you curious about how to pick the best oil/ butter for your hair porosity then check this out
Know your hair porosity type and use the products best designed for it
Know your ingredients, what to avoid and what to include
OPTION 3: Incorporate hair accessories
This has quickly become my go-to option, I put my hair in a bun, sometimes add an extension for more volume and add my accessories.
I'll share a few of them with you below
Similar items available here
2. Temporary hair color: There are many ways to add color to your natural hair without bleaching.
If you opt for the permanent option, you need to understand that your hair may be more fragile and will need more care and attention, trust me, I have learned this the hard way.
To achieve the color you want while minimizing the damage I came across Hair Paint Wax, it is wax-like cream that can help you achieve the look/color you want without sacrificing the integrity of your strands. I love this product!!!
Check out Naptural85's tutorial
3. Hair Clips, Barrettes, and Hair Pins
Here is a quick youtube video with trendy hairstyles and also showing how to accessorize with barrettes, hairpins, and clips
Your natural hair should not be a burden, instead, get creative about how you wear it and allow it to be part of your personal brand.
Elevate your natural hairstyles with a signature look, simplifying your regimen, add an incorporate a bit of personality into your hairstyles, with hair clips, barrettes, even a little temporary color won't hurt :)