Dear Newly Natural Me,
Can you please learn to cornrow? It will break the space-time continuum, considering your first attempt isn’t for another year, but it’ll be worth it. In fact, here: watch this tutorial by Breanna Rutter and thank me later.
I love visualizations! This is just a shareable graphic on some styling hacks to reduce tension. Are you on Pinterest? I am! Follow pursuitofnatural over there. And if you like this post, take a second to like this post. ❤
I think it’s pretty normal to feel overwhelmed as a new natural. I’ve written before about information overload.
For a lot of us we traded in running combs through straight hair for figuring out how to untangle kinks and coils with just our fingers. We went from knowing our favorite brand of hair grease (and our momma’s momma’s favorite brand) to trying to figure out which ingredients to avoid. And how come our textures can’t all pull off the same hairstyles?
It’s a lot.
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Sometimes I don’t realize just how much hair I have on my head until it’s time to take it down for a break down session. Girl. It is a blessing & a time sink.
So, then I think, “Ah! I’ll just put it all away in an fancy protective style!” and soon remember that, too, is a blessing and a major time sink.
There is a happy middle, which I like to call the mini hair vaycay. I just put away some, not all, of my hair for a few weeks. It’s faster than installing the protective style on my whole head, and with less free hair, it shaves off time from my regular styling and maintenance.
I did this with the sides of my head, AKA my struggle areas. Installing mini twists took no time at all and lasted weeks. My daily sessions went…
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Yes, the cotton kind. Girl, I know, but I love my bandanas! If you’ve got a square satin scarf, by all means use that. Read on to learn five ways I style my natural hair with a bandana.
It’s winter so that means hats, hats, and more hats! I love wearing protective styles and hats in the cold season. But, sometimes I want to hint that I’m not completely bald under there. How do I do that and stay warm? Beanies and bangs. Read on to see how.
So, you’ve chosen to wear twists as a long-ish term protective style. Great! Read on for some tips to keep them looking good for 2 – 4 weeks.
The one thing I couldn’t wait to do when I went natural was pick out my fro. And pick it, I did, but unbeknownst to me I was obscuring some major issues beneath a kinky halo.
When me and my hair need some time apart, I treat us to a month long hair vaycay with mini twists. At first blush, the idea of installing this style myself seemed anything but relaxing, but I picked up some techniques to make the whole process, from start to take down, go smoothly.
Looking back on my old pics, I noticed the tilt of my crown twist changed over time, and I thought about why that was.
My first crown twist could just barely secure the hairs from the top of my head, they were so short. Even then, I’d have to use a bunch of bobby pins to keep everything in place. My twist sat far above my ears and halfway up the back of my head. Then one day I could twist around the very perimeter of my head without cutting across the back and sides.
I got to thinking about how my styles evolve with length. Installing mini twists take longer but they look better when worn down. My two strand twists got hangtime, and my twistouts look fuller.
Flat twists used to spring free in revolt, but with length they held fast. My puff used to stand neat and round, and then it grew wild and floppy.
Some styles improve with length, others lose their appeal and I have to find new looks. That’s the beauty of the journey. I’m loving the evolution, the versatility of my natural hair.
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