It’s hard to believe that I continue to find new hairstyles after so many years of wearing my natural hair. This may mean that I haven’t been as adventurous with my hair as I would like to think I have, but regardless it’s fun when a new style succeeds.
In the years my natural hair was longer, I mainly wore a middle part. Something about wearing a side part was quite intimidating.
In my various returns to a TWA I would again shy from this part, until last year when I first cut my hair in a bang.
From there, I’ve grown more comfortable with a side part. It was great, but I never thought of wearing it with a TWA.
I stumbled upon this style while trying to do my regular curly Fro. I was in a rush and didn’t have time to change the direction my hair fell, so it stayed. But once it dried, I loved it and embraced the change.
Enough of the story and onto the style.
Side Swept Curly Fro Instructions
- Begin with wet or damp hair. In my case my hair was wet and freshly conditioned.
- Apply styling products of choice. I used Camille Rose’s Leave In Conditioner and styling gel. The gel tends to crunch up on my hair if I use too much in a section. If you choose to use the same products, be mindful of this. The products from this line are concentrated, so a little goes a long way.
- Part hair in small sections and finger comb product into the hair.
- At the top, part a small section on the side. Apply gel to the section and brush the hair flat. Use a small boppy pin to secure the hair and help it to lay flat.
- Add products to the top section and finger comb the hair in a forward direction. This is very new for me, but I realize that styling the top section toward my face helps to obtain more volume in my hair as it dries. Because the hair isn’t being shaped in a flat direction, it dries upward more.
- Allow hair to dry fully. I air dried my hair almost completely, then used a blow dryer to stretch my hair a little bit more. With the dryer I shaped the top section in the direction that I wanted for it to go.
All in all, it takes about 15 minutes to finger comb the products into my hair and shape the curly Fro.
I have worn this style a few times over the past few weeks and have even tweaked my part to change my hair up a bit.
Below are pictures of the style on the second day. My hair retains the shape and definition to the curly Fro, with more volume and shrinkage with very little nighttime maintenance.
This style is definitely a keeper. It will be interesting to see how it changes as my hair grows.
Have you stumbled upon any natural hair styles lately?