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7 Hair Tips to Caring for Natural Hair

  1. FIRST THING’s FIRST – TRIM OFF THOSE RATTY DEAD ENDS. They will do nothing but continue to break up your hair shaft and tangle causing knots. The winter especially will take a toll on them. So choose health over length any day. Your detangling will also be a breeze!
  1. CLARIFY your hair! Yes I said it! CLARIFY! What most women don’t realize is the amount of build up their hair has been harboring. Usually people complain about having dry dull hair with curls that aren’t popping; what they don’t know is the overuse of products, oil’s  co-washing, silicones, butters, and gels have been culprits to dry hair. They will coat your hair shaft making it impossible for the proper moisture to penetrate. Once you have a fresh start your hair will thank you and you will be able to receive optimal moisture. Clarifying the hair naturally includes Apple cider vinegar or baking soda; or you can use a commercial shampoo. Google search different recipes and products to find the one best for you!
  1. MOISTURE IS KEY!! During the winter months and summer, your hair should be babied like never before! Use your favorite water based moisturizer; ones that contain glycerin (make sure it’s lower on the list in the winter. This is a super humectant and can counter act if too much is in a product) and natural oils.  Try to a avoid petrolatum and mineral oil in products. They DO NOT moisturize; they block moisture and coat your hair strands badly, resulting in dry scalp, brittle, and broken strands.
  1. Be sure to cover your curls with a wool, knitted hat, or scarf. They will help protect your hair from the cold air, wind, and snow. If    you can line your hats with silk/satin, buy them already made that way or put on a satin or silk bonnet or scarf under them, that’s an even a better way to go; as those materials can aid in drying your hair and induce breakage from possible rubbing.
  1. Wear protective or styles that require little maintenance.  Styles include braids, weaves, wigs,pin ups, twists, etc. Examples of low maintenance styles are twist and braid outs, Rod sets, buns, and chunky flat twists. These require styling more frequently than weaves or 2 strands but will still give you a week or so in between detangling. The more you handle your Hair, the more opportunity for breakage and unfortunately, the winter the weather is not on your hair’s side. So keep those ends tucked away.
  1. Spray your hair frequently with your favorite water based moisturizing and conditioning mix and deep condition every 2-3 weeks with your favorite moisturizing treatment.  This is a quick way to add moisture back into the hair.  Mist as often as you like, however, this method works best if you have a style such as a wig and braided or twisted extensions. If you have a style that you are trying to preserve, spray a liberal amount before styling and seal with an oil such as castor, jojoba, olive, or any natural oil close the the sebum produced by our scalps. You may add oil as much as you want as well. Deep condition consists on covering your hair with plastic after applying the product to clean hair and either sitting under a dryer for 20-30 mins or outside the dryer for an hour.
  1. Use less heat; it’s best to use no heat at all. If you are a natural that blowdries or flat iron, try to lay off of it. It sucks moisture out of hair and when coupled with cold dry hair it’s a breeding ground for breakage and fragile strands. If you continue to use heat try to limit yourself to 1 or 2 times per month.

Bonus tip

DRINK LOTS OF WATER! The same goes for all year round. If you are properly hydrated your hair will be too!

Although nothing is a guarantee that your hair will be safe from the winter’s wrath, hopefully these tips will work in some way. If you are already doing a lot of these, kudos for you! If not try to adopt some of it into your regimen.

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Thanks for reading! Healthy hair to you!

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Top 5 Winter Natural Hairstyles with U part Wigs

Winter is here and we all need some go-to looks for our U-part Wigs. Here are the top five natural protective hairstyles that work perfectly with U-part wigs! These protective looks are especially helpful during the cold winter months. Since the temperature is a lot colder, try to keep your natural hair as moisturized as possible to prevent and damage, such as breakage or excessive shedding.

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  1. Big fro– Go big or go home! We can’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd, in this case stand up. Let your hair be free and untamed. Make sure to cornrow back all of your natural hair to keep it as a protective natural hair style. To help create this inspired look grab your hair pick and fluff away! For an extra bonus, add water to enhance your leave out texture. This will make the blending process be a breeze.

