Keeping it kinky

No, I’m not giving you a bunch of sex tips.

It’s all about keeping your hair natural. It’s wonderful how our generation is embracing natural hair, and it’s okay to have kinky, curly hair. No more harmful chemicals, long expensive days at the salon, chemical burns, hair falling out and lanky hair.

There aren’t a lot of salons that know how to deal with natural hair beyond braiding, but some have realized the need to cater to women like myself. There are also products that are perfect for different hair types, just have an expert size up your hair needs and give you a few product tips.

Going natural doesn’t limit it you to a fro, you can get a little creative. I’ve tried quite a few styles and natural hair is the easiest to maintain, dread locks especially. Actually, super short hair, or what my friend referred to as my ‘lesbian haircut’ was amazing….wake up, wash and go. Hairpins are essential and learning to do simple, knots, twists and plaits make styling your hair quick and easy.

There’s a site I found that has amazing tips for women venturing into the world of kink, and here are a couple of tips:

1.  Wash and style you hair in sections so that it is not overwhelming.overwhelming. Detangle your hair under running water with loads of conditioner. The weight of the water and the slip of the conditioner will make detangling much easier.
2.  Detangle your hair from end to root NOT root to end.
3.  Don’t let your hair shrink and tangle during the wash process. Wash your hair in braided  sections. You can unravel the braid, wash and rebraid to really get to all of your hair strands.
4.  DON’T make circular motions while washing your hair… unless you want tangles. Scrub your scalp and let the shampoo run down the hair shaft.
5.  Hair conditioner doesn’t have enough slip? Add a few drops of your favorite carrier oil for more slip.
6.  Want to avoid frizz when drying your hair? Trade in your towel for an old t-shirt.
7.  Do your ends get really tangled? Do your twistouts frizz at the ends? Experiencing excessive breakage? It’s time for a trim.
8.  Use a headband to pull your hair into a puff. Too tight? Stretch it out on the back of a chair. To put it on, wrap  twice around your neck —without choking yourself — then put it on.
9.  Want to wear a turban or head-wrap this summer? Here’s a tutorial!

10.  Need fashionable headbands? Check out your local teeny bopper store. They have tons of options at an affordable price. Bonus: Check out your local fabric store for great head-wraps; check out the bargain bin for a steal.

11.  Tired of your twists not drying by morning? Squeeze out excess water and let them air dry before twisting. Check out this article for more 5 tips to get your natural hair to dry faster
12.  Want more defined twists? The wetter the hair, the more definition — and tighter the curl.
13.  Want more length? Style on damp, not wet hair.
14. Looking for heatless curls? Try Curlfomers. More about Curlformers

15.  Want to stretch your hair without heat? Try banding your hair. More heat-less ways to stretch hair

16.  To set your style, give your hair a blast of cool air from you air dryer.
17.  Does your hair need moisture, but you don’t want to wet it? Try steaming your hair in the shower. You can also try the Qredew handheld steamer or a traditional steamer. 4 Ways You Can Use Steam To Style Your Natural Hair
18.  Need to lay your edges? Spritz a little bit of water followed by a butter or gel of your choice. Tie your hair down until it dries. Then Voila! Your edges are laid hunty!
19.  Deep condition you hair with heat for maximum conditioning and moisture payoff.
20.  Looking for an alternative for those “homely” looking head-wraps at night. Try a satin pillowcase!

(The list above is from Natural Hair Rules Check them out for more amazing tips)

While we’re on this topic, I’ve started my dreads again, and I’m super excited about it. Hopefully they’ll be as sexy as the first time round. If you’re thinking about doing them and have doubts, stop over thinking it, you’ll probably look good…and if you’d like to take it for a test drive, get the temporary ones. (you’ll probably fall in love with them).

IMG_20140812_142514828(need a trim)

Don’t shy away from kinky hair, it’s not as difficult and bothersome to maintain as it is. You can also still manage to look classy and sophisticated with all that curl. Try it for 6 months, check out all the great tips and tutorials online, talk to your regular hairdresser…trust me, your hair will thank you.

 

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