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Natural Hair- Easy or Complicated??

Updated on March 3, 2016
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Natural hair is a lot of hard work as with some other hairstyles. Being natural can be a challenge at times but the benefits and versatility definitely outweigh the hard work. Natural hair requires a lot of patience and hard work. The first thing you must ask yourself if you are someone considering going natural is "Am I able to maintain my natural hair"? Always look into every detail when considering a particular hairstyle. Here are a few things to consider; Can I maintain this hairstyle, can I afford this hairstyle, and does this hairstyle fit me?

Most hairstyles in the natural hair world require preparation at night so that in the morning you are able to style your hair. Another reason why most natural hairstyles have to be prepared at night are :

  1. Most styles require water or some type of moisturizer. If you do not prepare at night your hair will not be dry
  2. Not every hairstyle will come out as planned, so by preparing at night you will have the option to revamp the failed style into a new hairstyle.
  3. Some natural hairstyles require for the hair to set to take sharp or form.





Braided updo
Braided updo
Wash and go routine
Wash and go routine

There are several natural hairstyles that do not require night preparation:

  • Wash and Go
  • Buns
  • Braided styles
  • Pinups

The styles that you can do as a natural are endless! So have fun and experiment!!!!


Another main reason why natural hair can be complicated is that we don't know what products to use on our hair. (Please examine the curl pattern chart above) Keep in mind that your hair my have more than one type. You could be a 4a with 3c curls in certain areas of your hair. There are several different hair types so what works for one person may not work for you. I have watched a hundred YouTube videos and tried a hundred hairstyles and some have worked out for me and some have not. When I first started this natural hair journey, I use to wonder why every hairstyle didn't work for me. And as I have grown in knowledge, I have learned that the same products a 3a hair type may use may not work for my 3c and 4a hair.

Also keep in mind if you have more than one curl pattern, you may have to do certain things to one area that you may not have to do with another

That is why getting to know your hair type and your hair needs are very important. It is always great to experiment with different products and processes to see what works for you.

So natural hair could be considered not so easy in the since of caring for and styling but natural hair could be considered easy in the terms of having complete versatility and having unlimited options to what you want to do with your hair. Versatility can mean variety. Variety is good when you don't want to be committed to one style.

Remember to love you your hair in any state that its in whether you are relaxed, natural, or texturized!

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      Nikki Wade 18 months ago

      Great stuff! I really need to learn how to style me and my daughters' natural hair. Half the time we walk out the house looking a hot mess! Can't wait to learn more from your blogs and video tutorials!

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      Debra 21 months ago

      My hair is a 4b. 4b is good for many different styles

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      Ashley Udell 21 months ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Thanks Ashley M. I will try to get a video up for you soon.

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      AshleyMetscher 21 months ago

      Really great topic! I have curly hair, more like 3a/3b, but I am STILL learning what works and what does not work! I would love to see the steps you took to create the hairstyle above! Love it!

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      Ashley Udell 21 months ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Thanks so much GDub I actually didn't know my hair type when I first went back natural.

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      GDub 21 months ago

      I've heard of the different hair types (3a, 3b, 3c, etc.), but never seen the actual chart. Good info to know!