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A subscriber (Hey, DLT!) was searching for one of my natural hairstyles and couldn’t find it.
She suggested I create a hairstyle gallery so all my styles are on one page.
Your wish is my command. 🙂
Below I’ve divided the page by style with links to videos/tutorials. Unfortunately I’ve been a little lazy about taking pictures lately, but I will be more diligent in the future so I can continue to update this page.
Many of these styles can be worn on both transitioning and natural hair. If you’re still transitioning, add perm rods to the ends when appropriate.
Curious about products I use? Click here.
Rod sets are great because you can wear them when you’re transitioning or natural.
My First Rod Set on All Natural Hair
On day 6, I added a headband to mask the sides that had been smushed from sleeping. The rest of the curls held up well.
To see the full list of products used and a video tutorial of this hairstyle, click here.
Rod Set With Flat Twists
This was the first time I was able to flat twist going upward (8 months transitioning). If I can learn to do this, anyone can! Just keep practicing. 🙂
Here’s the video for this style.
Rod Set With Pompadour
I was transitioning when I created this style.
Click here to see a video tutorial of this hairstyle.
A Beanie With Curly Bangs
A fun, easy style with rod set bangs and a beanie. Click to see how I created this hair style.
Slanted Flat Twist Up Do
This is my favorite flat twist style. Sorry there’s not a clearer pic of the hairstyle. I didn’t really have any good still shots so I took a screenshot from the video. I was 12 months into my transition here.
Watch me create this hairstyle.
Flat Twist Bun
This is a great protective style for both transitioners and naturalistas.
Click here for a video tutorial of this style.
Flat Twist Up Do
I wasn’t a fan of this style at first, but it grew on me. Another great transitioning style. Just rod the ends.
Flat Twist Pony
If your hair is not long enough to make it to a ponytail, this is a way to “fake it till ya make it.” 🙂 I was nearing the end of my transition here and needed something casual and simple.
I don’t have a video for this exact style, but here’s another variation with bangs.
Flat Twists “To the Side”
Another flat twist style you can wear in twists and take the loose twists down for a twist out.
Flat Twists & Two-Strand Twists
I wore this style near the end of my transition. My hair was almost all natural with the exception of a few ends here and there. This was the first time I could wear two strand twists without rodding the ends.
If you’re still transitioning, you can still wear puffs, just use small perm rods to curl the ends.
Mini Twist Out Pony
This is a ponytail I created after wearing my hair in mini twists for about a week.
Another puff accessorized with a headband…
Wash and Go Puff With Eco Styler Gel
After wearing a wash and go style with Eco Styler Gel for three days, I put my hair into a puff.
Wash and Go With Kinky Curly
I liked the Wash and Go (above) with Eco Styler much better than with Kinky Curly Curling Custard, but the puff came out nice. You can really see how the curls popped.
Click here to read more about the Kinky Curly Wash and Go.
Wash and Go With Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme
This is a FOR REAL wash and go because I didn’t spend time shingling product through my hair and it dried pretty quickly compared to the styles above. It took me all of 15-20 minutes to create out of the shower.
Click to learn more about this puff hairstyle.
Here’s another wash and go with Shea Moisture Leave-In Conditioner (Can only be found at Amazon.)
Click here to see how I achieved this style.
Side Twist Out Pony
Click here to watch the video on this style.
Chunky Twist Out Low Puff
Watch the video on this hairstyle.
This is one of my favorite lazy styles. I just take a Goody band, doubled it up, slid it up my head and to the corner to make a side puff.
I use Eco Styler Gel and water to slick my edges down and tie a scarf on my head for about 30 minutes for a better hold and slick look.
Twists and Twist Outs
Super Stretched Twist Out
I created this look by twisting my hair in about 15 large twists every night with water and Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade. Then I took it down in the morning. It takes about 20 minutes to twist.
As you continue to re-twist your hair at night, it will continually stretch your hair so it doesn’t shrink up as much. The product also helps keep it stretched, but doesn’t make it greasy. (You don’t need a lot of Oyin.)
By day 5, my hair was super stretched. One night, I didn’t re-twist. I just put the hair in a lose ponytail and it stretched it even more.
This is a great way to reduce shrinkage without using a blow dryer.
My Favorite Mini Twists
It takes me anywhere from 4-6 hours (depending on the size) but it’s so worth it because it lasts weeks.
Watch the hairstyle video to see how I created this style.
Two-Strand Twists With Flat Twists
When you wear the sides of your hair up, it can give the illusion of longer hair. This is one of my favorite two-strand twist hairstyles.
Watch the video on this style.
This was my first set of twists after I became completely natural. I used Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme.
Twist Out With Flat Twists on the Side
Twist Out on Medium Sized Twists
Stretched Twist Out on Mini Twists
You can really cut down on shrinkage if you stretch your hair before twisting.
