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*Expertly* Hairnastic Styles for Fall

Depending on where you live, the signs of fall are all around. Leaves are beginning to fall and the wind is crisp.

This is the season of sleepy coffee shops, pumpkin patches, baking, and earth tones.

 

It also reminds us of the messy hair bun.  Its one of those hairstyles that has no rules and is open to interpretation (a.k.a, there really is no right way to put one of these together). The “messy” bun can be typically “messy,” or very clean-looking. You make up the rules here!

 

For hairstyles that are not “up,” wavy bob-cuts are also reminiscent of fall because of their high-fashion, yet care-free appeal.

Fall gives “artsy” vibes, particularly hairstyles with understated, yet very obvious innovative attributes – a much-desired creative quality.

An “expertly Hairnastic” fall hairstyle is one that is carefree, yet complex in its presentation. Its taking a familiar hairstyle and adding a new twist that makes onlookers say, “Hmm, I love it! I would never have thought to do that!”

 

Hairnastics is all about confidence in bold, edgy hairstyles. How are you giving new twists to familiar styles? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hair On-the-Go

No matter what your go-to hairstyle is for a day of work, chances are you want to look good. You especially want to make a good first impression on a new client, a classroom full of your students, or even your coworkers. You probably also want to settle on a great hairstyle FAST, because on Monday morning, there are dragons to slay, and let’s face it – you’ve got to look fabulous and be on time! In this short article (ahem, we know you’ve only got so much time to read), we share a few on-the-go hairstyles that are meant to help you out (yes – the door) on a busy morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any expert morning hair routines? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Spotlight on Black Hair Today

Hair comes in many different textures that are as different and beautiful as all of the people who make up the human race. Several hair types are often misunderstood by both those who possess these hair types and the world at large. Today, we focus on the “3A – 4C” hair types – that is curly, kinky hair, and trends in this special group of hair types.

In honor of Black History Month, we take a look at how black hair – whose textures mostly fall within the 3A-4C range (not limited to this range, though!) – and in particular, the way it has been styled – has morphed and fit into so many spaces over recent history and has been the inspiration for many prominent hair styles that we know and love today.

 

And let’s start out by saying…

Artwork by Kwame Brathwaite on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 2019

Cornrows and Plaits

Photo by EttyFidele on Unsplash

The Afro/Bun

Angela Davis: Photo by Unseen Histories on Unsplash
Photo by Jakayla Toney on Unsplash
Photo by SuadKamardeen on Unsplash

The Braided

Photo by VasileStancu on Unsplash

The Flat-Ironed, or Permed, or Blown Out

Photo by Ben Masora on Unsplash
Photo by Eye for Ebony on Unsplash

The Short

 

 

The Kinky

Photo by Eye for Ebony on Unsplash
Photo by Yonas Bekele on Unsplash

The Wavy and Coily

Photo by Amani Nation on Unsplash

 

 

 

In many senses and throughout recent history, black hair has actually been seen as “lesser than.” Sometimes, because of this prevailing view, when black hair is either braided, or styled, or even worn naturally, there is sometimes a view that it is too much or over-the-top. This view has, in fact, has permeated society to the point where in some work environments, things as common place as braids and certain natural hairstyles have been banned. When there is a prevailing standard of beauty, differences to that standard may even be viewed as rebellion. What makes it especially unjust in the case of black hair is that the natural state of black hair is very different; often, without doing something — whether its perming, pressing, braiding, etc – black hair will always stand out and look different.

We believe counteracting inequity in this area is all about education. Showing the world examples of natural black hairstyles in professional and leisurely settings to complement all of the other wonderful hair textures and styles in our human experience. Doing this is a way to highlight the beautiful differences in our hair textures so that such differences are never a hindrance to bridges being built, careers from being fulfilled, and life from being lived to the fullest.

 

For more information on the prevalence of this problem, and what some states are doing to counteract it, check out the following articles!

Black Enterprise – “An Honest Conversation About Hair Politics in the Workplace

Washington Post – More states are trying to protect black employees who want to wear natural hairstyles at work

JStor – “How Natural Black Hair at Work Became a Civil Rights Issue

 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

 

 

#EducationIsKey

#HairNastics

 

 

 

 

 

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Throw Back – Or Shall We Say, No Limit – Thursday!

