When I first received my surprise invitation to be a bridesmaid at my good friend’s wedding, far from been at a loss as to how I would be styling my medium length natural hair for a wedding, I was actually wondering which amazing style should I pull from my treasure chest of natural hairstyles. After a brief look at a couple of YouTube videos and Pinterest photos to help me decide, I was finally left with the difficult choice between a mega empress bun and an elegant sophisticated afro Mohawk. After much deliberation, I finally decided to choose a mega bun; not only is this style super easy to create, but it never fails to attract a flurry of compliments (plus I could only find one banana clip).
With the right knowledge and experience, styling natural hair on a daily basis should be a five minute job. However, equally as important are those special events such as weddings, banquets, promising dates or that very special prom. These occasions should not pose a problem for the natural sister when it comes to styling her kinky, curly, coily, wavy natural hair. Check out my YouTube video above on how I achieved my perfect “mega bun” hairstyle.
Step-by-step styling guide: How I created my mega bun on medium length natural hair for the wedding
1.) I usually start with stretched hair after an old braided out.
2.) Using my trusted bristle brush, I brush my hair up to the crown of my head, ensuring all my stray hair strands are slicked back.
3.) I add moisture to my hair before styling by applying Giovanni direct leave-in conditioner to my hair and ends.
4.) I always use my trusted Eco-styler argon oil gel, as I like to slick down my edges and give my styles a super sleek appearance.
5.) Using a zig zag hair band, I secure my hair at the crown of my head. I always ensure a large circumference area is gripped with the zig zag band to make sure I have more than enough hair left out for the different sections of the mega bun.
6.) Using one leg of an old pair of tights, I secure the zig zag hair band so that my hair feels super secure and to also help my edges lay flat.
7.) Using a small section of hair at the very centre of the hair that is left out, I secure a small mini bun. This mini bun will form the base of the rest for the hair style, as this is where the other sections of the bun will be secured.
8.) I then twist two “chunky” twists, one on each side of the zigzag hair band, just above my ear. These twists will hide the zig zag band and tights as well as add an elegant detail to the finished style.
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I am frequently asked how I achieve my hair length and what methods I use to retain length, well it’s not a big secret really and to be honest I’ve chosen the easy route to long heathy hair. For those of you who do not know, I attribute much of my hair growth and length retention to ‘protective styling’ and my number one means of protective styling at the moment is crochet braiding. Crochet braiding is a technique that involves cornrowing your own hair and simply attaching loose hair to the cornrows using a crochet needle in a ‘latch hook method’. Please check out my new YouTube video to see how I achieve my ‘natural look’ crochet braid-out look with mode model Marley braiding hair. I’m both an advocate and massive fan of this method of protective styling! For my sisters who have not yet discovered crochet braids or for those who would like to give crochet braiding a go, here are 15 reasons why I think crochet braiding is the ideal protective style.
- Crochet braids are easy and quick to install, especially if you pay a professional to install them for you. They take between 3-4 hours to install once your hair has been cornrowed.
- Your entire hair is allowed to rest underneath in the cornrows.
- They are a time saver, in most cases you can literally get up and go because daily styling is relatively simple.
- There is no need to leave out your own natural hair but you can choose to do so if you wish.
- The strands of your own hair are not all intertwined with the extension again reducing the tension placed upon your own hair strands.
- There is no daily styling, brushing, combing or manipulation of your own natural hair therefore allowing your own hair to grow and rest. You are therefore able to retain all your growth and so help to retain length. This is what I call 100% protective styling at its very best.
- They look extremely natural and if installed correctly they look very much like your own natural hair.
- You can wash/cleanse your natural hair while wearing crochet braids, giving your own hair the much needed moisture it requires to remain healthy and grow.
- You can easily oil your scalp and moisturise your natural hair, thereby preventing dryness and ensuring your hair is less prone to breakage (I have a post coming up about how to do this- so stay tuned).
- They look really, really good and they actually look even better the longer you have them in.
- No glue, tread or chemicals required.
- Crochet braids are kinder to your edges than conventional braids since your hair underneath is cornrowed.
- Crochet braiding is inexpensive with two bags of Model Model Marley braids costing only £7.89 (you only need one and a half bags) perfect in a time of recession when you might have more important things to spend your money on i.e shoes! Lol
- You can use different types of synthetic hair not just Marley hair, for example water wave, kanakelon, expressions etc
- They are quick and easy to take out – simply cut the Marley braid just above the cornrows and then take down the cornrows and the reminder Marley hair will simply come out.
So if you have not already, it might be worthwhile giving crochet braids a go? Considering all the positives I have listed above I personally believe crochet braiding has many advantages when compared to weaves or other braiding methods.
What you will need:
1.) Model Model Marley braid 1 or 1B
2.) Crochet needle
My 10 top tips for installing crochet braids:
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This hair style is similar to the hairstyle in my first YouTube video and I’ve used the same products/trusted banana clip. This style can be worn for a chilled out look or accessorised and dressed up for a special event. I would like to say a big thanks to everyone who has commented and given feedback on my first YouTube video (which was uploaded last week). The feedback has been amazing and I’ve taken on board many of your comments and suggestions. Based on your feedback I’ve made the following changes to my second YouTube video:
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This is my first video tutorial (my first YouTube video) on how to do an elegant updo Mohawk on medium length natural hair. This hair style is perfect for special occasions or formal events and it can be accessorised in may ways (not only with a flower).
About The Author
Hello my name is Colleen and thank you for visiting Naturalcocodoll. Dissatisfied with my damaged, breaking, limp relaxed hair I decided to stop chemically treating my hair and embark on a natural hair journey. Along my journey, I learned many valuable lessons and made countless mistakes. I created Naturalcocodoll to share the knowledge and experience I gained on my journey to waist length hair, in the hope I can help other aspiring naturals. Yes, you can grow healthy, long, Type-4 natural hair and I hope Naturalcocodoll will help you achieve your natural hair goals and avoid many of the mistakes I made.
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Current Hair Stats
Hair type: 4A/4B coily.
Current Hair Length: Waist length (September 2017).
Goal: Continue to trim at waist length until I have thick, even waist length hair.
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