See the comparison between stretched and non-stretched styles here.
Homemade Flaxseed Gel Twist Out
This is some AMAZING stuff and now my go-to product for twists and twist outs.
Check out my flaxseed gel recipe and watch me make it.
Wash and Go
5-min Wash and Go With Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Here’s the trick to doing a moisturized, residue-free wash and go in just few minutes on kinky hair….
Your hair has to be super moisturized! Read about the Max Hydration Method here.
Wash and Go with Eco Styler Gel
Watch the video tutorial on this hairstyle.
I’m not a fan of wearing my hair in protective styles because I need fullness for my narrow face. LOL
However, I was participating in a protective style challenge on my hair forum and this is the style I chose.
It’s simply two-strand twists that are randomly pinned to the top of my head. I also have 3 flat twists on each side to give it a cleaner look.
Products I Use
Curious about the products I use on my hair? Check out my up-to-date list of natural hair products I use.
Here’s a list of the products I used when transitioning.
Save on Products at Amazon
I buy a lot of my hair products on Amazon because I can often find great deals, but be careful. Always compare prices with the actual retail sites (if applicable) because sometimes 3rd party resellers will hike the prices up.
I went natural about 2 months ago. Like you, I have Thyroid issues as well. I thought i was the o ly one and it seems like no matter where i go to get my hair washed, nobody understands the struggle with our hair and our thyroid. My hair is so thick at the base but my ends are very thin and brittle. I do t want to cut but at the same time, I have no clue how to do my hair. Your styles are nice but most of them I cant have being that I am active duty military. But thank you for making this site for those of us that struggle finding someone else that knows our problems lol.
I’m just getting around to reading this. I was able to get my thyroid condition under control through diet. In fact, I discovered it wasn’t actually my thyroid. It was inflammation (poor digestion) and my thyroid was just the victim. So once I addressed the ROOT, my hair issues got even better. A lot of people are getting diagnosed with thyroid issues but the thyroid is the innocent victim. Going to a naturopath was the best thing I could have done for my health and hair. My hair is stronger, thicker and retains more length.
As far as the military goes, you can always do mini twists. I find these last the longest, especially when you tie them up at night. I can get a good 2-3 weeks if I take care of them. And you can always re-twist around the edges to keep it fresh.
Hi everyone! I’m originally from the Dominican Republic and I’ve been relaxing my hair since I was 10 and I’m 39 now. I don’t know what my natural hair looks like. The last time I relaxed my hair was this past June. I also dye my hair every 4 weeks. My hair is really brittle. I just trimmed my hair but it’s like 80% relaxed.
I don’t know how to style my hair now. Braids and rod sets damage my hair. I do use deep treatments/ oils and conditioning. Please help me.
Lisa Harris says
I wouldn’t say I want to go 100% natural today but I do want to get less relaxers and eventually return to my natural hair. I am trying an amino treatment by Basics. This product contains good amino acids and no harsh ingredients like a relaxer has. It is supposed to give you the versatility of wearing you hair natural or straight. I only had one treatment. I like it but I am finding myself limiting my normal activities (i.e. working out, playing baseball with my son, etc…) because I don’t want my roots to swell. Has anyone tried an amino treatment? What has been your story..successful or waste of money and time? Any advise to provide a woman who has been using a relaxer for over 20 years?
Hello!! I’ve been natural for over 8 years and still can’t figure this hair out. I prefer it short and just recently (yesterday) cut off about 10″ again. My husband say that I’ll never grow it. Truth is, I like my twa better because I can manage it better. My biggest problem is the moisturizing. I have about 4 different textures on my head and what works for 1 section, don’t for the other. Any advise is well appreciated.
Just found this site today by googling natural hair perm rod set. Love your site. I’ll be here all the time now!
Christina Cortez says
I’m definitely ready for the transition. Thanks for your post. Gave me a lot of hope and pushed away my fears.
So I’m still transitioning from relaxed to natural. My last relaxer was in June. I can’t really tell which of your styles are for transitioning hair. Any suggestions?
Angela Matthews says
All of your hairstyles are simply beautiful!!! 🙂
Thank you so much, this is one of the most useful sites I have found so far, I am a determined + competitive swimmer and I am seriously struggling with the battle of natural 4c hair that was relaxed from childhood, had extensions put in it and now I want to grow it out into an afro after braiding for over 3 years. I have tried mosturizing my hair with water but seem to be failing. My family don’t believe in mosturizing shampoos and conditioners and say ‘I should use what we have’, which is (Rodex Body Wash) as a shampoo. I was wondering if you might have any natural conditioners or shampoo recipies that I can make at home, and any other ideas of what I can do to tame my mane without any relaxer.
Thank you so much in Advance,
P.S. My email does not work any more, so please could you comment here.