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Fluffy, Soft Waves- Natural Hair Styles

By January 27th, 202124 Comments
Fluffy, Soft Waves- Natural Hair StylesFluffy, Soft Waves- Natural Hair Styles
by Antoinette of Around The Way Curls
“Some Like It Hot” 

Yes. I used heat. (Cue screams, gasps and Shanti and Hey Fran Hey shaking their heads in dismay at me). But as stated in the video, I use heat on my hair sometimes and CAN’T NOBODY TELL ME NOTHIN. (Remember that post? lol ) Anyway, I take really good care of my hair and it’s the healthiest it has been in a while so I figure, I can. Now, I am not the girl that has splits ends, heat damage and dry hair constantly picking up the Chi. To those of you out there that are…. STOP IT!!! Wait till your hair has been nursed back to health and is good and ready. Keep in mind, I do diffuse with my blow dryer but I don’t count that because diffusing mixed with my leave-in and aloe vera gel is like giving myself a mini deep conditioner. I swear. And if Kim K doesn’t count botox as plastic surgery then I damn sure ain’t counting my diffuser as heat. #boom

Anywhoo, peep the video tutorial below on how I did it.

What chall think? Does a little heat go a long way?


  • Zaire Krieger says:

    Heeeeeyyy.. where is the heat protectant!?

  • Rissa Katharine Cobain says:

    Since my hair is pretty thick, I can get the same look with bantu knots so I don't need to use the heat 🙂 I thought that was what the tutorial was at first! Anyway, love your blog and your hair Antoinette!

  • Miss Anne says:

    Gorgeoous curls Antoinette!!! you and Shanti always have some rocking styles…. #Crushing!!!

  • hairscapades says:

    Yw:)! I've seen the wand type a few times, but guess what? I'm in TJ Maxx today and they have one with spirals on it and the glove that covers 3 fingers included!! I didn't get it though. I was looking at flat irons, but didn't get one of those either. I'm so torn about whether to invest in a heat tool when I'll only use it once or twice a year …. but then, I think, it's still cheaper than paying someone to do it!! But, it would be so much faster to have someone else do it! Decisions, decisions!! LOL!!

  • FineCurlieNewbieBK128 says:

    I totally have a curl-crush ^.^ lol..LOVE this hairstyle. is there any difference between using a curling iron v. a wand….i've been kicking around the idea of purchasing one for "quick" BOOM-BAM-POW going out styles.

  • Shashou says:

    Lovely. Yeah I use heat rarely. Maybe 3 times in 18 months. But using it a few times can't hurt.

  • Imani BeautifullyPissed Monroe says:

    Beautiful waves looks like a flexi rod set so ill stick to my heat ban but you go girl

  • Chiquita says:

    You hair is gorgeous! I say do what works for you, nobody can dictate what you do to your hair! I only have a twa so I haven't really used heat since my transition but who knows what I'll do as it grows out.

  • antoinette says:

    hey boo! thanks for the support. oh! and a reader just told me they have 'wand' curling irons specifically for this style (they come with an anti heat glove) you can get it on amazon for cheap : )

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  • antoinette says:

    thank u darling

  • smooches says:

    Frankly I think the heat rant was beyond unnecessary…but anyway I like your hair

  • hairscapades says:

    Beautiful Antoinette! But, gotta be honest, putting my scalp and fingers that close to a curling iron will probably result in second degree burns as I haven't used a curling iron in a couple of years!! I've had other people straighten my hair (1x a year for the last couple of years). I did a tension blow-out last November, but that was the extent of me handling a straightening heat tool!! Anywho, I've been thinking of getting my hair straightened (or doing it myself for the fall). It's been on my mind for the last few weeks. But, I need a new flat iron. The one I had had these plates that were lifted from the base and my hair would get caught! No bueno!!

    Anywho, I say do you!!! If you like it and are happy with your hair, it's all good!! (Does anyone even say that anymore?!?!)


  • Crist says:

    kinda looks like a bantu knot out

  • Nicole T. says:

    So pretty! I was going to do a CurlFormer set, but I think I'm going to go for this instead!

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  • CurvyCurly says:

    Love the curls! I don't think a little heat with hurt if you have healthy hair to start with and use the proper thermal protective products. It's nice to be able to switch things up occassionally and bring back that neck-swingin', flowy hair. I personally have not used heat on my hair in over two years but will blow dry and then flat iron my daughter's 2x a year to trim her ends.

  • Betsy says:

    Who cares what anyone has to say if you want to put heat in your hair…it's not their hair. That kinda stuff irks me. Anyway, you and your hair are Absolutely beautiful!!!

  • Megan M. says:

    A little heat will not hurt. I use heat on my hair sometimes I have my hair straight now because I needed a break and to see something different. My hair still reverts back and is healthy because I do not straighten that often. Plus just using one heat source will not hurt it is combining of others ex. Blow dryer and flat iron.

  • Janel21 says:

    I got the biggest, fluffiest braid-out on blow-dried hair earlier this year. Since then I've used heat a handful of times instead of my usual twice a year. I've been thinking of doing a flexi-rod set on blow dried hair, but now you got me thinking of getting a curling iron. Hmmm….decisions, decisions…

  • Ashley Lynn says:

    Gorgeous! Lil' heat ain't hurt nobody!!! As Mishie said, VER-SA-TIL-ITY!

  • Davina916 says:

    Very pretty!

  • Mishie says:

    I use heat at least once a week b/c I set my hair to stretch it. I also visit the salon pretty regularly. I went natural for versalitity – I wanted to wear my hair straight and curly. My hair is Oprah-strong and healthy! Everyone has to do what suits them- not some un-named posters on these hair blogs. Now, CN's hair is gorgeous and healthy. I do listen to what she says! 🙂

  • LovelyLadii says:

    Your hair is gorgeous! But I'll admit, I do cringe at the mention of heat touching my hair.

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