Sometimes you just cannot be bothered with your hair; all naturalistas have gone through phases when they are not feeling to style their hair for whatever reason. Work, school and life can be busy at times and you do not want to use those precious moments you have free stressing over if your twist out will dry by the morning.
Currently I am in that lazy girl mode when it comes to my hair, however even though I do not want to put a lot of effort into the styling process I still want my hair to look good. I have a few tips for how to still have fabulous hair without spending hours to achieve the look.
Keep your hair under wraps
Protective styling is not just for winter, you can use protective styles as part of your hair care routine throughout the year. As long as you are not neglecting your own hair at the expense of achieving the protective style. Extensions, braids and wigs will save you time when styling, washing and taking care of your hair. Also if done correctly your own hair will be flourishing underneath. I have been wearing protective styles since August last year and I have seen the best results throughout my entire natural hair journey. My hair is thicker and longer as a result of protecting my strands.
If extensions are not your thing you can try a headscarf. Headscarves are a great fashion accessory that allows for low maintenance of the hair throughout the week.
Let it go, let it go
If we did not spend so much time manipulating our hair and trying to obtain amazing definition of our kinks and coils it would be much easier to style our hair. Not every hairstyle requires a twist out that needs to be on fire! Why not just wear a fro or an afro puff. Just add water, an oil and conditioner, a quick pick with an afro comb and you are good to go. Start from the ends of the hair with a comb and work your way upwards.
Ain’t nobody got time for that
With type 4C hair you can spend a lot of time finger detangling your hair to avoid breakage, but this process can be so tiresome when you are trying to separate your kinks, especially if your hair is thick or long. To speed up the process just use a wide tooth comb but make sure you add water or a leave in conditioner to avoid the snapping of your hair.
All in a row
I have realised that my hair grows the most and retains length when it is in cane rows. I know the thought of wearing cane rows or flat twists may transport you back to being five years old with hair bobbles hanging from the ends of your plaits, but you can still look grown and sexy wearing cane rows. There are a lot of mature and gorgeous styles that incorporate cane rows or flat twists. My go to everyday easy style is a large side cane row at the front with a bun at the back, this hairstyle is classic and chic. When I am feeling extra lazy I don’t even have to re-fresh the style on a daily basis as using a headscarf at night keeps my hair neat.
I always detangle my hair when it has conditioner in it. This step is vital for me as it makes styling so much faster and easier once I have washed out the conditioner. If I try to detangle afterwards it takes ages as my hair starts to dry whilst it is still knotted leading to it breaking easily.
When styling on wash days avoid blow drying your hair as this step just adds more time onto the process. You can achieve a blown out effect by stretching your hair by just plaiting it. Stretching the hair by plaiting saves time and the possibility of getting heat damage.
Please share any tips on making your natural hair journey easier. XX
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