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2. Front Part– This look is very similar to the first but with a twist of its own. Depending on your own personal style you can choose to make a part on either side of your scalp. Then with the sectioned off leave out hair, saturate it with your favorite holding gel. This will make it a lot easier to blend one the U-Part wig is safely secured on your head.

@jolieluvlee-coily natural hair with hergivenhair U part wig Credit: @jolieluvlee using Coily U part wig

3. Twist Pin Back– To successfully achieve this look, you will need aloe spray gel. Secure the wig and begin to add moisture to your natural hair and the unit. Then begin twisting the section away from your face and repeat on the other side. Secure all loose ends with bobby pins and you’re good to go!

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4. Half up– Start with the natural hair U-part wig. Detangle with coconut oil, this will add moisture and shine along the way. Section and flat twist all of the hair to set and redefine the curl pattern. Once completely dry you can tie up the front of the hair to create a perfect bun!

half up half down natural curly hairstyle with U part wig Credit: @te_am_o using 20″Curly U-part wig

5. Beach wave– Sew down the U-part wig to secure it to your head. Then flat iron or stretch out your natural hair that you want as leave out. Use a barrel wand to make your desired beach waves!

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As per usual, please co-wash your curly U-part wig before installing the unit. By doing this it will help to make your overall look more natural and healthy. Have fun with experimenting with new protective hairstyles for your U-part wig, there are endless possibilities!

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Top 20 Fashion Accessories for Dark Skin

Looking for great accessories to match your melanin? Here are 20 different fashion accessories for dark skin. Women of color have a built in beauty feature that many try to imitate but many fail to make it look effortless. Here we have some great options to enhance our beautiful skin!

1. Googly Eyed Hair Accessories– If Janelle Monae can rock it, so can you! Just whip out your textured space buns and add the googly eyes everywhere you would like to be able to “see”.

Googly Eyed Hair Accessories for African American women Credit: @janellemonae

2. Old School Choker– Remember back in the days when you thought you were so cool in high school with your black plastic choker? Well, they are back in style and more fashionable then before.

Old School Black Plastic Choker for Black Girls Credit: @itsmyrayeraye

3. 3-Piece Jewelry– Seek out any 3 piece set in gold, copper, or bronze to complement your skin tone and add a nice flare of style!

3 Piece Jewelry for dark skinned women Credit: @dashikipride

4. Midi Rings– They are everywhere! Almost everyone has tried it or have used an out grown ring as a substitute. No judgement here, anything goes! Just make sure that it matches your personal style.

Midi finger Rings for dark skinned women Credit: @outsasd

5. Hoop Earrings– Classic signature piece! When it comes to these the bigger the better.

big hoop earrings for African American women Credit: @ellarie

6. Statement Necklace– Turn heads with a loud jewelry. The colors will pop against your beautiful black skin!

Statement Necklace for African American women Credit: @fantasyaccessorybox

7. Head Scarf– Timeless and effective! You can’t go wrong with this, just wrap it and you’re good to go!

Printed Head Scarf for dark brown skin women Credit: @glowprincesss

8. Vintage Cycle– There’s nothing that says bold and beautiful like a great accessory like an old school bike. When people see you rolling up they’ll have to remind themselves “keep calm and acknowledge the queen!”

bike through your neighborhood natural hair journey Credit: @breenylee

9. Bold Prints– Every sista’s dream! Stand out and dare not to blend in.

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10.  Egyptian arm band– With this band showcases immediate strength and confidence. Weak people may fear you but the strong will appreciate you!

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11. Septum Nose Ring– Never fear the bull! This is a perfect way to intensify any look. If you are a little afraid to commit to the piercing, no worries there are a ton of clip on options.

Septum nose ring for African Amarican women

12. Tribal Face Painting– Take out your liquid liner and or any of your makeup pencils. Get creative with different patterns to pump up your look.

