Sticky, swampy summer weather poses problems for all hair types, but for those with naturally textured hair, it can be especially brutal. While the easiest way to manage the humidity (and all that resulting shrinkage and frizz) is to keep your hair natural, some women feel that their styling options are limited with textured tresses. Our answer to this complaint? Oh, you know we've got a DIY just for you.
Textured and curly-haired girls have a unique styling challenge when it comes to DIY 'dos — handling and manipulating your curls too much will cause more frizz and breakage, so you need to be sure to take it easy on constant touching and product application. Not the easiest thing to do when you are tackling a brand-new hairstyle.
With that in mind, we teamed up with Alana Williams, a stylist at the spankin' new Mirror Salon at the Carol's Daughter Harlem flagship store to give you three stunning summer styles that are perfect for naturally textured hair. In the following tutorials, Williams shows our real-girl model — the stunning Natasha Gaspard, a video producer for Mane Moves TV — how to craft her coiff into three breathtaking new 'dos. Click through to get the scoop on these summery styles, and for some of Williams' most genius natural hair tips and tricks. Could a summer of frizz-free hair actually be possible? We think these looks speak for themselves...
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Apply hair balm to your fingertips, and undo your twists. Don't take all of them out, says Williams, as you want to leave some intact up front for definition. Focus on undoing the middle portion. Start your pompadour by grabbing a square of hair, sectioned off from eyebrow to eyebrow all the way to the back of your ears.
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You should now only have the hair at the back of your head loose. Gather all of that hair back and roll it into a low, messy bun. Pin in place at the back of your head, then spray with Carol's Daughter Macadamia Oil Finishing Shine Mist to add shine to hair. "Macadamia is a lightweight oil, so it will absorb easily and won't overpower the hair," says Williams.
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Williams says that if you don't have a twist-out, you can still do this look, but the style will be flatter. To counteract this, Williams says that for those with a braid-out or micro-twists, instead of pinning those front sections, pull each section back into a ponytail, then gather all of that loose hair up into your final bun. This will give you volume and you won't need to undo your hair to achieve the same effect.
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Add moisture to hair with a rich hair butter to protect against humidity and dryness. "This style is best done on an old, old twist-out," says Williams, "but you can do it on a blowout as well." If you have a twist-out, Williams says to pick apart the hair with your hands to get rid of shed, so you don't have any stragglers and the style looks sleeker. Williams says it's very important to pick the hair in a vertical direction, rather than horizontal, as that will damage your hair. She also notes that picking it vertically will also give you more volume and definition without making hair frizzy.
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Apply a smoothing lotion to the perimeters of your hair — that is, the face-framing hairs — to make sure everything is sleek, then gather up the hair at the center-back of your head, leaving the front and side hair loose. Williams says to make sure to coat your hands with a lightweight oil before sweeping the hair back, in order to avoid frizz. "Dry hands will cause friction and rubbing, whereas moisturized hands will keep hair hydrated and frizz-free," she says.
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Once all hair is tucked and pinned into the puff, accessorize it! Williams says you can wrap twine or ribbon around it, pin in some flowers, or add a cute accessory, like we did here with these Goody Double Wear Chain Link headbands.
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Roll the section inward towards your part. To get the best roll, Williams says to place your two index fingers (one above the other) at the very end of the hair section and start rolling upward, rotating your fingers as you roll. Be sure not to make the rolls too tight — you want there to be some volume and airiness to the style.
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