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For The Black Girl Who Wants To Show Off Her Curls For Homecoming, Try Out These Curly Hair Looks

When it comes to homecoming season, picking the right date, clothes, manicure and makeup don’t even compare to the trouble you will go through to pull off a dope hair look. For naturals, this truth is doubly true. Particularly because our fabulous curls allow for even more options. Of course, straightening our locs have long seemed to be the most viable option for special occasions such as these but there are tons of options for our natural hair too, whether they be for 3C or 4C curl patterns. Whatever look you choose, a key matter of importance is making sure that it not only looks good throughout the entire night as you tear up the dance floor but makes you feel fly as hell.

Whether you’re gearing up for prom or a night out on the town, these formal styles for natural hair will have you vibin’ to your Black Girl Magic and rockin’ your natural locks.

1. Break out the big guns with a set of bantu knots that are the cutest.

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If a silk press was once The Expected Look of Black girls Bantu Knots are the proven Ol’ Reliable. Whether your locs are transitioning her full-blown natural, bantu knots are undeniably the perfect protective style for all Black hair. Plus, not only does the look give ultra 90s vibes they’re super easy to achieve as well. To get the look, part your hair into square or triangular sections around your head. Then, twist your sections tight bunds and pin them down with a bobbi pins. For the ultimate homecoming look that will surely steal the crown, braid colorful yarn or twine into your hair or add flowers, pearls or hair cuffs.

2. Do the ultimate braid and wrap with the cutest braid bun.

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For a slick and stylish look that is also extremely classic, go for a slicked-back ponytail and wrap-around braid. To obtain this look reach for your everyday styling conditioner. slick your hair back into a high ponytail and then braid out your hair (add extensions if you need to!) and then wrap the braid around your ponytail so that it sits high on your head. You’ll have your very own braid crown.

3. Be the ultra Black queen with the most divine crown.

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Let’s be real, of all of the looks on this list, this one will cost you a good amount of time and money but it’ll be so worth it. For this look, you’ll want to start off with a slicked-back pony tail and the longest extensions you can find. Build out a set of four pre-rolled buns and you’ll be good to go one you’ve added a chain of pearls. Pro-tip: If you want this look to be indestructible and done quickly, go to a salon.

4. Show up all of the looks on the floor with the ultimate twist out and go.

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These slicked-down baby hairs will undoubtedly make you the belle of the ball for your homecoming night. What’s more? Achieving this look is actually pretty easy. To do so, section off a portion of the crown of your head and scoop the rest into a ponytail. For your ponytail get a good defining conditioner on your ends and then use your favorite edge cream to twirl out your baby hairs.

5. Show up the group with the ultimate afro proof.

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Shrug off and stick it to every dress code that ever dared to tell you that you and your curls weren’t “well-groomed” or “classy.” For this look, wash your hair, pick out your curls and hit the ballroom with a stylin’ look that exudes melanin dreams.

7. Go all the way in on the fall bob trend with a set of locs that do the look justice.

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Remember: because your hair is so epically amazing, there are tons of ways to rock your Black Girl Magic + a bob. You can go with a deep part and section of your hair into braids, locs or twists or go for an edgier look and part your hair in the center. Either way, girl, this look will have you stylin’.

8. Lock down the crown with the ultimate pearly locs.

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Break out your fave box braid style with a look that flows past your shoulder or stops at your chin. Looking to go for a curly mermaid look? Braid your hair and apply light heat with a curler to your edges to channel your inner sea spirit.

9. Do the ultimate best with hair done in mambo twists and some layer swifts.

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For a different twist on locs and braids, nothing compares to a mambo twist out. For this look you’ll want help from a stylist or friend who knows how to do a great version of this look and extensions, extensions, extensions.

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7 Five-Star Reviewed Plus-Sized Bathing Suits On Etsy

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7 Five-Star Reviewed Plus-Sized Bathing Suits On Etsy

Summer is just around the corner! Which means that it’s time to break out the bikinis and go “skimpy” dipping. Here’s where our list below comes in. Of course, it might seem easier to head over to a big box store like Nordstrom or Target to find your next favorite piece for the summer, but why not support a small business doing the work on Etsy?

