5 Unisex Hairstyles Perfect for Men and Women

Greetings, Hair Hypers! I know it’s been a while since I made a post. (My apologies!) But I have been taking some personal time and reflecting on my thoughts and views of the concept of “natural hair” as a whole. As this movement continues to gain momentum, we are constantly faced with new issues and challenges. For instance, where do our men and boys fit in with regards to the whole natural hair hype? Well, can we really ignore the fact that our men and boys also exist in a society that may have convinced them straightening their hair made them appear more attractive? Well, we can…but should we? No. Nevertheless, it does seem that our men are being lost in the natural hair hype.

Of course, we want our boys and men to be natural and embrace their natural selves. Moreover, given that the gender lines are more blurred than ever, there are so many exciting things for boys and young men to with their hair these days. The following is a closer look at 5 of my personal faves.

5. Buns

First of all, a super sweet style for people of all ages, who doesn’t love a bun?! Low maintenance and amazing, the messy bun is a great option for men and women on the go. Although males typically call theirs “man buns”, it’s all the same thing. To achieve this style, simply gather all of your hair in the middle of your head, brush is gently around the edges, and secure the hair with an elastic band of your choice. This style doesn’t have to be perfect, that’s part of the fun. How do you rock your messy bun?!

4. Two-Strand Twists

Next, although they are not commonly thought to be a style for men, two-strand twists are a popular style for young men and boys. Achieved by parting the hair into smaller sections, separating the sections into two, and twisting the sections around each other, this style is fairly simple to install and lasts days or even weeks at a time. The main difference between men and women rocking this style is that boys typically let these go wild while girls and women usually where them more tamed (though, that is not always the case). Moreover, women protect them with scarves (whereas men typically use do-rags), and you can even turn your dreadlocks into twists as well! Either way, this is a great unisex style for all!

3. Twist Outs

Moreover, twist outs are a style that occurs in two parts. First, you rock two-strand twists for anywhere from a day to a couple of weeks. Then you take the twists out and rock a lovely crinkly fro for a few days. Super fun and versatile. Both men and women look excellent in this style. For more info about twist-outs, click here!

2. Afro

“I like my baby’s hair with baby hair and Afros!” Does this style even need an introduction? The Afro has been around for ages and continues to be reinvented with every new generation. These days, they’re big, bold, and often contain color. Excellent for men, women, boys, and girls. How do you rock your fro?!

1. Asymmetrical Cut

Lastly, an asymmetrical cut is the wave of the future with regards to natural hair. With endless possibilities, each person is able to make this do their own. All it takes is some courage, a bit of imagination, oh, and some hair. However, be forewarned, the quality of your cut will largely depend on the level of skill your barber or stylist possess. You may want to see some (a lot!) of their work before allowing them to cut your hair. Lest, you endure your first (or another) big chop!

Well, those are my top picks for unisex natural styles. Do you have any others?! Feel free to comment below!

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Winterizing Your Wig: Tips on The Winter Wash-n-Go

Although the cooler months can make your “effortless” tresses a bit harder to manage, that is no reason to give up on your natural hair during the winter season. Just the tip of the iceberg, for those who live in super cold climates, doing a wash-n-go during the winter months sounds like a recipe for pneumonia. However, although there may be a few extra steps, you can still achieve a wash-n-go even in the dead of winter. Interested? Keep reading.

Hair Dryers

Although it seems counter intuitive, dryers are actually the key to winterizing your wash-n-go. By simply getting up a bit early and allowing yourself approximately 30 minutes of time under your hooded dryer, your hair will be dry enough to safely leave your home. However, for those who have longer or thicker hair, be sure to pat your hair dry with a towel thoroughly before applying products and sitting under the dryer.

Deep Conditioning 

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Next, given that the winter months can be very drying to your tresses, including a deep conditioning treatment as a part of your hair care regimen, will not only help to protect your hair from drying and breakage, but it will also help your curls pop and appear more defined.

Curl Creams 

One of the most imperative products to achieving the winter wash-n-go is a good curl cream. A great way to make your curls pop and last longer, be sure to use a curl cream as one of your primary products when trying to achieve this style.

