Natural hair is hair that rocks because it is so versatile. Once you pass that awkward ‘fro phase (when your hair isn’t quite a brush cut anymore but it also hasn’t even begun to reach its full Afro potential), there are a number of great ways to rock the ‘fro.
Styles that we’re obsessed with:
1. The Twist Out
Achieving this look is pretty simple and a little time-consuming – but it’s so worth it. The first thing you need to do is wet the hair slightly. Wet natural hair is much easier to work with than dry natural hair as the moisture helps to detangle hair. Once your hair is slightly wet, grab a section of hair to twist, apply a little hair food and twist the hair all the way to the end. Voilà! Your first twist is done. Now repeat, repeat and repeat until you’ve twisted your entire head. You need to allow the hair to dry before removing the twists. We suggest twisting hair at night and sleeping with a satin scarf over your head to protect the hair. When you wake up in the morning, all you need to do is untwist your hair and you’ve got the look.
2. The Braid Out
Use the same technique as suggested above but instead of twisting the hair, braid it. Braiding the hair will create tighter, curlier coils once the braids have been undone.
3. The Faux Hawk
This look is pretty simple to achieve. Once you’ve combed your ‘fro out, grab a few bobby pins, pull the hair back on each side of your head and pin it.
These natural-hair styles are great because all of these looks can be achieved with a short or a long Afro.
To achieve these beautiful natural-hair looks, there are a few tools you can’t do without:
– Wide-tooth comb: this is the best type of comb to use to detangle natural hair.
– Satin headscarf: most pillowcases are made of cotton, which sucks all the moisture out of your hair. Sleeping with a satin headscarf on will help hair to retain moisture. Alternatively, you can use a satin pillowcase.
– Hair food: the worst thing you can do to your natural hair is allow it to get dry. Healthy hair needs moisture. We suggest you use a water-based moisturiser (a cream that has water as its first ingredient) and then a oil or butter (such as shea butter) to seal the moisture in.
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