3 Gorgeous Natural Hair Styles For The Curly Or Kinky-Haired Woman

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GET YOUR CURL ON WITH AUNT JACKIE’S

Kiss frizzy, hard-to-tame hair good-bye, because we’ve got two words for you – Aunt Jackie’s – a hair care line for curly, coiled, or kinky-haired women everywhere. Their products are sulfate-free, paraben-free, and contain no mineral oil, petrolatum, or harsh additives. While their clever product names might put a smile on your face, don’t be fooled! Aunt Jackie’s products are chock full of the good stuff – natural oils, butters, moisturizers and conditioners from trusty mother earth – specially formulated to give you the mane of your dreams!

Twenty years ago when I decided to go au natural and sport my god-given natural hair. Little did I know what I was stepping into. My decision to go natural wasn’t a political or feminist statement. I was simply not good with a curling iron and didn’t relish once a month visits to the salon; I lacked the patience and creativity that my twin sister, Judy, had. I was also chronically short on time.

So by sheer lack of options, I became a naturalista.

In those days, there was no Youtube, no Aunt Jackie’s, and, despite coming from the Caribbean, no widespread appreciation of black hair. Often, I felt alone in my quest to understand and manage my 4C mane. Wasn’t that a feat!

It wasn’t just a lack of information that made it hard. I also had to endure the comments. “Are you in a crisis?” “What’s that forest on your hair?” “Is everything okay?” They came in droves.

Today, naturalistas have it good. There’s a plethora of natural hair care knowledge out there – from blogs like AfroBella and CurlyNikki, to celebrities like Solange and (these days) Alicia Keys, to products like Aunt Jackie’s – to help them in their hair care journey. Getting beautiful, bouncy curls has never been easier!

That’s why I was so glad when Aunt Jackie’s decided to partner with us, because it was time to pay it forward.  

In our newest video, we combine Aunt Jackie’s products, years of learning and growing pains (on my part), to teach the beautiful Fayola Denoon, how to style and wear her natural, coily curls. I  gave her a slew of tips, a few demonstrations and of course the products. Her challenge? To create three different hairstyles with her new found knowledge.

We think she did a great job!

Watch the video below to catch her in action.

Scroll down for a step-by-step tutorial

Created and popularized by the “bantu people” – a generic name for more than 300 African ethnic groups in southern & central Africa – bantu knots have recently ballooned in popularity, with everyone from Khloe Kardashian to Blac Chyna, Rihanna, and fashion house Valentino sporting the looks.

But what exactly are bantu knots?

Bantu knots are a great protective style for curly and coiled naturalistas because they offer the one-two punch of defining curls and protecting ends. And while they may be a favourite of the natural hair community, women of all hair textures (1a – 4c), can rock a bantu knot.

If you’re a rookie, there a several things to keep in mind before beginning the process. For one, think about the type of curl you want to achieve. The tighter the knot, the coiler the curl. If you have straight or wavy hair and want to use the style to create beachy summer waves think of going for bigger, looser knots, with larger sections of hair. You could, ofcourse, replicate the same look with a curler, but who wants all that extra heat damage; am I right?!

More knots also means more curls. If you’re looking for coils, go for smaller sections, with tighter knots. If loose waves are more your thing (and your hair permits it), then go for larger sections with fewer knots.

You also want to make sure that you give your knots ample time to dry. Wet knots will only work to your detriment, and will make your tresses frizzy and unmanageable. Defined curls come with patience, so don’t expect results overnight – unless you’re sitting under a heat cap for a good two to three hours. Coily haired naturalisatas would do best to wait atleast 40 minutes before knotting damp hair, or creating the entire style on dry, stretched hair instead.

A final word of advice: most women wear their bantu knots to bed – largely to allow their hair time to dry. This can be very uncomfortable, so try twisting your knots at least an inch away from your roots, to miminize the tension on your scalp. You also want to avoid over-twisting, which can cause breakage, and leave your hair damaged.

With that, you’re finally ready to begin your knots! Here’s how to do it:

STEP 1: PREP 

  • Assemble your products! We’ll be using the Aunt Jackie’s Curl La LaDon’t Shrink, and Seal It Up Butter to create the bantu knots
  • Start with damp or dry hair. If you’ve just showered, make sure to towel dry your hair before beginning the knots to avoid extreme breakage due to over-manipulation and twisting

STEP 2: DIVIDE AND CONQUER

  • Using a rat-tail comb, divide your hair into small, medium, or large sections, depending on the length of your hair and the style you want to achieve. Use smaller sections for shorter hair—as tiny as ½-inch wide or smaller, for the shortest locks—and larger ones for longer hair, up to 3 or 4 inches across.
  • Remember, smaller sections means more knots, which means more curls when you let your hair loose (and definition/volume, as the week goes by)
  • You can divide your hair into interlocked triangles, diamonds, or squares. Just pick a shape, stick to it, and have fun!