Hats, Scarves, and the Like

If you are going to be leaving your home with your hair a bit damp, wrapping your head in a scarf and covering it with a hat is your best bet. This will not only help to extract excess moisture, but it will also help to smooth areas such as your edges. Once you arrive at your destination, simply excuse yourself to the bathroom, remove your hat and scarf, and style as desired.

Headbands, Scarves, Turbans, Etc.

 

Lastly, if you are struggling in terms of how to style your wash-n-go, headbands, scarves, turbans, bows, and other hair accessories are an easy shortcut. Simply grab one of your favorite hair accessories and style as desired. Moreover, keep in mind that a wash-n-go can last multiple days if you are taking care of it, and keeping it tied up at night.

Overall, don’t let the winter ruin your wash-n-go game. Follow these tips and tricks and you will still be able to achieve this fab and easy style, all year round!

 

8 Protective Natural Styles We’re Hyped about for Winter

Although it may hurt to admit it, the winter season is right around the corner. A time in which there tends to be a drastic spike in spending on things such as purchasing new clothing and coats, the increased cost of things such as electricity and gas, and much more, the last thing most of us want to be worried about is our hair. Nevertheless, very much the nature of the beast, nobody said this Naturalista thing would be easy…we just promised it would be worth it! Rather than searching high and low for new hairdressers and/or ideas, the following is an overview of 8 natural protective styles that you are sure to love rockin’ all winter long!

Ombre Braids

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Hold on to your weaves, ladies! Ombre braids are still huge this season! Essentially just long single braids created with the help of 2-toned extensions ombre braids are super cute, sexy, and can last for weeks or even months at a time. However, one must be sure to keep up with general hygiene efforts such as oiling your scalp, sleeping with a satin scarf or bonnet, and even washing them as necessary.  Lastly, taking these out may be one of the most tedious hair tasks of your life. Unless your hair is short enough to simply slip the extensions out of your hair, you can look forward to many man-hours spent on removing these beauties when you get tired of them. Keep that in mind. Check out our favorite ombre braids tutorials below!

Mini Twists

OK, so we are clearly in love with 2-strand twists! Nevertheless, mini twists is definitely a great go-to style for the winter months. Moreover, given that they do not take much effort to install and can be done on virtually any length of hair, there is nothing special required in order to achieve this style. Much like 2-strand twists in general, the way to achieve mini-twists is by simply doing exactly what you do to install average-sized 2-strand twists, only with smaller parts and smaller sections of hair being used. Preferable for winter for the same reasons we suggest ombre braids, these can last for days or even weeks with simple upkeep. What’s more, they are fairly easy to remove. Check out these awesome mini twist tutorials below!

Messy Buns 

A great style for those with longer hair (or weave), messy buns are a fun, flirty, and super easy style for the winter. Achieved by simply sweeping all of your hair into a ponytail and tucking the hair instead of leaving it loose, you can style your messy bun in any manner that you wish. Although this style is essentially only good for a day, it only takes minutes to install, so you should have no issues with achieving this style, even if you’re super pressed for time. Check out these awesome tutorials for messy buns below!

A Turban with Bangs 

All the rage in recent years, turbans are a fun way to protect your hair while also showing cultural pride. Similar to head wraps, regardless of their ethnic origins, the purpose of turbans is to show that modesty is also attractive. A great go-to for the days in which you may be running a bit late or just don’t feel like styling your own hair. Simply section off a small portion of hair in the front of your head. This hair can be pinned down, brushed forward, or you can even add a bit of curl cream to make your curls pop. A fun, easy style to achieve, check out the tutorials below for more information on how to wrap your hair in a turban!

Clip-Ins 

The revolution of natural hair is here! If you weren’t aware of the fact that they now have clip-ins to match with virtually every natural hair texture, then where have you been?! Simply surf the web or visit you favorite local beauty supply store to find the best pieces to match with your own tresses. For easy install, begin on your loose, stretched natural hair and simple style and blend until it all mixes in! For more information on how to install clip ins, check out the tutorials below!

