Natural hair is making a comeback. Natural hair is hair that is not chemically modified and has its original coil pattern. Even if natural hair is straightened with curlers or flat irons, it reverts back to its original state once the hair is wet. Natural hair comes in numerous textures, including curly, wavy, and sometimes straight. In some cases, numerous hair textures can be on the same head of hair.
As more women begin to embrace their natural curl pattern, the number of hairstyles are continuing to grow. Your natural hair strength, texture, and thickness should determine the type of hair styles to use on your hair. The natural hair styles that you choose can contribute to the amount of moisture, growth, and length retention you obtain. Wearing natural protective hairstyles are great ways to get your hair to thrive.
A great natural hair style is a twist out. Twist outs, also known as two strand twists, are a popular natural style that helps retain moisture and make hair appear full and healthy. They are also beneficial because these twists can last for days or weeks prior to taking them out and the result is also a cute style. The same concept can be applied with braids with similar results. The benefits of braid and twist outs also are that they protect the ends. When natural hair ends are neglected, they become weak and split, which makes it hard to retain length as they continue to travel up the hair shaft. These styles can also be achieved on most hair lengths. Simply wash your hair, add the styling product of your choice, and twist or braid to the ends of the hair to seal the moisture.
Another great natural style is the bantu knot. Bantu knots are when hair is sectioned and twisted into many mini buns. They are a great protective hairstyle that also helps seal in moisture and protects the ends. Bantu knots are also applicable for any hair texture. When doing bantu knots, be sure to wash and detangle your hair beforehand. Add your styling product and begin twisting the section around your finger. After twisting a portion of the section, the twisted hair closest to the root will begin to wrap around itself. Continue twisting and wrapping until the ends are tucked in and either secure the knot with a rubber band or a bobby pin for maximum hold. This hairstyle also looks beautiful when taken down. Taking down bantu knots gives a tight or loose curl depending on the size of the section as well as the length of your hair.
One of the most basic hairstyles for natural hair is an afro. This is a go-to style for natural women who are transitioning from relaxed hair or have done a big chop. Afros are great for those days you want your hair to breathe without much manipulation. Afros can also be dressed up with scarves and headbands. Be sure to be careful with wearing afros due to wearing hair loose, especially for natural women with longer hair, as it is more prone to friction and breakage when it rubs across the shoulders or clothing. A benefit of an afro is if your hair is rubbing against things that can cause breakage, simply putting it in a bun or a pineapple(high ponytail) style will remedy that.
Natural hair styles are beautiful, despite the length or texture. Wearing protective natural styles helps retain moisture, length, and keeps hair healthy. It is also important to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water, eating healthy foods, and getting enough rest is also great for natural hair. It is also important to make sure hair is properly protected when you lay down. Before going to sleep, put on a satin bonnet or use satin pillowcases. Cotton and other fabric pillowcases will cause hair to become dry and brittle, which will make it break off. To keep natural hair healthy, it is also important to apply as little heat as possible. Apply a heat protector prior to styling as well. Following these simple steps will keep your natural hair full and strong and promote hair growth.