Well, in case you haven’t heard, there’s yet aNOTHER type of hair out in these protective styling streets for crocheting, just in time for fall: Micro Locs! Here are some things you’ll wanna know before you jump on the trend!
Looks We Love
Scrolling through Instagram, I noticed a rising natural hair color trend this summer… a stunning patch of blonde on top transitioning into deep red. I absolutely love it! Here are four beautiful examples.
I haven’t done one o’ these in a minute so, I thought it was only right that I come back and give a big ole shout out to the mainstay of textured natural hair: the Afro. Whether neatly patted down with every strand in place or finger-combed and slightly “undone”, the Afro will forever be a natural hair fave around these parts! Yes, I love my updos, twists and buns but I just adore the funkiness and downright FUN of wild-ish hair. Stylist Frédérique of I Go by Frankie never fails with her effortless cloud of kinks to match her super eclectic fashion. When she throws a side part in that Afro… *swoon*. LOVE a side part! We can’t get enough of Afroista! Her larger-than-life, untamed Afro makes me wanna do a little dance every time I see it. Trust… photos do this mane no justice! A stunner in person. GAAAH! Regular followers of her blog may be used to a beautifully defined twist-out or high puff from our June Natural Fashionista Cynthia so this was a switch. Whether it was a twist-out-turned-Afro or what, I don’t care. Hey, with natural hair, sometimes, accidental styles are the best kind! It seems Solange’s wedding day do caused a bit of a stir as far as the standards of “bridal hair”. Ugh! Welp, as stated in my last post, I think she looks beautiful! Who says you have to wear a sleek, carefully pinned up style for your nuptials? In true Solo fashion, this screams “I’m gonna be me!” This Afro is tastefully done and complements her fashion for the day. DO YOU BOO! And then there’s lil ole me! I almost never aim for a perfectly defined twist-out or braid-out. If I do get a defined look goin’, I’m not bothered if…
I just wanted to pop in and give a little love to the ladies who are #teamtwa, #shorthairdontcare, or any other witty hashtag you can come up with. Whether you’ve just done your big chop (WELCOME!) or you’re a natural hair vet who simply loves the convenience of a cropped ‘do, we see you! ♥ I hope this serves as a bit of inspiration to those who are contemplating the big chop as well as those of you who are still in this state aching for the day to be able to pull your hair up in a pony. Patience my darlings. Rock that mini fro with confidence! You’re beautiful. 😉 xoxo Toia B.
Although I haven’t done ’em in a minute, cornrows have been one of my go-to styles for years! Flat twists are also a great look but-er-uhhh… I have yet to truly master those bad boys. Oh woe is me. I’ll get ’em with some more practice… yeah baby! Whether alone or combined with twists, cornrows are a protective style that can be worn for weeks with proper maintenance. I have often used them to accent loose hair styles like twist-outs or braid-outs for a change of pace. Too hot? Cornrows and flat twists not only look purdy but they keep that hair off your face and neck. Since I skipped the cornrows for Marley Twists this time around, I think that’ll be the next style after the take-down (I’m soooo indecisive when it comes to this hair!!). Talk to you soon bebés! xoxo ~Toia
Soooo… is it wrong if I take someone else’s go-to hairstyle and use it as my own? No, Okay, cool… ’cause that’s whats happening! LOL! It’s no secret (at least within the natural hair community) that Essence.com Beauty Editor Nicole M. Melton is known for her fabulously coiffed topknot. I’ve seen Nicole around the circuit a number of times and it’s only upon catching up with her at a CurlBOX event at the Ouidad Salon in NYC last summer that I got to see that this was no ordinary bun! When she sat down for her consultation and began to take her hair down, I tried to sneak a peek at how she’d put it back together! ^_^ But alas! Amid the schmoozing and networking, I didn’t catch how it was done. Fast forward a few months… I’m finally on Instagram. Of course, I’m following Miss Melton, gawking at this style with each post, trying to figure it out. The comment threads always include a few “I LOVE YOUR HAIR!”s or a “How did you do your bun?!” Well, I took to the web to find a pic to share the awesomeness on my Facebook fan page using the keywords “Nicole Melton Bun” and BAM! “THERE’S A TUTORIAL”??!!! O_O Woooooop! I had never been so elated about a hair tutorial until this one. (1) The style is super easy to execute, taking about ten minutes, tops! If you follow Nicole on IG, you’ve seen her rock this do at the office, the gym and fancy functions alike. So (2) it’s versatile- suitable for work, play or formal settings. Over the past year, I’ve watched Nicole’s signature updo grow… literally! Protective styles like these help to keep your hair, especially those ends, moisturized and healthy which will aid in length retention.…
