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Why Bantu Knots Are More Than Just a Way to Curl Hair

Why Bantu Knots Are More Than Just a Way to Curl Hair

Everything From Curly Hair To A Fashion Statement

Bantu knots have been making a comeback in the past years. The style has become increasingly popular over the years to the point that celebrities have been making statements by wearing them.

I’ve worn Bantu knots before, and I loved how they made me look. I also liked how simple the style was to create and maintain. I hadn’t known that such a cute protective form had existed until recently.

It’s been my go-to look every time that I decide to let my hair breathe for a while. Bantu knots can be created with extensions, especially if your hair isn’t long enough to make them out of your hair. The great thing about Bantu knots is that the style is more than just a style.

It’s a style that’s been around for centuries, and there is an extraordinary history of the style. It’s very cool when you get into it. All of my friends have tried Bantu knots before, and they loved them!

Let’s get into the history of Bantu knots and all the ways this style is more than just a way to curl hair.

Bantu knots

The History of Bantu Knots

According to the SAHO, the South Africa History Organization, “Bantu” is a term used to describe 300 ethnic groups in South Africa that spoke the Bantu language.

There were over 90 million people speaking different variations of the Bantu language in southern and central parts of Africa. Across these regions, Bantu is recognized as the Zulu work for people.

It’s still unclear how these languages made it to the southern parts of Africa, but it is said that Bantu speakers achieved incredible progress over the centuries. Unfortunately, all that changed after colonization. Colonizers discovered Bantu speakers in the 16th century.

It’s noted that when Bantu speaking people were found, they were wearing the hairstyle that we all knot to be Bantu knots. Before and during the Apartheid, Bantu speaking people wore Bantu knots so much that it became the hairstyle of choice and recognition.

This hairstyle has been around for a long time, and it makes me happy to see it coming back around.

It’s essential that hair history receives recognition, acceptance, and love!

History of Bantu Knots

It’s A Protective Style!

Beyond a way to curl your hair, Bantu knots are a great way to protect your hair while also looking cute and fashionable. Bantu knots are a quirky way to keep your hair from harsh protective styles. They are a little bit tight on the edges, but they don’t have to be.

When creating the Bantu knots, you should separate your hair into sections. Make sure that you moisturize your every part with oils and other healthy products. After you moisturize each section, you should make sure you have them sectioned in a way that you’re satisfied with.

Is each part even? Do you have an even number of sections? After figuring all that out, you should twirl each section in a circle to create a knot.

If your hair isn’t long enough, feel free to add extensions. Wrap the ends tightly so that they don’t unravel. This style can last for a long time, and it doesn’t require much maintenance.

Make sure that you continue moisturizing your scalp as you wear the style, and don’t be afraid to redo it if it’s too tight or too loose.

A Fashion Statement

So many different celebrities have been seen wearing Bantu knots. Everyone from Rihanna to Missy Elliott has been seen rocking this style.

It’s such a cute hairstyle to add to your fashion statement, and the best part is that it’s not bad for your hair.

I’ve seen people add temporary color to the top of their knots so that their hair is a colorful display. No matter the occasion, Bantu knots are a dominant part of your fashion statement.

Try out some Bantu knots the next time you have a night out in town!

Bantu knots Hairstyle

Bantu Knots Can Be Versatile

Many people think that Bantu knots have to be worn all over the head for them to be considered Bantu knots but that’s not true! You can wear them on the top of your hair, and wear the rest of your down.

My favorite way to wear this style is wearing two Bantu knots at the top of my head, and the rest of my hair down. It’s an adorable hairstyle that gives me a summer feel.

Bantu knots always give me a summer feeling, so I wear them most during that season.

If you’re not sure how to style your Bantu knots, you can find plenty of tutorials online.

It Gives Your Curly Tresses

Last but not least, Bantu knots are known for giving people curly tresses. When you wear this style, you should expect your hair to be curly and bouncy after you take them down.

