Natural Hair Updo | Braids, Twists & Curls!

Natural Hair Updo | Braids, Twists & Curls!

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My little cousin, Jennifer, has been on a serious healthy hair quest for the past year – I’ll be sharing her full hair journey soon.  But now that we’ve achieved our goal of healthy hair through protective styling, mainly crochet braids, I am slowly introducing her to styles with her hair out; I don’t want her to be dependent on fake hair and long-term protective styles.  So, our first style is this natural hair updo which is a mix up of braids, twists and curls that I absolutely love!

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Every time I do her hair, I ask her to look online (Pinterest mainly) to find a style she likes.  I want her to be involved in the process of choosing a style – that is all part of teaching her to care for her own hair.  She found these two styles as our inspiration:

natural hair updo inspiration

I used these two styles to create our own that suited Jennifer’s face as well as her hair length.

To create our version of this versatile updo we:

  1. Shampooed and deep conditioned using my Hot Head Deep Conditioning cap
  2. Blow dried using the tension method
  3. Appled TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave In Conditioner
  4. Sealed with Fountain Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food
  5. Parted a circular section in the middle of her hair
  6. Cornrowed the back and sides upwards (the back of her hair is shorter so the braids will last longer than twists)
  7. Two strand twisted the front using TGIN Twist & Define Cream
  8. Pulled the back braids and twists into a high ponytail
  9. Spritzed the middle with water and applied TGIN Twist & Define Cream
  10. Rolled the middle on pink and white perm rods
  11. Allowed to dry overnight
  12. Removed the rods and separated the curls

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Although this wasn’t MY wash day, I could tell partially through creating the style that I would love it and thought you may use the look for inspiration as well.  Also…I can’t wait to try out the TGIN Twist and Define Cream a bit more and give a final review.  So far, this product may replace almost ALL my other curl creams and gels as my absolute favorite.  It’s that good!

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  • She’s such a pretty young lady!!!! Loving the styles. She’s blessed to have a knowledgeable big cuz. Your deep conditioner review made me purchase. Don’t tell me I now have to go back and grab the curl cream???

    • Thank you! And I’m still deciding on the cream, gotta try it a few more times and different ways but so far I do really like it!

  • I love how you were able to recreate the hair style it’s really lovely. Also you are making want to try the tgin products.

    http://www.wurassecrethair.blogspot.com

    • Thank you! And girl, its been a long time since I’ve used a new product line I was THIS excited about (I have one other coming so…stay tuned, lol)

  • She is sooooo blessed to have you! Just imagine what it would have been like if we had the acknowledge and support about healthy hair care that she has now?!?! I love this style and it looks like it’s quite simple to maintain.

    How often do you care for her hair?

    Thanks for joining the #washdayexperience this week!

    KLP @ http://www.savingourstrands.com

    • Thanks! I know we’d all have hair down to our butts and never even know anything different! Depending on the style I do her hair every 6-8 weeks (crochet braids) but with less long term styles I aim for every 3 weeks if my schedule permits.

  • Apart from my subscriptions, I find almost ALL my style inspiration on Pinterest! I think I have these exact styles pinned.