Tribal Face Painting Makeup ideas for black girls Credit: fearandclothing.tumblr.com

13. Chain Crown– Sleek you hair back and away from your face to let your crown shine!

chain head crown for African Amarican girls

14. Hair Clasps– Add these bad boys to your strands and you are as good as gold! Preferably add on to faux locs, braids, and or extensions.

Hair Clasps Charms for Natural Hair Bantu Knots Credit: @finestcameroonians

15. Over The Top Headbands– Bring out your inner Goddess! These copper toned like headbands are a sure fire way to give you an ethereal glow.

Over The Top Headbands Black Girl Magic Street Fashion Credit: @theworkingbeauty

16. Oversized Shades– Ballin! Yes, you can rock these and still kill it wherever you go.

oversize sun glasses with Goddess Locs Credit: @thereallexiejose

17. Statement Lenses– The Urcle look is back in action! Prescription or not, anyone can rock these frames.

Statement lenses fashion glasses accessories for black girl Credit: @tashaggreen

18. Bracelet Bling– Rack them up or stick to one staple piece, bangles are a girl’s best friend!

black girl street fashion natural hair bracelet ideas Credit: @hippie_heathen

19. Studded Nails– Every celeb of color has shown us how killer nails is a fashion must!

studded nail arts for black women Credit: @thefreshestnailart

20. Henna Art work– This is a great festival time of year fashion accessory! Go crazy big or discretely small, no matter what it will look amazing with your skin tone.

Henna Art work for African Amarican women Credit: @jasminenicholeart

5 Gorgeous Natural Styles for Medium Length Hair

We have all been through that “Not too long to be long” stage, which is also known as the “Not too short to be short”, stage. This is one of the most uncomfortable stages of hair growth because you don’t know where you belong. People either commit to making it through this stage or they just forget it and chop it all off. To be completely honest, this is my vulnerable stage. Out of the 3 times I have Big Chopped, this is the first time I have decided to make it through. Well I want you to keep your mane so let me give you a few styles to help you make it over the hump.

  1. The Twist Out
  • This one is the “Old Faithful” of natural medium styles.
  • Can be kept for about 2 weeks before being untwisted.
  • Can be converted to a whole different look.

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  1. Dread Locs
  • Extremely permanent
  • Versatile
  • Trendy

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  1. Flat Twists
  • Very cute for adults and children.
  • Aids in retaining moisture.
  • Can be converted to a whole different look.

easy flat twist updo natural hairstyle tutorial Credit: Natural Hair Mag

  1. Medium Fro’
  • Sleek and sexy
  • Flexible

short fro kinky curly natural hairstyle for African American women Credit: africanamericanhairstylevideos.com

  1. Sew-In
  • Protects natural hair.
  • Decreases breakage.

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Some of these styles are easier to achieve than one would think. There are several YouTube videos that can guide you to getting to know your hair at this ‘awkward’ stage. Please remember to be patient with yourself and even more patient with your crown. This is a process that will take some trial and error. If you are practice, it will come. So stay focused and as always……Don’t forget to moisturize. The more you know, the more you grow…..xoxo

DeQuisha

20 Showy Natural Hairstyles that you can DIY

Here are some cool looks that are extremely showy! They are bound to break dome necks when you walk through the room. So if you know anyone who loves to be extra or you are the one who loves being extra, this is for you!

Buzz Cut– Think “Amber Rose” a colorful edgy individual!

Blonde Buzz Cut Chic Natural Hairstyle Credit: @amberrose

Under Cut-Aim for a cool design or pattern!

under cut style for natural kinky 4c hair Credit: @knottynatural

Half Cut– Shave only one side of your hair and tie your hair up for the grand reveal!

half cut short hairstyle for black girls Credit: therighthairstyles.com

Hedgehog Buzz– You can go to the moon with this look! Pull a Cassie and no one can touch you.

