Crowning Glory: 7 Natural Styles To Try In 2017

Crowning Glory: 7 Natural Styles To Try In 2017

Let’s face it. Natural hair isn’t a trend. It’s a style and statement that isn’t going away any time soon. And shoot, thank goodness for that because there are dozens of reasons why opting for the hair you were born with is a smart decision.

Let’s start with the practical reasons. If you’re someone who currently has a relaxer, a visit to a professional stylist can easily cost you $50-100 per visit (and that’s on the low end). Then from a health perspective, there’s more and more information coming out revealing that a lot of commercial products aimed at black women have (whew!) the same chemicals as Liquid Drano. Respiratory issues and even certain cancers have been directly linked to certain hair products. Not to mention that if you want a healthy scalp and stronger strands, going natural is best (processed hair can burn your scalp and actually weakens your tresses).

That’s why we couldn’t let you walk into a new year without at least considering rockin’ one of these trending natural hairstyles. Whether you’re thinking about growing your relaxer out, going for a different natural look than you currently have or you simply want a protective style that doesn’t come with a lot of upkeep or drama, we’re confident you’ll fall in love with every single one. Enjoy!

Colored Box Braids

If you’re a fan of oldie-but-goodie movies, the first thing that probably comes to mind when you think of box braids is Janet Jackson as Regina King in Poetic Justice. That was the early 90s and even now, they are still making a major impression. Box braids are cool because you can rock them in different levels of length and thickness. Two really popular styles for them right now are putting box brains up in a high bun or coloring them. You can do this by dying human hair or just weaving in other shades of the synthetic kind.

Yarn Braids

Yarn braids are in full effect right now too. What’s so great about them? If you’re broke, you can have a totally new hairstyle for less than 10 bucks because if the yarn is cheap, that's all you need! Just make sure that the yarn you decide to go with is acrylic and not wool; otherwise you could dry your hair out and that could lead to breakage. Anyway, if they braids are done right, no one even has to know that you’re wearing a head full of yarn at all. Here’s a tip: make sure to seal your ends by burning them. Otherwise, your entire style could unravel. (Click here for some other examples of yarn braids.)

Middle Part Afro

A classic Afro is always gonna be here on the Top 10 list. The way to switch it up is how you part it. Try going with to the side or like this sistah right here: dead in the middle. No other natural hairstyle but the Afro has been able to pull off such femininity and strength simultaneously. That’s why we LOVE it so much!

Tiny Twist Out

What exactly is a twist out? It’s when you put some product on your hair (like a gel or mousse), twist two pieces of your hair together, let it dry and separate them. Voila! You can do this at any length, but it’s really hot on women with shorter lengths right now. You can create a twist out on wet or dry hair. Personally, we prefer it wet. It gives you more definition and holds a lot longer too. If you want to give a twist out a try, click here for a  walk through of instructions. If you want a recipe for how to make your own hair gel, click here.

High Natural Ponytail

This model right here needs to do tutorial on how to do the ultimate high ponytail! Don’t you just love her hair?! We do too. The best thing about this hairstyle is it doesn’t matter what texture your natural hair is. So long as the sides of your hair is super sleek, your “puff” can do whatever it wants to do. And just how can you get your hair to lay down like this without the use of chemicals? Click here for the run down.

Bold Color

Have a complete and total ball with color this year! You can go with a neutral like a warm chocolate, or you can try auburn. But who said you had to do something conventional? Deep purple or blue or even a light pink or lavender will keep heads turning all year round. Our two cents is to get a professional stylist to do it if you care about keeping length. And either way, protect your scalp before applying color to your tresses. Click here for tips on how to do that.

Fro Hawk

If you like the Mohawk, but you can’t imagine shaving the sides of your head, here’s a perfect compromise. Take some bobby pins and pin up the sides of your hair while letting the front, top and back remain loose and free. You’ll be able to get basically the same effect without compromising any length. Plus, this works well on short, medium or long hair. We love it no matter what texture. From this pic, we bet you can see why!

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