Finding the right style is an essential part of a successful natural hair regimen. It’s important that you feel good about your hair on a daily basis, and have a couple go-to styles that you can easily pull off. Here are 5 questions that will help you find the right go-to style for you.
1. What styles can you manage with your level of ability?
Not everyone can do a fancy updo, some can only manage a basic puff. Get an idea of what you can and cannot manage, and limit your styling options to looks you can easily pull off.
Easy styles: Wash and Go, Puffs, Simple Buns, Ponytails
Medium difficulty styles: Twists, Curlformers, Twist-Outs, Braid-Outs, Roller Sets, Roll and Tuck Styles
Difficult styles: Updos, Cornrow Styles, Flat Twist Styles, Braid or Twist Extensions, Protective Weaves and Half-Wigs
2. Based on your styling ability, will you need the assistance of a natural hair stylist?
If the extent of your styling knowledge is knowing how to wrap hair at night, then you might need the assistance of a natural hair stylist. To save money go for styles that you can keep in for at least three weeks.
Salon Style Options: Twists, Updos, Cornrow Styles, Flat Twist Styles, Braid or Twist Extensions, Protective Weaves and Half-Wigs
3. How fragile is your hair and how much protection does it need?
This question is CRITICAL because it will determine how much latitude you have with styling. If your hair is strong, then you’ll have more options, because you won’t need to be as concerned about breakage. If your hair is on the fragile side, you will have to lean more heavily on protective styles or styles that require very little daily manipulation.
Styles that can ONLY work on strong/non-fragile hair: Daily Wash and Go, Daily Puffs, Daily Ponytails
Styles for fragile hair: Pinned-Up Twists, Updos, Cornrow Styles, Flat Twist Styles
4. How fine/thin or thick is your hair?
If your hair is on the fine side, identify styles that will give your hair the illusion of fullness and volume or that don’t require a lot of volume to look good. On the other hand if your hair is thick, you might want to stay away from styles that require several individual braids or twists (unless you’re going for a long-term protective style), because they will take FOREVER to put in and take down.
Recommended styles for thin hair: Braid outs, Twist outs, Updos
Styles to avoid with thin hair: Twists worn down
5. How long do I want the style to last?
This is tied into the question on hair fragility because if your hair is on the weaker side, you’ll want to keep styles in for longer to cut down on manipulation.
For strong hair: Styles can be adjusted daily or every other day
For fragile hair: Styles should remain in for at least 4 days at a time
For VERY fragile hair: To retain length, styles should be kept in for 10 or more days at a time
Ladies, what are your go-to styles, and why do they work for your hair?