One of the best parts of going natural is rocking your hair unbraided, unfettered and beautiful. But even natural curls need a boost every once in a while. Here, CocoandCrè offer tips on styling techniques that enhance your hair’s natural curl and beauty.

Bantu Knot-Out

If you crave small, corkscrew curls, try a Bantu knot-out. First dampen and part our hair into four sections. In each section, work with about a quarter of your hair. Take the hair and twist from root to tip; then coil into a knot-shaped ball. Secure with a clip or bobby pin. The more balled knots created in each section of hair, the tighter the curls will be. Slip on a satin wrap and let your hair dry overnight. In the morning, unwind the knots, apply moisturizer and arrange curls in the style you desire.


If you have thicker hair, consider shingling. Start with wet, detangled hair. Work from the nape of your neck and part the hair horizontally into half-inch sections. Next, apply a curl-enhancing product and rake it through tresses using your fingertips or a rattail comb. This technique is a way to elongate the hair while defining its curl. After the shingling process is complete, some folks use a diffuser to slightly dry their hair; others let tresses air-dry.

Twist Out or Braid Out

Both techniques are an easy way to get some loose definition in your hair. To twist out tresses, start with wet, detangled hair. Section your hair horizontally and vertically so that you are working with one small, square hair section at a time. Divide hair section in two then twist each left over right until the entire length is twisted. Continue parting the hair, working from nape to crown. For braid outs, simply plait your hair into as many or as little braids as you like. For looser curls, do less braids.

After twisting or braiding, wrap tresses with a silk or satin scarf and leave hair undisturbed for several hours or overnight. To style, simply untwist or unbraid sectioned hair. Spray with a finishing sheen if desired.

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