5 Natural Hairstyles You Can Definitely Do At Home

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Blake Newby, Beauty Reporter

Black women have a special relationship with hair because it is vital to our appearance. How has this time with no salons affected you?

So anyone who knows me knows how serious I am about my hair, and I’m rarely without my weave. When this all began, like most people, I thought it’d be over almost immediately so I had no idea that I’d have to be caring for my own hair for so long. But if there’s one thing about me, I’m going to figure it out. And I have been. For a little more than a month I had knotless braids that took me 10 hours to execute. It wasn’t easy, but it’s amazing the things Black women can do when we feel like our backs are up against the wall.

What products did you use to achieve your look?

Well, LOTS of pre-stretched kanekalon [hair], Jamaican black castor oil to soak my hair in while it was in the braids, Hicks edge control, some Eco-Styler gel, and of course, lots of hair tools like combs, clips, etc.

Why has it been important to do your hair rather than just wear it in its natural state?

Like everyone else, I’m lazier than ever before during these times. And knowing myself, I’d inevitably be negligent toward my hair, hindering its growth. If there’s anything I can say about tucking my hair away during all of this, it’s grown — tons. To not have to worry about my hair amidst all of the other stress we’re going through right now has been such a relief.

How can we achieve this look?

There are so many YouTube videos about how to do it. I first searched “How To Do Knotless Braids” to see the initial technique, then searched “How To Do Knotless Braids On Yourself” to see how the method changes. Make sure that you pre-separate all of your kanekalon, that in itself would have cut at least an hour out of my braiding time.

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Nia Imani, Campus Curlz Founder and Influencer

Black women have a special relationship with hair because it is vital to our appearance. How has this time with no salons affected you?

It hasn’t affected me a great deal because though I’m not licensed, I am my own personal hair stylist. I’ve been doing my hair on my own since I was a 11 and I have really aimed to master my craft over the years because of the horrible experiences I’ve had in salon chairs. However, I do believe that for women who aren’t master’s of hair care, now is the perfect time to connect and learn your natural hair on a deeper level. I don’t believe we should rely on one source to treat our hair, and the more educated we become on our curls and coils, the better we can care for it during desperate times.

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