Over the last few years, we’ve seen an huge fashion influx of what is commonly known as “tribal” or “ethnic” prints in big box retail stores as well as online fashion shops.
H&M, Amazon, ASOS, Forever 21, Zara and many others have been selling these African-inspired designs on a number of items— African dresses, wallets, purses, sweaters, beach wraps, blazers, skirts, crop tops, skirts, leggings, scarves and these styles are amazing. With this chic and elegant style becoming more popular we figured that you may want to take a look!
Let's be honest, prints are never going to go out of style and a great way to incorporate them into your wardrobe is to use African prints! There are sooooo many ways to rock African fabric (also called “dutch wax”, “ankara”, and there's also a type of woven cloth called "kente") effortlessly with the clothing items you already have in your wardrobe.
The thing that is so cool about these clothes is that they are reminiscent of the traditional Nigerian clothing that has been worn for special events and occasions for centuries. The gorgeous head wraps make you think of the beautiful gele that happy and excited African women meticulously placed on the heads of a family members or close friends on their wedding day.
Some women like these head wraps and funky prints in order to feel closer to the Motherland, and others simply love the high fashion designs. To each, their own, right?
But who can deny the uniqueness of wooden jewelry pieces, usually of the continent of Africa carved into big, chunky earrings. It’s the head wraps with bright, vibrant colors, the icing on what is an outfit for a night out on the town. It’s the DEFINITION of a fashion statement. And a great opportunity to get in touch with you Afrocentric side.
So Many Ways To Incorporate African-style Dress Into Your Wardrobe
- African Print Skirts
You can pair a flared, mini, skater, midi or maxi skirt in an African print with a solid tee or button-down shirt and you’ve got yourself a perfect brunch, lunch or date outfit.
- Jumpsuits, Rompers and Coordinate Sets
OMG! You can SHUT THE PLACE DOWN with a one-piece African print jumpsuit or romper (so chic!), or stick to two coordinating pieces for a exotic pant, skirt or short suit.
- African Print Up Top
Think crop tops, peplum tops, boxy cuts and even blazers! Try wearing one with a black pencil skirt or your cutest pair of jeans for a quick and easy-to-do evening outfit.
- African Print Bottoms
Similar to skirts, you can easily pair African-print pants and shorts in cuts that flatter your womanly shape with basic tops for casual wear that has an element of sophistication and demure.
- African Dresses
The fashion options with African dresses are endless – as long as you can find a good tailor, you can sew a dress with African fabric in every style imaginable. Your imagination is the only barrier, don't limit yourself! A-line dresses work for almost all shapes, but the details (frills, patterns, embroidery, etc) is what makes these African dresses stand out from the crowd.
- Accessorize With African Designs
If you’re not the runway model type that's ready to strut your stuff with African dresses or African print from head-to-toe, you can also incorporate the African style into your accessories, with hats, bags, shoes, head wraps and chic jewelry fit for a Queen.
Are you thinking about taking your natural hair to the next level with color? Dying your natural can be a really cool and unique experience that shows your brave spirit.
You can liven up a boring hair puff, add another dimension to bantu knot outs, twistouts and dreadlocks or turn your teeny weeny afro (TWA) into a work of art. So we're going to show your 25 colored natural hairstyles in this dyed natural hair photo gallery. But not only that, after the gallery we'll help you realize the effects that dying your hair may have on natural hair so that you don't go into this blindly. So before you grab a bag of hair dye enjoy the natural hair photo gallery and then read on!
Dyed Natural Hair Photo Gallery
They look gorgeous right?!?! It's undeniable. But, it's important to know what you're getting yourself and your hair into. So let's talk about so that you can make an informed decision about coloring your natural hair.
Things You Need To Know Before Coloring Your Natural Hair
While dying with darker colors, adding low-lights or coloring within your natural color range won’t cause you too many problems—the drastic color leaps upward (more than 3 shades beyond your natural color) can really take a toll on your hair. Before you make any huge color changes, first you need to understand and weigh the potential problems. Never just jump into coloring your natural hair on a whim or without a game plan for aftercare.
Here are some potential result of coloring natural hair...
