Black Naps is a leading provider of natural hair tips and style. In 2010, Ariane created Black Naps to blog about my natural hair journey and to share helpful tips with others. Black Naps was created to show women that they can be beautiful while staying true to themselves.
Crown braid styles are great for every day wear and with minor adjustment can be perfect for more elegant affairs. We scoured the net and found some of the best style inspiration if you are looking to give this option a whirl.
Convinced wash and go’s don’t work? Don’t follow the process and your outcome is guaranteed to SUCK. For kinky coily hair in particular, it is more than just wash your hair, apply a product and then you are set. Here is the reason why many wash and go’s go all wrong:
When spring time approaches many naturals are ready to let their hair down after protective styling their hair during the cooler seasons. We had a talk with Kimberly Elise about how to transition to spring time styling while keeping your hair healthy.
Ariane and Kimberly Elise talk Spring Time Hair Regimens - YouTube
The main takeaways from our discussion:
#1 Take a protective approach to maintaining your hair
Be very gentle with your hair. Don’t manipulate your hair too frequently and avoid any tools or accessories that put wear and tear on your hair.
#2 Deep condition often to repair any damage and to keep your hair strong
If you decide to change things up with a new hair color, it will be important to try to aim do this with every wash.
#3 Moisturize your hair as needed
Start getting familiar with what your hair wants. During warmer climates your hair will not be as dry. Sometimes all you need to do is let the steam from the shower hydrate your hair or spray a light mist of water to spring your hair back to life.
Stitch braids turn heads everywhere because of their sleek look and the crisp parts add more creative edge to braided styles. If you are open to using rubberbands on your hair for the sections needed to achieve the stitched look, this is perfect for beginner’s who have not mastered how to cornrow. As long as you know how to do a basic braid you are good to go, because the rubberbands are already pulling the roots for you and you don’t have to worry about the parts getting messed up.
To avoid breakage when it is time to remove the style, simply cut the rubberbands off carefully rather them pulling them through your hair. If you are good at cornrowing you do not have to use rubberbands you can just use a good edge control to help keep the sections you create separate.
Staying fashionable as a mom isn’t always easy because your baby comes first. However, it is possible to keep your hair and your fashion on point even if you are very busy and very tired. Your routine just need some small tweaks. Here are some natural hairstyles for moms that will keep your look consistent and stylish.
Let’s face it, sometimes natural hair is high maintenance and other things may take priority. Whether you are short on time, having a bad hair day or just don’t feel like bothering with your hair headwraps and turbans are the ultimate style saver.
You’ve heard that protective styling grows your hair, so eager try this method you go for it. You try box braids, crochet braids and end up going months tucking your hair away but not much has changed. Is this you? Here’s why braids do not grow hair and many often end up seeing lack luster results:
Start taking action as soon as you notice thinning dreadlocks before the problem gets worse or there is irreparable damage. Take these steps right away to repair your locs:
Stop re-twisting asap!
Yes, I know you like how your locs look when they are freshly twisted but this is way too much tensions than your dreads can bear right now. Take a long an extended break at least a couple of months. I use to wear locs myself and even though I never experienced thinning I still would have times when I took a re-twist break.
Keep the manipulation of your hair low
Aside from not re-twisting you want to make sure anything that you do to your hair does not put too much strain on it. So this means avoiding super tight ponytails or wearing headbands that pull at your edges too tightly for example. Your dreadlocks are in a very fragile state and you must treat them as delicately as you can.
Nourish your hair with products that promote growth
Give your hair lots of TLC by using products that promote growth. Jamaican Black Castor Oil, products with Rosemary, and Lavender are great for encouraging growth. You can even make your own DIY Onion Juice Hair Growth Remedy, it contains sulfur which is gives your hair nutrients to thrive.
If the situation is really bad you may have to start over : (
Sometimes we need a fresh start and that’s okay. It’s better that you start anew rather than let the situation linger on and cause permanent damage from traction alopecia. When you get a fresh cut to remove damage your hair tends to thrive because there is nothing holding it back any longer. If the thinning is extensive don’t be afraid to make this move.
The best protection against thinning dreadlocks is to prevent them from happening in the first place by giving your hair breathing room. It’s okay to take a month or two to re-twist your locs, this gives your hair relief from strain and tension that causes hair loss.
Don’t let others sway you into thinking the only way you can get fancy is to straighten your hair, you can look just as glamorous natural if not better. The possibilities are beautiful without touching a stitch of heat or chemical. See these must try natural hairstyle ideas for prom, weddings or any other special occasion you have coming up. Some of these are easy enough to do on your own!
Get gorgeous in snap…literally!
Kinky Curly Clip in Extensions that Look Just Like Your Natural Hair
Did you know that your comb and how you use it is a big part of why your natural hair won’t grow? Aside from moisture issues, the manipulation of your hair is one of the top reasons that you are not seeing progress. Especially in the beginning most naturals comb their hair all wrong. This is because they are use to combing straight hair.
Here’s how you should be combing
Comb from the ends of your hair and work your way up!
More seasoned naturals are well aware that you should be combing your hair from the ends and then working your way up to the root with a wide tooth comb. When you comb from the root to the ends, curly hair encounters a lot of tangles, causes you discomfort and ultimately breakage.
Just be gentle
This comb allows you to comb from the root down or from the ends on up! This is because it is designed just like your hands.
We have to treat our hair really delicately because it is fragile due to the structure of the hair strand. This is why some naturals prefer to finger detangle rather than comb to groom their hair, as it results in less breakage and discomfort.
If you are not seeing growth, make sure you are being very gentle with your hair when you maintain it. Aside from combs you also want to greatly reduce how often you brush as well. Brushing too often will rip away at your strands and give you tons of split ends. For sleek style opt to use a moisturizing hair gel and wrap your hair tightly with a silk or satin scarf to smooth your hair down. We have a whole section about black hair growth so if you still feel like your natural hair won’t grow, you have to see this page to learn more.
Onion juice for hair growth is a popular home remedy that many naturals are beginning to use. Think you can bear the smell? Here’s what you should know about using an onion juice treatment:
There has been some research about how effective onion juice for hair loss is. A small study found that…
Almost 74 percent of participants had some hair regrowth after 4 weeks, and at 6 weeks about 87 percent experienced hair regrowth. Both males and females participated in the study and the hair regrowth was higher among males.