New Years Eve is a time to get your glad rags on. A time to reflect on the growth of the year behind and your goals for the year ahead. It's also a time that has many naturals reaching for the straighteners...
Many of us don't associate beautiful coils and curls with a dressy look so when we want to look our best we think of sleek styles and laid edges.
Amongst the most common misconceptions we hear about kinky hair is the line that "it's fun, but not glamorous." At Afrocenchix we like to bust myths.
Natural hair is super versatile and you can certainly look sophisticated without straight hair or extensions. Here are some of our favourite looks from a diverse range of UK bloggers.
1. The Sleek High Bun
Grab your aloe vera gel or eco styler and smooth your hair up like Simone.
Top tip: dampen your hair with Sheen before gathering it into a bun then tie a silk scarf around it to set the style. Take it off and apply gel after doing your make up - this way the style lasts longer, your hair is well moisturised and you use less gel.
2. The Fun and Free Fro
Live your best life like Fiona and let your fro run free.
Top tip: apply a little oil to the ends of your hair to keep it from snagging on your coat.
3. The Puff
Embrace your kinks and coils a la Nicky, this look goes with everything!
Top tip: set this look like a silk scarf just like in the first style, but you can skip the gel on this one
4. The TWA
Recently gone natural? Let your curls out to toast the evening with a cute side part like Saabirah.
Top tip: match this look with big earrings to go for glam.
5. The Shape Up
Hit the barber Sonia style and get a bold new look for your big night.
Top tip: remember to sleep with a bonnet or scarf and keep your hair refreshed so the style looks fresh for longer.
6. The unicorn fluffy puff
Get like Jessica with carefree glam! This simple look exudes sophistication.
Top tip: bobby pins are your friend here, double up on pins to keep this style in place as you dance the year away.
7. The Braided Frohawk
Try out Tri's take on this classic style for a head turning look.
Top tip: do this style in advance then tie a scarf over this at night to keep it in place. If the mohawk buns look messy, don't be afraid to repin.
8. The Mid Part Twist Out
If you want a low maintenance style that's high impact in glam then try Mary's look.
Top tip: use the LOC method to ensure soft, defined curls.
9. The Braid Crown
Try Shannon's simple style with a loose braid pinned around your head.
10. The Top Knot
Slay like Yolanda with this simple but stunning bun.
Top tip: accessorise this look with hair jewellery to make it even dressier
11. The Space Buns
Have fun like Jay with this carefree style.
Top tip: for even buns, use an old pair of tights or a bun former to set the shape then pin your hair around that.
12. The Pulled Back Fro
Pull back an old twist out or braid out with twists and pins like Kirsty.
Top tip: glam it up with gold rings and whatever other hair accessories you have at home.
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