The Messy French Braid 

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Yet another fun, flirty style that takes little effort to install, the messy French braid is easy to install and can actually be worn for a couple of days at a time. Best created on dried or stretched hair, this style can be installed in a matter of 5 minutes and will leave you looking fab all day long. Moreover, given that it is purposely messy, very little skill is required in order to achieve this look. For more info on messy buns, check out the tutorials below!

Marley Twists 

Next, an extension style created using Marley twist hair (which very closely resembles many natural hair textures) Marley twists are fairly easy to install and maintain. Achieved by sectioning your hair off into medium-small sized sections, wrap the extension around the section, and twist the hair all the way to the ends. Much easier than Ombre braids, these take less time to install as well as less time to remove. For more info on Marley twists, check out the tutorial below.

Faux Locs

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Lastly, a fun, sexy style to totally switch up your look, faux locs are edgy and long-lasting. While they can be installed in a number of ways, one of the best is simply using faux loc extensions and crocheting them in, you can also use yarn or other methods. For more information on installing faux locs, check out these tutorials!

Overall, don’t let the winter season put a damper on your natural hair! Simply try some of these styles or maybe even create a few of your own!

5 Last-Minute DIY Diva Halloween Costumes for Naturalistas

Greetings, Naturalistas! Halloween is right around the corner. While we are well aware of the fact that many detest this holiday and want to avoid it like The Purge, we are also equally aware of the fact that many choose to use this as a day to just go out, let loose, have fun, and eat some candy! With that said, the following is an overview of 5 last-minute Halloween costume ideas that are perfect for Naturalistas.

Janelle Monae

Things You Need:

  • Long hair (or wig/ weave)
  • A pompadour style
  • Black & white suite of your choosing
  • Bowtie
  • Red Lipstick
  • Microphone (optional)

First and foremost, the natural queen of the age, Ms. Janelle Monae is a no-brainer for Naturalistas looking to have some Halloween fun. Although she has had many looks over the years, her signature look is a pompadour and some variation of a black and white suit. A great way to look comfortable, fab, and have lots of fun, don’t forget your mic in case anyone wants to see you perform!

Lauryn Hill

 

Things You Need:

  • Dreadlocks (or deadlock wig)
  • Baggy Clothes
  • Guitar & Mic (Optional)
  • Melanin (Recommended)

Another style icon whose look has changed over time, if you’re going to be Lauryn Hill this year, please go with the old school look complete with dreadlocks and a guitar! Although Lauryn will never not be relevant (just ask Nicki Minaj) the point of Halloween is to create a surreal experience for all. We can see Lauryn with her new style everywhere, but we may never again get a glimpse at the 90’s, more rough around the edges (pun slightly intended) version. Bring her back this Halloween!

Amber Rose

 

Things You Need:

  • Short Haircut
  • Sexy Clothing
  • Model Walk (Recommended)

If you’ve just done a big chop and don’t mind being a bit risque, dressing as Amber Rose will be tons of fun for you this Halloween season! All you need is a low cut (preferably dyed in a bold, bright color), your sexiest dress or romper, and shades. Moreover, if you have an equally risque bestie, you can go as Amber and Blac Chyna!

Diana Ross

 

Things You Need:

  • Big Hair
  • Sequin Gown
  • Too Fab Besties to be your “Supremes” (Optional)
  • Style and Grace (Recommended)

C’mon, you know you want to! The queen mother of divas never gets old! And don’t let the chosen pic fool you, muva loves her some big hair! Throw on your favorite Afro wig, find a cute ballroom gown or fab jumpsuit, (don’t forget the mic!) and have the time of your life. This is a great costume to wear anywhere, but especially to karaoke parties! Fun!

Donna Summer

Things You Need:

  • Big Hair
  • Shiny Jumpsuit
  • Chain Belt
  • Lovely Voice (Recommended)

Lastly, another 70’s diva that has never truly gotten her just do, the late Donna Summer was a glam diva goddess! No matter if you use your own hair or some big fabulous wig, the queen of disco was all about big hair and gorgeous gowns and accessories. Also, having some pipes is advisable as people will likely want you to sing “Last Dance” and you wouldn’t want to disappoint your public!

