Posted June 10, 2011on:
One way, is the method that I think everyone is already using. Which is double twisting your hair, when its slightly damp (applying hair food to your hair as you go). When your hair fully dries, gently untwist the hair leaving your hair looking like cute curly ques, that are both soft and moisturized.
Another method, is by using the straw affect, which is typically used on women with relaxed hair (which I find ironic, since it mimics the whole Afro look).
In the case of nappy type hair, you could use a wooden skewer stick (the flat end) and wrap each section of dry and oiled hair around it tightly (works better with tiny sections, and shorter hair) . Gently pull out the skewer stick… your hair should naturally stay in the curl, no spritz needed…
Avoid using beauty supply beeswax, real beeswax, or black hair care store bought products on your hair for this. The chemicals will most likely make your hair frizz, later. The beeswax will clump your hair. All you need is an organic batch of shea butter (or even your own organic homemade hair food recipe) to keep your hair staying moisturized.
Hmmm, you could try doing the double twist effect, again. But using a blow dryer or hair dryer to evaporate to excess moisture, and keeping the hair curled.
Sadly, I don’t think there’s a hair style that can naturally last for a long time… other than the usual cornrows, braids and twists. If well kept, your curly Afro should last for about 2 days.
If you desperately want it to last longer than that…
You would probably have to resort to using a hair spray… which might damage and strip your hair later… leaving your hair yucky frizzy at the end of the night.
If you decide to go to a hair salon, mostly likely they will put your hair into a “cold curl” (aka Jerry Curl) or relax your hair then do the straw effect or put some sort of chemical texturizer in your hair. But don’t take my word for it, ask around… observe what they say FIRST then go on your way and then, research maintenance and technique, BEFORE you let them touch your hair.
Another tip, might be when you take your twists out. Gently wash your hair with a homemade organic shampoo, rinse, then towel dry until lightly damp. Add a light hair oil (an almond oil blend works nicely or even Shea butter oil) for conditioning, after the wash/rinse.
I found that my hair became tightly curled/ wavyish… quite cute, if I say so myself.
All and all, having nappy hair requires a bit more patience. Changing your schedule around to better maintain your hair regularly, might be the best thing.