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7 Beautiful Ways For Styling Your Natural Hair Effortlessly 

Calling all natural hair lovers!

I have had several encounters with styling my natural hair. From getting the best hair products to maintaining my natural hair and getting fresh ideas and inspiration to style my hair naturally to work every day. But guess what! I was able to tackle all these in a couple of days just by learning tips from all the natural hair experts that I come across online. So if you’re in Nigeria, looking for ideas for styling natural hair to change your look for your next event, you have come to the right place. In this post, I compiled different natural hairstyles and how you can style them. 

Courtesy of all the best natural hair stylists I have come across online. 

Our Expert Guide For Styling Natural Hair In Nigeria

In this section, we talked about how you can use your natural hair to easily style different types of hairstyles. 

1. Afro Natural Hairstyle 

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Afro is a very beautiful natural hairstyle that is characterized by natural beauty, volume and shape, and black pride. 

Styling Products 

  • Leave-in Conditioner 
  • Wide Toothed Comb 
  • Twist-out Cream 
  • Moisturizing Hair Spray 
  • Curl-defining Gel 
  • Curl-enhancing Cream 
  • Edge Control Gel 

Step-by-Step Ways to Style Afro 

Step 1: To style afro natural hairstyle, begin by washing your hair, and make sure it is detangled. The goal is to make sure that your hair is neat and hasn’t accumulated any product buildup. 

Step 2: After washing, apply a leave-in conditioner to wet your hair for moisture and dehydration. You should also add a small amount of oil to maintain the moisture and reduce frizz. 

Step 3: The next step is to divide your hair into 8 or more below (depending on how full your hair is) twists. Although this is optional, to make the afro styling easy for you to do and stretch your hair a little, it is best. Then allow your hair to dry. 

Step 4: Once the twists are partially dry, unravel them gently. Make sure that the twists are not totally dry before you unravel them. This technique is called a twist out and it will help you to create more defined curls and texture within your afro. 

Step 5: Finally, after twisting out, use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to fluff and shape your hair. You have to gently separate and lift the curls to create volume and give your afro some shape. 

Here is an afro natural hair styling video:

Note: This afro style is best for long-length hair.

If you would like accessories for your afro, here is another video for you. 

Check More Afro styles Here 

2. Teeny Weeny Afro 

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The teeny weeny afro is a natural hairstyle that is commonly associated with short hair lengths. 

Styling Products: 

  • Leave-in Conditioner 
  • Moisturizing Cream 
  • Styling Gel 
  • Curl-enhancing Cream 
  • Wide toothed Comb 
  • Oil or Serum
  • Edge Control gel 

Step-by-step Ways to Style TWA

Step 1: The first step to take when you want to style TWA is to wash your hair. You need to make sure that you wash it till it becomes deeply saturated to ensure that the water can enter your hair strands. 

Step 2: After you wash, the next step is to detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb. When you are detangling, make sure that your hair is well-saturated with water or a good product that can serve you and it can be both water and product. Just ensure your hair isn’t dry when doing it. 

Step 3: After detangling, apply a small amount of shampoo to cleanse your scalp but this is only if it is dirty. To do this, you will gently use your fingernails to wash your scalp thoroughly to avoid itching or buildup. When you are done, rinse it well with water. 

Step 4: The next step is to apply a very nice conditional. It does not matter if it is specifically designed for curly hair. Just make sure you apply the conditional all over your scalp and hair strands. Afterwards, leave it for a few minutes for the hair to absorb the moisture before you wash. 

Step 5: What to do next is to define your curls and create the TWA look. To do this, apply a curl-enhancing cream or gel to your hair focusing on defining each coil. Then use your fingers ( basically your index finger and your thumb) to twirl your hair around and form curls. However, to form the coil all over your hair, you need to keep applying your enhancing cream products as you form your curls. 

Here’s a TWA natural hair styling video

Note: Teeny Weeny afro style is best for ladies who have short 4c natural hair. 

3. Bantu Knots 

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Bantu knots are one of the natural hairstyles that can be styled effortlessly. It is very easy to do and it is a versatile style. 

Styling Products: 

  • Curl-enhancing cream
  • Styling Gel
  • Leave-in Conditioner
  • Water or Spray Bottle
  • Bobby Pins 
  • Oil or Serum 

Step 1: As usual, begin by washing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Make sure you apply a leave-in conditioner to ensure your hair is well-saturated. 

Step 2: After washing, divide your hair into smaller portions depending on how you want the size to be. But note that smaller portions will result in more defined knots while larger portions can result in loser knots. 

Step 3: When you are done dividing your hair, apply a curl-enhancing cream or gel to each portion. This will help you to hold your curls as you create the Bantu knots. 

Step 4: Now it’s time to twist each portion. Take each portion that you have divided and twist them tightly from root to tip one by one. Keep twisting until the entire portion is tightly curled. 

Step 5: Once you have twisted a portion, start wrapping it around itself in a circular motion to create a knot. Continue wrapping until the entire twisted portion is coiled into a secure knot close to the scalp. Then secure the knot with a hair elastic or bobby pins. Repeat the process with each twisted portion but make sure that it is not too tight to avoid discomfort.

