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Fly Natural Hair Daily: Side Twist + Roll up Protective Style

I’m so impressed with the way our sisters create inventive ways of styling that are both chic and practical. This is one that I would do after a fresh blowout or with an old twist-out. The hair is parted and slicked back on one side. The other side is beautifully smoothed down into a loose flat twist that hangs down over her face and swings around to the back. The hair is then gathered in the back, rolled and pinned up into a bun. This a great DIY, protective style. All the end are tucked away nicely. Way to go!
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Fly Natural Hair Daily: Protective Updo Style

This gorgeous corn roll, updo and two-strand twist pompapdour is the perfect style to keep you looking fly and your hair protected. Of course, this is not a DIY style unless you are seriously talented and have eyes in the back of your head. 

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Great Low Maintenance Style: Pompadour/Bang Bun Updo

I often talk about this blog about how I have no time to fuss with my hair. I tend to stick with low manipulation styles that last a long time. This week, I’m wearing my hair in a pompadour and bun updo style. It is cute, extremely easy to do and maintain. These pics are from a friend’s birthday party I went to over the weekend. Here are a few tips on how I achieved this style.


1. I work with hair that has already been stretched either from a blowout, twistout or other method.

2. Next, I take about a third of my hair in the front to make a bang. Then secure it out of the way with a hair clip or scrunchy.

3. My hair was a little dry so I moisturized it by lightly spritzing with a detangling spray. Then I smoothed in some hair milk. Be sure to separate the hair so that you get good coverage throughout that section. Use sparingly. Making the hair too wet will cause more shrinkage. (You will get some shrinkage by moisturizing, but it’s worth it for the sake of your hair.). Lastly, I sealed in moisture with coconut oil (use oil of choice).

4. Use the oil to smooth out the hair with your hands from root to end. Gather the hair into a ponytail or puff atop your head. Secure with a hair tie or ouchless headband. I prefer to use a headband and double-loop it for a tighter hold that doesn’t hurt. I find it to be the best solution for gathering a whole bunch a kinky or thick hair.

5. Make a bun by separating the puff into two sides. Start with one side, and roll the hair down and around and secure with hair pins. Be sure to cover the headhand with your hair. I don’t worry about making a perfect bun…remember I have no time to fuss with my hair.

6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the front section. Finger-roll the bang/pompadour by clamping the end of your hair with your index and middle finger. Use your other index finger to roll the hair under. Secure with hair pins. I used to use this technique back in the day as a little girl to make bangs.

7. For an added touch, I tied a pretty scarf around my head and made a bow on top.

Hope you enjoy this style as much as I do. Let know if you have done it or plan to do it in the comment section or on our Facebook page.

Quick Hair “Recovery” Style: Puffy Twists Pinned Back

Boy, oh boy, am I a busy woman! I was rocking an afro puff for an entire week!. I love my puff but it was time for it to go. However, I still don’t have time right now to wash and detangle my hair and all that rigmarole…I know this weekend I want to do a twistout. So, in preparation, I decided to restore life to my hair by doing puffy twists pinned back. Here’s a few tips on how I restored moisture and set the style.

1. First off, my hair was pretty dried out, so the first step was to preform surgery and add in moisture. Starting in the back, I parted a small section of hair for a medium-size twist. I got out my spray bottle with water and spray each section as I went along. Then, I smoothed out each section with peppermint oil and Shea Moisture Smoothie and proceeded to twist.

2. The twists turned out poofy because the addition of water swells the hair. I always say, just go with flow with natural hair and let it do what it wants to do. I also did not want to make the parts very neat because doing so in my hair’s fragile state would mean more detanlging time and possible breakage. So, I very gently finger-parted the hair.

Before: Hanging out at the Sox game
with the fam and “the puff”

3. I achieved the look you see by basically flat-twisting to the back each row of twist and pinning the hair down with a bobby pin. I did the same in the back by twisting upward. Once the hair was all gathered at the top, I simply twisted the hair down and pinned and tucked it underneath the other twists.

This is just a quick style you can do if you don’t what take down your twists right away, or are preparing for a wash. It also works nice if you have twists that aren’t very long. You can have even more fun with this style by making the parts neater and playing around with defining the puffs.

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