How to Slay a Head Wrap in under 2 minutes – 3 Styles


I like being a lazy natural because I’m constantly finding ways to still look cute without having to do anything to my hair lol.

 

Aside from doing braids or twists (see my protective style journey posts “Box braids on your natural hair” or Chunky Twists on Natural Hair”) I truly enjoy wrapping my hair up for a week or two. My hair gets a break, and I still look presentable and neat! I especially love wrapping my natural hair in the summertime as it’s too hot to have hair on my shoulders or on top of my hair. Plus hair wraps provide a protective shade from all the sun 😉

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Throw on a bonnet or satin scarf and make this a protective style for your edges and prevent fabrics from rubbing on your hair. The best things about all three of these head wrap styles is that they take at least 2 minutes to do. So if you’re late for school, work, the gym, whatever, these are great to know so you won’t have to come out the house looking too crazy lol.

What you will need for each style:

  • pony tail holder (hair tie, headband, whatever you call them J )
  • hair pins and/or bobby pins
  • leave in conditioner
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Oil
  • satin bonnet/scarf (optional)
  • Your fabric or scarf

P.s. My orange scarf is 42 x 76 inches, while my brown fabric is a yard (35 x 74 inches).

How To Prep Your Natural Hair

My natural hair was in a previous style I wore to a few interviews, however generally I don’t have braids in the front when I make my buns. But because I’m lazy I just kept them and went with the flow! If you are doing this after wearing your hair in a style for a while, make sure to spritz hair with water and seal with a leave in conditioner.

Make sure to give your ends special attention with some oil after applying the leave in condition to keep the ends of your natural hair protected. Also wearing a sating bonnet or scarf under your scarf is recommended to decrease breakage (I’m usually fine without one, but if your hair is super fragile I suggest you wear one 😉 )

Style One – Jumbo Top Knot

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For this head wrap style you will need to put your hair in a bun on the top of your hair. If your hair is long this will be easy. If your hair is a bit short, you can use a scarf underneath to create a bun. Secure the bun with bobby pins or hair pins, making sure it’s not too tight. Then take the scarf and place it on the back of your hair, near your nape, making sure to be in the middle of the scarf. Twist the scarf in the front of the hair to prepare to wrap around your bun. Just keep wrapping until you use up all of the scarf, tuck the end piece of the scarf under the rolls, and your done!

Style Two – Twisted Crown Bun

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For this bun head wrap style you will need to put your hair in a bun in the back of your hair. Again if your hair is short, you can enhance your bun with a small scarf to support all of the fabric. Again, secure the bun with your bobby pins. This can be either tight, or puffy, depending on how you want the end result to be. I prefer the bigger look, so my bun is puffy.

Twist the scarf, but instead of wrapping it around the bun, wrap it around the crown of your head, making sure to twist as you go around. Once you’ve done that, keep wrapping until you meet the bun on the other side, and wrap the rest of the fabric around the bun. Secure under the rolls, using a bobby pin to keep it put just in case. This style is complete! 😉

 

Style Three – Jumbo Twisted Bun

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You set up your natural hair similarly to the Twisted Crown bun, having the hair in the back. I prefer my bun to be poofy again, however for an even more conservative look, I’ll make the bun tighter. Wrap the scarf around the perimeter of the bun until all the fabric is gone. Then tuck the ends under the rolls to secure.

 

Which style is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Chunky Twists on your Natural Hair Only – My Review


Twists are one my favorite protective styles for natural hair. Twisting natural hair can help stretch the hair to avoid tangles. But it also provides a great style option that is versatile. They can be pinned up in a bun or updo, or worn down to show that length! Of course, my favorite thing about them is that I can still have neat hair while I’m going to the gym or working out 5x a week.

(Twists done on blown dry hair)

 

As I am experimenting with long term protective styling, I fell in love again with twists, but specifically Chunky Twists on my natural hair. Instead of the usual tight mini twists that I’m used to, I decided to switch it up. I like the look of using additional hair like marley hair for twists, but I hate how heavy and thick they are. So I stretch my hair using my tension method blow drying technique, or a braid out using about 4-6 braids in my hair, and loosely twist my hair.

