Natural hairstyles will hold the natural texture of one’s hair from birth.
Discover your hair type, recommended hair care, and available styling options.
The look of natural hair creates cultural expressions among black men and women as it embraces its curls, coils, and kinks. Some of them can look very ethnic, and beautiful. Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Maxwell were some of the few celebrities who mainstreamed the stare of natural hair styles in the nineties.
Understanding the needs of women wearing natural hair styles or transitioning from the right products to the right services is very important.
Among the various looks of natural hairstyles to choose from, many of them are worn with weave, and the biggest advantage is that most of them if not all, are considered to be protective hair styles. Protective hair styles keep the natural hair folded and sealed away as it protects the ends of your hair promoting its regular moisture.
Below are some of the most popular and common hair styles for achieving a look of natural hairstyles.
According to blackgirllonghair.com the most common hair types for natural hairstyles are as follows............
Kinky, fragile, and tightly curled with a prominent curl pattern. This particular hair type can vary from being fine and thin, or wiry and thick, with many of the strands packed densely together. T4(type4) hair has less layers of cuticles than any other hair type, resulting in it to have less protection against styling damage from brushing, combing, curling, blow-drying, and straightening. This hair type can shrink up to 75% of its actual hair length.
Circumference: size of crochet needle or smaller
4b: Has a “Z” pattern which happens to be a less defined curl. Instead of the hair curling and coiling up the hair tends to bend in a sharp angle like the letter “Z” with cotton like touch to it.
4a: has a definite curl pattern, with an “S” shape when stretched. This hair type behaves very much like curly hair, and tends to have more moisture, than a person with 4b type hair.
Type 3c-Curly Kinky
This hair type has its own particularities with its tight corkscrew looking curls. Lots of strands are packed densely together with curls ranging from very tight and curled or kinky. Blow-drying this hair straight can be much more challenging than the blow-drying of a 3a or 3b type hair.
Circumference: pencil (or) straw
Type 3- Curly Hair
This hair pattern has a prominent shape of an “S” pattern, with well defined and springy like curls. This hair type is soft; very fine as it is simple to style in its natural state and easy to blow dry. A combination of type 3a and 3b curls are not uncommon.
3b: can range from bouncy ringlets to corkscrew patterns.
Circumference: Sharpie size
3a: Naturally big loose and very shiny
Circumference: Sidewalk -chalk size
Type 2-Wavy hair
The wave or curl pattern is in the shape of an “S” throughout the head. This type 2 hair sticks close to the head and wont bounce up even when layered.
2c: thick, coarse, resistant to styling and frizzes easily.
2b: medium-textured very little resistant to styling, with a tendency to frizz
2a: fine, thin and very easy to style, straighten or curl