Natural hair is really having a moment— and it’s about time! We are totally here for women rocking their natural curls and texture. It might take some time and adjustment on your (hair’s) end, but there’s never been a better time to go all-natural with your hair. We promise that it doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds, and the health of your hair will definitely benefit as a result. One thing that women really struggle with during this “transition” phase is learning to style their hair; however, there are so many different hairstyles that you can rock with natural hair.
How to Go Natural?
Before we get into specific hairstyles, we need to talk about how you can achieve amazing natural hair— because it’s not as easy as it sounds. Obviously, it involves ditching damaging chemicals like straighteners, relaxers, and texturizers. It also involves ditching stepping away from heat styling like flat irons and blow dryers. Finally, if you’re 100% dedicated to the natural scene, it also means ditching the hair dyes that often contain some strong chemicals that can damage your hair.
A lot of women assume that just making this switch is all that they need to do to help their hair. However, in reality, you may have to start off with a fresh base of healthy, untreated hair in order to really be successful. Overall, there are two different ways that you can help transition your treated hair into natural hair:
- The first way that you can transition to natural hair is to just chop it all off! This quickly and easily gets rid of all your damaged hair and provides you with a fresh base that you can then take care of and grow out more easily. This might seem scary, but it could be exactly what you need! Just remember that the best thing about hair is that it will always grow back, so short hair doesn’t have to be permanent!
- Another way that you can transition to natural hair is to protect your existing hair through hairstyles. Protective hairstyles can help give your hair a break and can help to promote growth without chopping it all off. Depending on your preferences, you can opt to go with a full wig, a weave, or even braids! While doing this doesn’t guarantee that your hair will be able to survive the damage and end up growing successfully, it can be a good option to try if you aren’t ready to go for the big chop.
No matter how you choose to go natural, it’s still a great choice that will leave you with healthier hair. However, many women still struggle with styling their “new” hair and think that they have to spend tons of money (and time) by having a professional stylist do it for them. This doesn’t have to be the case! So here are a few different natural hairstyles that you can do at home on your own.
Bantu knots are a great style to try if you are looking to protect your hair yet still want to have some fun with a different style. This hairstyle is great because it can work on hair of any length or texture.
Using a comb, section off your hair into different parts, then simply twist the hair together and knot it! If you have really short hair, you might not be able to knot it, but it will still look just as good left as-is. In any case, rocking this traditional style is a great way to get in touch with your roots—and learn more about your hair’s natural roots at the same time!
If you’re growing tired of the traditional and sometimes boring regular bun, try spicing it up a bit with space buns! This is a super cute look that is definitely bound to earn you some attention.
Start off by parting your hair right down the middle, and then put all of your hair up into two tight buns. However, if you’re looking for a half-up half-down look, then you can leave half of your hair down and use the other half to create smaller (yet still super cute) space buns on either side.
If you want to get real fancy, you can incorporate braids onto the top of your head or even add clips into the buns for added flair.
Headwraps are definitely in right now, and you can embrace this trend with an amazing headwrap up-do! Headwraps are super fun accessories that you can easily add to either complement your outfit or spice it up a bit by finding ones with fun and bright patterns. There are several different ways to do this, so feel free to do your own thing and experiment a bit.
However, our personal favorite involves wrapping your favorite headwrap around a high puff while still leaving the front section of your hair out to add some volume and dimension to your look. Using a curl cream is a must with this style that shows off your natural curls.
We love this look because it’s an optical illusion! This style makes it look like you have bangs without you actually needing to chop off your precious hair. It’s the best of both worlds. All you need to do is put your hair in a high bun but instead of completing the process and pinning down the excess hair, stop about halfway through and move the excess hair to the front of your head to create some “fake” bangs. This look is cute because of the bun and the bangs, but it’s still super sleek if you use products like hair oil to slick down your hair.
Another natural hairstyle that we love involves banding your beautiful natural hair. Think Princess Jasmine’s long, beautiful, and flowing hair in Aladdin. You can achieve this look too, with a little time and more than a few rubber bands.
First, put your hair in a big ponytail. Then, starting from the top, separate sections of the pony with rubber bands to create a “bubble” with each section. You may have to puff out the hair a little bit to give it the desired ‘poofy’ look. As you move down the length of your hair, section off smaller and smaller sections with the rubber bands to create a fairytale-worthy look.
Show everyone that you’re a queen with this regal hairstyle! This type of braid is also called a “halo braid” but we prefer it to be associated with royalty. This hairstyle isn’t just amazing in its own right, but can also help introduce you to the world of braids and help you achieve a variety of other braided styles once you master this one.
Depending on your preferences, you can either do one braid or two. In any case, then all you have to do is wrap it around the crown of your head, pin it, and go on your royal way! This is a quick, easy, yet sophisticated style that’s bound to turn heads.
As you can see, natural hairstyles don’t have to be done at the salon — you’re able to do them at home as well. Not only will this save you a lot of time and money, but it can be fun to embrace your natural hair, learn how to best style it with the best hair products, and try out some different looks just for fun.