Women’s Hair Trends for Natural Hair
Today we have a guest post by Juliana Weiss-Roessler about hair trends for the fall ’13 season.
In the past few years, the natural hair movement has really been picking up steam. In fact, in 2011, 36% of black women surveyed said that they no longer relaxed their hair (up by a whopping 10% from just one year earlier). Chemical straighteners are steadily being replaced by natural hair products, more prominent black celebrities are adopting natural looks, and women in general are coming up with a wide range of beautiful and innovative styles. Let’s take a look at some of the latest trends that are bringing something new to the table.
Hair jewelry. Adding some adornment can add drama and draw attention to any kind of natural hair style. Try adding a brightly colored and feminine bow or flower ornament, chunky beads, or wearing a bold patterned headband. There’s really no end to the ways you can incorporate jewelry into your look, and there’s a wide range of hair jewelry available for every style and taste you can think of.
Color blocking. For a really bold look, try dying a section of your hair a vibrant color, like blue or bubblegum pink. What better way to show off locs (dreads) or twist-outs than to highlight them in color? If you don’t want to go with such an extreme color, blonde, brown, and auburn color blocking also looks great.
Vintage pinup. To get a 1940s-inspired ‘do, try pinning your hair up on top of your head and wrap it up with a headband or scarf. Adding red lipstick and a dramatic eyeliner is a great way to really play up the vintage aspect of this look. Make sure to use a product that will both moisturize your hair and hold it in place to maintain this style.
Box braids/twists, long plait. If you wear your hair in box braids or havanna twists, try braiding them up in one long plait down the back of your head or over one shoulder. The multiple textures make this an interesting twist (yes, pun intended) on a classic look.
Play on the pixie cut. If short hair is more your thing, give short, natural curls a try. This look is a great way to emphasize your features, especially if you have a longer face. To add a punk element, you can spike your curls up on top of your head to add shape and volume. It’s a thoroughly modern and relatively low-maintenance look.
Faux-hawk. Speaking of punk, you can try creating the illusion of a mohawk (without having to shave the sides of your head – hence the “illusion” part) just by creating a thick French braid down the center of your head. This is another instance when color blocking looks great, and you can even use color chalk to shade your French braid if you don’t want to commit to a permanent dye and like the option of being able to change it with your mood.
Crimp your hair. Loose curls, waves or stretched coily hair? Try a different take on a braid-out! There’s been a lot of nostalgia for ‘80s TV, clothes, and music this decade, so if you want to bring the ‘80s back with your hairstyle, try crimping. You can get this look either by setting your hair with a crimping iron or braiding your wet hair (loose curly textures & waves) into cornrows, then undoing them once it dries. If your hair has a tighter curl pattern, braid your hair on dry, stretched hair.
Curly upsweep. If you have long curls or waves, you can sweep your hair away from your neck and pin it up on your head in a variety of different styles using bobby pins. Consider a French twist or a messy bun. This is the type of style that looks great with some intricate hair accessories.
One thing you should keep in mind if you’re in the market for a new hairstyle is that there are a lot of different hair types, so a look that works well for your best friend might not be the best for you. Don’t get too caught up trying to perfectly imitate the style of your celebrity or fashion icon. Instead, play around with different styles until you figure out what works best for you and your hair.