Fresh and Funky natural hairstyles for the summer

Fresh and Funky natural hairstyles for the summer

Summer is all about letting yourself go. Whether you are planning to spend your day on the beach or stuck in the office, you still want easy and hassle free styles to keep your hair in check. Taming and straightening treatments are not for everyone. Of course they give you a more manageable look for your curly or frizzy hair but they change the nature of your hair forever. Plus who wants to spend half an hour on straightening and blow-drying their hair which will scrunch up once it hits the humidity outside (sigh). The answer is to let your curls and waves be. Don’t change their nature, instead them let change you! Since we are not really into chemicals and we love to embrace our natural beauty, we’ve come up with a few hair styles that will help you have a fresh looking stylish hair every day. 
These styles take less than a few minutes to be put up together. Using a few products and tools, you’ll be good to go:

  1. The sky-high pony tail:
Suitable for: short and medium length hair.
What you will need: An anti-frizz serum or styling gel- a scrunchie or elastic- a few bobby pins- hair spray.

How to do it:
The sky-high pony tail is a great hairstyle that your curly hair will just love. You can definitely use it to keep your curls in check for a wonderful second day look but it is also good on the go especially in hot and humid weather. 
  1. All you have to do is to bend all the way forward and gather your hair from the back. Use a comb to pick up your hair from the back of your hair until you gather it in a very high pony tail at the crown of your head. 
  2. Don’t comb the pony tail itself so that you don’t mess up with your curls. You can keep the pony tail wherever you want and the height will determine how your curls will flow. 
  3. Now take all your hair in a scrunchie and tight it so that your curls will flow from the sides like a fountain. Use some bobby pins to keep the elastic or scrunchie lifted and in place.
  4. Use the anti-frizz serum to tame those unruly baby hairs on the sides and at the back or take a pea sized squeeze of your gel and comb any unmanageable hair. 
  5. You can use bobby pins to secure those free spirit hairs. Now use your fingers to separate your curls and then spray your hair to set it. 

  1. The messy bun:
Suitable for: All hair lengths
What you will need: styling gel or mousse- bobby pins- bow tie or flower (optional).
How to do it:
Styling your hair has never been easier. The messy bun can turn your hair from “What?” to “Wow!” in just a few seconds. 
  1. All you have to do is to gather your hair using a brush without combing through your curls at the ends.
  2. Now use a shoelace, strip of nylon or full circle headband to pull the hair up from the front and back all the way to the middle. 
  3. Use the styling gel or mousse to take care of those stray hairs on the back of your head and at the front. 
  4. You can attach a flower or a bowtie under your messy bun to give your hair a fresher look.
  5. Want to have a funkier look? Why not start by separating your hair into equal parts and secure it into two high messy buns? They don’t have to be identical and you can let a few curls fly at the front as well. 

  1. The twist:
Suitable for: All hair lengths
What you will need: bobby pins- curls enhancing product (optional) - wash-out color (optional)
You know how your curls and waves will look different if you take a look at them from different angles. This hair style is great for a night after a beach day, a day in the office or even a wedding when the front part of your hair is going out of control. 
  1. You can start by damping your hair and massaging a little amount of any curls enhancing product. Just scrunch your hair if you feel that your curls are lying a bit flat or start with a fresh curly hair. 
  2. Take a section from one side of your hair and twist it towards the back in an upward motion. Leave a few curly strands at the front for a fresher look. 
  3. Secure the twist at the back of your head using some bobby pins or kirby grips. 
  4. Now repeat the process on the other side of your head. 
  5. Let the back of your hair out. 
  6. For a more summerish look you can use a wash-out hair colour on the hair you are going to twist. You can also use a thin strand of glitter fabric to twist with your hair. 

You don’t have to waste one hair a day to take care of your curly hair every single day. Just use the right tools and set your inner curly diva free.  

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity 
Zunnamie K.

How to have the best beach hair

How to have the best beach hair

Heading to the beach? It is time to enjoy yourself, you’ve definitely earned it but….your curly and wavy hair might not be as happy about spending a day at the beach. Usually it is all fun and games until the humidity hits your hair hard. All of a sudden, your curls are all over the place and you are trying to keep them in check until this sucks the fun out of your vacation. Women like to have their cake and eat it too and this means that we like to splash in the water, relax in the sun but still have that shiny hair that looks like we’ve just come out of the salon. But don’t worry. We’ve got your back. Here are some of the best tips that will help you have incredible beach hair:

Protect your hair from the sun:

Do you apply sunblock generously to protect your skin? You should know that the sun rays can damage your hair big time. When you are at the beach you should try to protect your hair and face by wearing a hat. Not only you will be keeping the UV rays at bay but you will also look stylish. Prevention is easier than fixing the damage. 

Use the nature for your benefit:

While you are on the beach you will have more time to take care of your hair. So if you are in for some sun tan, then why not use the heat from the sun for your benefit? Here is a trick: Apply a generous amount of a nourishing hair mask and cover your hair in a plastic wrap or just let it. Now put your hat on and nobody will know what it is going on beneath. The heat from the sun will work in the same way heaters work at the salon to make your treatment work. 