Over the past year or so, I’ve been seeing so many versions of this funky style and I gotta say… I love EVERY. SINGLE. ONE! This long-in-the-front-short-in the back do has quickly gained popularity and I predict we’re gonna see much of this style in some gorgeous hues come Summertime. It seems to me that color really takes it to astronomical levels of awesome! See for yourself… The key to the success of this coiffure, in addition to the cut itself, is defined curls and coils. To achieve just the right appeal, I’d probably set my hair in some bantu knots for a bit of a stretch and definition. Flexi or perm rods could also do the trick! You can even combine the two for a multi-textured look- bantu knots in back with flexi rods for the longer portion in front- to form your tapered fro. While I love this cut, I’m nowhere near brave enough to do this much hair-chopping! How bout you?! Will you be doing anything drastic with your hair this Summer? A chic cut? Bold color? A second (or third or fourth) Big Chop?! Share below! ^_^ Till next time my naturalistas, xoxo ~Toia Sources: thebrownfacebee.onsugar.com; woohair.com; nappyheadedblackgirl.com; www.hairloveart.com; faintlymasculine.com
Last month, I showed a little love for the TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro). This one’s for team #bighairdontcare. From big, blown-out coifs to naturally colossal coils, full, fluffy fros make us gasp, swoon and most times just stare in awe! Ebony Clark, like many of us, “started from the bottom” with a Big Chop and worked her way to the lovely long mane you see here after years of care. Results WILL vary (as far as terminal length and rate of growth) but she is truly the poster child for what can be achieved through healthy hair care practices. I leave you with her own encouraging words to her Instagram followers a couple months ago upon posting this photo… “I can PROMISE you that if you stick with it and take care of your hair, with time you’ll reach your goals… Be/Stay encouraged! ♥” xoxo Toia B.
This style has been around for quite a bit but boy has my Instagram feed been inundated by this protective style! Oh, oh… don’t get me wrong. I LOVE it (hence the title). I’m just sayin’, it has definitely become the go-to style for many especially during vacation season and in the spirit of just plain ole not-wanting-to-have-to-do-your-hair-ness. You GO girls… I’ll be joining you very soon! The do was made popular by Finger Comber, a company which manufactures extremely natural-looking hair units and weaves as well as loose hair such as what’s used for Havana Twists. Many naturals have found a way to save a few bucks and use Marley hair to achieve a similar look. You’ll often see the terms “Havana Twists” and “Marley Twists” used interchangeably but technically, it all boils down to the type of hair that’s used. Either way, it’s about to be on and poppin’!! I have some leftover Marley hair from my last set of twists so as soon as this mane gets washed, I’m on it! If you’re a DIY’er wondering just how to go about achieving the look, this tutorial by donedo05, who uses Marley hair, has been helpful to many. She incorporates the “invisible roots” method of installation which gives a more natural look. I also enjoyed this tutorial by Jouelzy. Enjoy a few pics for inspiration… Check out this tutorial by African Creature. She also uses Marley hair but this is the closest I’ve seen someone come to actual Havana Twists without using Havana Twist hair. So, will you try some Havana or Marley Twists this summer? Until next time… xoxo ~Toia #31WriteNow
Classy. Simple. Elegant. Be it a top knot, doughnut or ninja, the high bun is one protective style that will never lose its chic appeal! During my relaxed years, I was definitely identified by this do… so much so that my husband, then boyfriend, dubbed me “bun-head”. Cute, I guess. ^_^ Here’s some high bunspiration for ya! Enjoy! Seems to me the high bun is great for any occasion… Do you agree? 😉 Share your high bun styles with me on facebook! xoxo ~Toia