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!

How to Moisturize Your Protective Styles to Avoid Breakage

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by Kiara B. via GlobalCouture.net

What are protective styles?
As a part of the transitioning process or just to protect your luscious curls from the harsh weather and over manipulation, protective styles such as braids, twists, buns, bantu knots, up-do’s, etc.  can be very beneficial. But, if not maintained properly can cause extreme breakage. Since most transitioning and natural beauties seek these styles because they are low maintenance and are considered to be a “break” from daily handling, you may fall into the temptation of not caring for your hair, which will later result in breakage.

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2 Popular Natural Hair Styles You Should Try!

by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

You may be a Natural hair veteran and never attempted a Bantu Knot Out or a Flexi Rod Set. You could be a newbie and wanna know more about both styles, but either way, these two styles are so beautiful and lasting that you should at least give them a try.

Bantu Knots can be a style all on their own or a way to curl hair while a flex rod set is a slight variation of the traditional roller set. Both are protective styles that lasts long and give great frizz-free curls. We've got a video for each style with easy instruction and yield fire results!


5 Elegant Fall Wedding Natural Hair Updos

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by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

Planning a wedding is tedious, time-consuming and takes all of your energy to go smoothly. While many natural hair brides have opted for straight styles in the past, more are donning their natural beauty with pride.

Do you have a wedding or other formal event to attend and are clueless about how to style your natural hair? If so, this article is just for you. We often hear naturals complain about how difficult it is to style their hair for dressy, black-tie events and honestly, it shouldn't be. Even though having natural hair comes with its own set of challenges, creating a stylish, sophisticated look isn’t one of them.


3 Easy Hair Braiding Styles (Beginner Friendly)

by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Braids are one of the most popular protective styles in the natural hair community. I personally have been wearing braids for years to retain length and to abstain from over-manipulating my hair.
If you’ve never done your own braids and would like to learn, just remember that practice makes perfect. You might not get it on the first try but don’t give up! Trust me, the money you keep in your pocket from doing your own hair is well worth the effort.

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Get Sleek Natural Hair Styles Using NO Heat!

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Special occasions may call for you to have a sleek style or you may simply just want to change things up with a different look. Luckily you do not have to sacrifice your hair’s health as you can achieve a sleek look without using heat at all.


4 Quick and Easy Summer Hairstyles for Natural Hair

Check out Doyin Badewa's quick and easy natural hair summer styles! Enjoy!


How to Get Professional Finger Coils at Home

Finger coils are a great styling option for naturals of many lengths. In all the eight years I’ve been natural, I thought I could only rock coils at a shorter length, but that is so far from the truth! I had a chance to experience this for myself with the help of Houston stylist Candace Walls of Sovereign Styles Hair Studio. Using products from the Design Essentials Natural line, she took my hair from curls to coils in no time flat!

Products I Used: 

I’m a pretty quick learner and I really think this is a style I can do at home myself. However, never having thought I could accomplish this type of style was really the only thing holding me back.

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Painful Afro Puffs? 6 Tips to Lessen the Pain on Your Head

by Toia B of LuvToBNatural.com

Ok… let’s talk headbands, puffs and such.

Have you seen this meme floating around on the socials?

Ladies, while that meme is hilarious (and truthful!), we’ve got to stop this! Yes, we women love to joke about the cost of beauty and the things we put ourselves through to look good, but headbands don’t come with a bottle of aspirin, nor should they. Believe it or not, you CAN achieve a cute puff without having to rock back and forth repeating “beauty is pain… beauty is pain…!” for some solace. This is a dangerous but definitely avoidable situation.

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2 of the Best Wash and Go Routines for the Summer

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

For many naturals, the wash and go is hard to achieve but more often than not it is because you are not giving way to variations on creating one. No one method is ideal for everyone but the style is absolutely achievable for everyone!

Want to learn two popular wash and go styles that will treat your hair well and last you for days? We did too, which is why we went on a hunt for the best routines we could find. These ladies have been in the natural hair game for a while now, and we are going to be featuring their go to wash and go styles that could be used all summer long.


Palm Rolling vs Interlocking: How Do You Maintain Locs?

by Sherrell Dorsey of Organic Beauty Vixen

Last night, while working into the wee hours of the night on articles for other publications that I write for, I got distracted by a few tutorials on how to maintain dread locks. This November I will be four years strong as a locked goddess but let me tell you that even with a few years under my belt, I’m still learning how to properly care for my hair.

I started my journey with human hair kinky twists, allowed the new growth to come in and gently palmed rolled the roots while snipping off the extended hair. While my hair is now shoulder length and somewhat healthy I do have the occasional breakage and thinning. After a trip to Good Hair Salon back in June, my stylist Zue showed me how to “interlock” my new growth to keep my locks strong. I was intrigued and eventually started to use this method for regular maintenance in addition to palm rolling.

