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How to Style Nappy Hair

Updated on July 1, 2014

How To Style Nappy Hair

Ok did I say Nappy? Well really there is Nappy
and then there is NAPPY!!!happyandnappy

But for the most part our hair is manageable to the point of making it presentable.

As African Americans our genetic makeup can have an effect on the type of hair we develop. When we are babies we are born with soft, straight or sometimes curly hair. Over time and with exposure to harsh chemicals and heat, our hair may become dryer, and more brittle. The term "nappy" has usually been addressed with negative connotations but really all it means is tightly coiled hair. This is hair of strength, hair to be proud of. There are so many things you can do with our hair which can make other people jealous. The fantastic, unique and creative designs that "nappy hair" can produce are amazing. The styling techniques are endless from braids, to dreads, to twists, afros and so much more. Learn how to style nappy hair using the following techniques.

Living with Natural Hair

Hard, Nappy, Kinky, Woolly, whatever you want to call it, our tightly coiled hair is wonderful.

Even in today's society, african american people are still facing challenges in the workplace on what is "acceptable" as a hairstyle. Companies are introducing policies on what they consider tolerable and what is considered extreme.

It was hard at first breaking the cycle of imitating European Society. The long silky flowing hair that splashed over the covers of all magazines, the dolls we were given to play with, the beautiful models on the runway tossing their hair from side to side. I had to learn to love what the creator had given me and learn to love myself, just the way I am.

My hair has been natural since 2000 and I couldn't be happier. At first it was hard trying to comb out my dry, tough, hair and very time consuming.

I felt like

some days. As time went by it became easier and easier and I found new methods to cope with some of the challenges I was facing.

Finding Hair Products

I love wearing my hair natural but it is so difficult to find the products that I want here in Vancouver, BC. The products are limited and if you do find what you want it is usually very expensive. I usually source out my hair products at the Sallys Beauty Supply store in Bellingham Washington which is about 1 hr away from home or I buy my products on amazon and have them sent to my USA postal box which is right at the Canadian and American border crossing 45 minutes from home.

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Let me ask you a question...

In your daily routine, what do you pay the most attention to?

Your hair?Nails?Skin?Teeth?

You should be giving great care to all these areas and when it comes to your hair you need to treat it just as well as you would anything else you take with great care. That means stop brushing it with a coarse brush, combing with a fine tooth comb, and fighting with your hair pulling it out strand by strand. Your hair does grow about 1/2 inch a month but you probably don't notice because you are busy breaking it off by drying it out with heat, harsh chemicals, or pulling it out in strands with your hair brush or comb.

Be gentle with your hair, love it and care for it.

If you braid your hair don't make it too tight. You may end up suffering from thinning and breaking hair resulting in traction alopecia.

Comb it with a wide tooth comb when it is wet or well moisturized. Pay attention to the ends of your hair shaft and give it good moisture. Give your scalp a nice massage regularly. Eat healthy foods and exercise daily.

You will be amazed what will happen when you treat yourself well from the inside out and give your hair a chance. I never thought my hair would grow but with the right care you will see the results very quickly.

The Truth about Lye

Many household products contain lye, the chemical sodium hydroxide. Lye is a caustic, alkaline chemical.Lye is used in products such as drain cleaner, laundry detergent,soap and pool chemicals. Many people who receive chemical relaxer treatment usually suffer from one of the following:

Hair Breakage

Hair Thinning

Scalp Irritation

Lack of Hair Growth

Scalp burns


Lung Irritation

Nowadays you can find relaxers labeled as "no-lye" conditioners. The lye is replaced with a chemical called Guanidine Hydroxide. This label can be misleading to some consumers. There are still strong chemicals applied to change the molecular structure of your hair.

Check here for more information on toxic products

What is in your products?

Find out how toxic the products you ingest, put on your hair, face, and brush your teeth with, really are. See example below.

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Removing Relaxer From Your Hair

It is not easy to remove relaxer from your hair. When the hair is chemically processed the bonds in the hair are destroyed. The best way to renew your hair to it's natural state is to cut off the relaxed portion. Sometime people are more comfortable cutting a little bit at a time until their hair is at their desired length. Just think of how good it will be to have no more scalp burns, no more balding, and no more double textured hair.

