One of the peren­ni­al dilem­mas of nat­u­ral hair is keep­ing it mois­tur­ized and cute and frizz-free. Some nat­u­rals even (unwise­ly) opt to hold off on mois­ture just to main­tain a style. But you don’t have to! Geniece and Cas­san­dre share 8 styles that look fab­u­lous, no mat­ter how much you mois­tur­ize them, and retain mois­ture through­out their dura­tion.

1. The Updo

Twisted updo
Twist­ed updo

Geniece: The kind of updos that I’ve worn over the years have been deter­mined in part by the length of my hair. One of my favorite styles, how­ev­er, is one I began wear­ing when my hair was around shoul­der length and it only gets bet­ter the longer my hair grows. It’s easy, doesn’t require dai­ly re-set­ting and allows you to spritz water or a liq­uid mois­tur­iz­er before bed with­out caus­ing frizz (as long as you wrap with a sat­in scarf before bed). Here is a tuto­ri­al for the style I did 5 years ago (pic­tured above). My hair is now about 10–12  inch­es longer than it was in the tuto­ri­al but the style is just as easy.


Cas­san­dre: Updos are anoth­er one of my all-time favorite hair­styles most­ly because there are a mil­lion ways to make an updo look great so it’s basi­cal­ly fail proof. Besides how chic they are, I like how my hair’s expo­sure in an updo means I can mois­tur­ize it with lit­tle obsta­cle. Here are a few ways I take care of my hair while it’s up:
1. If the style is very struc­tured, I sat­u­rate my bun in a water spritz mix every night. If it is not and I want to min­i­mize frizz, I do a very light water spritz.
2. Fol­low up with a light oil spray. You can eas­i­ly make one with all coconut oil and a few drops of your favorite essen­tial oil.

2. Pro­tec­tive Pony­tails


Geniece: Once my hair grew to mid back length I began to rem­i­nis­ce on the sim­ple pony­tails I would wear with my relaxed hair. I grew up in the 1980s and 1990s so the Sadé pony­tail (sleek and close to the nape) was some­thing I missed with my thick, coily hair. For­tu­nate­ly, I dis­cov­ered that band­ing my hair allowed me to recre­ate the look. At night I would sim­ply remove the pony­tail hold­er, light­ly mois­tur­ize my hair and band with sat­in fab­ric or seam­less hair elas­tics.

3. Mini Twists


Geniece: Unlike the two pre­vi­ous styles mini twists take a long to cre­ate but you can also leave them in for a lot longer. Because mini twists can last sev­er­al weeks you will like­ly wash your hair before tak­ing them out. As long as you stretch the twists out when dry­ing (I like to braid my mini twists into four large sec­tions and sit under the dry­er for 30 min­utes) you can keep your twists rel­a­tive­ly neat. In between wash­es I like to mois­tur­ize the ends with a light water based mois­tur­iz­er like Bee Mine Curly But­ter.

4. Wigs

Geniece: At one time I had a nice lit­tle col­lec­tion of wigs and half-wigs that allowed me to wear large, hap­haz­ard­ly placed twists under­neath with no shame. Wigs can put less stress on your hairline/scalp than weaves or exten­sions and because of the pletho­ra of options, and you can sport inex­pen­sive wigs that mim­ic the tex­ture of nat­u­ral­ly coily hair. When I wore wigs I would mist my hair, sec­tioned in 6 to 8 large twists, with water and apply an oil to the ends. I would allow the hair to dry overnight before apply­ing the wig the fol­low­ing day.

cass beshe drew wig

Cas­san­dre: I’ve shared before that I enjoy wear­ing a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral look­ing wig. Besides the ver­sa­til­i­ty that wig­ging and/or weav­ing brings, you have your hair cov­ered for a good chunk of the day. Cov­ered hair means hair that resists dry­ing out. To make the most of the mois­ture retain­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty that wear­ing a wig pro­vides,
1. Corn­row fresh­ly washed and deep con­di­tioned and sealed hair.
2. Spray your hair with a water and glyc­er­in mix night­ly and wrap with a sat­in scarf.
3. Once a week after apply­ing your water and glyc­er­in, apply the DIY mois­tur­iz­ing hair serum to the corn­rows.

