African hair braiding has a long tradition of beauty and unique style.
They come in so many beautiful styles and forms that it's impossible to put a number on how many actually exist, but we won't worry about all of that. Some of these styles are done with completely natural hair and some may have some braiding hair mixed in, we didn't really care. This 101 African hair braids gallery is all about the great look, natural or with braiding weave.
What we WILL do is display the best 101 African hair braiding pictures in our Black Hair OMG photo gallery. You can pick and choose the hairstyles you love (or dislike) and find the styles that you can use in the future.
How To Braid Hair - Cornrows/Ghana Braids (Natural Hair Protective Style)
As a bonus to the natural hair pictures above, here's a how to braid hair tutorial video from the beautiful Sadora Paris. Her channel shows you so many great ideas and styles that you can take and use when you do your own hair or when you head out to the African hair braiding shops (get high-quality braiding hair HERE). Some of the styles she shows you are tutorials on how to do micro-braids, different cornrow styles, Senegalese twists and a ton of other unique hairstyles.
If you haven't checked out her African hair style videos you really should, and don't forget to subscribe to her channel if you enjoy information and tips about black hairstyles.
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Roller Set Results on Two Strand Twists - Natural Hairstyles
News anchor Angela Green recently got a lot of attention because of a video she put up on her Facebook profile.
In the vid, Green gave her personal advice to an intern with gorgeous naturally curly blond hair. Green talked about how the intern was told that her hair was “unprofessional” and too “distracting”. Obviously these were comments from people who don't understand the science of black hair. Responding to the situation, Angela Green suggested that the intern straighten her naturally curly hair just this once in order to please everyone.
Some naturals ripped into Angela and her advice. Some others said that her advice was practical. They noted that the ability to be mindful of your image is key to your ability to advance in the workforce, especially when black people deal with so much discrimination in the workplace and don't understand their rights in the workplace anyway. Why offer another reason to be judged harshly and unfairly?
Many woman strongly felt that a black woman straightening her hair only to appease others at work was considered “selling out.” Yielding to these workplace microaggressions against how black woman wear our natural hair means discarding a crucial piece of how we were created naturally. I have to agree with this last point of view.
In order to fully understand the scope of the push back against black women wearing their natural hair, we have to think about how American society defines and determines what’s considered “beautiful” and acceptable.
A culture’s standard of beauty can come in many forms, depending on the country you compare yourself to. In Saudi Arabia, newscasters may wear hijabs, etc. In India, you will find women wearing saris in TV commercials.
In Western culture, the celebrated standard of beauty is typically white women with straight hair. We see this everywhere from fashion show runways to TV commercials to highway billboards, it's always the same look. In American society, the further a woman deviates from this "ideal", the more undesirable you appear in the eyes of those that live by the set agenda.
So this set agenda makes you wonder. How does Western society deal with those that don't bow to its "standard of beauty"? The women that push away from the set status quo? What occurs when society’s perception of beauty is shaken up by a particular hairstyle they have no intentions on embracing?
Black women are, and have always been, the outliers. Traditionally, outliers (i.e people who are outside of society’s normative standard of beauty) are forced to conform to what society deems acceptable or risk being push away. This is what Green was attempting to communicate to the intern. The intern’s hair is a “distraction” simply because it’s outside of society’s traditional standard of beauty. No more, no less.
The Natural Fact Of The Matter
Her naturally kinky curly hair shouldn’t have been an issue. Professionalism in the workplace should only be referenced when it comes to a person's competence and skill. Had professional appearance been a problem, we’d have to make it fair across the board and put a mandate in place regarding ANY physical appearance be it makeup, hair, etc. How people wear their hair is an art and it’s the only wiggle room women have in the workplace besides makeup.
Of course, there had to be SOME reason the intern was singled out. Obviously most black women's hair doesn’t naturally straighten, it naturally stands up and stands out. Standing out in society, much less the workplace, isn’t always rewarded. Because the intern deviated too far from the classical conception of beauty, she kept being reprimanded, even in the subtlest of ways.
