Mini Twist on Natural Hair

As a natural coming up with a go-to style or two for the summer and fall can sometimes be challenging. Living in Mississippi the humidity can kill a Hairstyle quick. As the summer approached I needed to see what the trends were. Some of the options were braids, wigs, weaves and crochet braids with many variations of all of the choices.

If you are like me and you don’t particularly like weave then your choices are narrowed down even farther. As I tried to keep up with my few options I wrote some ideas down in my Wash Day Journal by Plan Your Own Way. The options I originally chose at the beginning of the summer were:
1. A short crochet style
2. A long crochet style
3. Bahama twists
4. Or two wigs

I wore my hair in a wig for about three weeks and I developed a rash from something that I am not sure about. After that I decided to take my braids down and put my hair in mini twists. This was the best decision I could’ve made. I have been natural for almost 5 years and I have never thought about Twists as a protective style. I wore my hair in Twists for7 to 15 days. While it was twisted I moisturized my hair with water, a leave-in and oil every two days. The leave ins and oils I recommend are:

Leave Ins
1. Naturall club Avacado
2. Strands of Faith
3. Hydratherma Naturals
4. Alikay Naturals

Oils:
1. Naturall club Avacodo
2. Naturall club Castor
3. The Mane Choice Growth Oil

The night before I took them down I partially wet my hair and I added Strands if Faith Twisting Butter and Ouidad Humidity Gel. When I tell you my hair was defined, my hair was DEFINED! If you have type 4 hair this is one way to long healthy natural hair. Check out my Natural Hair Woman Merch here.

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Protective Styles For Natural Hair

Growing natural hair is one of the most exhilarating things you could ever do. Actually Most times, it’s a bittersweet moment that involves a beautiful awakening of your true beauty along with some pain while maintaining it. This pain is totally worth it once you start to see the growth of your natural curl pattern.

The pain comes from doing things that we need to do to maintain the best health like combing, twisting or braiding. This type of manipulation is not meant to be felt every single day! Your HAIR deserves to breathe and rest and not be tugged at all the time. That’s where protective styling comes in.

What are protective styles?

Protective styles refer to hairstyles that protect the ends of your hair, to decrease or prevent tangling, shedding and breakage. Protective hairstyles also have a good effect on the scalp, as wearing these hairstyles in long intervals will give it rest from the usual push and pull when combing and styling on a daily basis. On my journey, I chose not to do protective styling that often. Now I wish I would have done more protective styles as my hair grew out of the twa.

Protective styling or protective hairstyles?

Protective styling is about giving your natural hair more protection by leaving it alone for a while. By leaving alone I’m talking about the products you apply to it and of course, the hairstyles you choose. For example, during your daily styling, you should gently take your time to use a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair to avoid hair loss and breakage. Finger combing is also a good idea just make sure that your nails are trimmed and no jewelry is on.

Needless to say, the oils and lotions applied to your hair are also extremely important. Protect your hair by purchasing products made with mainly natural ingredients. You should always check out the ingredients for chemicals like parabens, in the products you choose. Such chemicals do more harm than good to your hair.

Most women go into protective style mode during the colder seasons like Fall or Spring. But it’s better to do this practice regardless of seasonal changes so your hair can remain strong and healthy all year round. Below are some amazing advantages of protective styling, or wearing protective hairstyles:

  1. They limit the stress and interference of environmental factors on your hair. The cold, the wind or even a scorching sun got nothing on you.
  2. Your hair will remain fully hydrated. Because protective styles bind or hold up your hair in one way or another, your hair would have a small chance of losing moisture.
  3. Your scalp gets the chance to breathe. Protective hairstyles should be done with minimal to no tension in order to keep your hair healthy.
  4. Protective hairstyles are quick and easy, saving you time when you’re on the go and in a hurry.
  5. Most protective styling choices can be done at your convenience.
  6. Protective styling promotes length retention because your ends are tucked away neatly and won’t shed or fall off.

Now on to the fun part: I’m going to give you a list of common protective hairstyles that are cheap, ready-to-wear, chic and easy on the strands as well. You can look over this list and make your choice depending on what you think will suit you or choose several that you want to try:

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  • Bantu Knots
  • Faux bun or Afro bun
  • Simple updofb09c91f-ea61-4784-b286-880932c4490c
  • Crochet Braids
  • Wigs

There are several options of hair when it comes to Wigs.    Here I will list a few choices:

1.DOMINICAN BLOWOUT STRAIGHT BUNDLE HAIR- Outre Synthetic Half Wig

2.OUTRE Synthetic Hair Half Wig Quick Weave Ashani (1B)

3.Outre Synthetic Half Wig Quick Weave Big Beautiful Hair 4A-Kinky (1B)

  • Wearing a scarf or headwrap

1.Urban Turbanista Head Wrap- Demin Blue -Chambray Headwrap Scarf

2.Headwrap in Stretch Jersey Knit – Long Head wrap Scarf – Cobalt

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  • Sew-in
  • Cornrows With or without added clip-in hair extensions
    • Faux Locs

(6Packs)18inch Curly Faux Locs Soft Hair Deep Faux Locs Twist Braids

Note that hairstyles like Ghana braids and million braids are also protective styles but please tell your stylist that you don’t need them to be too tight. The best option might be to go for the popular millions braids wig, if you really like it and would love to try it. After all, the possibilities are endless with protective styling. You could come up with your own styles, or you could get style inspiration online (I recommend Pinterest).

