Entries Tagged as 'Natural Hairstyles'

Twisted Braided Updo on Natural Hair

posted on: July 13, 2017

Consistently wearing my hair stretched is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made regarding my hair. Wearing it this way makes it so easy to create twisted and braided updos such as the one you see in this post.

I used to absolutely struggle getting my hair stretched and keeping it that way. That was until I learned that stretching 4b hair is a process. It starts on the day you wash your hair and continues on to how you style it the following days. There’s a video on my YouTube channel that shows how I stretch my hair.

Now, I’m not good with wash and go and bantu knot out hair styles, but I can knock up an updo like nobody’s business. If I ever decided to go into natural hairstyling, it would be strictly bridal and special occasion. I can’t do anything else.

The style you see in this post is absolutely perfect for any special occasion, from weddings, to funerals (with a fascinator #yasss), and also to not as special occasions, like work. This is actually really “corporate friendly”. I didn’t want to type that just now, but unfortunately, there are still people who think that natural hair in it’s curly/kinky state is not appropriate for the work place. I think it depends on where you live though. I went into a leading bank in The Bahamas the other day, and I saw pretty diverse natural hairstyles, from a golden twist out to faux locs. #ThingsAChangin

This style might look difficult, but it’s as easy as any other updo that I’ve ever done. As you can see in the video tutorial below, I simply:

  1. divided my hair into two sections,
  2. flat twisted the back up,
  3. pinned the right front section of my hair to the left,
  4. created 3 loose braids at the front of my hair,
  5. and pinned them down. #dasit

The best part about this style, to me, is that it requires absolutely no pins in the back. I’m sure anyone who has dealt with the annoying sensation that comes with wearing pins for a long period can appreciate that. Of course, the front requires pins, but hey, you can’t always get what you want.

I created this style on my way to an outfit of the day shoot for my fashion blog, kyssmystyle.com. In, the past, I’ve usually worn curly wigs because honestly, they’re easier to deal with than my hair. Y’all know natural hair has a personality, and I can’t afford for my hair to be doing it’s own thing. Sunday is usually my only day to shoot with mom or bae, so things have to work out.

But now that I’ve mastered (okay, well, semi-mastered) stretching my hair, I feel more confident that my hair won’t act up while I’m on “set.”

You don’t really hear the phrase “natural hair journey” as much as you did a few years ago, but it really is a journey. I remember in 2013 coming back to The Bahamas from college in Minnesota  feeling so discouraged about my hair. The change in weather interrupted my already inconsistent regimen. Then I discovered the high puff, and it literally saved me from relaxing my hair and forgetting this whole YouTube thing.

Then puff started messing with my edges. I also pick my edges on impulse (don’t ask lol), so I had to relax off the puff for a while. Seeing that this was my go to style that made me feel beautiful (and I hate wearing my hair down), I had to find another style. That was when I started stretching my hair and wearing stretched styles. Like I said, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made with my hair.

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10 Minute Wedding Hairstyle on Natural Hair

posted on: March 15, 2017

I just want to say that I’m all for low manipulation, twisted protective styles.

This style has become a straight up staple in my natural hair regimen because it’s easy, low manipulation, and protective.

Having an easy go to style is important for me, especially because these days I don’t wear my hair in a puff as much. I don’t have much time for styles that require more than a few rolls, some tucks, and a couple pins.

Having a low manipulation hair style make all the difference for me in terms of retaining length. I love a braided updo, but they can sometimes require a lot of manipulation. I’m not here for it.

Lastly, I try to wear my hair in protective styles at least two weeks out of every month to protect my ends.

What I really like about this hairstyle, and the majority of my roll, tuck, and pin hair videos, is that you can stick a fancy hair comb in it and wear it to a special occasion, such as a wedding or a banquet. Boom. You win.

What’s your favorite wedding style? Check out the tutorial for this chic, low twisted bun at the 2:40 mark in the video below!

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The Perfect Date Night Twisted Bun on Natural Hair

posted on: March 13, 2017

So, I’m pretty much in love with this bun. It’s inspired by Nicole Melton; She’s the first person that I saw rock this bun a few years ago. She’s absolutely gorgeous and so is her hair.

I wore this bun on a birthday date with my mom and bae (see last photo) and to be honest, I’m really surprised at how long my hair has grown. I didn’t even know that my bun would look this big. Protective styling has really helped my hair to retain the length I always knew it could. (Pats self on back)

This style was done on a 7 day blow out. If you’re interested in how I blow out my hair, click here to see my tutorial. I keep my hair stretched by wearing my hair in twisted, roll, tuck, and pin hairstyles.

The tutorial for this style can be found in the first few of the video below. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already and turn on your post notifications as well. 😉

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The Difference Between Senegalese, Havana, and Kinky (Marley) Twists

posted on: May 29, 2013

There are a variety of ways you can use extensions to twist your hair. The most common are kinky twists, Senegalese twists and havana twists. This post will explain the difference between the three.

Kinky Twists

Kinky twists, also known as marley twists, are simplest of the the three. It is usually done with marley hair which comes in pre-separated section. I recommend Equal and Janet Collection marley hair because I’ve used both these brands before. To install kinky twists:

  1. Take one piece of marley hair and bend it about half-way through the section.
  2. Separate the strands, and make sure the ends of the hair taper off. This makes the end of the twist appear natural.
  3. Place that bend around the section of hair that you want to attach the hair to. At this point you should have three pieces of hair.
  4. Start braiding for about an inch.
  5. Twist all the way down to the end. Use gel and twist tightly so the twist does not unravel.
  6. Take a scissors or razor and shave off excess hair.
  7. Dip twist in boiling water for neat effect.

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