For an even kinkier effect, use some curling product or leave-in conditioner. By doing this, your hair will be bouncy and beautiful.

Follow the instructions in the previous paragraph to get that curly look you’ve been dying for!

Curling Product;

Overall, It’s One Of My Favorites

It’s important to remember that Bantu knots are about more than just hair. Bantu is a word derived from a history of people. Bantu was originally a language spoken by tribes in South Africa.

It eventually spread to other regions. Ultimately, the speech was wiped out during colonization, and the word now has a different meaning. Bantu has transformed into a hairstyle that many people take utilize. It’s more than just a way to curl your hair.

This style can be a way to protect your hair. It’s low maintenance and allows you to keep your hair out of your face while also making sure your hair is moisturized. Bantu knots can also be a part of your fashion statement.

Many celebrities have worn the style while out at different events. Missy Elliot is known for wearing Bantu knots during her music video, so it’s a trendy style! It’s more versatile than one might think.

You can add color to make it pop! Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box when you try this hairstyle!

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Unique Styling with Upside Down Braids

Unique Styling with Upside Down Braids
Upside down braids aren't a new hairstyle. You may remember wearing something similar in your childhood years or even wearing an upside down braid as a part of a formal updo. This style is taking center stage and wowing onlookers. The upside down braid is a French braid that starts at the nape of your neck toward the front of your head. The best part about this hairstyle is that it adds an element of fun to the back of your head, an area that is under-styled and often neglected. Continue reading

Best Hairstyles and Switch Ups for Asian Hair

Best Hairstyles and Switch Ups for Asian Hair

Harajuku Hair

Asian hair and hairstyles have weighed in heavily across the board when it comes to pop culture.

Our favorite Asian hairstyles have been capitalized on by famous stars such as Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and many more. Asian hairstyles have a strong influence on straight black sleek hair, bangs, ponytails, blunt-cut bobs, and buns.

Although the Asian hair trend is beyond beautiful, you can’t help but notice it has its flaws as well.

Asian hairstyles

The Bad before the Good

Before we jump into some styles you can create we must address some flaws you may notice with virgin Asian hair.

The friction in the hair can cause significant static which sometimes causes the hair to stick up all over the place. The hair is also very straight and hard to curl. Some say you can but curls in your Asian hair, and it may not curl at all, or it only lasts for no more than two hours.

That can be a struggle if you want to look different and switch up your looks. Another issue people complain about is how dark the hair is. It is so dark and black it can be a battle to color and lift it. It will boost but it may take some time, but you never want to leave bleach in too long for it to damage your hair.

Aside from color, friction, and complications in curling, the hair is fantastic and still very diverse.

Harajuku Barbie Bangs

Bangs have profoundly impacted the Asian hair culture in more ways than one.

The blunt cut bangs we so love and admire are a constant reminder that the Asian culture is alive and well. Bangs can go with just about any style, a bob, a ponytail, pigtails, the list goes on.

So, now I'll teach you how to cut your Harajuku barbie bangs right in the comfort of your own home.

Blunt cut bangs

Do it Yourself!

Step #1

Parting your bang section (keep in mind parting your hair is imperative for a good result.)

Step #2

Part your bangs into a triangular shape starting from the middle top of the head down your left side and right side to the outside of the eyebrows.

Step #3

Once it’s parted, divide it into three sections. Start with the middle by placing the hair in between your index and middle finger and put sheers in your dominant hand.

Step #4

Line your figure up to the eyebrows and cut the hair straight across. Repeat this step with both the left and right sides where it meets the middle.

Step #5

Hold your shears vertical and hold the hair between the same two fingers about a quarter-inch down from where you initially cut the hair. Use your scissors and trim in this direction and cut lightly throughout the entire bang.

It keeps the end of your bangs blunt but a bit more air-ish and there you have it, blunt cut bangs! Now that you have conquered the bangs you a virtually set for any hairstyle you chose to do with them.

