Why You Should Protective Style More Often!

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Many have asked the question, how can you enjoy your hair if it’s always tied up in protective styles. My response: because it makes life easier. Protective styling is constantly encouraged, especially among type 4 natural with coily hair types because it has the benefit of helping you retain length, but it also comes with more advantages:

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How to Get a BIG, Soft Afro, Instantly!


Naturally Elite writes:

Hi!  I want to share my everyday routine with you guys.  This video shows how I style my hair into a big soft afro in the morning and also how to achieve the exaggerated side part that got so much love on my Instagram Page: @naturallyelite. As you'll see, I like to keep things simple!

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What You’re Doing Wrong With Your Braid Outs




You’ve watched the tutorial twice from start to finish, then you start the mission on your hair but it doesn’t seem to come out exactly like your fav YouTuber. We have all been there, trying to calculate the steps we might have missed! Braid-outs can be challenging, especially for kinkier hair types so I am going to share with you some of my tips to get a super defined braid out.

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Rice Water Rinse for Natural Hair Growth



New year,  new rinse-- rice water.  DiscoveringNatrural is sharing an addition to her natural hair routine that resulted in improved health and growth last year.  Curious about the benefits of rice water for hair?  Get the deets--
"Rice water has amazing hair and skin benefits. A recent research has shown that rice water exhibit hair care effects, such as decreasing surface friction and improving hair elasticity. Rice water has inositol, a carbohydrate, that can repair damaged hair, as well as protect it from damage. Specialized imaging technique shows that inositol stays inside the hair even after rinsing, offering continuing hair protection and beautifying effects.
So, Rinsing or washing your hair with rice water will improve manageability and protect it from future damage. In addition, the amino acids in the rice water strengthen the hair roots, add volume and sheen and make hair silky smooth." - HairBuddha
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The Myth of Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair Growth



There has been a long standing myth among the natural hair community that the only way to grow long healthy hair is to use protective hairstyles. For those new to the natural hair community, protective styling involves putting your hair into a style that involves tucking your ends away from the atmosphere to protect them from damage whilst your hair grows. The premise is that if the ends of your hair don’t break and your hair continues to grow, then you will achieve longer hair.

This myth is so deeply entrenched in the natural hair community that women will often do back to back protective style for upwards of a year to reach their hair goals. Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of women who have achieved amazing lengths from protective styling, but there are a few women who never yield results from all their efforts.

Problems Caused by Too Much Protective Styling: 


  • TANGLING from hair being untouched for long periods of time. This especially occurs in styles that take so long to put in that the mere thought of taking them down after only a few days seems like a waste. Thus, those women decide to leave in those styles for weeks.
  • DRYNESS from hair that is left untouched and uncared for for too long
  • BREAKAGE from over manipulating the hair to create elaborate hairstyles

Achieving Your Best Flexi Rod Set, Ever!


Curlygaisha is back with a tutorial on how she achieves smooth, uniform, and bouncy flexi rod sets!

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Try This Easy Protective Style for Maximum Length Retention!


by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Loose twists are a versatile long term style that can help you retain more hair length. They require very little upkeep and look great on medium to long length natural hair. Love the look of locs but not too crazy about the commitment? This style is for you!

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Top 5 Natural Hairstyles for Fall

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During the transition from summer to autumn, the color of the leaves aren’t the only things changing. For most people, it’s back to a more regular schedule for work, kids are in school, and time is precious and at a premium. 

But you still need to look good, right? So another area of change can be your hair.

Trends come and go, but sometimes it’s comforting to go back to something tried and true. Or try something that is new for you. Plus, it just feels amazing to do a different style for a while. Here are few options for curly hair to try for the fall, all of which can be done on every hair type.

5 Easy Protective Styles Perfect for the Office!


Wearing a protective style during the warmer seasons is like heaven on earth. There’s no better feeling than freeing yourself of styling responsibilities for an extended period of time. Although they are convenient, fiinding the perfect style that balances both your professional and personal life can be challenging! Have no fear; here are five styles that will protect your hair while maintaining professionalism in the workplace.

3 Classic Natural Updos Anyone Can Do

Michelle Thames

by Mary Wolff

When it comes to curly hair, the possibilities are endless in terms of styles. An updo is one of the best ways to protect your hair from damage while still looking great. Here are a few of my favorite natural updos.

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Chic and Easy High Bun with Cuban Twist Hair #BunLife



by Toia B. of LuvToBNatural.com

I first created this super easy high bun for my maternity photo shoot, inspired by a style I saw on the beautiful Cassandra Beccai. Since then, it has easily become one of my go-to styles and the one I get the most compliments on. Today, I’m SO excited to finally share this high bun tutorial with you!s

Easy Curly Bangs and Bun Tutorial for Natural Hair

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This is the perfect look for the holidays! Watch as NaturallyElite shows you how to achieve a curly bang and top knot on your natural hair!

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How to Get a Super Defined Twist Out!


IG: @naturallyelite_ writes:

I wanted to show you guys a creative hairstyle for the holidays. It's super simple and with added accessories for character, you'll be good to go!

The Perfect 4a/4b Wash and Go Method!


Get Zara's flawless wash and go using the Max Hydration Method! Watch now!

Top Tips for Winterizing Your Wash and Go

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by Jonna of BlackNaps.org

It’s November and that means cooler weather for most of us. While Summer is still trying to peek her head in with the occasional 80 degree day here and there, for the most part we are cruising in the 60’s in Virginia where I live. Depending on where you are on the map, it may be cooler. And cold weather will be here sooner than I’d like. While most naturalistas are mapping out their protective styles for the next few months, you might be like me and still plan to rock a wash and go every now and then. It is still possible to wear your curls this season without your hair suffering. Here are a few tips to keep your wash and go style crisp, and not crispy.

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Bored After Your Big Chop? 6 Ways to Spice Up Your Short Natural Hair


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

We all remember the excitement that came with the big chop. How am I going to look? After scrolling through the 'gram and watching dozens of YouTube videos, you chop off your permed ends, revealing a teeny, weeny, afro. Now what?

After the first few weeks, a TWA can get, well...boring. It's too short for the really cute styles you saw online, and all you can do is wait anxiously for it to grow out. If you're bored afyer your big chop, here are 6 ways to spice it up.

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Create the Perfect Afro Puff!


Naturally Elite writes:

I will show you how to get this QUICK, EASY, AND PAINLESS PUFF!!!

I usually do a puff on an old twist-out to get more wear out of my hair before I have to Co-Wash. It's the quickest hairstyle you will ever learn as a natural. Enjoy!

4 Heat Free Ways to Get Super Stretched Hair from Your Twists

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Many naturals prefer twists for stretching hair because they are less time consuming to do and are easy to take out. However, for those who have high shrinkage hair, twisting may not be enough to achieve your desired results. Here are some easy ways that you can make this method more effective and get more stretch:

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11 Huge, Healthy Afro Hacks for Type 4 Natural Hair!


Zara writes:

Hi CN community! I want to share my latest video with you-- these are my 11 hacks for a really popping fro! A lot of women ask me how I get my afro to look so nice on Instagram and this is it!  It works for all curly/coily hair types, especially type 4 naturals.  Enjoy!

The Easiest Frohawk Tutorial Ever!


Check out  Chantel's latest tutorial on how she achieves a magnificently dope frohawk quickly and easily!  Enjoy!

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