There is a clear societal standard that women with long hair– no matter the quality– are beautiful. Long hair is ethereal and sexy while short hair elicits authority and confidence. With so many stipulations and assumptions based on our hair, how is a lady supposed to decide?
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Aside from a knock out resume and being totally prepared for a round of questions, your appearance plays into the first impression when it comes to job interviews. We all have our idea of style. Your style can range from basic to completely bizarre– and I mean bizarre in the best way.
And I am a complete advocate for expressing your style.
BUT, and that’s a big but, when it comes to seeking employment which is hard enough, I suggest reeling it in a bit. If you are like me and live by “the bigger the hair the smaller the waist”, try a protective style or bun instead. A pony puff would also work.
Once you have landed the job, which I am sure you will, then let your hair down– literally. Since you have the job, you can incorporate more of your personal style. I don’t suggest going to work with a sky-high faux hawk, but definitely wear your hair in some of your favorite styles. Your hair is something to be proud of and if you see your hair as a problem, so will everyone else.
Comment below and tell me what some of your favorite work styles are!
Now that it is February, many of our natural hair resolutions been forgotten. Remember promising your curls love, care, and excitement? Let’s drag ourselves out of this resolution rut and challenge ourselves. This 7 day challenge is simple. For 7 days straight, challenge yourself to wearing your hair in a different up-do. The hairstyles can be as simple or as crazy as you like. Not only will you be protecting your hair from the harsh winter elements, but you will also rack up a whole slew of new styles! Here are some guidelines for this challenge:
1. The styles must have at least half of your hair up
2. No repeated styles
3. Be creative
4. Document your styles by taking pictures
You can tweet me your styles @youngfabnatural, tag me on instagram @youngfabnatural, or leave in a comment below. The challenge will begin on Sunday February 17th to Sunday February 24th. So go tell a friend, grab your bobby pins and get ready!
Once you have made the decision to go natural and do so by transitioning, you may be concerned about how to maintain your inner diva while nurturing your new curls that are sprouting. About 5 months in to a long-term transition, you may even feel like you have fallen into relying on the same 1 or 2 go to styles. While long-term transitioning can be tough, you can absolutely maintain your sex appeal while going natural. Here are some key ways to have a succesful transition while looking great.
1. Try some protective styles- This can be anything from Poetic Justice braids for a few months to a sew in weave. Which ever option fits your style the best is the fun part. The important part, however, is to make sure that your hair is taken care of underneath. For long-term protective style, be sure to keep your hair clean and moisturized.
2. Try styles that incorporate your new curls- Take a trip to your local beauty supply store and grab some perm rods and curl formers and go to town! Don’t be afraid to experiment. You might just stumble upon that style that carries you throughout your transitioning period.
3. Hair candy!- Get well acquainted with headbands, flowers, pins, scarves and so on. They will come in handy when you want to spice up your transitioning styles.
4. Use your trimmings as a chance to experiment- When you get your tri monthly trims, use those times to spice up the shape and style of your blossoming hair. Try a bob, side bangs, asymmetrical, so on.
5. Confidence- This is the best way to dress up anything at any time. Have confidence in knowing that this time next year, your natural hair will out weigh your permed hair and reaching your goal will be that much closer. Feel confident in the fact that every day that you continue to transition is one day closer to where you want to be and one day further from where you were. Transitioning can be harder than the big chop but just as rewarding.
Besides a good read and a fabulous bathing suit, a natural diva needs to pack her beach tote with all the essentials to keep her hair looking flawless. Whether you plan on staying on the shore like a beautiful beached mermaid or taking a dip, these essentials will keep your hair looking as good as you do! Read the rest of this entry
With the spring time comes the rainy days especially if you live in the North Eastern region of the country. The weather can go from sunny to stormy in a matter of hours. So what is a natural diva to do when the rain is pouring? Well, many critics would like to take this moment and sneer at the fact that women with natural hair claim to be able to rock their locks rain or shine. While this is completely true, no one enjoys having a soggy style, permed or not! But there are some great styles that are perfect for looking absolutely fabulous during these spring showers. So lets start with the basics:
Basic rainy day hair tips
1. Always opt for the up do. While you may think that your hair is perfectly coiled when you wake up, the moisture in the air will yield a completely different hairstyle. However, you may still love it… Or hate it.
