Being natural is such a rewarding journey if you stick with it. Both the transition and overall maintenance of this way of life will test your loyalty to your locs. Nothing is worse than spilt or dry ends as result of wearing your natural crown out during the humid days. During the warmer months it becomes harder for some naturalistas to keep do’s like twist outs and fros as an option. Not many women are fans of heat and hair on their neck or taking a long time to do a style. With you ladies in mind, I’ve sought out a few natural styles for the next time a hair crisis occurs or you find yourself in the middle of a late night hair styling session.
Two Strand Twists
This style is one of my signatures currently. I am able to keep my hair down without a lot of poof or frizz. Since the hair is twisted, the moisture is locked away from the sun and humidity. Two strands are easy! One attempting this option needs only a spray bottle containing water and your favorite hair oils, a wide toothcomb and a Denman brush. Moisturize your hair and part into four big sections you choose the size of each twist section; just make sure they’re as uniform as possible. You can use either your fingers or a wide toothcomb to make your parts; they don’t have to be exact.
Next you will divide the section of hair into two parts. Try to make them as even as possible. You will notice if they’re not even all the way down, you may run out of hair on one section and have to borrow from the other section. Begin the twist, by simply twisting each section of hair around the other. Continue until you complete your entire head of hair.
If you find yourself seeing too much of a childish reflection with this style when worn down, it looks great in a back or side bun. A perk of two strand twists is the ability to take them out after the sun goes down and allow yourself to indulge in your healthy and still moisturized twist out.
Senegalese’s are for the ladies not afraid to get a little weave put in! Disclaimer: spend a few extra dollars on a grade of hair that is similar to your color and of proper quality. We don’t want any precious hairs being pulled out or edges to thin out. Also, make sure your head is in a pair of talented and trusted hands to ensure your hair is not pulled too harshly. Enjoy your new head of hair; this is a great choice for women after the big chop or for those in the market for a different look. To maintain both the twists and your hair’s moisturize seal them with water, essential oils and Shea butter or Coconut cream daily.
A new twist to a classic is the best way to describe the fishtail braid. This look was seen a lot during the spring season and it’s here to stay! This type of braid works well with twist styles mentioned above as well as straightened hair (as long as your hair is at a length that can be caught in the braid). When doing this with longer hair it is most common to section off your hair to parts. Divide your hair into two separate sections down the middle of your head and decide which way you want the braid to go. Start by pulling a thin strand of hair from the outside of the first section. Pull this strand over the first section, and add it under the second section on the other side. The strand of hair should have gone over the first section and ended under the second section. Repeat this with the other side. The skinner the strand you use, the more intricate your braid will be. This style looks great both neat and messy, it’s your world!
Moral of the story, twist it up and save yourself some frustration. These are the months to focus on a beach, early mornings and unforgettable nights. Not your hair. Twists are neat and still true to ones natural roots. Products like Cantu Shea butter and Asiam twist defining cream are great products to seal in moisture. In humid conditions, remember twist and there will be no shouts!
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