1. Changes In Your Curl Pattern. Many are surprised by this, but coloring your naturally textured hair can sometimes cause unpredictable changes in your curl pattern. Sometimes, the pattern changes are permanent. Whenever you manipulate or alter your hair’s protein bonding structure a slight relaxing effect can happen. These curl pattern changes are less likely to occur in very coarse hair textures (coarse refers to the thickness or diameter of your hair fiber, not the feel of the fiber), and are more likely to occur in those with fine to medium hair textures. Prior damage may also influence whether or not you experience changes in your curl pattern. Using a protein reconstructor after coloring may help some lost curls find their way again.
2. Loss of Elasticity. Because color-treated hair has lost much of its natural moisture (and its overall ability to retain supplemental moisture given), the hair may lose some of its elasticity. Elasticity refers to the ability of your hair fibers to stretch gently and return back to their normal shape and character without damage. The elastic quality of your hair is what makes putting your hair in a ponytail or drawing a puff effortless. When your hair lacks elasticity, it does not move, bend and recover when pressured like healthy hair does— it simply gives up under pressure and snaps in its fragile condition. Again, moisture and protein balancing become critical for establishing elasticity because it’s that careful mix of moisture and strength that gives our hair the ability to resist breakage from being stretched and handled day to day.
3. Increases in Hair Porosity. Products that lighten your locs always direct affect your hair’s cortical layers. When the hair’s cuticle is weakened in this manner, your hair’s natural porosity increases leading to a dryness that's difficult to fight against. When porosity increases, dryness becomes a major problem because moisture is next to impossible to hold securely within the hair fibers. Your hair becomes like a bucket with holes poked in the sides. Color-treated hair can be unforgiving, too. Make a mistake and skip using a great deep conditioner treatment and you may find yourself parting with strands prematurely. A strict, moisture and protein-focused regimen is A MUST if your hair is to thrive in this condition. You need to learn how to balance protein and moisture sources in your regimen!
4. Undesired Color Result. Hair coloring can be very unpredictable. Why? Because color uptake is dependent on a number of factors— like your hair’s current color, texture (strand size) and porosity. Let's be real about this, the hair color on the box is just the company's best guess at what your hair will look like and remember that they do have photo shop at their disposal as well. At times, many, many steps will be needed to get your color right. If you plan on taking the color more than three shades out of your natural color range, it's probably best to have an pro stylist do it for you . Chances are, they’ve seen numerous heads with textures like yours and varying degrees of porosity—plus they have the added bonus of experiences with various colors and looks.
But look, this info is just to help you know what can happen, not to scare you. And many women gladly take the plunge and get gorgeous colored natural hairstyles like you see in our dyed natural hair photo gallery. We hope you enjoyed it and learned something new. We even found a turquoise hair dye that has amazing reviews for the truly brave ladies out there! Please share this article!
You want to know how to do Havana Twists? Great, you'll find out how to do exactly that right now. When you look in any popular black hair magazine that shows the best protective braid hairstyles you'll likely see Havana style twists.
The problem is that many women don't know how to install them. Also, there are a few DOs and DON'Ts that we'll discuss on maintaining twists and then you can see the 3-part video special from Breanna Rutter on how to do it. She does an excellent job of giving a clear explanation and demonstration, she teaches you the right way to borrow hair, install invisible roots and much more. Much better than many other how-to-do videos out there.
Do #2 - Keep your scalp free of product buildup. Since Havana twists are fairly thick, you'll have more than enough room in between each twist to clean your scalp. We recommend that you use Shea Moisture Purification Masque to promote a truly clean and healthy scalp. It works great because you can apply the masque right onto your scalp to lift up any product buildup. After you rinse your scalp and Havana twists, be absolutely sure that the twists fully air dry in order to prevent odor, mold or mildew from forming in your Havana twists hair extensions (some women actually prefer to use Marley twists hair, it's your decision).
Do #3 - Be gentle when styling your Havana twists. Many women wear their Havana twists in a high bun on top of their heads, although it's a really chic and cute style, it creates a lot of pressure. The roots of each Havana twist then becomes "overdirected" meaning that this style of wearing them bends your hair root in a direction it doesn't naturally grow in which could cause your individual hairs to literally be pulled out of the hair follicle and lead to hair damage and hair loss. If you have your heart set on wearing a topknot, do so for short periods of time and be sure to let your twists down each night before you go to bed.
