There are a lot of hairstyles that require pricing mousses, balms, serums, or other products. They make look stylish, but if you're not a professional hair stylist, you may not know how to use them properly. Using not enough or too much can cause your style to wear down before the end of the day. By using a comb or brush, bobby pins, elastic hair bands, and some creativity, you can find natural hairstyles that work with your style without the hassle or pricey hair products.
The New Crown Braid
This natural hairstyle style transforms your look from night-to-day while keeping it out of your face. Start by making a part just behind your left ear to just below the crow of your head. Sweep the hair in front of the part across the crown of your head. Using a comb or brush, smooth the top. The front of the style should be even in texture and height.
Next, start braiding, gathering hair as you go along as you go, you can use a raised Dutch braid. Start from behind your left ear, then braid along the hairline. Continue braiding across the front of your hairline. Create a low-swept style by braiding along the sweep of your hair. It should cover your ear, with the braid just across the earlobe. End the braids just behind the back of your ear.
End the style by tucking the remainder of the braid at the nape of the neck. Gather the remaining hair into a low tucked toll at the base of the head. Secure the style with bobby pins underneath the roll.
The Festive Fauxhawk
For this natural hairstyle make a part directly over the arch of your left eyebrow using a rattail comb, ending at the crown of the head. This your lead part, which will set the direction of the style. Make another part directly underneath that part to create a one-inch section of hair. Cornrow that hair all the way to the way to the back part of the crown. Secure the end of the braid to your head with a small bobby pin, leaving your ends free behind it.
Repeat that step for a total of three braids on the right side, allowing the ends to blend with the back of your hair. Repeat this process on the other side of your head.
This creates a fauxhawk of hair along the top hairline. Use your hands to sweep your hair upward along the front and above the crown to add height to your fauxhawk. Then, fluff your length with your fingers to create lift and definition.
Add bobby pins along the sides of the center section to keep height in place (if you feel you need it). Just hide the pins within the roots of your hair.
The Inside Out Ponytail
This curly style is a series of easy twists. It can be worn two ways as a ponytail or tucked into a bun. The ponytail version is a fun way to add detail to a low ponytail and is a simple, but stylish way to tuck your curls away when you're having a bad hair day or you don't have too much time to devote to your hair that day.
The bun/ponytail variation doesn't happen until the end, so it'll be easy to switch looks to decide which is best for you. Before you start, you'll need three elastics that match your hair color and a few bobby pins if you want to try the bun version.
First, you want to create three ponytails down the back of your head. Take the top section from around your temples. The second ponytail is directly below the first, level with your ears. The third is underneath in line, gathering the rest of your hair at the nape of your neck. You want to flip each ponytail up and over itself. Start by separating your hair to make a hole above the hair elastic on your first ponytail. Flip in up and over into the hole and tighten the elastic up.
Repeat the topsy tail on the second ponytail. Before tightening the elastic on the second ponytail, tuck the first ponytail inside the hole on the second ponytail. Topsy tail the third ponytail and tuck the top ponytails inside as well. Then tighten the elastic at the bottom. Here's your finished ponytail twist hairstyle.
For the tucked bun, roll your ponytail up and pin in at the nape of your neck. Leave a few pieces of hair loose around your face to soften the look.
Waterfall Braid Tutorial
This natural hairstyle is as easy as making a braid while letting some strands fall along the way to create an elegant, but simple look.
Start by taking a large section at the front, then split it into three smaller sections. Start with a regular braid, adding extra hair from the top of every third cross, then on the next cross, leave one strand loose to create the waterfall look and grab a new section underneath the braid the replace that strand.
The key is to let the bottom strand of the braid hang down as to not interfere with the braid pattern. Repeat the process as you braid around your head. Finish with a regular braid and fasten with an elastic band.
Braided HeadBand Tutorial
This style requires long enough hair so that it can be braided and placed over the top of your head to resemble a full headband. However, for shorter hair, there is also a way to create two braids on each side of your and combine them flawlessly at the top of your head using bobby pins, but your hair will still need to be long enough for the braids to overlap.
Start by brushing your hair through to remove any knots. Pick up a section of hair just behind your left ear. This will be your braid. Split it into three and create a basic three-strand braid or braid of your choice. Once you've braided that section, hold the end and stretch out the sides.
This helps the braid look thicker and have more impact. Place the braid across your head and pin the end in place behind your right ear.
If your hair isn't long enough, try using clip-in extensions. If just want to use your natural hair and have about shoulder-length hair, double up on the braids. Create a braid of equal thickness behind each ear and cross them over and pin them together on the top of your head. Tuck in the ends and stretch out your braid to flatten it a bit. It will have the same effect.
The Bow Bun
This natural hairstyle is as easy as making a normal bun, but with a bit of a twist! Start by gathering all of your hair at the top of your head and start ponytail with an elastic. Loop your hair through an elastic and on the last pull through, don't pull your hair all the way through, leaving the tail of your hair pointing toward your forehead. Then, divide you loop into two halves.
Take the tail of your hair and fold it back through the space in your two looped halves, creating the center 'knot' part of the bow and secure the ends in the elastic behind the bow in the back of your head. Fluff up your bow by spreading out the loops and gently tugging them tighter like you would cinch a ponytail tighter and voila!
The Beach Bun Twist
Start be parting at the top of the ears to separate the upper and lower half of half, parting at the top of the ears. Twist and pin upper section up and out of the way. Twist the lower section and pin it into a low bun. Then take the top section, but leave a small section along the right side. Take the larger section, twisting it until it reaches the low bun and wrap the end around the bun and secure with pins. Take the small remaining section and add it to your buns.
Tips & Tricks
If you have really thick hair, try putting your hair into a low ponytail first, before doing the bun. It will help hold some weight from your wet hair.
If you have fine hair, you may hate doing a bun, as the style can show it. Try not twisting the bun too tight. Instead of creating a bun, try making a flat pancake-style bun. By doing loose twists and pressing it up and down as you go, it should create the illusion of a larger bun and the impression of having more hair.
The New "I Love Lucy"
For this natural hairstyle start by making a deep side part that starts directly in the front of your left ear, then ends just behind the right ear. Then, sweep the front of your hair to one side. You can use a rattail comb to make the part more precise. Grab the back section of your hair and divide it into two equal parts, so there are three sections total.
Keep them separated with pins or clips. You can use a brush to smooth the front of your hair down; it'll help the front roll stay neat. Start at the front of the side-swept section, bobby-pin your hair down along the curve of the head, right over the side of the temple to just over your ear. Now, roll your hair upward to cover the pins. Secure the roll with extra pins along the top of the top of the roll and the front roll is done.
Now for the back roll. Grab the back section that's behind the finished roll. Use bobby pins to secure that section down, then add pins from the nape of the neck to the top of the section. Roll the remaining hair outward and toward your ears to cover those pins in the same manner as before. Secure the roll with extra bobby pins.
You should now have two upward-facing rolls in the back section of your hair. Use bobby pins to join the two back rolls together to cover the part between the two rolls for a cohesive, beautiful shape. You'll draw attention no matter where you rock this look.
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