There’s just something that takes us back in time when we see pastels – pastel green walls, pastel purses, pastel jewelry. In a modern world of brights and neons, pastels always have a classy and timeless quality that make us think – “hey, is that vintage?”

We think pastels, or pastel-like colors, on hair and clothing have the same effect. Check out a handful of creative uses of what look like pastels in hairstyles and clothing. Do you think these count as pastels? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Expertly Playing Up Your Natural Features (Part 2)

Earlier, we talked about being proud and taking ownership of the natural features that make each of us different. We did this because embracing yourself is the first step to true beauty fulfillment! So let’s say that we’ve mastered that. This article has to do with playing up natural features – not just ones that make you unique, but also those that are just characteristic of you, period.

Have high cheekbones? Perhaps try a bold blush game. Are you a fiery red head? Besides being the envy of everyone around you, pair it up with red lipstick! Do you have thick type 4c hair? Please don’t try to hide it! Enjoy the small gallery of played-up natural features and be inspired. Also, if there are ways that you have played up your natural features, let us know in the comments below!

Photo by Julissa Capdevilla on Unsplash

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Expertly Playing Up Your Natural Features

Although there is no one standard of beauty, look at enough fashion magazines and you will come away thinking that there are all sorts of things wrong with yourself. “My face is too narrow,” “My eyes are too big,” “My thighs are too large!” “My hair is too short”… for some of us, we’ve even made the statement “My hair is bad”… the list goes on! Truth be told, we are all artists, and sometimes, for those features that we feel make us so different, gaining confidence, gratitude, and boldness in possessing them is a matter of perspective.

The key, in our opinion, is to gain a healthy, loving, and accepting view of yourself — just as you are. Be thankful for you. Make a point to be especially thankful for what makes you different. Do this even if being thankful doesn’t come naturally. And then make the “HairNastic” choice to treat that thing that makes you different as a distinguished guest on the stage of your life. You get to “wine it” and “dine it” as you please.

What does this mean? Let’s bring it back with an example in the realm of hair. If your hair is too short, or “bad” as some think, a great challenge would be to find ways to wear it that highlight its shortness, or curliness, or thickness, etc. These are all personal choices to make as to whether or not you’ll play up those things that make you different. But one thing is often true in our world: what you consider to be a terrible natural faux pas that makes you different may just be something that someone else is praying to have. #fridaynightfoodforthought

Check out our image gallery below for how some hair artists have been “playing up” their natural features and be inspired!

Wearing natural 3a-4c hair

Playing Up Short/Big Hair with Brightly Colored Earrings

Photo by Luiza Braun on Unsplash

Have you been in situations where something about you was different, and your natural instinct was to cover it up? Since HairNastics loves art and hair, how did you overcome your fear by “playing up” your difference and what was the result?

For those of us who perhaps see the type of hair that we have as a limitation, but would still like to be creative, check out this TED talk by a visual artist who had a diverse ability — and used this difference to create some awesome works of art. The talk is entitled “Embrace the Shake.

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Monday Mornin’ Up-do’s

Greetings folks. Its Monday. For those who have the day off, it is the MLK Day of Service. For those who don’t, its the top of the work week. Either way, its time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Rolled-up sleeves and an up-do to go with it! Below, we have several awesome up-do’s across different hair types to help you get to work today!

Photo by Alexander Krivitskiy on Unsplash
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For a concise guide on the four hair types, check out the Healthline article “How to Identify and Style Your Hair Type.” For a concise guide to curly hair types in particular, check out the Allure article “How to Figure Out Your Curl Type.”

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What’s your shampoo regimen and what should it be?

It depends. It depends on many things that are unique to every individual. A major factor that a shampoo being “the best” depends on is hair type. There are four main types of hair, according to Rebecca Joy Stanborough of healthline.com, and they are 1 straight, 2 wavy, 3 curly, and 4 coily. Reactions to shampoo can vary by hair type. Therefore, choosing the right shampoo can make all the difference! Marie Claire’s “The Best Shampoos and Conditioners, According to Our Editors” covers suggested types of shampoos for different types of hair!