Natural Hair Style Choices
There are many styles that can be done with naturally curly hair. When you are washing and moisturizing it properly, the trick to manageability and great looking styles is simply not ever allowing the hair to matt.
This can be difficult with children and people with active lifestyles. You must get them into the habit of protecting their hair from dirt and dust, and unless they have mature dreadlocks, wearing a scarf or bonnet to bed. Another solution is the old fashioned African neck rest, but this is only really good for back sleepers who don’t need a soft pillow.
You also have to be mindful of tension. As mentioned earlier, after washing, the hair should be parted into a few sections and braided. When you do this, bear in mind that you shouldn’t pull the hair too tight from the scalp. When hair is wet, it expands, and as it dries, it shrinks back down to its normal size. So these braids should be very gentle, and just enough to hold the hair in place to keep it from knotting.
Now to the styling.
There are already free public lessons on how to cornrow on this site. If you haven’t read them yet, do so.
Another important thing you’ll need to know is how to put beads onto hair. You can’t always just shove in the hair.
One way that people do it is by taking a small square of aluminum foil, wrapping it around the ends of the hair, and using it as a sort of a “needle” to thread the hair through the bead. Then they ball up the foil so that it holds the beads on.
Some folks don’t like that look, and prefer rubber bands or small hair clips or barrettes at their ends. So here are some illustrated instructions for the wire method.
How to get beads onto the ends of braids:
and that’s how to get the beads onto braids!