Seven Summer Styles for Natural Hair!
by Calynn Lawrence
The summer time is awesome for all of us! Breaks from school, trips to the beach, steamy vacations and fun in the sun are all cool things you can do! But, the question is: What do you do with your hair? Do you style it up, down or to the side? Or do you just cut it all off? Well, this article is going to give you 7 summer hairstyles that you should try in the warm months.
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The Side Braid
The side braid is a style that can be worn by anyone with hair that is shoulder length or longer. It's cute, simple and only takes about 5 minutes! But, the best part is that it can serve as a protective style. By keeping your ends squared away, it helps protect them from bad weathering elements.
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The Wavy Bun with a Bang!
The wavy bun with bang is very romantic and chic. It would serve as the perfect go to hairdo for a date with your significant other. It's also very quick to complete. Start with an old braid out or twist out. You want your hair to have a consistent texture. Be sure to apply an oil, not a moisturizer, to the hair prior to styling so that it will have a sheen. Separate the front of your hair as this will be the bang portion.
The TWA or Teeny-Weenie-Afro
The TWA or Teeny Weeny Afro is a style that only the bold will dare to wear! Although it is lovely and very low maintenance, most naturals prefer to have longer hair to work with. The TWA is great for if you want to be chill during the summer, literally!
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The Natural Ponytail
The natural ponytail is a cutesy hair style that brings a youthful glow to its wearers. We all remember those days of sitting between our mother's legs, getting our puff brushed. To achieve this look, it is best to start with damp hair. Apply a nice moisturizer and oil to the hair for softness and shine. Afterward, apply a nice amount of gel to the perimeter and the length if you you want your curls to be defined as well. Taking a boar bristle brush, slick the hair into a high ponytail. Using a thick band or scrunchy, secure the ponytail. You can separate some of the curls to add volume and height if desired. To preserve the style, you can tie a scarf around the perimeters until it is time for you to leave out. Now, you're finished with your ponytail!
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The Rod Set
The rod set is a phenomenal go-to style for when you want to rock curls in the summer time. Because they are simulated curls, they are less likely to frizz than your natural texture. You want to start with freshly washed, damp hair. Apply a combination of leave in conditioner for moisture, oil for sheen and setting lotion for hold.
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This style is perfect for those natural haired ladies who are dreaded up! Summer locs is basically a twist out on dread locs. You are going to take your dreads in small sections and spray them with a light wax. This is because your hair will be harder to hold by it already being in a dread loc state.
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The Wash N' Go!
The wash n go is perfect for those naturalistas who want to embrace their God-given curl pattern! Each person goes about a wash n go differently in terms of specific products. However, everybody has to do the basics. Start with wet or damp hair that is freshly washed. Then, apply a leave in conditioner and a styling agent. You can allow the hair to air dry or diffuse the hair with your blow dryer. Once you're done, you can work your fro!
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