PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLE FOR NATURAL HAIR: THE TAMED CURL
|Look at that shrinkage! Gotta Love it!|
The pictures above are a few pics of a go to protective hairstyle for my hair called the “Tamed Curl”. This protective hairstyle is taken from an old twist out.
How to achieve this look
- Prior to this picture I was wearing my hair in protective two strand twists. Each twist measured about a 1/4 inch width in diameter.
- I followed my regimen for protective hairstyles and maintained the look for about 3 weeks.
I extend the life of my protective hairstyles by creating new looks from my hair at its current state. In this case, I am transitioning my hair from twists to the tamed curl. To do this I follow the steps below:
Create bantu knots by misting your hair with water, gathering several twists and pinning them tightly . Bantu knots will create curls that will last several days.
- I air-dried for more than 12 hours including sleep time. (Good Times!!!) The longer you allow your hair to dry the more “tame your hair will be.
- When dry, I mist my hair with a water oil mix prior to taking down the rollers to allow it to air-dry. This creates a sheen and moisture that my natural hair adores!
- Take down the bantu knots and separate the twists – shaking my head for more volume
- Your hands are your friend.. move the curls around to make sure your hair is to your liking.
You’re Done. This hairstyle can be worn for one day, or up to one week. In order to keep it truly as a protective style that will benefit your natural hair, I would suggest wearing it for 3 days max! Your hair will thank you!