Honorable Mention: Foxy Cleopatra 

Things You Need: 

  • Huge Golden Afro
  • Big Hoop Earring
  • Gold Jumpsuit
  • Microphone

OK, so she’s technically not a “real” person. Nevertheless, Foxy Cleopatra is DIY Halloween costume maker’s dream! Super sexy with more than a touch of sass, bring your biggest attitude with you for this one. You’re gonna need it!

Now that you have our top Halloween costume picks, what are yours?

6 Reasons to Make 2 Strand Twists Your Go-To Style for Fall

Don’t let the weather fool you, fall is right around the corner! A time to embrace the changes in weather as well as in life, the fall is a great time to switch up your decor, clothes, and of course, your do! Well, with hundreds or even thousands of styles to try, how do you narrow it down? That can be tricky! While NHH is certainly not here to tell you what to do, we can give you a few ideas in terms of what you should try. Speaking of which, check out 6 reasons why you should make 2-strand-twists your go-to style for fall!

THEY’RE PROTECTIVE 

One of the top reasons you should make 2-strand-twists your go-to style for the fall is because they are a protective style. If you’re like the rest of the NHH community, you spent your summer trying all types of fun and wild things. Well, given that the weather is growing colder, you need to protect your hair from this weather as well. 2-strand-twists are a simple style that can help to protect your hair from a wide variety of elements while looking fab as ever! 

THEY PROMOTE GROWTH

In addition to that, 2-strand-twists also promote growth. This is due to the fact that they keep the hair in the stretched position all while allowing it to rest and hide from potentially harmful environmental and/or chemical factors. They also allow for you to go days or weeks without engaging in other acts that could potentially be harmful to your hair or scalp as well. 

THEY’RE CUTE

Did we mention, they’re C-U-T-E?! Well, they are! With tons of styles to try out, you can literally pick a 2-strand-twist style for each and every occasion this fall. No matter if you go with singles, flat twists, an up-do, or any mixture of these, you can achieve a style that is not only lovely but also uniquely your own.

THEY’RE VERSATILE

In keeping with that notion, 2-strand-twists are also very versatile! As aforementioned, there is literally a 2-strand-twist style for every occasion. Virtually as multifaceted of cornrows and other types of braids, there is no need to straighten your hair to achieve a certain look, you simply need to find a way of achieving it using twists. 

THEY SHOW ETHNIC PRIDE 

In an age in which Black and Brown girls are continuously being attacked for embracing our roots, it’s important to take a stand. Rocking 2-strand twists show that you not only embrace your hair texture but your culture as well. Similar to the #SupportThePuff movement, rocking more ethnically oriented styles is a great way to make a statement and show a sense of solidarity.

THEY’RE DIFFERENT

Why would you ever want to look like everyone else?! Although the Natural Hair Community continues to grow and flourish, it is still far from the norm. Rocking 2-strand twists will always ensure that you stand out, even if you’re not trying to. No matter where you work or hang out, your twists will do the talking for you, asserting, “I’m natural and I love it!”

Now that you’ve gotten 5 reasons to try 2 strand twists this fall, check out some awesome tutorials on how to achieve these looks below! 

Top 5 ‘Bad Hair Day’ Accessories for Autumn

Greetings, Natural Hair Hypers! With that cooler fall weather just chilling on the horizon, it’s pretty safe to say that your wash and go styles will also soon need to be put to rest. So, what can you do to spruce up your do on those unfortunate “bad hair” days?! Relax. The following is a closer look at NHH’s top 5 Autumn!

Headwraps

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A trend that has once again taken center stage, head wraps have been all the rage in recent years. For those who are yet unfamiliar, headwraps are a unisex option with roots in Africa, India, parts of Asia, and many other areas. Moreover, with an entirely new generation of designer dueling this trend, Naturalistas now have their pick of a vast array of headwraps. Everything from bold retro prints to tradition African ones, you can literally find a headwrap to match every outfit in your closet! Great for the office, upscale, or even casual events, the head wrap is your go-to hair accessory for various times of year, especially fall! Check out some of our fave “how to tie a headwrap”  tutorials on Youtube below!

