Category Archives: SuperStyle Tutorial

SuperStyle Tutorial: Bantu Knots

Raquel L.



I consider this to be one of the most unique natural hairstyles that I do. I don’t really see many people rocking this style, at least in my area. So if you’re looking for a style that’s cute, edgy, and protective, bantu knots or “Chinee bumps” (as we call them in Jamaica) are for you.

Time: 30 mins. to wash, condition, and detangle, 1.5 hours to set hair in Bantu knots

Products/ Tools Used: Parnevu Leave-In, Ecostyler Clear Gel, rat-tail comb to part, metal clips to hold back sections of hair

Lasts: Foreva! Seriously, this could hold up quite nicely for 4 weeks, if you wanted it to. However, I have an incurable disease that prohibits me from wearing a style for longer than one week…:D Careful, it’s contagious.

Begin on freshly washed, wet hair-Part in half.

You can either make horizontal parts or vertical. I started with horizontal. Use mirrors to ensure your parts are neat.

Section off a small square of hair using the end of your rat-tail comb. Two-strand twist the section, using the gel to keep the hair smooth and non-frizzy.

Tightly coil the hair around itself into a little ball. Add a small amount of gel to the ends to ensure the hair will stay. This takes practice, but once you get the hang of the hand motion, it's simple.

Continue until you've finished an entire row. Repeat until you're finished with your entire head. Make sure to keep the sizing of your parts consistent.

Side view. This was my second day wearing the style. At night, I simply wrap a scarf around my edges and throw a bonnet over the whole thing.

Reactions You’ll Get: People will have so many different reactions to this unique hairstyle. Prepare to be asked if you’ve cut your hair. Prepare to get looks of amazement, like, “What’s going on, exactly?” Prepare to get some guffaws of ridicule from people who don’t find it cute-this happened to me on the bus. Seriously.

My bottom line: I LOVE this hairstyle, it’s MY HAIR and that’s all that matters. Ciao!

What I would look like if….

Bianca G.

Have you ever wanted to do something drastic with your hair like chop it all off or shave the sides but you were too afraid that it would look a hot mess? I know that permanence with hair can be a scary thought, but don’t worry! There is a way to get a feel of what you would look like after making a drastic hair change. The great thing about being natural is your hair’s versatility. Here are some ideas I have come up with to test what I would look like if I decided to change up my hair a bit. You should give it a try…

If I decided to have a MOHAWK by shaving the sides of my head

Solution: This one is very common. You can have the sides of your head pinned up or get them braided. The simpler the braids the closed it is going to look like a shaved mohawk. I always take a picture that is a straight shot profile picture to get a better idea of what would I would look like with the sides of my head shaved.

 

If I decided to do the BIG CHOP or get a FADE

Solution: Being able to do this one depends on you hair length and shrinkage. I was able to part my hair into large sections, twist them and pin them down. This allowed me to see what my hair would look like if it were laying flat on my head in a natural style. Simply putting your hair into a pony tail did not create the same affect for me.

 

If I decided to do a SHORT STRAIGHT STYLE

Solution: This one is a little tricky depending on your hair length as well. After straightening my hair I sectioned of a part in the front I wanted to function as bangs. Then I brought my hair into a very high pony tail (i could see it when holding my head straight forward). Then I gently tucked and rolled the ponytail forward into itself, hiding my excess hair. and pinned it down. This creates a short look. You can also do a french twist from the back of the head toward the front,  if hair is a bit shorter.

 

If I decided to grow LOCKS

Solution: YARN BRAIDS!!! check out a yarn braid tutorial on youtube!!!

 

So if you are unsure about trying something new do a test run first. It has definitely helped me in the decisions I have made!

Though sometimes it may not seem like natural hair is impossible to work with, once you get to know your hair you will recognize its capabilities!

Remember this: You can pull off any look with confidence. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.

Much love,

-b

SuperStyle Tutorial: The Braid n’ Curl

Raquel L.

This is one of my favorite, low-maintenance styles. I got the idea from fabulous natural hair Youtuber, wwestNDNbeautyy. The original video tutorial can be found here: Braid’n’Curl Tutorial

Style: Braid n’ Curl

Time: About 30 mins. to deep condition, wash, and detangle ; 1 hour to set hair; 1 hour to dry

Products Used: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream, Elasta QP Feels Like Silk Foam Wrap, small yellow perm rods, fine tooth comb, end papers, clips to section hair

Lasts: 1-2 week maximum

My hair had been in this bun for about 2-3 days at this point. Time to style. 🙂

I apply this deep conditioner to my dry hair in sections.