Frohawk pin-up natural protective hairstyle Credit: @kishmykurls

Faux Hawk– Get creative with some pins and go crazy

Faux Hawk ombre natural hairstyle with bantu knots Credit: @hazel_goddesss

Ombre Briads– Add some color to spice up your life!

black to blue ombre braids for African American girls Credit: @blackhairomg

Jeweled Half up– This look is great if you are looking for an Egyptian vibe!

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Temporary Color with Eyeshadow– Just use any eyeshadow and go wild!

purple wand curls natural hair for weekends Credit: @umakhai

Afro puff– Make a sleek bun and wrap loose natural wefts around to recreate this look!

afro puff natural hairstyle kinky coily textures Credit: @naturallytemi

Crochet Hair– Grab your hook and go fish! This is an easy DIY.

DIY Crochet natural hair style for winter

Faux Locs– The will enhance your inner Rastafarian sprit!

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Marley Hair Havanan Twist– This is the like two strand two strand but amplified!

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Pixie Cut Wig– As a Pixie you can add a fringe and color as you wish!

Purple Pixie Cut African American women short hairstyles Credit: @lyricrochester

Natural Wig– Colored or not, shake it out and strut your stuff!

natural kinky coily textured wig by @efikzara Credit: @efikzara using @hergivenhair coily hair

Finger Waves– A fine toothed comb and foam to make it roll!

short chic finger weave hairstyle for black women Credit: hairstylesweekly.com

Bantu Knots– A twist and tie is all it takes!

cute bantu knots with blue lip and purple eye shades Credit: @nicolenxcxl

Mickey Mouse Buns– Puff out 2 buns and you’re ready to star in Disney!

Mickey Mouse natural curly mini Buns Credit:  @callmedr.b

Twist out– Just flat twist overnight then release in the morning!

flat twist out natural kinky hairstyle with red hat Credit: @sagaciouscoilscurls

Braid out– Braid your hair then let it go, just like Frozen!

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Rihanna Doobie Wrap– When you just leave the Dominican Salons, leave the wrap in and rock it till the wheels fall off!

Rihanna Doobie Wrap hairstyle inspiration for black women Credit: lovebscott.com

After you have a chance to try some of these hair styles out, many people may question you. Why are you being so extra? Why are you trying so hard? Why do you always be the one to stand out? Just tell them it’s because you dare to be different! They should give it a try!

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Healthy & Hydrated! Winter Haircare Tips for Your Natural Hair

Wearing Her Given Hair clip-ins and U-part wigs are great alternatives to wearing drying synthetic hair, braids, sew-ins or having to style your own hair while transitioning to healthy haircare. These options also give versatility without having to commit to one style for (a recommended max of) 5-8 weeks. The one area where Naturals tend to misstep is keeping hydrated hair which leaves them often struggling with growth retention. A healthy regimen is especially recommended for those who have fine strands and highly porous hair regardless of hair density and texture. Here are tips that may be useful.

HYDRATION: Water is very crucial to hydrating hair properly. If your house plants or flower bed goes without water for longer than 2-3 days it is susceptible to drying out and wilting to it’s death. Think of your hair as a plant. Our hair needs water, LOTS of water, NOT oils and butters. (We will get to that momentarily).

Product Recommendations: Water

CLEANSE: Traditional shampoos tend to be full of harmful ingredients that strip our hair of it’s natural goodness (sebum). We need gentle cleansers that are free of stripping sulfates, silicones, petroleums, parabens, alcohol and excessive emollients (oils and butters).

Product Recommendations:

Deva Curl Decadence No Poo – A Cream-based cleanser that is great for the winter, but especially great for tightly coiled hair or those suffering from dryness and continuous breakage.
Deva Curl Low Poo – A gentle lathering cleanser for looser curls and coils ( Type 3– 4A) thicker strands but can be combined with No Poo for a gentle creamier lather for most hair types.
Uncle Funky’s Daughter Squeaky – Full lather without stripping the hair. Recommended for those who use heavy styling products.
Mielle Organics Babassu Conditioning Shampoo – A little deeper cleansing ability and also recommended for those who use heavy products.