Natural Hair Often Unfairly Aligned With "Threatening" Images
Don't let this though get lost in the mix. Without a doubt there's a deeper, more nuanced reason that American society seems put off by natural black hair. Traditional styles such as afros and locs (some refer to them as "dreadlocks") are often connected to militant black movements. Many women in the Black Power Movement during the 1960s wore afros as a symbol of defiance in the eyes of some, although many would argue it was a symbol of embracing themselves. Mainstream society saw black men and women, who were conscious, armed with guns, and ready to defend themselves and their families, all while wearing these hairstyles. Back then, embracing your natural hair signified rebellion against society and centuries of self-hatred that has been ingrained in African-Americans since the days of slavery. Because of this, society still thinks of our natural hair in terms of being a disruption against the status quo and a hostile force, especially in the work environment. They need to shake that thinking and see people as proud to be themselves and not in need of changing into some watered down version of themselves.
In short, while Angela Green’s advice may have been understandable in the context of being able to advance in a predominantly white work environment, it does much more harm than good. It forces black women to choose complacency in a broken system that continually discriminates against anyone different. It's far better to embrace our our natural selves the way that God made us, our culture and face discrimination head on than continue to yield to unequal and invalidated bias societal beauty standards. Embracing our natural hair means embracing ourselves as beautiful, as worthy, and we need to fight for the right to show our natural selves in the workplace. Of course there are standards set, but my natural hair isn't an "offense". We are beautifully made.
The Max Hydration Method is all the rage these days for women with type 4 natural hair. If you haven't heard of it, you will now!
The Max Hydration Method is, "a 5-step regimen that systematically increases moisture levels in the hair until Max Hydration is reached", according to the MHM website. This hydration method was invented by Black Hair Media Forum VIP Member Pinke Cube and it was created to defeat the often-believed notion that wash and go hairstyles don't work on type 4 hair. Although the method can be done on other types of hair as well.
So what exactly is the Max Hydration Method for natural hair, how does it work, and are the results for real? Let's get into it a bit, shall we?
Who is the Max Hydration Method for? As we have come to learn, The Max Hydration Method was designed for type 4 hair.
What does it do? Pinke Cube, MissDeeKay, and other proponents say that the Max Hydration Method will transform dry, frizzy, undefined natural hair into highly-defined coils and curls that clump -- with or without natural hair products.
On top of that, they say that once your hair reaches the max hydration level, many of the bothersome issues that plague type 4 hair (dryness, knots, styling problems, length retention) will go away like magic.
The Max Hydration Method In Detail
In order for the Max Hydration Method to work effectively and quickly; you MUST (no excuses) follow the procedure accurately, consistently, and faithfully perform applications of this method to your crown. At least daily (pretty hurts right?), but if you can't do it everyday just don't stretch out the time between applications longer than every 3 days. Why? Because this is how long your hair conditioner will last. When doing this be mindful of what your hair responds to best, so you can pick the best options that will best benefit your natural hair.
You'll also need to have a decent understanding of which natural hair products you put on your hair that cause your hair to lose moisture. You'll need more than a shallow belief that "softness always means moisture", which is a false premise in the first place. You'll need to understand which product/substances affect (block) how your hair shaft actually absorbs the moisture, and what isn't effective enough to seal it in.
Prep Step For Max Hydration Method Newbies
If you're doing the Max Hydration Method for the first time, it's suggested that you begin with a Cherry Lola Treatment (both Advanced or No-Frill are fine). After that, this can be done as often as every 2 weeks. Admittedly, we lean towards the modified version, along with the liquid aminos. You will notice the hydration effects on your hair for months and month allowing you to enjoy root to tip definition in certain areas of your hair.
The Advanced Max Hydration Method (Our Favorite)
The advanced version of the Max Hydration Method is a combination of the Caramel Treatment, and Cherry Lola.