Beanie Hats 

 

If you’re into something a little less flashy, beanie hats may be the way to go. Cute, casual, and a great cure for a cold head, these are great for running errands, casual nights out, and on any day you just want to be cute and comfy. The can be worn in the fall, winter, spring, and even on cool summer nights. Moreover, they come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and prints making this a great option for men and women of all ages. 

Scarves 

Similar to head wraps, scarves are versatile hair accessories that can be dressed up or down at will. However, scarves are more shapeless as they can also be worn around the neck, waist, as a vest, or even as a duster, among other things. Nevertheless, they are also great hair accessories as they allow you to cover all or part of your head at will. 

Turbans

 

Next, turbans are another unisex option that look fab with an added cultural flair. Also able to be dressed up or down, turbans can be paired with your fave outfit regardless of color or occasion. You can cover your full head, or just the outer rim of it, it’s up to you. Moreover, there are more casual ones for things such as exercising and errands or fancy ones for the office or upscale occasions. 

Headbands  

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Lastly, headbands are a great accessory for Naturalistas from all walks of life. Available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, these are a fun way to switch up your look as well as pull those wild natural tresses out of your face. Great for a vast array of occasions, this is a good accessory to stockpile as you never know when you’ll need a good headband! 

Now that you’ve seen our picks for fall hair accessories, what are yours?! Try some of ours or leave suggestions below! 

7 Poppin’ Natural Styles for Fall

Greetings, Natural Hair Hypers! If you’re anything like me, your summer just flew by! A time to put away those bikinis and pull out those heavy wool trenches, if you are switching your style up for the cooler months, then why not your hair?! Most Naturalistas (especially us) just love the autumn as things cool down and you know longer need to worry about the ridiculous humidity or the sun beaming down on your natural skull. Nevertheless, what will you do with your hair for the next few months?! Relax, we’ve got you covered. Check out 7 of our top natural hairstyle choices for fall!

Bantu Knots

 

So, in case you’re new to NHH, we LOVE Bantu knots! A great way to get in touch with your roots while rocking a fabulously edgy style that promotes hair growth, Bantu knots are an ancient style with powerful origins. You can make them big small, with short hair or with long hair, on natural hair or permed hair, on healthy hair or hair that has been damaged. And for thicker and longer lasting Bantus, you can even ass extensions! The style lasts for days and you can untwist them and turn them into another style when you’re done! Moreover, they also look great with some of your favorite hair accessories! What’s not to love?!

Jumbo Braids

 

For those who prefer a little length added to their tresses, jumbo braids are an excellent style for fall! Achieved by installing thick sections of synthetic extensions and braiding them into singles, this hairstyle is simple to achieve, yet is highly time consuming. Especially in the case of a beginner, this is a style that can take hours or even days to complete. Therefore, be sure that you have the time set aside before attempting this style on your own. Either way, this style is super cute and can be styled in wide variety of ways!

Perm Rod Set

 

Yet another one of our faves, the perm rod set is a fun, flirty style that lasts for a few days. Achieved by parting your hair into small sections and wrapping each individual section around a perm rod, the perm rod set is fairly simple to install, yet can be difficult to master. This is largely due to the fact that everyone’s hair texture is different. Therefore, figuring out which products will make your perm rod set pop can be a bit puzzling. Nevertheless, some of the best products to use universally are curls creams, some sort of gel, as well as an oil for moisture.

Crochet, Crochet

 

Next up, crochet styles are a fun, easy, and fairly low maintenance way to switch up your look on a moment’s notice. You can do jumbo braids, curly hair, or anything else that strikes your fancy. Achieved by installing the extensions via a crochet needle, this style is fairly quick to execute and easy to keep up. Perfect for fall, crochet styles are protective and allow your hair to rest after the damage done by the extreme summer heat.

Chunky Twists

 

In addition to that, chunky twists are a fun and easy style that can last for many days as well. Achieved by parting your hair into medium to large sized sections, sectioning that area into 2 parts, and twisting the sections together, chunky twists last a long time and are the perquisite to a fab twist out!

Twisted Up-do

 

A great style for those who work in a more professional atmosphere, twisted up-do’s, are sophisticated and fun at once. With an array of ways to achieve this due, the important thing to remember is that your are flat twisting your hair into a style that can be pinned up or put into a ponytail.

