Pursuit of Natural

life, levity, & the pursuit of natural


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REBLOG: Waterfall Braid Tutorial on Natural Hair — KinkyDiyctator

I was super excited to find this tutorial, as I never thought of doing the waterfall braid on natural hair. But doesn’t hers look stunning? I’ve practiced a little bit on stretched hair (I don’t use heat anymore) and I think I’ll get the hang of it, yet! Click through to watch the video tutorial.

 

 

Hey guys. I recently straightened my hair with heat and tried out the waterfall braid, which I’ve been eyeing for a while and i worked out.

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The Tilt of my Crown Twist

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Looking back on my old pics, I noticed the tilt of my crown twist changed over time, 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.

Are you enjoying your length? (If not, my Dear Newly Natural Me letters are for you!) Comment below and like this post. If you’re a fan of The Pursuit, subscribe and follow me @edinPON.


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Protective Style Match-Up

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I can’t really speak to the pros and cons of protective styles with added hair. The last time I had extension braids in, I was the new girl in 3rd grade. So, here I’m addressing protective styles with just my own natural hair. And I’ve done twists (chunky, regular, mini), cornrows, and flat twists.

But which is the baddest of them all? Let’s compare!

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Transitional Styling

 

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Not to be confused with transition styles, which blend your textures when you are growing your natural hair but still have relaxed ends. I’m talking about how I take my hair from one state to the next, through the week and towards wash day with less mechanical damage. To that end, it does not include extensive re-twisting or resetting.

These days, I’m all about those cornrows and low buns, so the only transitioning I do is from post-wash twists or rollerset (to stretch my hair while it dries) to my long term style. But when I’m rocking my hair out, transitional styling helps minimize the inevitable wear on my fro by keeping it stretched while reducing the amount of time I have my hands in my hair.

I would start with stretched free hair for about two days, which is how long my stretched puffs last before looking tired. Then, I’d transition to a full or partial protective style that did not require too much sectioning or strand separation, because those are the top two ways I experience breakage. Halo twists and buns are my go-to for this reason. I’m either gathering my hair or doing one part down the middle. Finally, I’d go into a prep state the day before wash day. Each stage is an opportunity to lightly re-moisturize and lightly remove tangles and shed hair, but this last stage is where I would do a proper breakdown before putting my hair into twists to facilitate a tangle-free and organized wash process.

The goal, for me, is to be mindful of every point of contact with my hair. How many times a week am I messing with it? How many times in one styling session am I re-arranging and re-pinning? When it starts to fro out in my hands, I know I’m doing way too much. Having your hands in your hair doesn’t need to be a major production. If you’re on a length retention regimen but still want to show it off once in a while, keep it simple and let it thrive.

Quick shoutout to @Kimmaytube, who also has good weekly regimens with similar concepts.

Do you wear your hair out currently? How do you style it through the week? Comment below, and if you enjoy The Pursuit, like, share, and follow me here and @edinPON.

 

 

 


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Signature Styles for the Style-Challenged

I was young and carefree once. It was a glorious time, when I didn’t have to do my hair at all–when my mom or sister had to drag me away from play, pin me down, and tame the mess on my head.

Growing up, I thought one should change hairdos like one would change outfits, because only boring old people wore the same hairstyle every day. Never mind I didn’t have to do any of the work and spent zero time on upkeep in between. ¿Por qué? For what? It was a magical time, and the curling iron was the magic wand that made it all possible.

Fast-forward (speed: x8), and I’m happily one of the boring “old” people with just a few signature styles on rotation, because, yes, it does take a decent amount of work to stay fierce. Especially as a natural. And, also, I did not inherit the creative styling gene my mom and sis have.

When you see me, I’ll likely be rocking a halo twist, puff, bun–and a beanie and bangs as long as the weather permits.  Signature styles are a must, if you’re style-challenged like me, and here’s why:

1. It’s protective

When I tell you my hair weeps when I attempt some heretofore untested, unknown, funky style I didn’t prep for, I mean that my ends are breaking off and raining down. Hyperbolic, sure, but I can’t stress enough that the less I manipulate my hair the happier it is. Save for the puff, my signature styles keep my ends tucked away and my hands out of my fro.

2. Time management

Signature styles are quick and easy to achieve, overnight and even minutes before I’m out the door. Girl, when I tell you, I’ve spent hours on some style that looked good in my head but looked like trash on my head, I felt like fighting somebody. Instead, I’d just twist it up all huffy, knowing good and well it’s too tight, but I don’t care ’cause it’s late and I’m tired, and we ain’t redoing this again in a day or two!

3. Predictability

Trial and error is part and parcel of being natural–but y’all. I can’t be having tragicomedies every wash day. With my signature styles, I’ve done them so many times that I’ve mastered every step of the process, from pre-poo to updo. I know how long it will take to install, how long it will last, and how well they transition into other styles if I do get bored.

4. Reliability

I’ve lost sleep on whether or not my twist and curl will look right in the morning. Granted, that was because the rollers were annoying to sleep in, but for all that tossing and turning, what did I get the next day? I got to do my hair all over again, that’s what. So, whenever I’m unsure what to do with an old twistout or freshly washed hair, and I’m tempted to be bold and, like, cornrow or something, I return to my signature styles and keep it pushing.

And all of this leads to…

5. Low stress

For me and my edges. Running late, last minute meeting, laziness forgot to refresh my situation? I fall back on a signature style, confident it will look good and take no time at all to pull off. I stick with styles that won’t leave me with a ton of take down or break down work at the end of the day, or an unseemly amount of mechanical damage to contend with at the end of the week. When all else fails, I throw a hat on with some twist out bangs.

I was young and carefree once. Now, I don’t care how many times you see me in my halo twist.

Are you style-challenged? What are your staple ‘dos? Where do you go for inspiration? Comment below or follow me on Twitter @edinPON.


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The Puff is the Real MVP

How clutch is the puff? Gather-it-on-top-of-your-head-and-go clutch. It goes high and low, and can salvage most bad hair days. You just cannot go wrong with an afro puff.

Or so I thought. In my 2nd year natural, I got my life with that cute and sporty  baby puff, but then something strange happened in my 3rd year. While most of my hair stayed in formation, the crown exploded into an overgrown bush that even water and shrinkage couldn’t tame. I could pick and tug and pat forever, and my puff would still topple over in front, making the back look flat and the whole style far from round, let alone uniform.

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Just when I was about ready to bench my star player, I switched up my technique and put a new spring in my coils. Like I wrote in the previous article, installing curls gives me more control over my style, targeting shrinkage or hangtime where my hair needs it. So, now I exclusively rock bantu puffs and roller set puffs. It’s one extra step, but I can still gather-and-go in the morning.

For the curious, I use an old black stocking to tie it up, and at night I pineapple with a scarf. When it’s time to remoisturize, usually on day 3, I just put it all away in a protective style instead of fighting with reversion. That’s the best part of my curly puffs; my hair is already stretched and ready to transition to a different style. With full shrinkage, I’d be battling knots and dreading the detangle…and putting it off only to compound the issue. (Y’all know how it is.)

When I’m not in protective styles, the puff is my go-to. Dressed up or dressed casual, it is versatile and hard screw up.

What’s your favorite “out” style? Chime in below or catch me on Twitter @edinPON.