Sometimes I look in the mirror and my hair just doesn’t look or feel long to me anymore. I think I’m just so used to it. Also with shrinkage my natural hair honestly looks about the same length it did 6 or 7 years ago. I’m sure some of you all have been through the […]
Braid & Twist Hair Styles
Braid hair styles and twist styles can be an easy and fun protective style to grow natural hair long. While I transitioned to natural hair individual braids were my main natural hair style.I do not wear individual braids much now but I still enjoy them when I have time to put them in because they allow me the freedom to leave my hair alone for weeks without styling.
If you choose to wear braids there are some important things to remember. While braids can be a great protective style they can also gone damage if not done properly.
- Do not put braids in too tight, this can be particularly damaging to edges
- If using extensions avoid using small parts and large amounts of weave, this can weight down your hair and cause hair loss. Try a weave that closely matches your hair like Afro Marley Braid hair.
- Moisturize you hair before braiding and continue to moisturize regularly to prevent breakage
- Keep your scalp clean and lubricated with light oil
- Use a satin scarf or pillow case at night to keep you braids from frizzing
Braid hair styles can be challenging because they can take more practice than some of the other styles. Twists can be fairly easy and is one of my favorite styles. Learn to twist hair here. Unless you already know how to braid be patient with yourself when learning braid hair styles.
Okay so I’m not ashamed to admit it but I am an India Arie fan. I truly love her spirit and her music. I also am a fan of her natural style and particularly love the way she looks in beautiful head wraps. Today Ms. India Arie posted pictures of her latest natural summer hair […]
This style can be done on short,medium, or long natural twisted hair. This style probably works best on mini to medium sized two strand twists. You will have to vary the rod size used based on the length of hair. In this picture I used medium sized orange flexirods. 1) Take a section of […]
This twist hair style can be done on short, medium, or long natural hair. I actually think it looks best on shorter to medium natural hair because the twists kind of stick out instead of hanging to the side. 1) Grab a section of hair in the front to include about 5 twists. Fold the […]
This simple natural hair style can be done on medium length or long hair. Pull all twists to one side of the head, I used the right side Leave out 3-6 twists to serve as bangs on the preferred side. Roll hair inward as if to do a french roll or twist. Pin hair […]
This bun takes about 45 minutes to an hour to do because I have to twist my hair first, however it lasts a whole week. When my hair was shorter (apl-bsl) I could do this style for natural hair in 30 minutes. Since the twists are pulled up into a bun do not worry about […]
This is a super easy and quick style I do pretty regularly on my twisted natural hair. I can do this hair style in under an hour and it lasts me a week. Then I take the twists loose and wear a twist out. 1) Put your hair in loose jumbo twists. I do […]
This natural hair twist style can be done on medium length or long hair. It generally takes me about 1.5-2 hours from start to finish but it lasts a week or more. (edited: on my currently length this style takes about 30 minutes longer) 1) Start with dry or slightly damp detangled hair. I prefer […]
1) Flat twist small sections of hair in the front on an angle. Secure twists with bobby pins or rubber bands. Watch this video for tips on how to do flat twists. 2) You may want to use gel to help the flat twists hold. (I tie down my flat twists to help smooth them) […]
Individual Braids- without extensions I enjoy these individual braids because I can wear them for as long as 6-8 weeks. I maintain them by putting them in big braids at night using and little leave-in and oil.I really like this style because it keeps my hair tangle free. This is not a protective style, but […]