Hair Styling is a big deal for most people when they start learning how to do their own hair.
Once you’ve washed and stretched your hair, how you style it will ensure reduce or increase your level of enjoyment of it.
I’m not fancy in my styling. In fact, I rock a similar look all year round with a few exceptions when I’m recording some videos or attending events.
Every style that I DIY has to answer the following simple questions:
- Skill level – does it fit my skill level? By this I mean would I be able to do it easily? My skills go as far as flat twisting and 2 strand twists. So any style that has cornrows and other complicated braiding methods is an automatic pass.
- Length and type match – certain styles work well with certain hair types and lengths, and I’ve trained myself to quickly identify which styles work best with my hair (which’s 4a-4c). For example, wash and gos are a lot of work for me because my curl pattern is not super-defined, so I have to work harder to get them.
By doing this I save time and energy because I don’t attempt styles that fall outside these boundaries. I should mention though that even with all this work, sometimes my styles just don’t work out 🙂
HOW I COLLECT THE HAIRSTYLES
A big part of not being overwhelmed with styling for me is ensuring that I have a steady stream of inspiration going. And the two main places I do this are Pinterest and Youtube.
You can check out my Pinterest board here.
My All time simple and favourite styles
Afro Puff Balls
Something about this style resonates with who I am. I tried it for the first time about 2years ago, and I absolutely love it whenever I attempt it.
Tips: It works best on moisturized, stretched hair
STYLE INSPIRATION: TOLANI
2. NATURAL HAIR TOP BUN
I also stumbled across this one and it’s a favorite when I need an elegant quick style. I generally stay away from bun hairstyles, but once in a while I’ll do them, and this is my go to.
Top tip: Wear a satin/silk scarf for 5mins or so after styling to help ‘shape’ the bun.
STYLE INSPIRATION: SIMPLY BEING NINA
3. NATURAL HAIR UPDO
This style took my breath away the first time I saw it, and I knew I could attempt it. While there’s no video for it, it looked like a flat-twist + roll and tuck style that I could copy.
So I modified it a lot, tucking twists in the middle and the back instead of tucking.
I’ll try and do it again and will update the post with my version 🙂
4. Twisted holiday Pinup
I won’t lie, this one was touch for me to do, mainly because of the parts. But I followed the tutorial and wore the style for our family Christmas pictures last year.
STYLE INSPIRATION: CARIBEAUTY
5. Natural Hair Updo #2
I’m a big fan of updos but they intimidate me a little because of the parts. However, this one was also pretty simple to do, and I was happy with the results. The style lasted me a whole week, which was awesome!
STYLE INSPIRATION: NAKAWUNDE
6. FAUX HAWK
I love faux hawks because they help me go from okay to fierce in no time! I don’t do them often because I’m kinda intimidated, and I don’t know how to use pin effectively but this one was super easy to do.
And inspiration came from this video.
I hope these inspire your next hairstyle, remember to adapt and tweak as needed!