#SupportThePuff

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Lastly, #supportthepuff by rocking your Afro in all its splendor! In case you are unaware of the movement (article coming soon), it was started to support an array of young girls who have recently been booted from class due to rocking their own gorgeous, natural Afros! This makes this style more important than ever as it’s not just about looking fab, it’s about making a statement and taking a stand! No matter if it’s a curly fro, blow out, twist out, or any such style, the important thing to remember is to make it as big and fabulous mane that makes everyone gawk in amazement!

The Ins and Outs of a Well-Defined Twist Out

 

One of the most beloved styles of Naturalistas of all kinds, a twist out, or a style achieved by adding products, twisting your hair up, and removing the twists in order to achieve well-defined curls and crimps that pop, is considered a go-to style for women from all walks of life. Although every Naturalista is different, achieving a gorgeous, well-defined twist out doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. The following is an overview of some awesome tips to help you achieve the perfect twists out every time.

Moisturize

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One of the top ways to achieve a well-defined twist out it to make sure you start with freshly washed hair that is moisturized. No matter if you use shea butter, coconut oil, or some mixture of your faves, keeping your hair moisturized is one of the most vital elements to achieving a well-defined twist out.

Curl Creams

 

In addition to that, adding in a curl cream will help to define your natural tresses as well as add some volume to your hair. Being careful not to overdo it, after you have massaged your hair and scalp with your fave oil, add in a curl cream in order to achieve more well-defined tresses.

Gels

 

Next, adding in a natural hair-friendly hair gel it a great way to control frizz and tame frizziness and other issues that prevent awesome twist outs. We will go more into depth in terms of which products we love in future posts. However, we are still testing out a few products. Either way, there is an array of gels on the market that are perfect for natural hair. Moreover, some women even use gels not made specifically for natural hair. Although this is not always advisable, depending on your hair texture and resources, some such gels also work great on natural hair. Nevertheless, be mindful of toxic and drying ingredients such as alcohol.

Twist Method

 

Perhaps the most important element of achieving a well-defined twist out, the method you use to twist your hair makes a world of difference. You can do single or flat twists, twist them to the front, back or side, you can do small or fat twists, you can do them with two or three strands, you can pin them down to dry (in the case of shorter hair, this is an excellent idea), let them air dry, use a blow dryer, or tie them down with a scarf to dry. You can also leave the ends loose or use rollers, perm rods, or other rollers. It’s important to experiment and see what works for your hair type, length, as well as the overall look you are going for. Moreover, no matter what twist method you use, be sure to do them as tight, neat, and uniform as possible.

Clip Your Ends

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Fairly self-explanatory, in order to have a great looking and well-defined twist out, you will want to have your ends clip (or clip them yourself) in order to avoid frizziness on the ends of your hair.

Hair Accessories

 

Lastly, throw in a bow, flower reef, single flower, headband, or any other accessory to make this style fun and unique at the very same time.

Tutorials

Now that you’ve gotten our tips, take a look at some of these awesome tutorials!

Dreading the Truth: on the Cultural Appropriation of Dreadlocks


A natural hairstyle that consists of intentionally or unintentionally matted sculpts of roped sections of hair, dreadlocks have seemingly been around since the beginning of time. All the rage in this day and age, while dreadlocks are widely considered an Afrocentric style with profound roots steeped in culture and religion, they have also become a trendy style for people of all races and backgrounds. Nevertheless, where does cultural appropriation, come into play? That is an excellent question.

The History of Dreadlocks

A history that is still writing itself, the true origin of dreadlocks can be a bit hard to pinpoint. However, many historians assert that they have been around since as long ago as 2,500 BCE and were practiced by an array of cultures and religions. While many credit ancient Egypt with their creation, others assert that the first physical evidence of dreadlocks exists in India’s Vedic scriptures in which the deity, Shiva, is depicted sporting the style. In addition to that, dreadlocks have long since been tied to Egyptian culture as anthropologists have discovered numerous mummies with their lovely locks still intact. Either way, no matter which narrative you choose to believe, I think we can all agree that the origin of dreadlocks is ancient, indigenous, and even spiritual.