**Bonus products between thorough cleanse routine (used on Day 3-4)**

Co-Washes: Please note that they do not clean and can tend to cause product build-up and breakage if used excessively. These can be used in between washes.

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MOISTURIZE: Water on it’s own does nothing once it evaporates. Water and conditioners work hand in hand. Conditioner helps with hydration but leaves remnants of healthy, clean emollients behind to “condition” your hair for the next step.

Recommended Products:

Deva Curl Conditioner – For most hair types but especially for looser types up to 4A.
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner – This is great for 4-type hair and it feels great on the scalp!
Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-In – For any hair type.

MOISTURIZE & SEAL: Some oils and butters on their own tend to be excessive and far too heavy to allow moisture penetration. Shea Butter for instance, is a natural latex so the make-up of this material will only cover the hair but not nurture from the inside out. Styling products and commercial moisturizers should contain these emollients, but the first ingredient listed should be water.

Product Recommendations:

Deva Curl Styling Cream – Great for 3 type hair “Wash & Goes”.
Uncle Funky’s Daughter Extra Butter – Great for tightly coiled hair and for your base braids or twists while wearing you’re Her Given Hair Clip-In Extensions and U-part wig unit. Use sparingly.
Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk – For all hair types but I recommend an emollient to seal.

Sealants:

Original Moxie Twist Mist – Use sparingly to seal in your styling products. This is oil-based.
Original Moxie Hair Bling Pomade – I love using this after moisturizing leave-ins or after styling products to apply to base cornrows.

Remember not every product works for everyone but I do prefer “clean” products and those that actually work on natural/curly/transitioning hair-types. So, find YOUR routine but stick to it and use it often. Your hair MUST be washed once a week. Once you start this routine your time will be cut in half. No more holding yourself hostage at home because it’s wash weekend. And, no more neglecting your hair because you don’t want to be a prisoner at home.

Additional Tips

 Section Hair in manageable portions to ensure even distribution of products and ease of your routine.
 USE YOUR FINGERS TO DETANGLE before reaching for a Detangling tools. Work Conditioner into hair in a raking motion to work through snags. You will experience far less shedding.
 Complete your entire hair maintenance routine in the shower. The pressure of the water-stream aids in pushing tangles through hair strands.
 The wetter the better! Water-saturated hair helps with distributing product smoothly in addition to hydrating the hair.
 An itchy scalp is telling you that you need to put your routine into affect ASAP.
 For a much needed trim an indication is your ends being excessively tangled, snagging, fuzzy, not mimicking your hair shaft and them being scarce and see-through”. Minimal snagging does NOT mean that you need a trim. Because natural hair has so many textures it’s bound to intertwine.
 I recommend that you remove your clip-ins or u-part unit every 3-4 days, 6-7 max .
 Adopt a healthy hair routine!

To see part of my routine on my 4-type hair and styling done with Her Given Hair Coily clip-in Extensions, click on link below.

Lavida Barkley is a licensed Cosmetologist, Advanced Deva Curl Stylist, Salon Owner and Natural & Curly Hair Stylist.

Photos by Lavida, using  @hergivenhair 14″ coily clipin

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10 Easy Protective Styles That Everyone Can do

Hello Naturals!  Are you searching for some protective hair styles that are easy to do? No worries, we have just the right looks for you! Here are the top ten protective hairstyles that are so easy, everyone can do it. Yes, we do mean everyone! Keep reading to find out how.

1. Traditional Bun– This has to be the most simple of hairstyles to do on your own. Especially if you are normally unable to anything to your hair without immediate guidance and supervision. Just gather all of your hair together and secure with a hair tie. Then tuck all of your loose ends under the hair tie, secure with additional bobby pins as needed.

protective high bun for African American girls

2.  Single Under Braid– This takes a little more effort but can easily be done by beginners. Start at the front of your head and work your way back. Begin with 3 pieces of hair and braid by using the bottom hair to wrap above the main braid. This will create an under braid along the way. When finished, secure the ends with a hair tie or bobby pins.