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(Twists done on hair that was air dried, using braid out method)

I use a light gel and leave in to keep my hair bouncy but moisturized. They are just like regular twists, except you don’t twists tightly, and you move quickly down the section. I’ve done them both with blown out hair, and hair that has been stretched with braids. In my opinion, the blown out hair is more fluffy, while the air dried natural hair still twisted kinda tightly.

So far these are my favorite compared to the box braids done on my natural hair Let me know if you try them out 😉

 

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Box Braid on Natural Hair Only – My Review


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During my protective style journey slash challenge, I experimented with twists using my natural hair see my explanation in my recent blog post “What Wearing Protective Styles for 3 months did to my Natural Hair” However, I also experimented with using box braids on my natural hair without adding any hair to it.

Is it cute or nah?

This is not my favorite style to be honest. Without added hair the braids look thin and I felt sent back to elementary school age when my mom used to braid my hair so I would stop playing with it. Or at least I looked very snoop dog-ish lol.

How did I style them?

Although they do look a bit childish, they were awesome under my hair wraps! I was able to put the braids in a bun using only a ponytail holder (hair tie, headband, whatever people call them lol) and just wrap my fabric around.

Would I rock them in the future?

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I appreciated how neat my head wraps were while having the braids, my hair is usually bulky when I wrap my hair after putting in a bun so this was a pro for me. As a style by itself I feel like these box braids using only my natural hair are a big NO. However when considering other styles like wearing the box braids under a hat, using the braids for a headwrap, or using the box braids for a neater wig lay I’m down!

I’m actually considering reinstalling these braids when I start rocking some DIY crochet braid wigs.

Have you tried wearing box braids using your natural hair only? Let me know in the comments!

What Wearing Protective Styles for 3 months did to my Natural Hair


Earlier this year I decided to do something different and dyed my natural hair a gorgeous copper red color. You can check out my process of dyeing my natural hair in my blog post “Coloring my Natural Hair: Copper Brown and Raspberry Twist by Adore.”

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It was super pretty and I enjoyed the fullness that my hair had. My braid outs and twist outs looked extra gorgeous being accented with the red and I didn’t see any damage to my hair after processing with the bleach. I was so happy and really enjoyed taking pictures, I even rented a camera and had a mini photoshoot (don’t judge me lol)

However as the months went on, I noticed how my hair started to feel a little rough (dry), and saw some breakage around the middle of my hair.

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I totally forgot that dyed natural has to be treated with 10x as much care as before. Instead I was constantly touching my hair, putting it in puffs, brushing it to be detangled for a braid out, or even constantly retwisting my hair to have a cute twistout. Doing that, my hair paid for it, and I noticed a lot of breakage.

I’m not one to quickly reach for scissors to cut my hair in hopes that it would make it “healthier”. I realize that it was my routine and if I wanted to see my hair thrive I needed to change my routine!   So for the past 3 months, starting in April, I decided to do a lot of long term protective styling. So I would avoid using combs and dentagnling brushes, and only finger detangle, then put my hair in twists. I would alternate between fluffy loose twists done on dry hair, and tight mini twists done on wet hair.

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I would wash my hair every 2 weeks in the twists, let them air dry, and then recycle the parts by undoing the twists one by one, finger detangling, adding my leave in and oils, and then retwisting. I did the same thing adding extensions for marley twists.

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I also experimented with braids using the same sections, and using headwraps so I had more style options. I also trimmed my hair once to get rid of some damaged ends as I noticed a lot of single strand knots.   At the end of May, I got tired of this and did rock my signature puff for a while, and a few buns just to switch it up.

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Recently, I blew out my hair using warm heat just to see where my hair is at and I’m in love!! It looks a lot fuller especially at my roots, and I noticed some growth. My hair grew about an inch and half so I’m excited to see what my hair length will be at the end of this year.