Tip#1-Use a good shampoo and conditioner. Try a hydrating shampoo. Avoid shampoos that contain harsh ingredients such as those with alcohol. Use a deep conditioner at least once a month. Washing your hair every week or 10 days should suffice. Anything less will make your hair dry and brittle.

Tip#2-Comb your hair while it is still moist.Use an Afro Pick or a large plastic comb. I found that saved me lots of time.

Tip#3-Cover your hair with a silk scarf at night and cover your head with a shower cap when you take a bath or shower.

Tip#4-Stop using grease. Grease clogs your pores and stunts hair growth. Avoid products that contain mineral oil or petroleum. Coconut oil or shea butter is great for moisturizing the scalp.

Tip#5-Steam Treat your hair with a good conditioning cap. A heat cap is good for deep conditioning your hair and restoring damaged hair.

Nappy Hair Styles-5 Ways to Style Natural Hair

There are so many ways you can style hair in its natural state but the most common styles without the use of a relaxer are:






Each style can give you a unique look and assist in managing and maintaining your natural hair. Nappy hair styles can be beautiful, because we are beautiful.

Natural Hair Representation In Society

What Are Your Thoughts On Natural Hair

Nappy Hair Solutions

Sorry for the delay in answering your questions.

Congratulations Jae on going natural. That is fantastic! Braiding your hair is a great way to keep your hair manageable and maintenance free for a longer period of time. There are many great braided styles and twists that look fabulous. Two strand twists, cornrows, and twist outs look very nice for natural hairstyles.

Terri-I know styling natural hair can be a challenge at times but it is well worth the patience. Many people have their own personal preference to specific hair products that serve them well but just be aware of some of the chemicals that these products contain which can be harmful to your health. Check out this cosmetic database in regards to the chemicals in products (includes commercial grade hair mayonnaise). A natural conditioner you might like to try is a coconut oil deep conditioning. After you shampoo your hair, while it is still damp apply a few table spoons of coconut oil to the hair and shaft, then wrap your hair in a moist towel or plastic cap and leave on for about 20 minutes then rinse. Coconut oil softens and strengthens the hair along with conditioning the scalp, preventing dandruff.

Lin I am glad to hear at your age you can appreciate the beauty of natural hair. Just be aware that all types of heat remove moisture from your hair and cause breakage. If you must straighten your hair with a hair straightening or heated appliance look for products that provide heat protection to minimize damage.

losein thenapps normal hair growth is about 4-6 inches a year unless you are suffering from illness or taking medication. The issue is that hair that lacks moisture will result in breakage so that hair growth is sometimes less noticeable. To help promote hair growth you can supplement your diet with Vitamins such as Biotin, B12, B3, Vitamin C and E which help increase blood circulation and stimulate hair growth. A good multi-vitamin can provide enough nutrients. When you are shampooing your hair, take the time to do a good scalp massage which will also increase blood flow to the scalp. Try to eliminate hair products with carcinogenic ingredients and harmful irritants. You can see a list of ingredients and what affect they might have on your health at The Cure For All Diseases. Combing your hair with a wide-toothed comb while it is still moist will make it much easier to work with. Hair twists are a bit easier to do yourself or you can try braiding your hair in big plats while it is still moist iand letting it out after it dries for a nice wavy style.

Millepat, how wonderful to hear that you have had natural hair for so long. A good product for dry flaky scalp is a good apple cider vinegar rinse which is 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 cups of water rinsed through hair after shampooing then a deep condition with coconut oil. Avoid hair products with harmful chemicals. Research the ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner.

Shenae-I encourage you to research all the chemicals that are going to seep into your hair. It is not good for you and you might want to explore your options further before making that final decision.

Natural Ingredients for Natural Hair

Some hair products have a lot of ingredients in them. Some of these products are not good for your hair and can clog your pores. Some terrific natural ingredients that can give you just as good a result as commercial products are Aloe and Flax Seeds. You can make a great gel for twists out of brown or golden flax seeds and a touch of Aloe Vera Gel

Your hair will keep its style and shine for many days.

How to Make Flax Seed Gel

I Colored My Hair With Henna.

