BEAUTY BAR: Twist and Shout

After years of heat styling, breakage and damage, healthy hair is finally having its fashion moment, and I couldn’t be more proud. Strength is the name of the game as hundreds of hair styling brands and salons are altering their methods, encouraging women to embrace their hair whether it is naturally bone straight or coiled tight. It’s better to keep your hair healthy now so that in 30 years you won’t have to don the feared grandma wig. Protective styles are a great way to nourish your hair and keep it damage free. Many variations of protective styles have been seen on the runways but can be traced back to roots in African American culture. This Fashionista is rocking her look and is embracing a natural hair style that has been worn by black women throughout the ages.

This Fashionista wears her twists down and free flowing, but that is not the end of their versatility. They can be worn down, in a ponytail, half up/half down and even in a bun! There is no end to the different ways you can wear this style, so play around with it and see what you can come up with. If you would like to try this look or something similar but your hair is on the straighter side or is not as thick, try sectioning off part of your hair and doing a few small twists here and there. Accent twists, especially when pulled up into an up-do, can add a touch of elegance to your look if you are looking for a hair style to wear for a dressier or formal event. These twist can be utilized I a multitude of ways— casually, formally or just for fun; there is no limit to the possibilities.

What’s on the BEAUTY BAR? If you want to get this Fashionista’s look all you need is some ECO styling gel, Marley twisting hair (for length) and a good YouTube tutorial. If you aren’t the DIY type you can always take the styling gel and hair to a local salon that has braiding specialist and have them work the magic. If you want to just try a few accent twists, you can use braiding lotion to keep a tight grip on hair and eliminate frizz.