Blunt cut

The Power of Ponytails

You can wear a ponytail no matter the event. Ponytails are a class act. Always remember one hairstyle can be worn in multiple ways.

With that, there are 50+ ways to style the ponytail that best fits you. The classic ponytail is usually brushed back and tied, then you dive the hair with a small piece to wrap around the hairband and bobby pin it for security. You can also switch it up. You can try a fishtail braid in the front going into your ponytail to add a more dynamic aspect to your look.

Last but not least don’t forget your ponytail with bangs. Chinese or blunt cut bang, bangs will always bring that extra pizazz to your hairstyle. By now if you have lived life, you should be able to accomplish a basic ponytail.

But if not, I will explain how to do so and how to add extensions for longer lengths. If your hair is already long, you may want to use your natural hair and slick it back into a cute ponytail. Use some hair from that ponytail and wrap it around covering the hair tie. Secure it with a bobby pin and slay your edges down and around.

If you want the added length to that ponytail, do the same thing by putting the hair in a hair tie, this time, take your real hair and create a bun as small as you can get it. Once you do that, get the pack of extensions you would like to use, keep in mind, you can make your ponytail as full as you would like too.

Begin wrapping the weave around the bun and use pins to secure it. If you want even more security, you can sew the ponytail around the bun, but it takes a longer time. Once you have successfully wrapped the hair and secured it, take a piece of a small piece of the ponytail from the back and wrap it around to cover the tracks and bobby pin it down.

Fix your edges and be fleeky!

Cute ponytail

Beautiful Buns

Buns are traditionally used for classic styles. When I think about buns, I think of ballet dancers.

I attended a dance school and every recital our hair had to be laid and brushed back into an elegant bun. I never liked the style when I was young, but as I grew older, I started to see they are undoubtedly beautiful for any occasion.

When planning the perfect bun, reflect on the angles of the bun. Try turning up your bun with a high topknot and a Chinese bang or try a low bun with a few strands sticking out to gives it a more angelic feel. Buns always give off a sophisticated look.

If you are looking to accomplish a basic bun and don’t already know how to do so, don’t fret. Grab a ponytail holder or hair tie and brush all your hair back evenly. Whether low or high depends on you and where you want the bun located. Once you have put the ponytail in place, comb the hair out in opposite directions of each other and begin to wrap the hair around evenly and add another hair tie for security.

And boom, there you have it, a simple basic bun.

Perfect bun

Asian Top Knot

Top Knots are exactly how they sound.

They favor a knot at the top of your hair, and you will start the process of a top knot exactly how you would want a basic bun. I love a bang with my top knots.

They jazz them up a little bit more and can sometimes have you looking like the foreign Instagram models giving your hair a real Asian influence.

If you don’t want to cut your hair just for a bang, I advise you to go to your local beauty supply and get a clip in a bang that matches your hair and texture. It works just the same. Now that you have gotten your hair into a ponytail, instead of splitting the hair and wrapping around, comb your ponytail upward. Once you have done that twist, find 1/3 of your ponytail from the holder and bend and wrap the hair downward. Use bobby pins to secure it.

Now you can add your clip in bangs! There you go, girl! Now you look like a foreign dime piece.

Top knots

The Power of Pig Tails

If you read how “The Power of Ponytails” then you learned how to do your basic ponytails. Now double it.

The Asian culture has kept pigtails relevant for quite some time. Long pigtails with bangs are indeed a head-turner. A brief overview of how you would accomplish them. Part your hair down the middle and brush hair up and tie on both sides. You can leave your curls to flourish or twist them up and make two top knots instead of one.

You can also add bangs flowing in the front for a dramatic effect.

Long pigtails

Beyond Bold Bobs

When you think of the pop culture superstar Blac Chyna, what do you think about it? Her bang!

