My First Attempts at Styling My Natural Hair

Hello beautiful people!

How are things?

Good?

Yay. Awesome!

Remember when I said I would try to start styling my hair? Last week, I took baby steps in this direction.

I’m not bored of my fro or anything, it’s just that- my hair tangles. A LOT. And I like the fro fluffed to perfection, or as much as I can manage before I get tired, which is really about 13 minutes tops and I cannot be gentle ALL the time. My obsessive detangling leaves me with a considerable amount of broken hair. After combing, the fro does not look like it’s missing anything but sometimes when I multiply the sight of the hair left in my comb by 7, for the 7 days of the week, it makes me a little weak.

So this week was different.

I finger-detangled for the most part.

Before bed, I finger-detangled and moisturised my hair and put it in chunky twists.

Calabar :p
Calabar :p

I think keeping my hair in twists Saturday- Monday and the big twists on other nights helped me retain moisture because:

I only needed to use a leave-in every two days. Water spritzes in the mornings in between were fine.

The twists also helped my hair stay stretched.

AND because I did them at night, I didn’t need to spend a lot of time on my hair in the mornings.

I didn’t really use a comb. I needed it to fluff out my hair after the twist out, and for Fro-day, but I did not use it as much and altogether, I did not lose a troubling amount of hair.

Enough of the talk-talk now, I’m just going to show you the pictures. We can also play a game of guess the filter lol a little editing was necessary, to make me feel better about these photos ( ._.)

Saturday: my Aunt twisted my hair for me after a co-wash.

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Monday: As at Sunday night, the plan was to wear a scarf but I woke up feeling confident about my twists.

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I went to work like this y’all.

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Tuesday: I undid the twists on my way to work.

I think this is what they call curl definition lol
I think this is what they call curl definition lol

Then I combed out a little, when I got to work. I had a bit of a twist-out, and improvised with hair combs- I used three to make a head band. Then I put a fake flower in.

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Hair combs and flower from Fashion Strings.

What do you think? Is a flower unprofessional? Maybe I’ll have the answer to this question soon, when I get a real job.

Wednesday: Woke up and really didn’t feel like undoing my chunky twists. Solution? Headwrap!

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Thursday: Hmmm, what do I call this? *Face palm*

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Friday: the twa was out to play.

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So, the week wasn’t very pretty lol but it’s a start. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I’m so happy I got to achieve my short term goal for the week and forget about the comb!

Tip: Like me, keep a scarf close. You may have the courage to stick to your style throughout the day, but there’s something mind resting about knowing you have options.

I didn’t have a plan for Thursday’s hair. I just twisted and tucked and whatever. It was somehow at some point, and my supervisor said she preferred my texture from Tuesday lol. Well, that was nice but Thursday texture was my kinky hair at its kinky best so I just decided to shrug my worries off and enjoy it.

But that’s an idea though. I should stretch a twist out for one day more in future by holding it up in a similar fashion.

I give myself an A for effort, just because I can ( ._.)

LOL

Styling short hair can be a little daunting, especially natural hair because of shrinkage. Do you or did you style your short hair? Care to share a secret or two?

Till next time,

Love,

AB

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0 thoughts on “My First Attempts at Styling My Natural Hair

  1. Babe, you did good jare. I especially like the Tuesday look and no, a flower is not unprofessional. At least in Naija. It looked really lovely.
    I tried the no comb thing too. Gave up on the 4th day when my twists stopped looking good. Atink my satin bonnet is fake coz I moisturise at night and by morning all the moisture’s gone. :(. Please, I don’t know how to tie a proper scarf. Help!
    Twist out secret, doing the twists on well moisturised hair and using a gel or styler helps the twists last longer.

  2. O Girl, this is also my wahala. My hair is about 4 inches long stretched. And when I try to leave my fro out, it tangles. If I do a twist out/ braid out and leave it for more than 2 days, it tangles. So I’ve given up and just keep in chunky twists and do a twist out a day or two before wash day. This way I don’t lose hair unnecessarily.

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