 

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3 Afro Curlies You Should Follow | That Classy Afro Chic


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The cultural switch for natural hair is beautiful. I have seen more kinks and curls on tv and print (pictures, ads) than ever before. However there still seems to be a preference for looser wavier curls. I don’t see as many kinky-coily (type 4 if your in to hair typing) beauties being featured as often.

To counter act that, I wanted to find and share women with kinkier textures to talk about their journey with natural hair.

So, let me introduce you to

@idorenyinakp

Nigerian doctor and fashion blogger, Idorenyina is a must to follow! Her page is filled with cute hair styles for thicker textures, outfit inspiration, and fitness goals (her shape is amazing!). She also has a youtube channel showing her ootd’s and workouts. You can find her channel here.

What’s your favorite fall hairstyle? I don’t have styles particular to the weather but in general I love a roller set, and when I’m tired, putting my hair in braids.

What are three products you swear by? I always do a hot oil treatment before washing with my favourite oils being olive, avocado, and [Jamaican Black Castor Oil]. I also recommend hair mayonnaise by ORS for deep conditioning.

What tips could you share for someone who’s new to taking care of natural hair? To a newcomer -> taking care of natural hair is different than your relaxed hair. As such, be patient only deal with it when you have time to handle it and take natural hair product “rules” (e.g. no sulfates, no mineral oil, only cowash) with a pinch of salt. What may work for one person, might not work for you so experiment and see what products do and do not perform on your curls.

@shoonnee1

I stumbled upon Shoonnee’s Instagram page from her cute bun fro hawk look (in the first picture). She’s also a Youtuber and created a tutorial on the fabulous style. Click here to watch the video also make sure to subscribe to her channel 😉 .

What’s your favorite fall hairstyle? Flat twist rows.

What are three products you swear by? I swear by my own whipped shea butter, black african soap shampoo, and the third one is hard as I love gel for my hair homemade or eco styler.

What tips could you share for someone who’s new to taking care of natural hair? I can honestly say I use these three product every week.

@sayotivity

What’s your favorite fall hairstyle? We don’t really have fall in the tropics, but I mostly keep my hair in protective styles. My fave is cornrows and then I wear wigs for extended periods.

What are three products you swear by? Coconut oil, Kimmaytube’s leave in conditioner recipe (mix conditioner with jojoba oil, aloe vera juice and castor oil) and my oatmeal deep conditioning treatment.

What tips could you share for someone who’s new to taking care of natural hair? Don’t buy everything out there, keep it simple and test products one at a time to find what works for you and be patient.

Make sure to check out their Instagram pages and Youtube channels!

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How To Grow Long Color Treated Natural Hair


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Greetings all! Thank you for checking out my blog, here are some tips that I’ve used to retain length while being colored treated. Dying your hair while “natural” can be done if you take the proper measures to protect your hair

TIPS FOR HEALTHY COLOR TREATED HAIR:

Natural hair can be fun! All it takes is something bold + TLC

Some tips for keeping dyed natural hair healthy:

1. Dont over process:

I purposefully left some of my roots so my hair can grow out without looking crazy. This reduces the need to use bleach often. Bleaching hair a lot can increase breakage which = shorter hair.

2. Up the protein:

After bleaching, hair will need to rebuild strength. (comment if you want a diy protein treatment). I tend to do protein treatments every other week, and follow with deep conditioner. This is so my hair won’t get too hard and brittle with too much protein.

3. Use semi-permanent dyes:

Semi permanent dyes don’t require extra chemicals to activate and transfer color. Plus you can layer them to make new/different shades! They are less harmful to your hair, especially after bleaching, some even add moisturizers/conditioners like Manic Panic.

4. No heat

I mostly air-dry my hair in braids or twists, so may hair has the chance to stretch while avoiding heat. Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, etc. can cause more damage to fragile hair (hair is usually weaker after dyeing it) so it’s best to avoid them. And if this isn’t an option for you, try to at least limit the amount of heat used.