Well, Chyna also has slain some fabulous bobs with her famous bangs. Her name even hints that she is accepting of the Asian culture and has chosen to embrace the vibes of their hair too. Blunt cut bobs coexist with the Asian hair trend because Asian hair has always been bone straight and nobody loves a bone straight blunt cut bob more than me!

Asian Hair Accessories

The Asian hair trend wouldn’t be complete without considering how the accessories have added pizazz.

I remember a time where wearing chopsticks in your hair would make you relaxed and unique. Now the Asian culture is so prominent they are using even more accessories to add in your hair from metal hair forks to Japanese scrunchies!

When doing an Asian inspired updo, try incorporating some accessories!

Asian Hair Accessories

Asian Angels

Aside from Asian hair having a natural straight distinction and being harder to color than other genres of hair, Asian hairstyles are groundbreaking in the modern-day hair circuit.

Even the quality is superb, not only is it thick but those bone straight vibes are life! I'm a huge fan of the top knots and ponytails and what makes them even better is the fact that they are convenient. All of these styles are pretty much convenient, and that is helpful in a society where women are always on the go!

Hopefully, you can learn from these sexy Asian styles and switch-ups as the fall comes in. No better way to complete your switch up to an Asian angel.

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Best Hairstyles for Every Hair Type & How to Style the Hair!

Best Hairstyles for Every Hair Type & How to Style the Hair!

Let’s Talk About Hair, Baby!

Okay, so by now we know that there are way too many different hair types in this world to keep count of all the time. The categories range from straight to coils and everything in between. In fact, I will explain some background knowledge on how our hair forms.

Our hair structure is mainly made up of the tough protein keratin. However, our hair strands have a structure that consists of several different layers. The three distinct layers are the cuticle, which consists of several layers of flat, thin cells. The cortex, which contains the keratin, bundled in a cell-like structure and the medulla, a disorganized and open area at the fiber’s center.

Hair Types

How Does this Relate to the Hair You Have?

The fibers you have will determine the shape of your hair cuticle, which in turn determine your hair type. People with straight hair have round hair fibers, and people with oval and other shaped fibers tend to have more wavy or curly hair.

The cuticle is the outer covering of the strands. Its structure slides as the strands swell. A single molecular layer that makes the hair repel water and coats the cuticle.

Wavy Hair

Knowing Your Hair Type

When you understand the hair that grows from your head, it is easier to deal with it. Identifying the types of things your hair can deal with, can help you in the styling process. That is because everyone’s hair is different!

From the straight locks to the beautiful coils, everyone’s hair needs different things when it comes to maintaining its luster and shine.

Not knowing what your hair needs can result in adverse outcomes. The most significant adverse consequences are you not appreciating what your hair can do, naturally. You will start looking at other people’s hair journeys for inspiration. Doing so doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, but if you don’t appreciate your hair, then you could be neglecting it in the long run.

In other words, don’t be envious! Learn your hair and love it, because you were born with these strands for a reason.

If you are learning how to take care of your hair, you probably did not know that hair has classification systems. Let’s dive into it!

 Hair Type

Classification Systems

Classification systems are useful in determining what your hair needs in the long run, a far as TLC. To determine what your hair type is various systems help people classify their curl patterns.

It is essential to know what your hair type is as it is an excellent way to know how susceptible to damage your hair is and in turn, how to care for your hair properly.

classify curl patterns

Straight Hair

The first hair type we are classifying is straight hair. Straight hair is seen in most people of Caucasian or Asian descent but is also seen in other ethnicities as well. Different ethnicities are European Spaniards and even some tribes in Africa.

Straight hair reflects the most sheen and is also the most resilient of all the hair types. Straight hair is hard to damage, and even challenging to curl. This occurrence is because the sebum in this hair texture easily spreads from the scalp to ends without curls or kinks, and is also the oiliest hair type.

You may notice that people with this hair type seem to wash their hair more often than others. This type of hair does not need very much product so therefore, it can flourish off of one or two products every week or so.