Don’t forget your oil:

Oils are thick and this means that you can use them to create a barrier to protect your hair. The sea water can be very dehydrating to your hair and will make it rather frizzy and dry. Don’t get me started on chlorine which damages your hair to a great extent, even messing up with your hair colour. Adding a generous amount of hair oil will create a film around your hair strands which the water will not be able to penetrate. 

Use the right accessories:

Using the right accessories will help you look great on the beach and out of the water. You can use different accessories to style your hair and look great all the time. A hair band will keep the front of your hair in check for the rest of your curls to fly freely. You can also style your hair in a high pony tail or a messy bun that will not get so wet if you are not into going under the water. Separate your hair into 2 sections then put one down in the form of a bun and let the other one free using an elastic or a scunchie. Don’t worry about your curls flying because this is what the beach is all about. 

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity 
Zunammie K.

The Best Way to Manage Your Curls

The Best Way to Manage Your Curls
If you have curly hair then you know that the struggle is real. Curly hair can be a blessing and a nightmare depending on how you manage it. You definitely love your curly hair and love the good hair days but there are some days when you just feel that wish you could find a magic solution to manage your curls. 
There is nothing magic about taking care of your curly hair. The answer is in consistency. Taking care of your curly hair for 3 or 4 weeks in a row will have a great impact on how your curls look and feel. Here are some easy tips that will help you manage your curls for the best looking hair every single day:

1. Get the right hair cut:
The length of your hair will have a great impact on how your curls look. Long hair will weigh your curls down and make them less prominent. For this reason a lot of people like to keep their curly hair at shoulder length or a little bit longer. If you like to let your curls fly freely then go for a shorter length. 

2. Take care of your ends:
Having split ends will make your curls look ugly. Make sure that you take care of your hair from the inside by eating healthy food and taking your supplements. After a few weeks you will see that your curls are healthy and bouncy. Split ends should be cut every 2 months to make sure that your hair looks healthy and live. 

3. Try co washing:
This means giving up shampooing altogether and conditioning hair instead. If your hair is dry then using shampoo will remove more of the oils that help to make your curls healthy and bouncy. Instead, you can opt for using only your conditioner to keep your hair healthy and shiny. By time your scalp will get used to the absence of shampoo and the oil production will be controlled. Apply an adequate amount of conditioner at the tips of your hair and massage your way up. Applying too much conditioner on your scalp can cause dandruff. 

4. Dry properly:
Instead of rubbing your hair until it dries with a towel, use an old t-shirt to absorb the moisture instead. The cotton t-shirt will absorb the wetness and help dry your hair without adding unnecessary static electricity or creating knots. 

5. Don’t brush your hair:
Brushing your hair will remove the curls and will make your hair look frizzy and unmanageable. Instead opt for a wide tooth comb to comb your hair while it is still wet. Always start by combing your hair from the bottom and go up to remove all knots. Once it is dry, don’t try to comb your hair because it will damage your curls. 

These tips will help you take care of your curly hair and will keep it in great condition. Follow them for a few weeks and your curly hair will thank you later. 

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity 
Zunammie K.

How to sleep with curly hair

How to sleep with curly hair

You have probably fought sleep for a few good hours because you didn’t want to sleep in order to wake up with messed up flat hair. Your curls are just too good to be ruined, right? Sleeping can damage and ruin the look of your curls, that’s for sure. But there is a way, other than staying up all night to help take care of your curls so that you can have good second day curls. Putting in that extra effort before you go to bed will result in happier, bouncer and less frizzy curls on the next morning. 

Style your hair before you go to sleep:
Yes you read that right! You need to style your hair properly if you want to have defined curls on the next morning. Start by damping your hair a little bit then add some setting product to ensure that your curls will stay in place. Bantu knots will help you get defined tight curls. Use a comb to divide your hair into sections then tie each one of them into a knot. The smaller the sections, the tighter the curls. Secure the knot with a bobby pin wear a silk or satin bonnet to keep your knots in place. If you are looking for a less drastic look with wide wavy curls, then style your hair in braids. The number and width of the braids will determine how tight your curls will look the next day. 

Use the right tools:
Of course you can use bobby pins to secure your curls in place but you can also use flexi rods. They are super easy to use and you can easily control how tight your curls look the next morning. Wet your hair and add some styling mousse or curls defining product then wrap a section of your hair on a rod and tie it up in a “U” shape. The bigger the hair strand, the wider the curls will be. In the morning you can just untie your hair and let your curls flow. 

Use the right products:
Not only should you use the right kind of products but you should also pay attention to the amount you are applying. Mousse will help you maintain your curls but using too much product can dry your hair or weigh it down. Make sure that you are using an anti-frizz product that will help your curls look healthy and live. 

Sleep right:
No, you don’t have to sleep like Ancient Egyptian women who used to rest their necks on wooden holders to maintain their hair styles. It is so much easier and smoother for you. Sleep on satin or silk pillow cases to prevent friction. When your hair gets in contact with the cotton in your pillow case, there will be unnecessary static electricity that will make your hair less manageable and frizzy. A satin or silk bonnet is another option if you don’t have a satin pillow case. Your hair will just glide smoothly. 

Sleeping with your curly hair is not so hard. Just invest in the right products and spend those extra few minutes before you sleep. Enjoy the amazing looking curls every single day. 

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity 
Zunammie K.