Blend the ingredients in your blender, saturate your dry (but detangled) hair completely from root to tip with the mixture. Put a shower cap on and let sit for 1.5-2 hours. After that, rinse thoroughly with warm/hot water. Now you'll need to co-wash with botanical conditioner (whatever you wash your hair with will be fully absorbed into the hair shaft, so avoid silicones, parabens, sulfates, drying denatured alcohol), lastly, apply more conditioner but leave it in your hair and seal everything with a quality botanical gel.
The No-Frill Max Hydration Method
If you choose to do the no-frill Max Hydration Method recipe, it is similar to the advanced method and still very effective. The only changes are that you will skip the vinegar, over-ripe banana/plantain, avocado, egg, and molasses. Leave these out and continue with your co-wash,after that you'll do your wash and go.
DO NOT do an apple cider vinegarrinse directly after this. You can do a co-wash and maybe do a cold rinse with conditioner afterword and that will be enough to close up your hair cuticles again. The point of temporarily opening the hair cuticle is so that moisture can get in, it makes no sense to close them up before actually infusing the ever-important moisture into your hair.
PRO TIP: An excellent option would be to Green House Effect Method(GHE) or deep condition overnight directly after rinsing out the treatment, this applies to both the advanced version, and the No-Frill version. In the morning you can continue with the given methods to close your cuticles, or simply proceed to wash and go. This will quicken the pace of your hydration retention levels, and is seen by many as the best way to take advantage of the treatment.
Step 1: Clarify
Option 1: Apple cider vinegar rinse. You do a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar with water in an applicator bottle. Apply in sections. Let it sit in the hair for 30 mins - 1 hr before rinsing.
Option 2: Baking soda rinse. Mix 1.5 tablespoons of baking soda into 1/3 a cup conditioner. Apply to your hair in sections and let sit on your hair for 10-30 minutes.
Option 3: Alternating between either rinse. You can opt to do each rinse every other day/night. It's up to you to experiment.
Step 2: Co-Wash & Detangle
Option 1: Apply warm conditioner in your hair in sections. Let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse out with warm water, while detangling under the water. If you are doing this step, first pour the conditioner into a microwavable bowl, and microwave for no more than 10-15 seconds if you are using the microwave to heat your hair conditioner. Don't EVER just stick the bottle of conditioner straight into the microwave. You've been warned...
Option 2: Apply conditioner to your hair in sections, and deep condition by covering your hair in a shower cap. Maybe put a scarf over it to trap heat. This can be done overnight if you prefer that method. The first two steps can actually be done before bed, in the morning, you can detangle your hair before going in the shower or also under the running water in section, your hair will have enough slip to detangle outside of the shower though.
Option 3: Detangle, apply conditioner to your hair, put on a shower cap, and steam your hair. Many naturals steam once a week, and this will allow you to do your hair every 2-3 days if you prefer (the Secura S-192 hair steamer is a proven winner). But if you haven't reached max hair hydration it's recommended that you start off steaming your hair more often and you can taper back once your hair has reached maximum hydration. Be sure to detangle before getting in the shower and in the shower under the running water, similar to the prior option.
Step 3: Bentonite clay rinse With all options, leave the rinse on the hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing, and remember to apply in sections.
Option 1: Bentonite clay rinse with out apple cider vinegar
Ingredients list (rough measurements): 1 cup bentonite clay 1.5 cup warm water 1 tbspn of honey 1 tblspn of olive oil
Option 2: bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar Same, just add vinegar.
Option 3: Ready made bentonite clay rinse, or any other type of clay used to clarify hair examples like rhassoul clay or terrasentials.
Step 4: Leave in Conditioner Be sure to avoid any conditioner with silicones, sulfates, and drying alcohols. Other than that, apply thoroughly in sections, you really want your hair to be good and wet. application techniques include smoothing and raking, twirling or whatever technique works for you. These are suggestions, there's no set rule on specific application techniques, just apply enough so your hair glides through and you feel slip. Same with gel.
