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Our Favorite Transitional Styles For Natural Black Hair Care

So, you’ve decided to go natural and stop using heat in your hair care routine.

Have you figured out how you’re going to wear your hair?

Here are some of our favorite, basic natural hair styles that look great on a variety of looks. If you’re new to Natural Black Hair Care, then check out Kimberly’s ebook on natural black hair care.

1. Teeny-Weeny ‘Fro

A cute and sophisticated teeny-weeny afro (TWA) is definitely trending. Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is certainly an inspiration for those who wish to Big Chop.

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Photo Source: The Hollywood Reporter

2. Senegalese Twists

For those of you who wish to swim, mermaid twists offer versatility, length, and are low-maintence.

Remember to apply oil on your scalp every night (we love Jamaican black castor oil), and use rosemary oil around your edges to promote hair growth.

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Photo Source: Etsy

3. Afros with Hair Bands

Your summer hairstyle can be dressed up with an elegant hairband. You can purchase a few from Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, or Etsy.

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To achieve this look, twist up your wet and freshly-washed hair and let the curl pattern set over night or under the dryer one hour. Second, make sure it is completely dry. Then, unravel your twists!

 

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4. Bushy Blowout

To achieve this look, use the stretch method to blow out your hair. Alternatively, you can braid up your hair into eight sections while it’s wet using your favorite setting cream. Then, you need to allow your summer hairstyle to dry completely under a hairdryer or overnight. Once it’s completely dry, unbraid your hair and style.

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26 Comments

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    BD
    July 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Hello! How are mermaid twists different than kinky or sengalese twists?

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    Patricia
    June 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Kimberly Elise, I have been a fan of yours since 1998 Beloved with Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. I Decided to go natural two years ago, when a major surgery and over process permed damage hair cause me to start over. I now wear the curly style. Have been thinking of a way to get my edges and the top part of my hair to grow out more. I will research the rosemary oil and the Jamaican black castor oil. Thanks for sharing. I found your site very helpful. Be Bless!!

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    GAIL
    June 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve been natural for years. I want to bring out my natural curls and grow my hair longer & stronger but no product I’ve used so far has helped. Please give me your best suggestion.

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    June 22, 2014 at 4:06 am

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    Holly
    June 20, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I”ve been natuarl for 1 yr,but when I try different hairstyles it don”t come out right,maybe my hair is too “nappy” ,please help me

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    Calandre
    June 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve been natural for five years and I love it! I mostly wear braids because I have a problem with frizzy hair. Looking for products that will control this and promote hair growth. Any suggestions?

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      Ajableu
      June 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Argan oil is great to help smooth your edges and will protect your hair. Give that a try!

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    alisha danielle
    June 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    i’m transitioning into my natural hair by braiding it into box braids every two to three months but i have found that my hair grows out in the braids within 2 to 3 weeks you can see my hair frizzing pretty bad…any tips on how to control it..also I’m having trouble finding out my hair type i think i’m 4a any tips on figuring this out as well?

    thank you 🙂

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      Ajableu
      June 12, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Hi Alisha,

      Naturally Curly has an awesome test you can take to discover your hair type. They also have articles that cater to you based on your answers! Hope that helps

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    Hope
    June 10, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Kimberly, did you know that “TWA” is an ethnic tribe from Africa. A little trivia for ya. Keep up the great work.
    Love from Uk.

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      Ajableu
      June 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      WOW! That’s awesome! Which part of Africa? Please provide more info.

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        Hope
        June 14, 2014 at 1:36 am

        Rwanda. Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. Twas are hardly ever mentioned because of the history of the other two that we are all familiar with. In actuality, The “Twas” are considered to be the native Rwandans while the Tutsis can trace their ancestory to the eastern parts/horn of Africa and the Hutus from the west.

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    LaDovia Williams
    June 9, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I have been natural for almost a year, letting my relaxer grow out. I’ve been wearing wigs and getting sew-ins, but i am not sure what to do. I was wondering whether it would be better to braid it up until it grows out or let my hair breathe?

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      Ajableu
      June 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Hi LaDovia,

      I suggest giving your hair a break from weaves, wigs, braids, and heat for 2 to 3 weeks between weaves. It lets your hair breathe, but more importantly, it protects your hairline. (ya know?) Use argon oil or black african caster oil to help your hair rebuild itself.

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    Vik
    June 9, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I’m thinking of taking down my dreary this summer but then I think of the work involved with maintaining my hair. For 8 years I’ve been low maintenance, Have any suggestions s tions?

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      Vik
      June 9, 2014 at 5:54 am

      Dreads not dreary

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        Ajableu
        June 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

        Nope, dreads are not dreary! Why don’t you give Senegalese Twists, or some other braided style a try?

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    Tara
    June 9, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Hi Kimberly , first I would like to say I am a huge fan of your work ! I love all the hairstyles you have had before , but I am a girl that has a relaxer. I have gotten braids before but my question is what is the limit number of months to keep Mermaid braids in? Because I really looking forward to getting some.

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    Doofan
    June 9, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Love Kimberly Elise! Simply loooove!!

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      Ajableu
      June 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      She is an amazing woman, and awesome person to have around!

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    Elizabeth
    June 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I finally decided to do it. It’s been 3 months and I haven’t been tempted to get a relaxer at all. Keeping my hair braided is helping a lot. But I wonder if I should cut all my already relaxed hair off ? Suggestions please?

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      Kimberly Elise
      June 8, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Frankly, cutting off all of your relaxed hair will likely help your hair grow faster. However, if you’re not comfortable with short hair, don’t pressure yourself. Go at your own pace 🙂
      -Team Kimberly

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    KIMBERLY
    June 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    This is my second time going natural. My first venture was bout 15 years ago and there were not many products that supported natural hair care, so I’m very happy to have an abundance of products to choose from. Next month I am attending a wedding and would like suggestions to liven up my look. I have a TWA- with more length on top. What do you suggest?

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      Kimberly Elise
      June 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Hi Kimberly, We definitely suggest a cute and elegant headband, a faux flower, or a lovely pin. You can search for something unique on Etsy.com.

      Team Kimberly

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    kiara hughes
    June 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I love these natural hairstyles. I want to try to go natural!

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      Kimberly Elise
      June 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Do your research, find a support network and give it a shot! My bet is that you will love it!

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