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I Love Goddess Braids. Here's How I Install Them.

by Christian Byshe' of www.chicandcoily.com

So I was looking for a new simple yet fun hairstyle to wear for a couple days and after searching Instagram and Pinterest I ran across Goddess Braids.

Now there are so many different ways to rock the style in general and it pretty much seems that everyone has placed their own unique spin on it. Some people do flat twists while others do french braids. It just all depends on what the wearer prefers.

I chose to do 2 french braids with a slanted part.

For this style I used…
  • Eco styler olive oil gel
  • denman brush
  • rat tail comb
  • hair clamps
  • 3 bags of kanekalon braiding hair
  • moisturizer of my choice

How I Install My Own Faux Locs for a Protective Style

Tina Munzu writes:

"I LOVE the faux locs look and always wanted to get some for myself. However, I could not justify the money I would have to pay to get them installed. After watching several Youtube tutorials I felt encouraged to try it out myself. Traditionally, you would twist your natural hair with some synthetic kanekalon hair and then wrap more kanekalon/marley hair around the twists for that loc effect. Seems pretty straight forward right? Only thing is I cannot havana twist! So I tried a different technique and I must say I was quite impressed with the results. No need to twist beforehand. Simply start wrapping tightly to get the same look. This means using less hair (cost effective), less installation time and reduced bulk to carry on your head. I just added a new protective style to my repertoire and cannot wait to perfect my technique. Check out the tutorial to get started on beautiful locs."

Transitioning to Natural Hair: Styles That Blend Your New Growth

by Jonna of BlackNaps.org

While transitioning from relaxed hair to wearing your natural hair, it can be difficult finding styles that blend your straight hair with the newly growing textured hair. The tighter your curl pattern, the more obvious the point of demarcation (the point where your straight hair ends and your textured hair begins). When I was transitioning, it got to a point where it just looked like I wasn’t doing my hair at all, which wasn’t a good look.

There are some styles that give transitioning hair a blended look, and here are a few that are quick and easy to do. These style will help you look cute as you transition.


Recreate This Look: Big, Bold Natural Hair

Clarissa Todd writes:

This picture went viral but little did everyone know, it was a WIG I created. Alot of naturals want to try color but their hair may or may not be in the best condition to handle color or they may not want the full commitment to a particular color. I would suggest to try the color of choice by creating a wig! Now-a-days weave comes in every texture and color, even ombre so have fun with it and create!

Watch as MissKenK shows us how to achieve a smooth and bouncy rod set minus the heat!

You Will Need: 
  • Spray Bottle
  • Coconut Oil 
  • Leave-In (I used Cantu Shea Butter Leave In) 
  • Styling Gel (I used Eco Styler) 
  • Combs 
  • Clips 

I Got A Pixie Cut. Now What?

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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Short and sassy, funky and fun, pixie cuts are definitely a hot style for the summer.

Whether relaxed or natural, the pixie cut is a cute way to set your hair free. Made popular by women like Halle Berry, Toni Braxton, Malinda Williams, and Rihanna, it's a look is for women who exude confidence. But once you've chopped your locks to rock a pixie cut, how do you keep it looking its best?


How to Feel Confident with Short Natural Hair

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by Jonna via BlackNaps.org

Whether it's the result of big chopping to start your natural hair journey, for the convenience of care-free hair styling, or simply a part of your signature look, short hair has always been on trend for women. Personally, I’m fan of big, long hair on myself, but a huge fan of short hair on other ladies. While many ladies are concerned about losing their femininity if their hair is too short, there are lots of ladies in the place with style and grace, rocking short tapered cuts down to bald fades.

If you’re looking for some tips for feeling feminine and confident with short hair, here are some ladies to share with you their tips on how to join Team #ShortHairDontCare:


 by Bianca Jones of missbeesblog.com

My hair journey has come such a long way from the beginning. After realizing my hair suffered greatly from heat damage and relaxers, I decided to stop getting relaxers in 2008. My hair was thin, short, and had split ends and I knew I had to make a change. After making the huge decision, I didn't know how to style or even deal with my natural hair because I always kept it straightend but I knew that this was was a journey I was willing to take. Over the years I watched so many videos, educated myself on my hair, tried different products, and many trial and errors styles to get to where I am today. Over all my hair is no longer my enemy and it's in the most healthiest state ever!

This quick and easy twist-out is my go-to style for my natural hair. It's simple to achieve and lasts for about 4 days! I have provided the steps below.

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