Never believe the lie that with natural hair, comes limited possibilities for styling. It’s actually the other way round. If you need help keeping up with your hairstyles and products used I recommend the Natural Hair Wash Day Planner.

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11 Must Have Tools for Natural Hair Styling

When you decided to become natural, you probably also decided, if you are like me, that you would be doing your own hair most of the time. In my opinion, you have to learn how to style and take care of your own hair once you make that decision.

Stylist Issue

Some of you may be saying, I need my stylist. Having a stylist is cool but natural hairstyles take time and have several steps. Not to mention, you need to deep condition every time and leave the conditioner in for at least 30 minutes. Most stylist have so many people to see that they don’t have time to give you and your natural curls the attention that it needs. If they do have time they only do silk presses (flat ironing) or crochet braids. This is a big issue here is MS that I am going to try to change. We need stylists here that specialize in natural hair styling. When I say styling I am referring to styles such as: two-strand twist, flat-twist, bantu knots, and wash and go to name a few.

A year after going natural I decided that I needed a stylist. I searched and searched some salons and finally I came across one that said that they specialized in natural hair. I called them and set up a paid consultation. I did my consultation and set up an appointment for the following week. The day of my appointment I got there early because at that time I worked the overnight shift and I got off at 8am. When I got there, there were no cars there. My appointment was at 9am so by 9:10 I called the business phone, no answer. After 10 more minutes I decided to leave the stylist an email; of course there was no reply. Honey I’m still waiting on that reply! Anywho, I went back to work the next day to tell all my natural co-workers that the stylist was a no show. After that incident I saw reviews that complained of the same issue I had with this particular stylist/ salon. I should have read reviews first! Oh well you live and you learn. Since then I have only gone to a stylist 8 times in 4 years. Four times was to get Crochet braids and the other four were to get my hair straightened and two of those times my sister did my hair.

Styling Tools

Now that you know that you will have to commit to being able to do your hair most of the time let me give you a list of the supplies that you will need. These are things that I recommend.

Blow Dryers

A blowdryer is a must for any woman with hair. A blowdryer can be used several ways. First you can use it the old fashion way with no attachment and a paddle brush. Blow drying this way is good for a blow out or a natural style if you want to retain some length. I use a comb attachment because it’s simple and easy to use versus holding a blow dryer and a brush. I’ll leave that to the professionals. Then you can use the diffuser attachment to dry your wash and go. Next there is the concentrator attachment in which you can use to dry your hair using the Tension method. This method can be used to lengthen a wash and go or for those that think the comb is too harsh. People with straight hair use this attachment with a brush and style their hair. There is also the oscillating attachment that moves in a circular motion while the air is blowing out; I have not used this one.

Hooded Dryers

When I first went natural I thought I would never use a hooded dryer again. I remember those relaxed days when my stylist back then would wrap my wet hair and I would have to sit up under that thing for almost 3 hours. Man I don’t miss those days! If you style your hair in the morning and you decide that you want to wear it out that day, this is where your hooded dryer becomes your best friend.

Combs

There are several types of combs out there. As a natural you will need three: a rat tail comb, a wide tooth comb and a heavy duty double row wide tooth comb. I use the Ouidad. I love it!

Brushes

As a natural I recommended you have four brushes as a part of your styling tool box. A narrow bristle brush for brushing down those baby hairs (if that is your thing). A wide brush for styling those puffs and low ponytails. A paddle brush and a boar bristle brush.

Flat Iron

A flat iron is only need to do a blowout aka silk press!!

Hair Ties

Hair ties or bands are needed whenever you want to put your hair up. Whether you want to wear a high puff, low puff or a ponytail with extensions…. You need the hair bands. I recommend snapee.

Bobbie Pins

I think that this styling tool needs no explanation. Girl you can’t have a styling tool box without loads of Bobbie pins. Cause you know they are just like socks… They come up missing!

Steamers

A steamer is optional but I really think that it is the best tool that people sleep on. This tool can bring an old style back to life! It can also allow conditioners and other products to penetrate the hair shaft better. I have a handheld that I use regularly. It is the Q-Redew; I highly recommend it. This is also a good hooded steamer.

Shears

If you plan on trimming your own ends then you need a good pair of shears. I just recently bought a pair of shears versus those cheap scissors with the black handle that you can get a Walmart. I tell ya I could feel the difference. Your hair should be trimmed every 6 to 12 weeks depending on how you style your hair.

Hair Clips

Hair clips are used to hold your hair out of the way while styling. There is no way I could style my hair without these.

Plastic Caps

Last but definitely not least is the good old plastic cap. I know some of you may want to get fancy here but please don’t. The cheap ones work fine. Some people even take the fugileness a step farther by using grocery bags. I say do whatever works for you. I recommend these plastic caps.

Ladies enjoy your day and go Slay!

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