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Natural Hair Woes

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When you have a good hair day, from the outside looking in, people love to think that your natural hair is magnificent all of the time, but naturalistas have our unruly hair days too. It’s not easy to tame such a mane. Sometimes we roll out of bed with shabby tresses that look like we’ve gone through every hurricane, tornado, and earthquake that’s pummeled planet earth in the past 10 years. A straight natural disaster! Trust me girls, I know the struggle. These styles are for those days when you don’t have the time or energy to part a million sections, to twist up those Bantu knots, or pull out your handy dandy curl creams. And we’ve got extra tips for you from some YouTube hair divas. Good luck!

Traditional 'Fro

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Traditional ‘Fro

Nowadays, naturals get so caught up in braiding up their locks for those luscious waves and curls that we forget about the glorious afro. So when you’re suffering from Day five hair, pick it on out (doing so with your hands actually works great) and let that mane go wild! Have you seen Oprah on the latest cover of O, The Oprah Magazine? Fierce honey! Check out Nikkimae2003‘s awesome fro after putting a pick through her luscious hair.

Wrap it Up!

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Wrap it Up!

On those days when your hair is totally jacked, nothing is easier than picking up your favorite scarf and throwing it on. There are endless possibilities when it comes to styling these things. You can spin it into a bun, twist it up like a king cobra nesting on the top of your dome, wrap it into a bun at the nape of your neck, or tie it into a traditional bandana like Tupac (for those days when your hair is poppin’, but those edges are out of control!). Check out borderhammer‘s tutorial on how to make your hair scarf look just like this.

Pomp and Roll

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Pomp and Roll

Divide your hair into two parts from ear to ear, then gel up your edges so that they are smooth. Roll the back section into a tight twist and pin. Take the front half and tuck it into a pompadour. You can lean it to the left, the right, reverse it so that it’s pushed back or let it hang smack dab in the middle. Whichever way you choose, go ‘head, get your Janelle Monae on!  Knowlee’s Monae-inspired pomp is perfection!

Funky French Braid

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Funky French Braid

All you need is a little something for edge control, a sturdy comb, steady fingers, and it’s smooth sailing! Just untangle your hair (it’s good to run a hair dryer through it a few times to really loosen up those kinks—it makes braiding much easier and extends your length, but it’s up to you), and make sure your edges are laid, and then braid, braid, braid! Add a cute little headband or tie a scarf into a bold bow for some added flair. Pair it with some bomb earrings and you’re good to go! See Ambrosia Malbrough‘s french braid tutorial for extra thick natural hair.

Two Cornrows with a Mazed Bun

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Two Cornrows with a Mazed Bun

Part your combed hair into two sections and braid each side to the back. Secure the end with rubber bands, if necessary, and tie the ends into a knot. Once you have done that, wrap them into a crazy-twisted bun (any way you like, just keep twisting and wrapping) and pin into place. Throw on a pair of big hoops for extra drama and be prepared to turn heads!

Frohawk

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Frohawk

Super easy style for those having a my-hair-is outta-control day. Just slick/brush up those sides, pin them (the small combs are everything as well) in place and tease the middle for extra flare. (You can braid/twist the hawk section to add more texture if you please). She’kia Renea’s curly frohawk is definitely one of our favorites.

Twisted Side Puff

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Twisted Side Puff

Lay all of your hair to one side, whichever side you prefer. Separate a section of hair on the side opposite the one you laid your mane on and twist it to the back of your head. Pin the twist down so that it doesn’t unravel and you’re set to go! (If your hair is really busted, wet the puff part and separate it in big twists/braids. Dabble on your fave curl enhancer and let the braids sit in for at least 10 minutes, then unravel the twists for extra definition. You might need to add a few extra pins to keep your puff from falling over your twist). Check out NaturallyMoniT’s tutorial on how to achieve a perfect side puff.

Body and Bangs

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Body and Bangs

This works really well for those days when your curls have fallen and are loose as a goose. With your hair completely out, smooth both sides of your front up so that they meet at the top of your head, leaving a section of curls out in the middle—like bangs—and all of your hair out in the back. Pin the sides at the crown of your dome and spread the bangs so that they fall fabulously in the front. (If your hair is long and drops beneath your eyes, slide the bangs back towards the pinned sides and add a few hair pins to hold it down, then let the free bangs fall back to your forehead). Check out lovelyanneka’s take on the style with her banging bang!

Pony Puff

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Pony Puff

Get a super sturdy elastic band and slowly roll it up on your head so that it pushes your hair into a pony—roll until you reach the desired tightness. Smooth out your edges and you’re done! To make it even more funky, section a part of your hair in the front and braid it to the side (or you can two-strand twist or roll it). Pin the end of the braid up so that it’s hidden under the puff. Throw on some banging earrings and get ready to kill ‘em! See SimpleBeauty8312‘s video for further examples, but it’s definitely an easy style!

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