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3. French Twists– This is the perfect look for a wholesome finish. Make a center or slant part in your hair. Begin on one side of the part by grabbing 2 sections of hair and twist. Work your way along the circumference and when the two ends meet, secure it! Finished!

French twists natural protective hairstyle with accessories Credit: @allthingsammamama

4. Tuck n’ Roll– This is a favorite! Just listen to your curls and you’ll find a way. Start by rolling the front to the back and then tuck the ends. Voilà!

Tuck n Roll kinky natural hair protective style Credit: @renee_hergivenhair

5. Braids– If you are more comfortable with braiding your own hair, this is a great protective style. You can change the size and patterns as you go!

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6. Bantu Knots– Part medium sized sections and wrap it around into a tight knot. Add pins for extra security.

Bantu Knots Protective Natural Hairstyle Credit: @curlnaturale

7. Clip Ins– Just add them in to help create volume and texture.

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8.  Turban– You can any fabric material around your head and you’re good to go!

protective natural hairstyle with turban protective natural hair headband Credit: @kinkymatters/@hergivenhair

9.  Wig– Great for lazy days. Select your favorite color and style. Slap it on and rip it off!

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Coloring 

The darker the color the less damage to the hair. This also goes for natural hair. When coloring the hair darker, please follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

When lightening hair please note that you are essentially stripping the hair of nutrients, protein, and melanin, this makes it easier for breakage to occur due to dryness and tangling. You may also have some loss of curl pattern. In a lot of cases you can see a slight difference after lightening. The lighter you go the more chance of loosening your hair’s curl pattern. We strongly urge you to keep the hair conditioned and moisturized if you decide to color.

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If you opt to leave your perimeter out and you have a significant about of length, a high puff or bun on stretched hair is always fashionable and classy. Braid/twist outs, bantu knot outs, and rod sets can be accomplished with your perimeter under the wig as well.

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15 Superb Natural Hairstyles for Weddings

Is your big day approaching? Want to keep your hair natural for the big day? We’ve got the perfect solutions! Weather it is naturally your or looks like it could be, there is something for everybody.  More and more naturals are showcasing their natural hair for their wedding day experiences! Everyone should bear witness to the natural beauty that we all possess! Here are 15 absolutely superb wedding hairstyles for your gorgeous natural hair.

  1.  Flower Fro– Create a mini flower arrangement and place it on the sides of your hair. This will add the nature element to your look.

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2.  Locs Updo– If you already have locs, than this look was made for you!

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3.  Vailed TWA– Want to rock your beloved TWA on you big day? Here’s how to spice it up! A vail can instantly boost your look. By choosing a short one could frame your face, while a longer one can add more of a dramatic effect when walking down that aisle.

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4.  Garnished Braids– Try having your traditional boxed or micro braids coiled up and away. Add green garnish, or any colors that are a part of your wedding theme. This will create a softness that gives an angelic vibe.

Garnished Braids Bridal Wedding Hairstyle Credit: hillcitybride

5.  Massive Mane– Here’s is an unapologetic look for your big day. If you’re going to be surrounded by friends and family, all of your loved ones are sure to be impressed by your boldness. Sticking to your natural roots is never a bad choice.

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6.  Flat Twist Updo– This look is great if you are going for extremely formal with an edge of a twist.

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7. Twist Out Crowned– The night before, continue with your normal twist out routine. Then right before your look is completed, just add your hair crown jewelry to look like the queen you are!

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8. Natural Updo with jeweled vail– This look is perfect for those who wants a low maintenance style. Just secure your hair with bobby pins, add your jeweled vail, and you’re ready to get married!

natural kinky updo natural wedding hairstyle for bride Credit: @dionnesmithhair

9. Flower Flip Over– This is a great look for destination weddings. All you need is a fresh flower. Flip over your hair and pin it behind your ear. Simple and elegant!