Option 1: Use a small amount of oil (or however much you feel you need) for extra sealing before gel if you find you need it, for more softness.
Layering options can be LCO, or LCOC (Liquid Cream Oil Cream), but never do the LOC layering order. oil is not a moisturizer, its a sealant. you wouldn't put gel on before conditioner, so don't practice that with oil.
Option2: Don't. It's up to you.
In application of gel, you should be putting enough so you can feel the gel slip, that way you know it's coated the hair. A technique that has worked for me is starting the gel application at the base of the section, like slicking your edges or applying a root touch up with hair dye. Then smooth it down the rest of the strand and proceed to rake, smooth, and spread the gel evenly. Apply more gel if you need to spread it further. Do this in sections and twirl and clip the sections away with a shower clip as you go along. This will help keep you organized. Doing both the leave in and gel step, it takes 30-40 minutes, so it's pretty quick and painless. It's advised to section your hair and do both steps as you go along instead of going over your entire head twice.
This is the step where you will see your curls pop and clump together!
BONUS TIP: Optional Step For sStretching
Step 6: Stretching Options
Option 1: Clipping
It's recommended to take as many sections as you need, twirling/rolling/single twisting/French roll whatever you call it, and clipping it in place. Leave it like that for maybe 30 minutes or as you get dressed, take the clips out, and shake. This should give a slight stretch.
Option 2: Wear your hair in a rolled half ponytail
You can actually do this on short hair. Just section the top of your hair (the part used in making a half pony) and section that into two on either sides (left and right).
Take one section of freshly defined hair (don't worry about it being wet, the definition stays) and roll it towards the back of your head like a French roll, pinning in place. (Make sure not to pull the hair too taught when rolling. The pins will be enough to keep the look in place without over flattening the curl definition) Do the same with the other side. Wear this for the day. When you get back, your hair will be dry. Take the pins out, unroll your hair and shake. Your hair will be stretched but sticking up. Take a satin scarf and arrange your hair the way you want it to fall before gently securing it (not to tight).
By the morning your hair will of course be mushed, but the actual curls will remain unfrizzed, and they won't be completely obliterated either (a big problem many have w/ set styles) because of the gel. Now take your fingers to your roots and jiggle them in a back and forth motion, gently. This should shake loose your now stretched curls for second day hair.
If you want a stretch for third day, you only have to put the scarf on your head to sleep at night.
This should stretch the top half of your hair for a bob like shape, but won't interfere with the curl pattern like twisting and braiding would, and also with out drying your hair out with heat.
If you've ever searched for handmade jewelry and trinkets that were unique enough to be matched with your unique style you're going to love this black-owned small business.
The company name is Prettiuneek Jewelry and their style of jewelry is Bohemian, Eclectic and Modern offered at very affordable prices. All of their fashions are born from their intense desire to express elegant creatively and they definitely accomplish this by creating TONS of unique color combinations and designs that will absolutely blow you away.
You can see in their designs that they are very passionate about what they do, it's all about the attention to detail that is put into the pieces they meticulously create.
Prettiuneek Jewelry incorporates a very distinct blend of semi-gemstones, metals, unique beads, leather and hand carved pieces that will certainly get compliments from those around you. You'll always find a huge collection of unique handcrafted jewelry that is funky, boho chic, eclectic and soulful with a touch of ethnic flair.
This is a super cute video of a mom having fun with her daughter and at the same time teaching her to love her natural hair. All to the tune of Afro-Dance by Les Nubians.
I really loved the question that her daughter asked her in the middle of the song, it shows she's being raised right in more ways than one! Check it out!
Video Description from the mom:
Me and my daughter celebrating our Afros! Please Please PLEASE! help our lil girls understand the value of our beauty. Media is heavy against us. FYI you must start with yourself!
