Girl, we’ve been there. Don’t get us started on how many times we’ve been about to leave the house before being asked if our hair is ‘done’ or if we’re really going out like that. Seriously, people? Sometimes I just watch to grab their shoulders and shake them.
After spending the night before re-conditioning our hair, then around two hours wrapping it around our fingers and taming it into calmer curls, just so it’d be perfect in the morning…? Don’t you dare ask me if I’m ready.
But, if you want to avoid all the aggravation and stress of people’s opinions, then it’s time to discover our favorite natural hairstyles that will be deemed tidy by the general public. Maybe you just fancy changing up your style, or perhaps you have a special event that you want a tidier, more professional looking style for.
Regardless of your reason, we’ve got you covered!
The Two-Strand Twist
For this super cute, quick and easy look you’re going to need two hair bands, optional bobby pins and a mirror to double check! Before attempting the two-strand twist it’s going to be better for you to have your hair stretched out already, conditioned and smooth. If you have trouble with loose strands or frizz then try out a gel or smoothing cream to keep those edges in check.
We like this look best with a side parting, but that’s totally down to your personal preference. Why not try out a few different ways of parting your hair if you’re unsure? Because you’re sure to find something perfect for you.
Now you have your parting ready, it’s time to split your hair into two halves. Starting at the roots on the top of your head at the beginning of your parting, begin twisting your hair tightly (but not so tight your eyes start getting super wide!) as close to the head as you can get all the way around until you get to where you want your final twist to start from. Personally, we think that on a particular side, just behind your ear will look best. Once you’ve done this, secure the rest of your hair with a hair band whilst you do the same on the other side of your head. Just keep twisting, twisting, twisting…
Luckily, the last step is the easiest. Simply part the remainder of your hair in two sections and twist like your life depends on it (well, until you run out of hair), secure with your second hair band and pout in the mirror.
And heck, take a selfie if you feel the need, because damn, you look good!
Way to add something different: Add a bit of color in, just be sure to maintain it properly.
The Back Bun
This style is going to be so much easier for you if you have a soft bristle hair brush to tidy away those stray edges. Or, you can go totally budget and use an old toothbrush… as long as you don’t use it for your teeth again!
Now, apply a middle parting to your hair and bring your two hair sections round into a low pony to start with. If your edges still don’t look fabulous then some added sleek with gel or wax is going to work wonders for you. Once you’ve tidied the top of your head it’s time to work with that massive pony.
Once you have it in your grip you should be fanning out your hair before folding and rolling your hair round in sections until you have the perfect doughnut shape. Lock this in with another hair band and girl, you’ll look good enough to eat!
Crown Flat Twist
The crown flat twist has got to be our favorite style of them all. Not just because we’re Queens, but because it looks the perfect mix of sophisticated and sexy. Before we get started, ensure your hair is well nourished and consider applying an extra conditioning cream if your hair’s looking a little dry. Because with this look, if your hair isn’t on fleek, you’ll notice for sure. Softening butter cream is going to be your savior, just so you know!
However, this look is really great if you need a protective style because it won’t damage your hair at all, which is perfect for all you lovely in-transitioning mode ladies out there.
So, to start, part your hair to whichever side you’re most comfortable with. Once this is done it’s time for you to smooth over your edges either with a hot comb, gel or a soft bristle brush. After doing this you can really get stuck in.
Beginning with smaller sections, begin twisting your hair, consistently adding more hair into your twist until you’ve twisted all the way around the side of your head. Now you need to twist the other half of your hair, going around the other edge of your hair. If needed you can apply some bobby pins to keep this look in place. We suggest you do this for the back when your hair has come together, unless you wanted to leave it in twist/plait form or add in a cute bun at the back. How many times did we just say twist? Well, shake it up, baby now!
The Crossover Natural Hairstyle
Now, for our last look you’re going to need a little something, something to create that voom-voom vibe with your pompadour. We’ve always used a fringe-clip, or pompadour comb (essentially a little clip insert with a sponge attached, perfect if you have less/thinner hair!). These combs are super cheap, coming in at around $3 from most convenience stores or easily found in shops like Target. After sectioning off enough hair for your pompadour, you’ll want to detangle and apply something frizz-combating to the rest of your hair.
This is where the tricky part begins. You’ll need to section off two small pieces of hair either side of your head and cross them over each other behind your sassy little bump. You’re going to want to continue doing this more and more with added sections of hair until you’ve created the perfect weaved-basket style of plait all the way down your head. Finishing off this look you can either braid your remaining hair, fold it up into a bun or simple wear it as a low ponytail. Either way you’ll be looking absolutely fabulous!
We sincerely hope this article will help you stay tidy and cute at work regardless of your hair type. But we know you don’t need a hairstyle to shine at work, you rock! Stay fabulous.
Imani is a passionate, London born woman now living in Jamaica. A student of hair in college, she has tried plenty of styles both on herself and others. In her spare time she enjoys writing, spirituality and working on her new house. You can see more of her blog posts over on the That Sister Facebook page.