Dreadlocks in Religion

 

Although most people immediately think of Rastafarians as the only religion that sees dreadlocks as spiritual, this is far from the whole truth. In fact, some use textual support from the Bible, Hindu teachings, Buddhism, and much more. Either way, for many people all over the world, dreadlocks are a symbol of African heritage, resistance to oppression, and promotes the notion that hair is sacred and serves a purpose far more important than those tied to vanity-related concerns.

The New Age, Pop Culture, and Dreadlocks

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Despite the initial meaning of dreadlocks, the new age has completely redefined who rocks dreadlocks as well as why. More of a fashion statement than anything else, dreadlocks are still considered anti-establishment, but that view seems to be changing as well. They are worn by people of all cultures, come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and are even accompanied by partial haircuts, sharp edge-ups, and other creative styling options. Very much a popular style, those who rock dreadlocks enjoy being an individual and making a statement. Moreover, many of them aren’t even real. In addition to the yarn method, they have legit dreadlock extensions on the market. That’s right! Faux locks are a legit thing now. So, some of those locks you’re admiring might actually be fake. Indeed, at this point, literally anyone can get dreadlocks in a matter of hours. Just ask Fetty Wap.

Cultural Appropriation of Dreadlocks

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Nevertheless, cultural appropriation of dreadlocks is real. How can this be? Well, given that corporate America has spent many decades trying to keep those who wear styles such as dreadlocks out of the boardrooms and positions of power, only to turn around and make exceptions when the style became popular amongst other races is infuriating to many. No, I personally am not mad at Justin Bieber anymore than I am angry at Fetty Wap. Both used to style as a quick way to switch up their look and garner attention. However, it is important to note, one of the main reasons it’s seen as cultural appropriation in Beiber’s case, if that he has often been accused of appropriating black culture in his music and has faced backlash for an old video in which a young Bieber uses the “N-Word”…complete with a hard “-ER” at the end. Nevertheless, the people I am most upset with are those who have spent many years referring to dreadlocks as “unprofessional”, “unkempt” and any other un they could utter, only to refer to them as “cool” or “edgy” when Bieber tries the style. In short, if dreadlocks are, officially, like, an American thing… I’m gonna need more Black and Brown people with dreadlocks to stop being referred to as slackers, racially profiled, and denied higher paying jobs… to start. I’m gonna need for Zendaya to not be told she “looks like she smells like weed” for rocking them on red carpets and for the world to take notice of their ancient origin and true meaning behind them.

Dreadlock Tutorials

 

Now that we got that out of the way, dreads are awesome! An ancient style with a new age twist, dreadlocks are officially more relevant than ever. Thinking of starting some of your own? Check out these awesome tutorials!

 

Cornrows or Boxer Braids: Is there a Difference?


For those who may not be constantly entrenched in pop culture, issues such as these may go over your natural little head. Nevertheless, a new trend has just emerged on the hair scene. Nicknamed “boxer braids” (presumably because athletes such as Ronda Rousey have increased their popularity in recent months), many Naturalistas are questioning what the difference between these braids and the cornrows we’ve been wearing in our hair for eons.

The Difference, In a Nutshell

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There’s no difference, folks. (Besides, maybe, the hair textures and level of skin pigmentation of the majority of those who post #boxerbriads vs. #cornrows) Let’s be real here: this is cultural appropriation at its finest! Personally, it never bothers me when others decide to try African styles, however, what makes this appropriation is the fact that the true origin of this style is being whitewashed. If you’re going to wear cornrow, awesome! Give credit where it’s due, though! Black and brown women have been using this as a go-to style since forever. Stop trying to make “fetch” happen with these boxer braids, MTV UK! Kim K. looks great in them, but crediting her with making them popular is a yoga level stretch, to say the very least.

Moving Foward

Honestly, it’s hard to be a Naturalista and not appreciate the new Afrocentric trends in hair and clothing that are currently underway. Nevertheless, call it by name! If you like cornrows and want to wear cornrow, just call them…cornrows! That’s all we’re asking here. Other than that, Amanda Stenberg said it best!

Either way, with all of the new styles and trends in the world of cornrows, even we could use a refresher course. Check out our fave cornrow tutorials below!