5. Large Twistouts/Braidouts


Geniece: Unlike the afore­men­tioned styles, you will like­ly have to re-style large twistouts or braid­outs dai­ly. The key to mak­ing this a low-main­te­nance, mois­ture-friend­ly style is to make the sec­tions larg­er after day one. I like to start a braid­out with at least 12 braids. By day two I will re-braid two braids in the front in small sec­tions but braid the rest of the hair into four large sec­tions. Anoth­er alter­na­tive is to band the hair into 5 or 6 sec­tions and very light­ly mist with water. Not only will you main­tain def­i­n­i­tion you will also stretch the length of the style by a few inch­es.

6. Fresh To Death Corn­rows

cornrow style

Cas­san­dre: I per­son­al­ly believe afro-tex­tured hair was designed to be corn­rowed, and that’s why my hair thrives so much in them. They deliv­er a great style that expos­es the scalp (to allow spe­cial treat­ment and care) and pro­vides pro­tec­tion for your hair shaft because a cord of three strands is not eas­i­ly bro­ken. For the sake of keep­ing my style neat for as long as pos­si­ble, I refrain from spritz­ing my hair with water every day, how­ev­er with my tech­nique, I still man­age to retain notice­able mois­ture. Here are some things I do to max­i­mize the mois­ture in my hair in this advan­ta­geous style.
1. Corn­row hair that has been fresh­ly washed, deep con­di­tioned and sealed.
2. Use a thick oil, prefer­able cas­tor, as a hair wax styling aid. Cas­tor oil will help seal in the mois­ture you already have and draw mois­ture to you hair.
3. Apply the DIY mois­tur­iz­ing hair serum to your hair twice a week.
When it comes time to take down your style, you’ll notice your hair feel notice­ably sup­ple.

7. Mar­ley Twists


Cas­san­dre: Whether you choose to use Mar­ley hair or Fingercomber’s Havan­na hair, this style has a way of always look­ing beau­ti­ful­ly nat­u­ral. The beau­ty of Mar­ley twists is that you have con­stant access to your hair pro­vid­ing more mois­tur­iz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties.

To keep mois­ture in my hair while styled in Mar­ley twists I fol­low the­se guide­li­nes:
1. Style my hair on fresh­ly washed, deep con­di­tioned and sealed hair.
2. Use a spray bot­tle to spritz some water direct­ly onto my palm and then gen­tly pat through my sec­tioned off Mar­ley twists to mois­tur­ize.
3. Fol­low up with the same tech­nique using the DIY mois­tur­iz­ing hair serum. Place oil direct­ly onto palm and gen­tly pat through each sec­tioned, mois­tur­ized part.
My hair will tend to not feel as mois­tur­ized after Mar­ley twists as it does say under a wig style, but this tech­nique allows me to be able to rock and main­tain this hair­style with­out strip­ping my hair com­plete­ly of its mois­ture con­tent

8. The Super Fly Head Wrap


Cas­san­dre: Ok I know this isn’t some­thing you do with your hair as much as some­thing you put on your hair. I love head wraps, not just because they are the per­fect cov­er up for a bad hair morn­ing, but they give me great flex­i­bil­i­ty incor­po­rat­ing intense mois­ture through­out the day. I have done deep oil treat­ments under a chic wrap and no one was the wis­er. When­ev­er I need intense mois­ture and want to cut down the “wait” peri­od, I rock a wrap. Here’s what I do to infuse mois­ture in my hair under a head wrap:
1. Apply the treat­ment of your choice to detan­gled hair.
2. Cov­er head with a plas­tic cap.
3. Wrap your hair as desired.
If you don’t know how to tie a wrap, check out my tuto­ri­al here.

Ladies what are your thoughts? Which styles keep your hair most mois­tur­ized?

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