Don't Do These Things...
Don't #1 - Put too much pressure around your edges. This is a big NO-NO. Most women naturally have 'baby hair' around the edges that is a little shorter and much more fragile. Havana twists are much larger in size, thus, there is a greater chance of them being too heavy around your hairline. To prevent breakage, uninstall the twists every two weeks and have redo them. This not only keeps your twists looking fresh, but it's also a way for you to keep close tabs on your fragile edges.
Don't #2 - Leave them in too long. Braids hairstyles like this shouldn't be left in too long, 6 weeks is the maximum that is recommend. Leaving them in any longer than that could compromise the health of your own hair and may even lead to scalp infection from lack of thorough cleansing of your scalp.
Don't #3 - Get your Havana twists done too tight. Most breakage and traction alopecia is caused by hairstyles that are way too tight. When you're applying your moisturizing spray, your natural hair will naturally expand and swell up. Synthetic hair does not expand so if the twist is too tight but your hair wants to expand inside of that twist, your hair becomes more susceptible to breakage.
How To Do Havana Twists On Natural Hair - Full Tutorial
If you follow the instructions in this video about how to do Havana twists you'll have all of the help you need to be able to do this protective braid hairstyle from home. Protective braids help maintain natural hairstyles for black women, Please leave a comment below if you have done Havana twists on your own or have any more helpful tips.
If you've been looking for a great clarifying and detoxifying hair wash you will love this tutorial. Melissa Lee shares her bentonite clay for hair wash recipe with you so that you can reap the amazing hair detox and cleansing benefits.
Melissa Lee is a respected voice in the natural hair community and shares great information all over the web, you can find her on her natural hair website, YouTube and even as a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook Group.
She is a huge fan of natural homemade DIY hair products and her informative bentonite clay for hair tutorial on YouTube will show you how quick and easy it is to make your own hair detox wash.
Bentonite clay for hair is super effective at cleansing and clarifying your hair and scalp of product buildup gunk and other impurities, and it comes loaded with healthy benefits from antioxidants and mineral elements such as potassium, calcium and sodium.
Bentonite clay for hair is very moisturizing and does not strip your natural hair of its essential nutrients like conventional shampoos and conditioners tend to do.
Actually, bentonite clay can be used for your skin and body as well, it removes toxins and is health promoting.
Sound strange to wash your hair with mud? Well, it may sound a bit different but it certainly works. Check out LP's tutorial video below and give it a try…
This bentonite clay for black hair recipe is another great cleansing option that you can use on a regular basis. It works wonders for hair detox and clarifying, getting rid of impurities and hair product buildup on your hair and scalp, this is a great wash to use once a month or so to remove any product buildup between co-washes. It seems especially good for those with naturally oily hair as it leaves the hair very clean, and also a good cleanser for coarse or frizzy hair because of its ability to tame the hair and make it more manageable.
If no-poo hasn’t worked for you, and homemade shampoo hasn’t worked for you, we encourage you to try this option. It can be customized for your hair type and lasts up to a week in the shower.
Melissa's Natural Hair Products
Being that Melissa is a friend of BlackHairOMG we of course want to share her great natural hair products with you.
Her company, Supreme Naturals, features many popular products like her African black soap, whipped shea butters and much more. She is always adding more products, so be sure to check them out.
Bentonite Clay for Hair Cleanser Recipe Ingredients Recap:
The natural hair puff is a go-to look for many stylish naturalistas.
The great thing about the natural hair afro puff is that you can use the style whether your hair is long or short.
This amazing high puff tutorial from I Am Posh Syd is specifically aimed at naturals with 4b and 4c type hair, but in reality many other naturals with different hair types can use this useful. Below we will also give you a list of the natural hair products she used to achieve her look.
After doing the Big Chop in order to go natural many ladies realize that they have no idea what to do with their ‘do.
The time period following the Big Chop is the perfect time to start building a relationship with your kinks, coils and twists. It is also the time when your luscious locs need the most tender, loving care and when you will train your hair how to retain its moisture.
Instead of covering you hair up and waiting for it to grow long, try a cute high puff on short natural hair. Creating this natural hair puff style should begin with damp, moisturized hair. If it is not wash day use a spray bottle to dampen hair and apply a great moisturizer. The natural hair puff style will work with hair as short as 1 inch long.