We put together a list of top-rated bikini items on Etsy.

Check them out below!

Criss cross bandage suit

LILYSHdesign

Five star and 1,047 sales|Price: $149.00

This top selling swimsuit can be worn both as a swimsuit and paired with skirts and bottoms.

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Backless Monokini Swimsuit

BlackMintRose

Five star 23 sales|Price: $29.99

This handmade multi color printed high waist swimsuit bikini is perfect with the chica with curves and summer rays on her mind.

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Sweet swim dress

HerinDesignStudio

Five star 142 sales|Price: $92.00

Combining comfort and style this swimsuit is perfect for the swimmer on the go!

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Multicolor Stripe Halter Neck One Piece

BlackMintRose

23 sales|Price: $39.99

This handmade multicolor halter top swimsuit is beyond perfect for the LGTBQ proud and or the chica awaiting her hot girl summer. According to one reviewer, the piece is well-made and the seller ships items fast!

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Blocking High-waisted Two-piece

BlackMintRose

23 sales|Price: $39.99

Handmade and created with flattering colors, this high-waisted two-piece will do more than accentuate your best assets. It’ll have you standing out in the waves!

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Navy Gingham Reversible High Waist Bikini Set

byswim

224 sales|Price: $65.00

This high-waisted bottom and high neck crop top can be swapped for both the top and or bottom for various looks. Go for gingham or a solid color, either way, you’ll be rocking a classic summer look!

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Personalized Panama Triangle Reversible Top

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224 sales|Price

Reviewers describe this set as being versatile and comfy to wear. The set is reversible so you can 4 different bathing suit looks in one!

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5 Hair Care Products And Routines For Healthier Locs

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5 Hair Care Products And Routines For Healthier Locs

We’re not quite out of the woods when it comes to the dry air of winter, but with summer rays ahead, there’s no doubt it’s time to keep a lookout for strands. With the threat of the sun’s heat damage just around the corner, we’re concentrating on products and styles that will be the ultimate saving grace when it comes to no breakage and frizzies.

Women on Reddit have been sharing their favorite products, below!

Check them out!

“I love reading what other people do for their hair and taking inspiration (so far I’ve found a great hairspray based on a post in redpillwomen sub) for products, techniques and such. I hope you don’t mind sharing your routine-be as detailed as you like!

Mine : My hair is long (waist, but a good bit below hip length when wet), curly and medium thickness. I also have somewhat problematic and oily scalp. So the longest I go between washes is 3-4 days. By this time, my scalp is oily and my length needs the moisture. But, if I cannot for some reason wash the whole length, I braid it and do a scalp only wash.

In the shower after shampooing my roots, I finger detangle my hair with lots and lots of conditioner, rinse, then add conditioner again and fingercomb through again (this eases out all the knots) and rinse. Afterwards I apply leave-in mixed with some water, maybe a serum and gel or mousse. I typically airdry or blowdry. I have a diffuser but I don’t like using it so much as I feel like it makes my ends split more. I have long bangs, so those I straighten.

Whenever I feel like my hair is getting a bit frizzy, I re-wet it slightly with my palms and reapply my leave-in products. I brush the roots and bangs everyday since they are quite straight, but other than that, the most detangling between washes is gentle fingercombing to separate curls while dry, or when I’m dampening my hair in the morning I might gently fingercomb out some knots. The bangs and roots I like to blast with some hairspray to give some volume and hold.

I don’t use heat on the length (besides blowdrier) and I also don’t dye anymore, as I want to grow my hair even longer. I trim it myself when the ends need it.

Occasionally, I might do a deep treatment. I used to have a schedule, but I fell off it. Need to get back to it!

(This is my first time making a post here, so sorry if I did something wrong!)”- u/deathbypurple

“Hair background: I’m not sure if I have thick hair, or just a lot of it, but the volume is not lacking! It’s got a mind of its own as far as texture – sometimes more wavy, sometimes more straight, sometimes even straight up curly. Length – mid-back to low-back, depending on whether I needed a big chunk of dead ends chopped off. Dyed religiously because prematurely gray is not my style. :'( Because of this dying, my hair is crazy dry. And I live in a really humid climate.