STEP 3: ADD PRODUCT

  • Next, separate one of your many sectioned off portions, apply a dab of Curl La La, and work the product in. This helps condition, soften, and define your curl.
  • If you have coily or kinky hair that’s prone to shrinkage (and if you’re doing this style on damp hair), apply a bit of the Don’t Shrink gel to the same section
  • Finally, apply a tiny amount of Seal It Up butter to the end of your strand, to lock in moisture, repair & prevent breakage, and protect your sensitive tips

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STEP 4: CREATE A TWO-STRAND TWIST

  • Now, separate the section into two new, even sections
  • Twist the two new sections of hair together. Cross left over right until the end of the section is reached
  • Work your way down the hair shaft, keeping tension fairly high, until you are holding the very end of the section away from your head, like a rope. Remember to twist each section least an inch away from your roots, to avoid putting too much tension on your scalp. Also, be careful when twisting and knotting. You want to avoid breakage as much as possible, so try not to twist too tightly

STEP 5: KNOT IT UP

  • Next, give the “rope” you’ve just created a few extra turns, to coax the twist to curl in on itself. Keep going until you have a decent base coil around which you can then wrap rest of the twisted hair
  • Make sure to wrap each layer closer to your head than the previous one, bringing the ends of your hair closest to your scalp
  • On longer hair, this will create a sort of “pyramid” or funnel shape, while shorter locks will have a rosebud or coiled look
  • Finally, secure the knot by either by tucking the ends underneath, using hair pins, or covering with elastic ponytail holders
  • Do not use rubber bands on your knots (or your hair in general)

Unleash your inner rock chic with a punk-rock inspired fro-hawk that’s oh, sooooo 70s!

This is a great style for shorter, kinkier hair, and an even greater way to camouflage crushed, frizzy, or unruly curls. It’s also an incredibly easy style to replicate, which might make it a fast favourite for naturalistas looking for a low-maintenance, slightly edgy look.

The more separated your curls are, the more voluptuous and dramatic your fro hawk will be, so keep that in mind when deciding to go with this look. If you want to add volume, use an afro comb or your fingers to separate your curls, and add more oomph.

There really isn’t much prep needed to create a fro-hawk, so we’ll get right into the steps!

STEP 1: SEPARATE

  • If you’re creating a fro-hawk while coming out of your bantu knots, coat your hands with a couple sprays of E-Blast to add some shine and oil to your hair, and to prevent your strands from frizz.
  • If you’re doing this after a shower, make sure you’re working with dry, detangled, and conditioned hair
  • Unravel your bantu knots, and separate each two-strand twist. You can use a comb or your fingers to tease out your curls, or you can keep them as is if you’re going for more definition
  • A fro-hawk also works if you aren’t coming out of bantu knots. Simply separate each two strand twist and go to the next step

STEP 2: PIN AWAY

  • Then, pin sections of your hair, on both sides, using your trust bobby pins
  • If you’re creative (or have time), you can use colourful pins and create designs as you go along your head

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STEP 3: FLUFF THE FRO

  • If you want to add more volume, gently work your fingers at the ends of your do to ‘fluff out’ your fro-hawk and make it appear fuller
  • Work a few sprays of E-Blast into your hands before doing this, if you find your strands dry and in need of some extra moisture

Don’t be fooled. The Afro may seem deceptively easy, but is probably requires the most prep and care out of all three styles.

The secret to a great afro is beautiful, defined curls – whatever their curl pattern, texture, and length – and that doesn’t happen overnight. Luckily, we partnered with Aunt Jackie’s to create a naturalista bible – your one stop shop for creating, maintaining, and rocking voluminous curls all week long.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW!

Our comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know – from what shampoo to use, to how to condition, lock in moisture, define your curls, and prevent breakage – to rock your fro.

Gurl, let your curl down!

STEP 1: VOLUME

  • If you’re creating your afro after a two-strand twist, bantu knot, braid, or any other protective style, unravel your twists, knots, and braids, and separate your strands
  • Next, work your fingers into your hair at the roots, and tug upwards gently to add volume to your fro
  • Work a bit of E-Blast or spray into your hands to prevent your curls from frizzing, and slowly separate your curls to add more volume and definition to your afro

STEP 2: MOISTURISE + FLUFF

  • Continue fluffing out your fro using your fingers, or an afro comb or pick
  • Shape your afro with your hands, patting down places that need less volume, and coaxing your roots upwards in areas that need more
  • Add a spritz of E-Blast and Half and Half to your finished fro, and you’re ready to take on the world!

WIN BIG WITH AUNT JACKIE’S

WELCOME to the naturalista club! Whether you’re just an honorary member, temporary visitor, or permanent diva, we love that you’ve embraced your natural hair. The next step on your journey is a simple one, paved with treats.

Share your progress pictures with us on our Facebook page for a chance to win one of FIVE free Aunt Jackie’s hampers full of their best products. Just make sure to feature the Aunt Jackie product you’ve used in the image, and you’re set.

So get snapping and sharing, and may the fro be with you!

GET IN TOUCH WITH AUNT JACKIE’S (OSCAR FRANCOIS)

Oscar Francois Limited | 133-135 Duke Street, Port of Spain | +1-868- 223-9933

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