Hair Puffed Up
The secret to a full puff on short hair is to not put your hair in a ponytail but to use a headband to create the puff.
Moisten your hair with water and apply moisturizer.
Use a wide tooth comb and soft bristled brush to direct hair up to the top of the head.
Place the large headband around your neck.
Apply edge control, pomade or gel around the edges and nape and smooth with the soft brush.
Pull your headband up to your forehead and while using both hands slide the headband up until desired puff side is reached. The farther back you slide the band the smaller the puff will be.
Fluff out puff, smooth edges and add hair accessories if desired.
Hair Puffed Out Style
Complete steps 1-5 above.
Instead of pulling the headband straight back pull one side of the band over to the side -Example: If you want the hair to fall to the right pull the left side of the band over to the right.
Continue to step 6 above. Fluff your hair to cover the band.
Natural Hair Puff Around Version
Part hair from ear-to-ear and create a short side part on whichever side you prefer.
Create a braid or flat twist on each side of the part to frame the face (use of a holding product is optional).
Use bobby pins to secure the ends of each braid at the back of the head.
Fluff out the remaining hair.
Warning About Wrapping Your Hair Too Tight
As if a banging headache isn't bad enough, using super-tight headbands all day for the sake of a cute natural hair puff can put you at risk for traction alopecia, it's no joke. As the headband squeezes your head, it’s actually s-l-o-w-l-y sliding its way up, pulling your hair along with it. You can lose hair from those pressure points, namely the very front of your head, the temple region and the points a few inches behind your ears.
Soak your headband in an oil. The oil will help loosen the elastic bonds a bit. Afterwards, pre-stretch the band before you begin wearing it. Wrap it around a chair back or something wide enough to give a good stretch so that by the time you put it on, it won’t be as tight as when it was fresh “out the box”.
Make sure your hair is well-moisturized. Even when taking all the necessary precautions, you can still be at risk for breakage if you wear a hair accessory like a headband or scarf on hair that is in need of moisture. Those dry and thirsty strands are more prone to hair breakage.
Use a thin satin or silk scarf instead. You’re better able to control how tight your hair will be as you tie the scarf to form your natural hair puff. The main benefits of using silk and satin instead of cotton is that they won’t suck the moisture out of your precious hair.
Try pantyhose. It works! Pantyhose are nice and stretchy. Cut the foot and top of one side of an old pair lengthwise, so you have a piece long enough to wrap around the circumference of your head at least once. Like the shoelace, just tuck the excess in or use a couple bobby pins to secure the ends in place.
Use a shoelace. Yeah that's right! Look, your hair is going to cover it up anyways so don’t be worried about it. Most shoelaces are plenty long enough to allow room to “give” and then whatever excess you have left hanging, just tuck it underneath and no one will know!
Take a break. A natural hair puff can be a great go-to style for its simplicity but constantly wearing the same hair accessories day after day after day can definitely cause unwanted wear and tear on your hair.
Hopefully these tips can help you on your way to natural hair puff perfection without sacrificing comfort and safety!
Recap of Products She Uses To Get The Natural Hair Puff:
Here is everything you need to know about how to use a black tea rinse for shedding hair and stopping hair loss.
Black tea rinses can give your hair that extra growth boost that you desire, especially when you thoroughly cleanse and condition your hair.
According to many natural hair gurus this hair saving rinse absolutely works. So, for you tea heads out there who love a big cup of antioxidants to start your morning, you may want to give your hair and scalp a sip of it as well.
Whether you are looking to reduce shedding and add shine, elasticity, and bounce, there are a few rinses that you can use to help with your desired result. Check out this black tea rinse for hair method, and if you wish, add your own mixes to cater to your hair and beauty needs.
Black tea can be used to reduce hair shedding and save your locs. The caffeine in the better black tea brands help block DHT, the main hormone that is at fault for hair loss. Black tea actually contains more caffeine than coffee, and it works very well.
Here's what you do. Simply apply the black tea rinse after you thoroughly shampoo and/or condition your natural hair. Some naturals like to leave the rinse in. Other curlies like to apply the black tea rinse while they are deep conditioning their hair.
Black Tea Rinse For Hair Helps...