Products!

  • Olaplex No. 3 – I use this pre-shampoo/condition about twice a month. Truly a hair saver. If I could only own a single hair product, it would be this! Makes my “hay” hair soft again, and tones down the tangles.
  • Oribe Royal Blowout – this is a heat styling spray that I use if I’m going to blow dry or use heat styling. Smells amazeballs!
  • Oribe Anti-Humidity spray – To be honest, I don’t know how much this helps, but it makes me feel better about walking out into 90% humidity after I just finished styling my hair. Also, smells amazeballs. 🙂
  • Deva Curl Low Poo – One of the shampoos I alternate between. I don’t use it for the curls/waves so much as I do for the gentle formula and softness it brings out in my hair. Does NOT smell amazeballs, haha.
  • ION Purify shampoo – This is the other shampoo I alternate between. We have extremely hard water (I’ve also gotten a shower head filter, but still hard) and the build up needs washed out. Supposed to be good for after swimming in chlorine too. My hair feels weird after rinsing it out, like it’s dying for the conditioner, but feels SUPER soft after conditioning and drying.
  • Deva Curl Conditioner – One of the many conditioners I alternate between. This is one that I usually use after the Deva Curl shampoo. Smells weird, but softer hair, so I tolerate it.
  • Argan Conditioning Mask – Another conditioner I alternate with. I use the heavy duty conditioners/masks once a week because of the dry texture of my hair. This one is a holy grail hair mask! Smells soooooo good and hair is like silk…or as close as it can get after dying every 6-8 weeks for over 7 years!
  • It’s a 10 Hair Mask – I definitely like this hair mask, just not as much as the Argan one. Smells great – nicely conditions.
  • Oribe Glaze – I use this halfway between my hair colorings. It’s supposed to help bring the shine back like right after you get your hair dyed. I don’t like how it makes my scalp feel after using it…kinda greasy/build-up-y feeling, so that’s why I use it so sparingly. Plus it is heavily perfumed, and while I like it, I have eczema so I’m cautious about what washes down my body in the shower.”- sthutton

“Wow, thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough routine, I really enjoyed reading about all the products 😀 🙂

I totally agree with you on the heatstyling – there is only so much you can achieve on hair without heat. Unfortunately, for me the choice would be either short and heatstyled, or long and naturally curly with all it’s imperfections, as my hair takes heat really badly. I still can feel the damage from straightening some front pieces for my prom haha 😀 And my bangs split like crazy.

Aside from that, and maybe it’s just a lie I tell myself, but I feel like my long curls are a kind of my special trademark feature, something that sets me apart from other women (but I also know it’s a big turn off for some men). I could fight against it with heat styling tools and chemicals, or work with it by trying to make what I naturally have look it’s best.”- deathbypurple

“I co-wash once or twice a week, apply leave in conditioner while my hair is soaking wet and wrap it up in a microfiber head towel. I keep product use as low as I can to extend my time between washes (I hate product build up!) and use whatever generic curl creme I can find on sale to reduce the frizz factor. I never use heat on my hair, so I hope that helps keep it healthy and damage free.

I’m looking forward to my next hair cut, I could really use a trim and maybe some style or layers cut in.”- UnconventionalFemme

“Hi there, I have really thick hair with a light wave, so I need to get it thinned all the time. I get blonde highlights so it can be quite dry. I hate washing and drying it because I’m a mum and ain’t no one got time for that. So I’m maybe twice a week (max) and occasionally once per week. Eek! Dry shampoo is a godsend for mum’s. And the bun trend. Yay. I use a moisturizing shampoo and mask, a smoothing product and just dry it off before bed. Then the next day if I wake up before my toddler I’ll get to straighten it.

I’ve just had a big chop and got a ‘lob’ haircut, which is fun. When my sister (hairdresser) has time she is going to super blonde it and put in a ash blonde toner which will be interesting.”- MrsRobertshaw

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