Straight Hair Type

Wavy Hair

You can see this hair type is almost every ethnicity, but you may notice you tend to see it mostly in people of mixed race. Wavy hair is fun to style because it has straight hair qualities as well as curly hair qualities. You can play around with different products and get different results every time.

Wavy hair has a texture and sheen between straight and curly hair and is likely to become frizzy. Thin wavy hair can be tamed and easily styled, however, medium and coarse hair can be hard to maintain. Yes, there are hair types within hair types!

Wavy Hair Type

Curly Hair

This hair type is seen in almost every ethnicity, as well, but is highly present in those of mixed race that contain African American descent. Curly hair, which, is known to have an S-shape. The pattern of the hair resembles an ‘S’ shape and sometimes a ‘Z’ shape. This type of hair is usually voluminous, climate-dependent, and damage-prone.

It is essential to take care of this type of hair, because of its susceptibility to injury. Constant direct heat or manipulation is a no-go!

If your curly hair lacks proper care, you can cause less defined curls. Some products can revive the curl pattern, but in most cases, it is best to avoid permanent damage at all costs.

Curly Hair Type

Kinky Hair

Kinky hair is seen in most people of African descent but has been known to appear in other ethnicities as well. Kinky-curly hair features a tightly coiled curl pattern that is often very fragile with a high density. This type of hair shrinks when wet because it has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types and because of this, it is more susceptible to damage.

Taking care of this hair type can be a challenge to some, because of its vulnerability and tight curl pattern. With this type of hair, it is best to develop a hair care routine!

Kinky-curly hair

Time to Style!

Now that you understand each of the leading hair types people have let’s discuss how we style them. Because of the chemistry of each hair type, it may be hard to do specific styles with certain ones.

Fear not, because each hair type is unique and beautiful. They each bring a particular look and feel to the person wearing it, so in this case, we will be discussing different styles you can achieve with every hair type.

 Different Hairstyles

Looks You Can Achieve with Straight Hair

Simple and Straight

Waking up in the morning and straightening your hair can be a look all on its own. The sleek and shininess of your hair is a compliment of itself, and it takes little to no effort at all!

Straight Hair Look

Straight and Ombre

Straight hair that colors into an ombre format is a more daring way of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new and fresh.

Also, it's spring! The sun will shine on your newly colored locks and make them even brighter and beautiful!

You can stay simple and use colors that compliment your natural hair color, or you can go bold and choose colors that you would not typically have, such as, different reds and platinum blonde mixes.

Natural hair color

Layers

Layers compliment the natural shape of your face. They can be cut short or long depending on your preference.

Anyone can pull off the layered look because they are the type of style that anyone can have fun and experiment with at any point!

Layers

Sleek Ponytail

This look is beautiful for those who want something simple, yet elegant. This look is suitable for any date night occasion and can have anyone turning heads to look at you all night!

When styling for this look, make sure you get all the stray hairs.

Sleek Ponytail

Side parts/Middle Parts

This look may seem simple, but it makes a big difference in the person who is wearing them. Try this with longer hair. The style will give the person a sporty, yet simple look for a day out on the town.

Side and Middle Parts Hairstyle

High Ponytail

This style is adorable because it gives childhood vibes with a new adult-like feel to it. You can do a messy ponytail or a sleek one. Either way, you will be turning heads all night.

High Ponytail Hairstyle

Looks You Can Achieve with Wavy Hair

Soft Waves

Soft waves are subtle, yet elegant and daring at the same time. They compliment the shape of your face because they fall directly in front of it.

This style is something you can pull off in any season and at any event.

If you want more of a wavy look, use your curling iron and put a few extra curls in it. Comb them out after, to get a natural look.

Looks with Wavy Hair

Short Cuts

Everyone is in the mood to cut their hair! Use your waves to compliment your cut hair and make it into a messy paradise. Messy waves paired with a shortcut can make you look playful and fun, yet also mysterious.