If you want to do a black tea rinse to stop shedding hair, here is what you will do:
Get 2-4 bags of black tea and steep them in hot, boiling water. Let them steep for a few hours, or overnight if needed. The stronger the brew, the better your hair results will be. Pour the black tea into a spray bottle, After you shampoo your natural hair, spray the black tea concoction onto your hair and scalp. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
Wash out the rinse and deep condition your hair. WARNING: The black tea rinse can actually dry out you hair, so it is important that you condition your hair afterwards. Do not skip that step, trust us. To ensure that your moisture is retained, try adding a top-notch natural hair deep conditioner on top of the tea rinse.
*Warning* Black tea is a natural hair dye. Be mindful that your hair color could possibly change.
Several famous YouTubers have confidently claimed that this black tea rinse has worked wonders for them with just one use. Some say they religiously do this black tea rinse every 2 weeks, and have received more than amazing results. Of course, every woman's head of hair is different. But this is good, trust it.
Here’s the hair science behind Black Tea when it comes to your hair; it contains lots of caffeine.
The caffeine blocks the hormone that is known for hair loss (DHT). For whatever reasons you’re shedding (stress, postpartum, etc), this is said to be a natural way of fighting off hair loss.
Be sure to take advantage of this method on how to use a black tea rinse for hair and stop hair loss an please share this article with your friends and comment below.
This morning we received a great video from Vanni from the Cup of Vee Youtube channel.
She has an awesome Flexi Rods tutorial that she shared with me on the BlackHairOMG Pinterest account. The flexi rod tutorial shows how to use the popular styling tool on relaxed and mixed textured hair! It's a great way to use flexi rods on natural hair that you're growing out while transitioning from relaxed.
It really adds that perfect curl without applying heat! This is a tried and true heatless style as well as a certified protective hairstyle.
And again, please remember this technique and method for applying the flexi rods can most certainly be used on transitioning natural hair! This go-to style is perfect for you ladies that are transitioning to natural right now!
If you liked this flexi rod tutorial showing you how to get amazingly defined flexi rod curls, don't worry, you can get more info like this very easily. For more black hair information from Vanni be sure to subscribe to her Cup of Vee Youtube channel and catch her on the other social media sites that she shares her valuable information on.
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Are we being serious right now? I saw a commercial today for a weave loan store. The commercial was so patronizing and so ridiculous that I honestly thought it was made as some joke video made by some racist or mean-spirited "gender war" participants. But nope, it is a very real business.
Although the idea of a weave loan shop in itself is a bit weird, I wouldn't have had such a huge problem with it IF THE COMMERCIAL WEREN'T AN ABSOLUTE DISASTER. Hey, if someone thinks there is a need in the market for a weave loan shop...... Whatever (I guess), do your thing.
But I honestly would like to interview the weave loan shop owner that thought a commercial of a ghetto-grammared, weave slanglin' black woman with blonde hair and green eyes was a good idea.
That's how you want to represent your business? As a ghetto mess? Is that how you want your customers to be seen? You might want to change your advertising angle. All attention is not GOOD attention.
Look, some women wear weave. No big deal.
But who in their right mind would walk into this "place of business" after the buffoonery they make out of themselves and their customers?
Detailing The Foolishness In This Weave Loan Shop Commercial
I literally had to go to Google and put in... "Is the weave loan store commercial for real?". And unfortunately, I found out that, yes, it is very real. They even had a television news feature about them. This ridiculous weave shop commercial (which I have for you below), starts off with a black woman stomping her feet and crying because she can't afford to buy a good weave.
Then, the "spokeswoman" speaks in her best "stereotypical black girl voice", saying things like "Don't worry girl... get a weave loan and GET YOU SOME HAIR."
ARE WE BEING REAL RIGHT NOW???
Then, check this out. Instead of using the word "we've" they replace it with "weave".
For example they write about getting a weave loan and say "WEAVE made it as easy as 1,2,3!" and talking about the need to become beautiful, they write "WEAVE got you covered!".
How clever.....(Blank stare.)
But over everything else, I think the most offensive part of their poorly thought-out, unprofessional, stereotypical, piece-o-crap commercial, was that they inferred that you aren't beautiful until you can get weave in your head. One of their tag-lines is "Now you can afford to be beautiful!".