Here’s a Bantu Knots natural hair styling video:

Note: Bantu knots can be done on various hair lengths. It can be done on short hair, medium-length hair, and long hair. However, it is the length of the hair that will determine its final look. 

Related: How to Take Care of Your Hair After Washing it:

4. High Puff Natural Hairstyle

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High puff is a quick, easy, and stylish natural hairstyle that can save you on those days you are late to work or an event. 

Styling Products: 

  • Edge Control Gel
  • Soft Bristle Brush
  • Elastic Band 
  • Headband (optional)

Step-by-step Ways to Style High Puff

Step 1: Start by stretching your hair using one of these techniques; twist-out, braid-out, or blow-drying on a low-heat setting with a diffuser. The fact is high puff works best with stretched hair because it reduces shrinkage and makes your hair look more full.

Step 2: Create a puff with your brush by gently gathering all your hair towards the crown of your head. Then, hold your hair in place with one hand and use the other hand to secure it with an elastic band. Let the puff sit snugly on top of your head. 

Step 3: Lastly, fluff the puff by pulling the hair outward to create volume and shape. Then, smooth down your edges with edge control gel and use a headband if you want. 

Check out the high puff natural hair styling video below: 

Note: Hair Puff works best with natural hair that has a long length and volume like type 3 and 4 hair

5. Mini Twist Natural Hairstyle

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The mini twist is a beautiful low-maintenance natural hairstyle. Although it might take time when you do it, it is worth it because it is a long-lasting natural hair. 

Styling Products:

  • Leave-in Conditioner 
  • Twisting Cream
  • Edge control Gel
  • Oil or Serum

Step-by-step Ways to Style a Mini Twist 

Step 1: Wash your hair using a shampoo or conditioner and ensure your hair is well-hydrated before you begin styling your hair. 

Step2: Next, divide your hair into tiny portions and apply a styling product to each portion. 

Step 3: Then begin to create the twist. To twist, you should divide one section of your hair into two equal strands. Begin twisting the two strands around each other working from the roots to the ends. 

Step 4: You should make sure the twists are tight but not too tight to avoid breakage and make sure you twist them gently so that they will look neat. Then keep repeating the process till you twist your entire hair. 

Step 5: Apply a small amount of oil to your fingertip and gently unravel the twists (optional).

Watch mini twist natural hairstyle video below:

Note: The Mini Twist natural hairstyle is best for medium to long hair length. 

Flat Twist Natural Hairstyle 

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Flat twists are beautiful natural hairstyles that are protective and can be styled in various ways for different occasions. 

Styling Products

  • Leave-in Conditioner
  • Twisting Cream
  • Curl-enhancing Cream
  • Edge control gel

Steps by step Ways to Style a Flat Twist

Step 1: Start by washing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to ensure your hair is well-saturated before you start styling. 

Step 2: Divide your hair into two portions horizontally. One at one side and one at the other side. Use a clip to hold a portion while you work on the other portion. 

Step 3: Apply styling products to the portion of your hair you want to start working on. This will help you define your twists. 

Step 4: Start creating the flat twists. To start, take a small portion of hair from the portion you want to work on. Divide the portion into two equal strands and begin twisting the two strands around each other, but instead of twisting them over each other like the regular twists, twist them flat against your scalp. 

Step 5: As you flat twist, add more hair to each strand of the hair to incorporate it into the twist. Continue to flat twist until you reach the nape of your neck. 

Repeat the process and unclip the other portion you clipped down earlier. 

Note: The Flat twist natural hairstyle is perfect for hair of medium and long length. 

Crown Braid Natural Hairstyle

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Crown Braid is a classic simple braid style that is best for all ages and hair types. 

Styling Products 

  • Hairbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Edge Control Gel
  • Bobby pins
  • Light Hold Hairspray

Ways to Style a Crown Braid

Step 1: Begin by washing your hair using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. 

Step 2: Create a centre part from the front to the back of your head. This will help you to divide your hair into two equal sections. 

Now, take a small section of your hair at the front on one side of the part to start the braid. 

Step 3: Divide the small section into three equal strands. Then start braiding by crossing the right strand over the middle strand, and the left strand over the new middle strand. As you continue braiding, add more hair to each strand from the section below incorporating it into the braid. 

Step 4: Continue to braid the section towards the back of your head, following the curve of your hairline. This will help you to create the first half of the crown braid. 

Step 5: Once you have reached the back of your head, secure the braid with a Bobby pin and repeat this braiding process on the other side too. 

Here is a crown braid video: 

Note: Crown Braid is a natural hairstyle that is best for hair of full, medium, and long length. 

Final Words

In this post are ways for styling your natural hair in Nigeria. We showed different natural hairstyles including videos on how to style them. Now it is time for you to choose one for your next occasion. 

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Maryam Awodele
Maryam Awodele

Hi, I'm Maryam

A super zealous research writer and fashion enthusiast who specializes in teaching others how to look good and feel good through fashion tips, reviews, and lifestyle tips. Here at Shodamia, we believe that quality information is key to helping individuals to look & feel good. So, we do our best to provide our readers with well-researched, reliable, and practical tips that cater to their unique styles and preferences.

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