I cover my hair with a plastic bag, not conditioning caps. Ahem. This is not being cheap. This is college-broke innovation.

That odd looking gray tube is one of the best hair investments I've made. It connects to your dryer, creating an instant salon style dome dryer. Right in your dorm room.

I sit under the dryer with the deep conditioner on my hair for about 15 minutes. Great time to read for classes. Or tweet.

I then shampoo and condition in the shower, using my shower detangling comb to detangle my hair in four sections.

After detangling in the shower, my hair is braided in four different sections. It is SO much easier to work with your hair in sections.

Styling Tools: end wraps for smoothing the ends, spray bottle with water to keep my hair damp, small perm rods for the ends, a large comb to keep my hair detangled, fine tooth comb to smooth my ends on the roller, Garnier Fructis Leave-In Cream to moisturize, and Keracare Foam Wrap to provide hold to my style

I start with the first section.

I add my products to that one section: a dime size amount of my leave-in cream and at least 2 pumps of the foam wrap, fingering it through my hair to evenly distribute it.

I section off a small portion of my hair to begin braiding.

I leave the very end of the braid loose.

Here are the end wraps. I've cut them in half for easier manipulation.

I place the end wrap around the very end of my hair.

I then roll the end of my hair wrapped in the end paper around the perm rod.

Here's that back left section completely done. I do about six braids per section, and I don't make exact parts in my hair.

Here's the very front of my hair. I only make one straight part in my hair, and that's for my side part.

I like to neaten up the front of my hair. I prefer Fantasia IC, and this very soft brush.

You can thoroughly blame Chili, J. Lo, and maybe Lil Kim for my obsession with baby hairs. 😉

I sit under the dryer for about an hour. If I don't get it at least a little bit dry, I will wake up to damp hair. Then I go to sleep with a scarf and a bonnet.

I take out the curlers and the braids the next morning. I use the end of my comb to separate the parts that are still in my hair.

The finished product.

The front.

MAINTENANCE: Here's how to maintain the style at night. I clip up the front of my hair to preserve the curls at the front.

I cover the front of my hair up with a scarf, and remove the clip. The curls remain in a little "bunch" at the front of my hair, and do not get smushed.

I cover up the back of my hair with a satin bonnet. That's all there is to it.

SuperStyle Tutorial: Double Strand Twist Pin-Up

Bianca G.

Style: Double Strand Twist Pin-up (w/a hint of a Mohawk)
Time: 2-3hrs (I have thick, shoulder length hair)
Products used: cantu shea butter conditioner, coconut oil, oil sheen, rat tail comb, bobby pins(plenty)
Lasts: for about 2-3 weeks max.

 

HOW TO:
I got this style idea from a model in essence magazine who was rocking a lock pin-up look. Although I don’t have locks I still really wanted to have her look! I had this style during the warmer seasons. It works great with large earrings and maxi dresses. I was surprised and the numerous complements I received. Many people thought I had locks, so this is an easy way to get a ‘lock look’ without the permanence of locks. I Here is a simple how to if you want a similar style:

  1. First thing to do is have the proper parts. I sectioned off the front sides of my hair in squares. You can do this by beginning to part a Mohawk but only parting half way through. Instead of bringing the part all the way back swing it behind your ears. From the front it looks like a Mohawk but the back is un-parted.
  2. The next step is double strand twisting yourhair (excluding the front sides). Double strand twisting is the longest part of this style process. You want to go through your hair in small, even square sections and individually twist each part, using the conditioner and oil to moisturise along the way. The difference between regular twists and double strand twists is you twist your hair backwards then twist it forward (hence the double strand). I would look up an instructional video on youtube if you need extra help.
  3. I wanted to go for a mohawk look as well so I decided to mix it up and braid the sides. When you finish braiding you will have twist hanging down in the front/bang area and braids on the sides.
  4. The last part is a little tricky. Starting from the back of the head, using bobby pins, slowly pin your twists upward. It looks neater if you align them down the middle, pulling the twists on the sides toward the center. Take the ends of the braids from the mohawk and pin them toward the center. Then pull the twist hanging in the front back toward the center as well. If you want a funky-er look create a hump in the front for style sake.
  5. Finally spray with oil sheen for a clean shiny look.