Short Cut Hair

Beach Waves

I can hear the ocean in the distance right now! Beach waves are perfect for every season, but they come in handy at the actual beach in the summertime.

This look is stylish, playful and it typically looks fantastic on anybody wearing them.

Beach Waves Hairstyle

A Pop of Color

Add some bold colors to your waves this year! Shades of orange, red, blonde and brown, can make your curls pop without any extra effort.

Some shine spray can add to the aesthetic and will make everyone turn heads all night long.

Bold colors

Messy Buns

The good part about wavy hair is, you can make it as dirty or clean as you want it to be. Try a messy bun on for size. A messy bun is cute, and it tells people that you can be attractive without really trying to be.

Messy Bun

Half Up-Half Down

This look is similar to the look you would be going for with a messy bun. The look is cute because you still have some length to your hair. It will not take away from its natural beauty.

You also get to keep your strands out of your face which can also be a plus!

Half Up and Half Down

Looks You Can Achieve

70s-Inspired Curls

This look is all about big, voluminous, and straight-up great curls. You can wear bangs with it and add some extra curls in your head with a wand if you feel like it.

Thick, shoulder-skimming curls are a thing of disco dreams. Maybe, even add some hairspray for volume!

70s-Inspired Curls

Highlights

Highlights will make every single curl in your headstand out on its own, ready to take on the world. Add some lowlights to compliment the highlights and get a mix of flavor every time you go out on the town.

Highlights Hair

Pigtail buns

Who says that hairstyles you had when you were a kid can't still be cute? Use your curly hair to create two hair buns in your head that are not only adorable but different!

Pigtail buns

The Short Bob

Curly bobs are what everyone has been rocking since the year began. Why not keep the trend going?

The curly bob is beautiful, elegant and will turn everyone's heads in a second. You can make the look messier or sleeker if you'd like.

Short Bob

Layered Curls

When putting layers in your curls, it looks like every curl has a chance to shine. It also makes your curls stand out more, and it gives your hair more volume and luster. If you like big beautiful curls, this may be the look you should be going for this year!

Layered Curls

Sleek Ponytail with Curls

We all love the sleek ponytail, but adding some luscious curls can add an utterly different feel to the look you are trying to achieve. It shows everyone that you can be elegant and different while keeping it classy and fresh.

Sleek Ponytail

Up-Do

The original up-do is adorable! Add some curls and make it pop! With that said, put your hair in a high ponytail and let the curls run down your face.

The sex appeal is uncanny and will be the talk of the night for everyone who decides to approach you.

Up-Do Hairstyle

Looks You Can Achieve with Kinky Hair

Let Your Kinks Show!

There is nothing better than letting your kinky hair go wild and free! You will appreciate its natural texture and flow because it is yours!

Kinky hair

The Pineapple

Pair this look with a cute headscarf and let all your coils fall in front of your face for a natural and chill look.

 Natural and chill look

The Bun

Show off your kinks in a natural kinky bun. Let your curls have their time to shine, flourishing.

Natural kinky bun

Comb Out Curls

You hear me right! Comb out those kinks and give your look a little more volume. There is nothing better than combing out your curls knowing they are still there to capture the hearts of many.

Comb Out Curls

Blown Out Look

The blow out has been famous for years and years. Blow out your kinks and play with your length a little bit! Do not use too much heat!

Blow out kinks

Colorful Locks

Don't do the usual colors! Color the tips of your kinks any blues, purples, pinks, greens, and more for a daring look that only you can pull off!

Hair Color

Braid out/Twist Out

Take the time to give your kinks a different feel, and a different curl pattern. Your hair can hold many curl patterns for long periods of time, so take advantage! Make sure to let the braids or twists set in the head long enough to make the style pop.

Braids or twists

Which One Are You?

What is your hair type? What styles do you like to do with the hair you have?

Leave a comment below!

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