Teach Them Young
Help your daughters celebrate their beauty, have fun and help them nourish and protect their hair instead of trying to chemically change it, damage it, and insult it like so many of us had to live through. They'll thank you for it when they grow up with a full head of hair and a soul full of self esteem.
Facebook posts have been getting shared like crazy of this new hair tool, questions are being raised and just the thought of a brush that can straighten in a couple of minutes, much quicker than a flat-iron, has everybody requesting a new gift for the upcoming holiday season.
Image Credit: Dermstore.com
The brush is from an Italian company called DAFNI and is a "hair straightening ceramic brush." The idea is similar to any other straightening tool - you slowly run the hot ceramic through your hair and it gets rid of any waves or kinks.
What DAFNI claims makes they're product better than competitors is that it has more surface area than the traditional straightener, which means that hair could be done in as little as two minutes. Plus since it's already a brush, the hair wouldn't get tangled, according to the beauty product company.
Why Is The Dafni Straightener Brush So Instantly Popular?
This new hair straightening brush is popular because of ease-of-use in our opinion. Beauty-conscious women are always looking for ways to change our look and style. Looking the same day after day gets boring. Even though we may not straighten often it's nice to have the ability to do so and do it quickly. So the question is…
Does the Dafni work on Kinkier Natural Black Hair?
Well, here is a video from a Facebook user named Kimberley Satterwhite, she posted her first time using it and she thought you might like that we share it with you right here. Check it out!
Be honest, what do you think of the results?
Given the texture of the little girl’s hair that it was demonstrated on, do you think this will work for your texture? It looks very good to us!
BUT.... BUT.... It costs $300 (Now down to $200) For $300 it needs to wash, condition and blow dry my hair too!
Here's Kimberly's (the mom) Comment From Her Video Post:
Sometimes things look so good you have to think, "That just can't be!" And "It's just too good to be true!" Like how I earn 6 figures as a stay at home mom. I just say, "Let's just Try it & see"! I understand how it feels to be a total skeptic of something! So I'm going to try out the 'Dafni Ceramic Straightening Brush'. DOES IT WORK?! You can see for yourself IF In Fact IT Works or not?! This takes the place of flat ironing and saves you MAJOR TIME! I am TOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!
NOTE: I was so excited to use this i didn't wash my daughters hair. She does have GEL in her hair i just ran it through really quick to test it. Imagine this on her CLEAN hair! WOW. I'm very happy with this product!
Myisha Thomas, a proud natural-haired South Carolina woman who made the transition to natural hair a while back has created a HILARIOUS viral Facebook video, popularity has exploded with over half a million views in a matter of a couple days (at the time this writing).
In the video, Myisha Thomas uses her beautiful voice to sing her comedic lyrics about her struggle from relaxed hair to natural curly hair. " For all the transitioners," she wrote. "#ItAintOver #BeEncouraged."
We tracked the new natural hair sensation down and we were excited to ask the talented natural a few questions about her motivation for the vid! We'd actually posted her video this morning in the OMG Black Hair Conversation FB Group and the group members went crazy over it! We were very happy to get a chance to interview her, so take a look at the question and answer she gave to BlackHairOMG and check out the video below if you haven't seen it or want to laugh AGAIN!
BlackHairOMG Q & A With Myisha "It Aint Over" Thomas
Q: Black Hair OMG - Myisha, your viral video was one of the first things we posted in our OMG Black Hair Conversation group the morning after you posted it, it's a HUGE hit with naturals. How did you come up with the idea to do your song parody?
A: Myisha Thomas - I was thinking about a conversation I had with one of my cousins this weekend about her transitioning process and when I heard the Maurette Brown-Clark song, it just came to me.
Q: Black Hair OMG - You have an amazing voice and that made the video so much more impressive. Tell us about your singing history...
A: Myisha Thomas - Well I've been singing in church since I was about 5 years old, but I've never had any formal training.