Flower Flip Over Bridal Wedding Hairstyle for Naturals Credit: @most_high_elements

10.  Senegalese Twist Top Knot– Keeping it clean and simple. Add a white flower if you feel inclined!

Senegalese Twist Top Knot Bridal Hairstyle for Natural Hair Credit: weddingdigestnaija.com

11.  Sleek Weave– If your hair is stretched out, this would work perfectly for you. Sleek back your hair and secure it with a decorative pin. Then roll twist the remaining hair into a basket weaving motion to create the desired pattern.

Sleek Weave Bridal Natural Hairstyle for Wedding Credit: @blowoutdiva101

12. Chic Updo– To create this look and give it an airy affect, try blowing out your hair to give a weightless look.

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13.  French Gem– This look has a very Parisian feel due to the subtleties and strength behind it. By adding hair gems throughout the hair helps to intensify the look even more.

French Gem updo natural hairstyle for elegant bride Credit: @t_turn_photography

14. Wash n Go Pinned– You could stick to your regular wash and go routine but to make it extra special add a special pin. This pin should be extra special to tie this look together.

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15. Rock n Roll– This look is for the bold! Gather your hair to the front and roll it to create a bouffant.

Rock n Roll Chic Wedding Hairstyle for Natural Hair Bride Credit: @afribelle_weddings

Remember that each and every one of these looks are perfectly acceptable for any wedding occasions. So, weather you are the bride to someone who is just attending, don’t be afraid to try out these looks. Have fun and good luck!

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10 Gorgeous Natural Hairstyles to Get You Noticed

What to get noticed more? Tired of blending in? Ready to stand out? Look no more, we have got you covered. Here are 10 gorgeous natural hairstyles that are sure to get you noticed. These head turning looks are extremely stunning and will give you more confidence than ever before!

  1. Afro– Yes, this is expected but it also the most admired hairstyle by all nationalities. Everyone around the world, even to this day, stops in their tracks every time they see a Naturalista rocking her natural afro. People will always be drawn to a Queen who wears her crown with pride. So pick it out and give it a good toss and fluff, you are good to go!

heart shape afro natural kinky curly hairstyle Credit: @shanillia26

2. Crochet– This is an easily versatile hairstyle that you can switch up weekly if you wanted.

crochet braids protective natural hairstyle Credit: @thechicnatural

3. Bantu Knots– Here is a great look that lasts! Get creative with the parting and add extra hair for height. This look is a sure fire when it comes to turning heads!

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4. Faux Hawk – If you’re afraid to actually shave off the sides of your head, no worries! Just use safety pins to create a very similar head turning look.

how to curly protective faux hawk natural hairstyle Credit: seventeen.com

5. Tapered Cuts– This is perfect for the working girl’s day to night transformation. In the day time it can look like a traditional bob or however you normally style your hair when it’s all down. When your night life begins, all of your hair goes up! Revealing the tapered cuts in the back. This showcases your unique personality in the design.

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6. Goddess Twist– Somewhat traditional and sweet. You can create this gentle look by doing a simple two strand flat twist.

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7. Jumbo Braids– This is for all Poetic Justice lovers out there! All you have to do is use your traditional braiding hair. Section your hair into jumbo areas and brain as normal. When you’re finished, people will all be wondering how you achieved this huge look!

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8. Power Buns– Bring out your inner Powder Puff Girl! This look is just your typical buns. Just add extra hair for texture and volume. To finish off the look, use edge control to smooth down your edges and you are ready to save the world!

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9. Giant Faux Locs– Rhi Rhi made this look great again, for the mainstream audience! This is a great look if you are going for an easy going Rastafarian inspired hairstyle. The bigger the locs the more head turning this look could be.

Giant Faux Locs Protective Hairstyles Credit: @nelita_makeup_

10. Head Wrap– Going back to the roots! If you are feeling like India Arie or Erykah Badu, then get to wrapping. Find your favorite African pattern fabric and wrap it upward around your head until you reach your desired height and shape. Then tuck any loose ends away to complete the look.

protective natural hairstyle with head wraps Credit: @sagaleeyaa

You can also make these styles with @hergivenhair if your hair is short and thin.

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