I love Henna. Henna is a natural dye from a flowering plant which is commonly known for its use as a temporary body art. Henna has many other uses such as to dye hair, fabrics, and skin. I love how henna has conditioned my hair. It is so soft, silky and healthy. If you find your hair to be tough to work with, look for a good natural henna. My twists last so much longer and my hair is so manageable, the effects are just wonderful. Please do your research before applying henna to your hair. Some people have allergic reactions to henna and it does not do well with chemically treated hair.

The things I did not like about applying henna is that it is messy!! Protect your bathroom and clothes when applying it because it gets everywhere. The other thing is that the powder is really grainy. You will notice when you wash it out that is very gritty and you will need quite a bit of conditioner to wash it out.

I needed at least 100 grams to get full coverage of the color. The box of henna that I purchased was only 60 grams and it didn't seem to make a difference. I tried a few weeks later with 2 boxes of henna and that worked perfectly. I left the henna on overnight. You have to wrap your head really well with plastic wrap and then put on a shower cap and even a scarf to keep the henna from getting all over your sheets and pillows.

I am sure once you try it you will love the way your hair feels. You have to let me know the results you achieved with it.

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      6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens! Very informative! Thank you for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      Great info!

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      6 years ago

      This is a great lens....

    • Midnytefire LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Midnytefire LM 

      6 years ago

      @Nole81: I hope it changes your mind about relaxed hair. I see you discuss it in your lenses.

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      6 years ago

      Wow, wonderful lens and really happy I found it:)

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      6 years ago

      Great Lens.. Thanks

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      7 years ago

      Great information.

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      7 years ago

      Lot of great info on hair. Good Job

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the advice ill try it and report back again thank you

    • Midnytefire LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Midnytefire LM 

      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Congratulations on your transition to natural hair. That is great! You see how much healthier your hair can be when you stop using chemicals. You will be fine if you follow the advice in this blog. What I usually do is apply natural moisturizers to my hair before I go to bed such as shea butter, olive oil or coconut oil. My hair is kept in twists but I make two big plats out of my twists and put a silk scarf on my head. In the morning i undo the twists and my hair stays nice and moisturized all day. I find that drinking lots of water daily also seems to have an affect on the state of my hair. Try some of these tips, also consider checking out this book Secrets to Growing Black Hair Long and let me know if you are having any progress. At first it will seem difficult dealing with natural hair but you will realize over time that is the best thing you could have ever done. All the best to you on your new hair journey.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks so much for the great lens, I especially like your tips on how to manage hair. sedu flat iron

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      8 years ago

      i have had my hair relaxed ever since i was 12 now im 30 and i did the big chop as everyone calls it fact is my hair has grown and is growing and i don't have a clue of what to do with it its nice and manageable when its wet but as soon as it dry its hard and coily almost curls yes i don't know what to do with it help please

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      9 years ago

      You can add extensions in a different colour to your hair for a different look or blow dry it.

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      9 years ago

      I have been locking for five 1/2 years. I'd like to know how I could roll my locs to get a different more fluffy style. Can you recommend something?

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      Midnytefire LM 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to Shaneice] Thanks Shaneice and Happy Birthday! It is my birthday too! (April 15th). Anyway, I found that I am able to keep my hair moist by braiding it in big plats when I go to bed along with covering it with a silk scarf. It seems to look in the moisture. I can understand in your region that it might be a bit more difficult to retain the moisture, but if it helps, spritz it with a bit of water (you can add a bit of olive oil to the water as well), make a few big braids (plats) an hour before you go out for the day and see if that helps. It will also make your hair a bit wavy which might give the new style you are seeking. If you decide to dye your hair, try a natural henna for color.

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      9 years ago

      I'm 20 years old and my hair is natural and I've never done anything with it except twist. Where I'm from (Trinidad and Tobago), the majority of women relax their hair. I'm tired of people constantly insisting that I relax my hair also. I love my natural hair but it dries out too much. In three days, I will be celebrating my golden birthday (21yrs on the 21st April) and I want a change without relaxing or starting dreads. My hair naturally has the look of dreads already so I'm looking for a change. Maybe I'll just try adding some colour. Thanks for the tips on hair treatment and good products.


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