5. True Protective Styling

Twists , braids, buns, ponytails, or any other style that won’t put major tension on hair is key to success! I try not to use a lot of extensions or braiding hair, as this can tug on the hair and cause more breakage. Styles that cause you to heavily detangle and pull on hair are not protective, especially with dyed natural hair. Let me know if you want to see some protective styles!

What are some tips you learned for taking care of color treated hair? Let me know in the comments!

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Bantu Knots Style on Natural Hair Lookbook


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I recently dyed my hair red (check out Blog Post Here) and got the courage to be more creative with my styling. I’ve always seen the bantu knot style  on natural hair being done on Instagram and Facebook so I thought I would give it a shot!

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I posted my after shot on my instagram page (@thatclassyafrochic make sure to follow 🙂 ) and received a ton of likes, so I thought I would share some more of the photos and my method of installing bantu knots!

Here are some of the photos I took after completing the style:

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I did bantu knots with rubberbands to achieve a tighter look at the roots. This also helped when trying to shape the knots as they weren’t too loose. My hair was twisted and I used hair pins to secure the bantu knots. I was aiming for a bantu knot “bun” look so I twisted my hair loosely and wrapped it around to make the knot.

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(Pearl Earrings Find them Here    Wool Hat Find it Here)

I started in the front of my hair, I wanted the parts to have a triangular/diamond shape to them to compliment my face. I then used gel (only in the front!) to have a sleeker look. The parting is what took the most time when doing these bantu knots, however the outcome is perfect!

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(Pearl Earrings Find them Here     Beanie/Neck Warmer Find it Here)

The only downfall for using bantu knots as a protective style is having them unravel, and since I did my bantu knots on the looser side, they started unravelling after the first night.

Now to answer some questions you all might have:

How to do bantu knots on my hair?

I went on Youtube and looked at different methods and how people would style them. I choose to style my bantu knots with rubber bands, however you don’t need rubber bands to complete the style. It depends on the look you’re going for and how small/large or tight/loose you want the bantu knots to be.

Why are my bantu knots frizzy?

My bantu knots are “frizzy” because I did not wrap them tightly, I also didn’t twist them super tight as I was going for the frizzy/puffy look (they look awesome this way!).

Are bantu knots supposed to be tight?

Bantu knots should be tight if you’re looking to wear them for a couple of days. If you are using bantu knots to get curls, I would wrap them tighter so the curl can be more defined.

Are bantu knots a protective style?

Yes, although the bantu knots took a while to install (it was my first time lol) it was super easy to do. My ends were protected for three days and there wasn’t any major pulling on my scalp.

How to remove bantu knots?

I simply removed my hair pins, unravelled the twists, and took the rubber bands out by either breaking them (not the best method I know) or sliding them off.

Are bantu knots professional?

Bantu knots are a very bold and unique look, I think they can be professional depending on the career/job. Me being shy, I didn’t wear this style to class but I had fun wearing them on the weekend!

What other questions do you have? Would you wear this style?

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Dye Your Hair Purple With No Damage!


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Spring and summer is almost here!! Those are the perfect seasons to color hair while the sun is shining and the colors look more vibrant.

However fun coloring hair can be, we also have to watch out for damage that can be caused by bleaching and lifting hair to lighter shades. Because of that, this year I will be experimenting with loads of temporary hair colors, spray’s and liquid hair chalks to test their  vibrancy and just have fun!

A couple of weeks ago, I tried the “Garnier Color Styler-Intense Wash Out Haircolor” in the shade Purple Mania. Garnier has a couple of colors in this line, including blue, red, pink, and a blonde/golden shade. I always wanted to dye my hair a gorgeous purple, so I was happy to find this at Target.

Here is how the color came out! 🙂 (p.s. different lighting and Instagram filters caused the color to look either lavender or violet blue. Picture 1 is how the color truly came out)

How I applied the color (p.s. I followed the instructions on the box!)

