An Important Step Towards Loving Your Natural Hair

When I was growing up my mother always kept my hair in cute braided styles.  Every single day of the week I had braids and only wore my hair down for special occasions.  I used to love brushing through my thick hair on wash days but shortly after it was right back in those braids.  That is probably a big reason why I love to wear my hair out so much.  Hair gurus always tell us that you should wear protective styles for hair growth.  I want to enjoy my natural hair so I wear it down about 75% of the time.

 

I wore a tapered short cut during my TWA phase which was cute and easy to maintain.

One Thing You Can Do to Start Loving Your Natural Hair

Unfortunately, I’ve met people who haven’t had a pleasant experience when wearing their natural hair out.  I’ve been asked what they should do so that they can start wearing curly styles.  My response is almost always the same.  I usually suggest that they start by having their hair cut into a shape.  This goes a long way when it comes to loving your natural hair.   Pretty much every style will fall into place once the hair has been shaped. Everything from the wash and go to twistouts & braidouts will look so much more impressive after a shape up.

Find a Stylist That Specializes in Curly and Textured Hair

Going to a stylist can actually be kinda scary but is sometimes the only option for a good cut.  You should always look into whether or not they have experience with natural or curly hair before setting an appointment.  It may take some time to find someone but this step is key.  Then you’ll want to get an idea of what shape you want.  Do you want bangs?  Are you growing your hair out?  Have a plan for what type of cut you want prior to going in.

Where to Find Hair Inspiration

A perfect place to find hair inspiration is Pinterest.  If you follow my Fab Natural Hair board you’ll find tons of style ideas for all different hair lengths and textures.  I’ve taken a lot of time to curate this Pinterest board so that it has helpful information and images that are beautiful and inspiring.  Another great resource is Instagram.  If you type in the hashtag followed by things like “wash n go,” “hair to mesmerize” or “curly afro” with no spaces you’ll find plenty of hairstyles for curly hair.  

This curly afro with bangs look was inspired by images I found on Pinterest

Hair Inspiration on Instagram

There are also many stylists on Instagram who have pages showcasing their work with before and after photos.  One of my favorites is the “Curl Doctor,” Shai Amiel who has done curly cuts for Tia Mowry, and Kehlani.  His profile has looks he’s done on long, short and mid-length hair and all hair types.  Another Insta favorite for curly cut inspiration is CurlPop.  This page has lots of hair inspo, before and afters and videos of curly cuts in action.  You’re bound to find something that you want for your natural hair now or a style that you can set as a healthy hair goal.

 

This is my hair after the curly afro started to grow out.

 

Once you’ve narrowed down the style you want,  you can bring a few photos with you to show your stylist the look you are going for.  It’s alway a good idea to express to them what your hair goals are at this time.  Keep in mind though that a shape up may mean you’ll lose some length.  The shape of your choice may also require your stylist to add a few layers.  The trade off will be natural hair that falls into a style no matter what.  You can do a bomb twistout or wash n’ go without all of the extra effort.

Natural hair is so versatile and should be enjoyed at every length!

 

My Go-To Hair Styles for Working Out

This month I decided to get back to working out regularly.  Since I’m planning on exercising at least  four times per week, there are certain hair styles that I’m thinking will work best for me.  It has been a little over a month since I last straightened my hair but that style is not on my current playlist.  I was able to keep my hair straight for two weeks but I just don’t see that happening while doing heavy workouts.  Here are some of the styles I plan on rocking while I’m getting fit this month.

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My wash n’ go style is perfect for working out

The Wash n’ Go

I call this style the wash n’ go but there is a little more to it than that.  This is when I rock my hair in its natural curl pattern.  I tend to use different products depending on what I have and how much time I want to spend.  Still, I pretty much always use a leave-in conditioner, something heavy to seal and then a hair gel.  You can watch me do this style here.

 

The Puff

This is fast becoming one of my favorites styles as of late.  I can wear my puff up high, low or somewhere in between and it still looks great.  This is usually my follow-up style after wearing a wash n’ go for a couple of days.  My hair already has product in it so I just wet my edges and nape and brush my hair into a puff.  Sometimes I use a banana clip placed sideways while other times I simply use a ponytail holder.  Click the video link below to watch how I do it.

PUFF HAIR TUTORIAL

The Braid Out

This style can be worn up or down and is pretty easy to maintain.  It also is the type of style that looks great when it gets bigger so a little working out won’t hurt it.

These are the styles that I’m gravitating towards lately but I may throw in a bun here and there.  Either way, it’s all about keeping it simple and doing what works best for me.