Even though I have to admit that mastering the wash-n-go is still high on my To Do List, I have come to realize that there are other methods that will give me the defined natural curls I crave.
With that being said, this curly girl likes to switch up my naturally defined afro textured hair from time to time with a few tried and true methods like:
I chose to mention shingling first because this is the ultimate way to show your naturally defined curl pattern. A curl crème is raked through your strands using either a detangling comb, Denman brush, or your fingers. The style is allowed to air dry throughout the day or some Naturalistas prefer to use a diffuser on a low setting to dry the hair before going out for the day.
This style can be achieved by putting either two strand twists of flat twists in your hair. Normally a moisturizer and curl defining pomade is applied to the hair during styling which provides a light to medium hold to combat frizzy situations. I generally prefer the flat twist methods because it gives me wonderful waves in half the time as the two strand twist method.
This look is very similar to twist outs, but using this technique gives you more of a zig zag curl pattern than the “s-curled” twist outs. This style is created by either braiding individual plaits throughout the hair or by cornrowing your hair in the direction that you want your braid out to fall.
Combining perm rods and hooded dryers will leave you with camera-ready ringlets with a sleek, smooth finish. Using setting lotion with end papers, will guarantee that your style lasts a while. Using this method, also allows you to control the volume of your style since the more you separate your curls, the bigger your style will become!
I believe this is the trickiest way to define your curls. Roller sets take most naturalistas out of their tightly wound element! Using magnetic or sponge rollers allow you to loosen your curl pattern a tad, but the kinky texture will still be noticeable. In order to get a smooth finish, I recommend using a product like Curlformers. Either way, roller sets give a big bouncy set, but for most of us, it’s extremely difficult to maintain the style for more than a few days.
These were just a few ways to either enhance your natural curl pattern or temporarily alter your curl definition using healthy hair practices, but I am sure there are others. What is your favorite way to define your curls?