  1. Made sure to have on a shirt that I felt comfortable messing up.
  2. Made sure my hair was completely dried and stretched (My hair was blown dry on the warm-cool setting)
  3. Made sure I was in front of a mirror so I could see where I was putting the color
  4. Put on the gloves provided in the box
  5. Separated the portion of hair that I wanted to color (I only did the front)
  6. Began applying the color by first putting a quarter size amount on my finger tips (hands closed in a cupped shape) and applying it to my hair section by section.
  7. Then I twisted the sections up so they could dry curly!

**One thing I forgot to do was brush/comb the color into my hair after applying, so some areas dried super hard. But after separating and combing when dry, I was able to break up some of the sections. Please don’t skip the brushing/combing part!! It was really hard to comb after drying, since this is a clay based dye!

Pros:

  1. Vibrant  color
  2. No damage from using bleach
  3. Easy to apply
  4. Nice Fragrance, it did not smell horrible!
  5. Color lasted up to 2 washes (for my hair)

Cons:

  1. Super hard to comb hair after applying!
  2. Makes your hair feel dry and brittle, even if its not
  3. Hard to style once dried (I did not use heat in my hair to curl)

So although there were some cons, I would definitely try this product out again! Of course, I did forget to brush/comb in the color right after applying so that could have caused a lot of  the problems I faced.

What do you ladies and gents think? Would you give this product a try? Let me know in the comments below!

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Repair Hair Damage with These Two Ingredients


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Repair Hair Damage with These Two Special Ingredients

The season of fabulous felt hats and warm wool beanies is here! It’s important to make sure that your hair stays hydrated and healthy during the cold seasons, especially because the freezing winds and drying heat will make your hair limp and lack luster.

So here on the Urban Prestige blog, we found a powerful combination for a hair repair mask using two simple items that you might have in your kitchen. Can you guess what the two powerful ingredients are?

Surprise!!!

Fresh Avocado and Coconut Oil

Fresh Avocado

Avocado has essential fats and oils like Vitamin E that are great for our hair strands. According to an informative blog post on Super Food Profiles , Avocados have monounsaturated fats that our hair follicles will absorb and work to provide health to damaged hair. The monounsaturated fats can also work to protect the hair from harsh elements in the environment

Coconut Oil

Aside from having anti-fungal properties that help invigorate the scalp, Coconut oil is reach with fatty oils and proteins that our hair absorbs and gains strength. According to a post from Organic Facts , Coconut oil has been used for centuries in countries known for their women with long luxurious hair–Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and more.

How To Make the Hair Repair Mask

To make the mask, make sure that you have a ripe avocado, that way it will be easier to mash and blend. Cut the avocado in half and scoop out the seed, then scoop out the inside of the avocado in a bowl to be mashed. To make the avocado mixture smoother, you could also put the scooped avocado in a blender.

Then measure out 1 tablespoon of olive oil, make sure that the oil is in a liquid state. Then add to the avocado mixture and mix well. The mixture should be smooth.

Now apply to your hair and let it sit for 10-30 minutes. Rinse well, and follow with a mild shampoo or conditioner wash.

Faux Locs Style For Prom


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Prom season is here! Are you looking for a hair style that is cute but also protective? Check out these Faux Locs styled by style editor Bryanna Greene in her recent post on Type 4 Afro. They canbe pulled into a high bun, an updo, or worn down for an edgy look.

Use 100% Acrylic to braid/twist into hair for added length, then use yarn to wrap around hair to create that “loc” look. Use lighter to burn ends, and seal style for longer wear. IF UNDER THE AGE OF 16, PLEASE SEEK PARENTAL GUIDANCE WHEN USING FIRE TO BURN ENDS. time 2 (black) and 1/16 (purple) skeins of Red Heart “soft” acrylic yarn were used to complete this style.

Difficulty Level: Hard

Total Time: 16 hours

Total Cost: $12

Beauty Level: 1000% ❤ ❤

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