Maaaaaaaan, I wish I was lying about this. I still can hardly believe this is a real business, but they clearly have a real website, a real phone number and a real physical address on 8 Mile in Detroit, MI. (Nice job shaming my hometown...)
Anyway, I have the commercial from Youtube below, please share this article & leave your comments below, tell me what you think about these "business owners" and what you think of this weave loan store commercial.
It's no secret, coconut oil for hair has been a true blessing for women wanting to bring their damaged curls back to bouncy life.
Many things can cause your hair to look bad. Straightening your hair too often of even an illness can cause your hair to lose its life and luster. If your hair ever looks dull or starts feeling brittle or straw-like, this new coconut oil and honey hair recipe works wonders and usually only after using it twice, you can have your bouncy curls back and have hair that looks ready for any beauty magazine photo shoot. I recommend this to ANYONE with damaged hair/fuzzy, undefined curls. So many ladies who are new to this hair revitalization method are absolutely AMAZED to see the quick and gorgeous results.
Coconut Oil For Hair & Honey Method: What You'll Need
A few drops of essential oil for fragrance (optional)
MELT the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds - Don't cook it, just melt it.
POUR the coconut oil for hair into a bowl, add the honey, and mix. You may have to work at it, as the two don't easily mix. Add the essential oil at this point if you wish. The mask does not smell bad if you don't add any fragrance!
APPLY the (still hot) mixture to your wet hair from ends to roots.
PUT on your Hair Therapy Wrap, alternatively you can warm a towel in the microwave and wrap your hair in it.
WAIT 45 minutes, or for really damaged hair you can leave the treatment in overnight (just wear a shower cap)
Final Details: How To Use Coconut Oil For Hair
Apply the mask to wet hair, concentrating on the ends, where most of the hair damage occurs. (If there are still some solid bits of coconut oil in the hair mask, just work them into your hair.) Wrap your hair up in a bun and place hair therapy wrap or wet towel over it. Let the mask sit for 45 minutes, then wash rinse in the shower and follow with your normal shampoo and favorite conditioner. When your hair dries, you’ll see instant shine. Apply the mask once a week and your hair will be softer, shinier, and look healthier over time.
One thing to note: coconut oil can make tubs and floors very slippery! It will drip, even with a shower cap on, so be careful. Also, if you take a bath while the coconut oil hair mask is absorbing, some of the oil will make its way into the tub, giving your skin a hydrating treatment. Remember, using coconut oil for hair is only one of its MANY uses, besides using it for conditioning and hair growth treatments, using coconut oil for skin and face brings many beauty benefits like soft and younger looking skin. It truly is a miracle oil.
Have you tried this coconut oil for African-American hair recipe before? Let us know if it worked for you.
Short hairstyles for black women is one of the natural hairstyles that many newly natural women use. Especially after a big chop in the first year of transitioning to natural, it's beautiful!
Even among women who are not into the natural hair movement, short haircuts are very popular and there are a ton of great hair products for short hair now. More than ever.
When done right, these styles are definitely fierce and display a woman's confidence. So we're going to give you 101 amazing styles to give you some new ideas that you can try for yourself.
You can also share this article with your friends who never seem to find a hairstyle that they like.
Advantages of Short Hairstyles for Black Women
One things is for sure – short hair will never go out of style. Also, the shorter your hair is, the easier it is to switch hair hues and manage your curls. Short hairstyles are easy to care for and will save you a bunch of time in the morning when getting ready for work.
We collected 101 pictures of ladies who look great with their short hairstyles. They might inspire you to find a great style for yourself.
Real talk, cutting your hair in order to embrace natural hairstyles after a lifetime perming and chemically damaging your hair, may be one of the best decisions ever. There’s an extensive list of reasons why short hairstyles are the best option for some women. If you feel like you still want to discover new short hairstyles for black women for your cropped tresses try using these 101 natural hairstyles. Many women say that their hair feels healthier, it dries much more predictably when it's short.
Experimenting with a close-cut ‘do after doing the big chop has been called "liberating" by many naturals. And there are so many things you can do with short natural hairstyles, you can try layered haircuts, curly hair short styles, It makes perfect sense that cutting your hair short feels like a cleanse.
Some Of The Style You'll Find In Our Short Hairstyles For Black Women Gallery