Over 2 years ago I started to experiment with styling my natural hair-- very intimidating as I was not accustomed to styling cottony, kinky, coily hair and making it look presentable. I didn't want to walk around with a mid-size tightly-coiled 'fro all the time. So I got in the mirror and got to work! You don't have to be a "hair person" to become good at styling your hair. I put my self on a 21 day styling/wear your own hair challenge (because I would retreat under wigs or braids when I became frustrated), and let me tell you, most of those styling days were a bust!! It hurts me to show you some of these "fails" but here goes. I couldn't even do a simple twist out?! I have plenty of failed styles to share, but there is not enough room on this page for that :). So I'm sharing some of my attempts at the twist out.
Twist outs seem to be the easiest style for a newly natural to execute, and I couldn't get it down to save my life! If it didn't look like I'd stuck my finger it a light socket, I was walking around looking like I just rolled out of bed, even though I'd spent 3 hours on my hair the night before. It was quite frustrating, and I wasn't comfortable with my hair because it wasn't how I wanted it to look. But I pushed forward in my efforts to style my hair at this length, and eventually it started to pay off! And, it will for you, too!
That awkward length where your natural hair isn't considered short or long can be frustrating style- wise but you will get through it; it just takes patience to figure out what works for you and your hair. Don't give up, it will come together, trust me!!
Major tip to creating a beautiful natural hair style: Make sure your hair is fully dry before you take down your sets; if it's a wash 'n go, keep your fingers out of your hair. This will minimize frizz and keep your definition.
To learn more about Chandra's journey and how she learned to "work it out," follow her on Fotki..