Beauty & Fashion
Embrace Your Natural Hair Texture
Written by Julie Partin | August 1, 2014
When it comes to hair, it’s usually a case of “the grass is always greener.” Girls with straight hair often wish theirs was curly, those with thick hair wish it was easier to take care of…for whatever reason, we’re just not easily satisfied. Constantly trying to change your God-given hair will cost you a lot of time and money. Styling it for special occasions is one thing, but learning to love the tresses you were born with is freeing and empowering! Here are a few tips to help make that happen.
Fine – A good cut and regular trims are essential to keep breakage at bay. A few ways to ensure your hair is not unnecessarily damaged: Sleep with it in a bun, use styling products on as low a temperature as possible, only wash your hair twice a week and in the meantime use dry shampoo. Be sure to be gentle when your hair is wet, and use a wide-toothed comb. Your natural texture works very well with bangs of all kinds—just make sure you go to a stylist for at least the first cut.
Real talk: “I might trade my hair if I could. But I do love how easy it is to style and doesn’t take very long to blow dry.” -Jill
Wavy – Luckily for you, wavy hair is the most moldable and can be worn lots of different ways. However, natural waves can really take a nosedive and become flat when left to air-dry. Try showering at night and letting your hair air-dry overnight. It might be just the thing to give you volume. If you only have a few minutes in the morning, straightening just the ends will give you a beach look that is very in style at the moment. Your haircut will look great with layers all over if it is thick or all one length if it’s on the thinner side.
Real talk: “I love my brown wavy hair because it naturally has red tones in it. Something others pay good money for, I have for free! I have a natural curl look with minimal effort.” —Naomi
Curly – Try to keep a little length in your hair, and unless you are absolutely dying to try them, stay away from bangs. While they may be cute when you fix them, they will force you to spend a lot of time with a blow-dryer and straightening iron. Accent layers around your face will do the trick! With curls, products are your best friend. Experiment with samples (most beauty supply stores will give you many if you ask) and find one or two you cannot live without.
Real talk: “I love my crazy curls because they stand out and they’re so so low maintenance.” —Kelsey
Kinky – The awesome part about your type of hair is that it has never been more in style to rock your hair in a big way. Conditioning liquid, cream, butters and oils will go a long way in making your day-to-day styles more manageable. Be sure to get regular trims and not over-wash. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various updos, buns and side-sweeps.
Real talk: “I love my kinky natural hair because it grows upward and seems crown-like. It is always a conversation starter and has been a great networking tool. It makes my outfit of the day much cooler than it really is.” —Necrowya
Straight – The bright side of having silky straight hair is that you’re able to let it air-dry easier than any other hair type. The downside: Curls and many styles just won’t last throughout the day. Learn a few tricks that give a little pizzazz to your look, such as braids and layers around your face. Try giving yourself middle or side parts with a comb for a professional or tailored look.
Real talk: “Sometimes I wish my hair had more of a variety to it but I love how my straight hair grows long really quickly. When it’s down I feel really feminine but it’s also easy to pull back when I want it out of the way.” -Kim
Did we leave out any hair types? What type are you and what are your tips? What do you love about your natural hair? Let us know in the comments below!