2. Minimize your glycerin products for that day if you use them on a daily basis. As we all know, glycerin is a wonderful product that brings moisture to your hair which is awesome when it is not raining. Too much glycerin can turn a beautifully glossed and moisturized style into a soggy frizzy mess.
3. If you are rocking a TWA, steer clear of the wash-n-go for the day. Since it is raining, you may find that your products and all the care that you have taken to craft perfect curls is being washed away. Instead, try spritzing your hair with a little cool water to reactivate your curls and a small amount of product if necessary.
4. Rainy days are prime opportunities to get creative with your scarves. Try a turban or a big bow. They will look fabulous and provide added protection against the stormy weather.
Here are some prepackaged rainy day styles:
3. A Creative Pin-Up Style- You can do something simple like part the hair horizontally and pin-up the back and pin back the front and sides. Or you can add twists and braids and get as creative as possible!
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Preserving your perfectly fluffed and defined braid-out, twist-out, or flat twist-out is the last step in creating your style. There are 3 tried and tested techniques that YFN loves. Some preserve your style better and for a longer time while others hold your curl but give you a more fluffy and big look. So, let’s get to it!
Everyone knows about braid-outs and twist-outs. However, flat twist-outs are underplayed in the natural hair world. Flat twist-outs can give you the curl defining well moisturized look you desire while taking half the time to put in and take out. If that is not enough incentive to give it a try, it also creates a bigger and more wave-like effect which is good for up-do’s. This style is also amazing for naturals that are in the in between phase– your hair is not a TWA and it’s not BS length either. I stumbled upon this style when I was browsing through YouTube so of course YFN can not take all of the credit. The video below is an awesome tutorial. I tweaked a few things for my personal liking. (I used coconut oil and a spray bottle of water and rose-water). Of course you can use this tutorial as an outline to make this style your own. Now hop to it!
Scarves are a great way to dress up your natural hair or hide a bad hair day before it begins. You can tie them, twist them, twirl them, and so much more to show your creativity. Scarves are great for the winter time to keep your head warm and your curls protected from the harsh cold. They are also wonderful for the summer time to pull your hair out of your face during the long days and steamy nights. Even more than that, they can instantly add a bit of style to your outfit effortlessly. But what if you are stumped for ideas? Here are a few to get you rolling.
1. Tie your hair up in a turban- You woke up this morning and you only have enough time to fix the front of your hair. Plus, its miserable weather. Grab a satin scarf that you love and tie the up the back of your hair with your front bangs hanging out or tuck them in to create a pompadour.
2. Fold up your scarf and tie it as a head band- To add a fun punch of color to your outfit or to sweep your hair out of your face this up coming summer, tie your scarf as a head band. You can get creative by tying a bow on the side or leaving out a side bang. You can even braid three thin satin scarves together and wear it as a braided head band. There is no wrong way to do it.
3. A knitted scarf this winter can do your TWA wonders- Hurry! Go grab your most luxsurious knitted scarf and most beautiful statement earrings this winter if you have a TWA. The combination will frame your face and your TWA will look more outstanding than it already does. Plus your neck will be warm but that is just an extra perk. To make an even louder statement, throw on some bright red lipstick!
The best way to wear your scarf is the way that describes your personality! Whether that is a turban, knitted scarf or a creative way that you have come up with. Tell me the great ways you wear your scarf on or with your natural hair!
The thought of straightening your beautiful natural hair can be scary. There are a lot of things to consider when making a decision to straighten your hair. Since this process calls for quite a bit of heat, you may want to ask yourself a few questions before breaking out the flat iron and blow dryer. Read the rest of this entry