This style is
very easy! My hair is thick and naturally curly. So I
wash it in the shower, towel dry and apply a good hair oil and
conditioner. Then I finger comb to detangle and separate curls.
Usually, that is the last step, and I let it air dry throughout the
day. But as a variation, I sometimes do all of the above steps at
night, then after finger combing, I pull my hair back into a ponytail.
Then I wrap my head in a satin scarf (still a little wet). Tying into
the ponytail overnight helps to stretch out curls a bit. In the
morning, I still have the wild, curly look but the curls appear longer
and fluffier as opposed to being so tightly wound. Hope
Tasha S.- Laurel, MD
like to wash my hair with a natural and soft shampoo. I use
Natural-laxer to maintain a softer texture. I have never experiences
severe dryness from the product because I add a moisturizing cream
while it is still wet before I blow-dry my hair. For curls I twist my
hair with the dry twist method with Miss Jessie's Curly Buttercreme.
Deanna D., Brooklyn, NY (click to see
of Brooklyn, NY sent in a link to her website
where she shows many different ways to wear long twists, braids or
been wearing alot of braid out, cornrow outs, bantu outs, since
deciding to transition. And I guess I've been doing a pretty good job
because people already assume I'm fully natural.
Cerissa B., Vestavia, AL (click to see
I did the "big chop", I realized that wearing my natural hair was more
about my attitude than anything else. This was something I was doing
for myself- I wanted a healthier look. My suggestion, (after the chop),
is to get a professional, permanent color. This will help loosen up
those tighter curls. Also, if your hair is less than 2", try the "palm
twist" method. My stylist used the technique on my hair and I get A LOT
Erica W., Maryland Heights, MO (click to see
best transition style was to gel all my hair back in a high pony tail
and then attach a phony pony particularly a crinkly or spiral curl one.
This style lasts for a week and only requires that you tie it down with
a scarf at night and spray a little oil on in the morning. I loved it
becuase i didn't have to comb or brush my hair yet i still was able to
look fierce! hope this helps fellow transistioners as we no longer live
Kee Y., Haddock, GA
relaxers at the age of 12. For my 18th birthday I decided to take my
hair back to its roots. And just cut it off and let it grow back out
naturally. I have a pretty small head. So I just wore a mini fro for a
while took my vitamins. And before I knew it my hair was growing back.
Quannette W., Richmond, VA (click to see
have been natural for 5 years now and when I first made the decision to
go natural I had my hair cut down low and I would wear it slicked back
with gel. As it grew out out I would put a little curl activator in it
and let it curl up on it's own. And then as I had more length I would
brush it upwards and put different sized and colored elastic headbands
around it so it would look like a big afro puff or part it down the
middle or diagnolly to make two puffs. As you can see natural hair is
very versatile! Oh yeah, I forgot the dooky knots, single comb twist
and double stranded twist.
Leah L., Memphis, TN
am a beautifully graying Sister. I have made a conscious decision not
to chemically dye my hair , nor place any temporary rinse in my hair.
My hair is of a very thick coarse texture and the gray has come in
quite nicely. Although I receive a light chemical treatment (4) times a
year, I prefer more of a style that represents maturity and
independence. I will often opt for a roller set with a French Roll or
soft teased updo. I also have worn my hair wrapped following a wash
when I did not choose to have a touch-up relaxer in my hair. Ladies
..thick ...full hair is ok...you don't have to look like someone just
pressed your hair on the ironing board that morning..I have never like
the flat ironed styles...not enough body for me.
G., Dolton, IL
I do is wash and condition at night, then add some olive oil, shea
butter,and aloe vera gel to my hair and braid it into four large
cornrows and put a scarf on it, then in the morning I unravel the
braids and finger comb to hide the parts, spray a little oil sheen on
it and tie a scarf around the edges like a headband.
Shawn, Fort Bragg, NC (click for picture)
to natural hair can be rough, literally, and sometimes you just gotta
cut it off via the Big Chop, like I did. But the Big Chop can also be
traumatizing if you never had very short hair before, like it was for
me. After getting over the shock of having natural hair and learning to
see myself as this beautiful black women with THIS kind of hair, I
learned to rock my TWA with style and grace. My hairstyle suggestions
are to co-wash dailiy, cause just-chopped natural hair can feel very
dry, find a good moisturizer, keep your edges lined up, throw on some
big earrings and some shades and WORK IT HONEY! Don't let your TWA make
you insecure. People are going to stare more than ever so give them
something good to look at!
Trisha C., Albana, GA (click for picture)