Q: Black Hair OMG - Besides your beautiful voice, you have everybody DYING laughing with your sense of humor. Who are your comedic influences (famous or non-famous)?
A: Myisha Thomas -Katt Williams is definitely my favorite comedian of all time, Kevin Hart is another big influence, but honestly, the funniest people I know are my mother and father. Seriously, those old people have jokes for DAYS! Lol
Q: Black Hair OMG - How long have you been natural and for how long?
A: Myisha Thomas - I transitioned for 8 months and finally gave in and did the big chop in May 2015.
Q: Black Hair OMG - Was there any underlying message you were sending to the natural community or were you just having some fun?
A: Myisha Thomas - I just wanted to encourage girls like me who are transitioning and may feel like giving up, to keep going. The message is patience, love, and perseverance!
Wrapping It Up
Well, the Black Hair OMG family are huge fans of yours. Please let us know if you have any more videos you'd like the fam to see in the future, we'd love to premiere them! We love the positivity and fun you bring to the movement.
For anyone unfortunate enough to have missed out on this video, see it below. Myisha has created an instant classic.
Well first, let's define what a Brazilian Blowout actually is.
It’s often misconstrued and explained wrong as there are a bunch of different “Brazilian” hair techniques on the market. In fact, it's important that you don't confuse the process which uses keratin hair straightening productswith processes that use formaldehyde. Yes, formaldehyde–the stuff used to embalm dead bodies. Scary.
So What IS a Brazilian Blowout?
The Brazilian Blowout is used as an effective professional smoothing treatment. Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex and a proprietary polymer system, the Brazilian Blowout is supposed to improve the condition of your hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. The end result should be smooth, frizz-free hair with radiant shine.
So What's The Brazilian Blowout Treatment Procedure?
Entire treatment can be completed in under 2 hours 90 minutes. The minute you leave the beauty salon, you can wash and air dry your hair, and it should be smooth, frizz-free and radiant. Results can last up to 12 weeks, leaving hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free!
After the hair is shampooed and conditioned with special Brazilian Blowout products (the hair must be squeaky clean in order for the products to work effectively), the hair is then towel-dried and sectioned into four parts. Then the Brazilian Blowout Professional Solution is applied and combed through the hair. After the solution is applied, the hair is blow-dried and then flat-ironed. The hair must be as smooth as possible.
After heat is applied, the hair is then rinsed and the Brazilian Blowout Mask is applied and rinsed out. Brazilian Blowout Leave-in Conditioner is applied and then you style the hair as usual. Your hair might curl or kink up again when you wash it or it gets wet, but the pattern is much more loose and supposedly remains this way until the treatment wears off. According to videos we’ve studied, your hair will straighten easier and faster with the help of heat styling tools.
Check out this stylist performing the Brazilian Blowout treatment on a client who had been in a weave for two months.
The client seemed to have about 6 inches of natural hair with some relaxed ends. The procedure was performed like in the Brazilian Blowout training video but we couldn't help but notice the excessive amount of heat used for this procedure—and even more seems to be needed for kinkier hair. There is also a lot of pulling and tugging done on the hair which can obviously be damaging and also with the hair needing to be stripped of its natural oils with the excessive shampooing that is necessary for the style is a big concern.
So Should You Try a Brazilian Blowout on Your Hair?
It's your call, but the Brazilian Blowout may do more harm than good. If you’re a natural and want to switch things up with a straight style, you have to consider your hair's ability to recover from this treatment. You may not be able to recover your kinky curls back to their same glory and that would be a shame.
We all know the story of a friend of a friend who had natural hair until she went to a salon and her hair was inadvertently heat trained. And if you’re relaxed, all that intense heat and tugging that comes with this treatment may be an eventual deathblow for your already chemically damaged hair. Arguably, some might say a relaxer just might contain more chemicals than the Brazilian Blowout and that's true, but that doesn't mean it's good for your hair. In the end, it's your decision. But we want you to always be informed and know what you're getting yourself (and your hair) into.