Bun

As a member of team curly, there are certain hair accessories we have to rock our natural hairstyles. One of these accessories is a headband or tiara. You simply can't call yourself a bona fide curly without at least one.

After purchasing your tenth headband or tiara, it will occur to you that doing the “same old same old” is boring, but you still have to at least make an attempt to wear them and put your money to good use.

We're here to help you get the most out of the accessories you already have and be the natural diva you were meant to be. Oh, and in the meantime, save you some cash!

Wavy (Type 2)

When it comes to natural hairstyles, more is always better. Why choose just one headband when you can wear several? To create this look, get one cloth headband and a second, thinner, stiffer one. Then, simply wear the wider one and place the thinner one on top.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of this look:

  1. Color blocking with two colors on the opposite end of the color wheel, like yellow with purple or green with red.
  2. Mixing and matching patterns, like polka dots with stripes or florals with a more modern pattern.
  3. Using several thin headbands to hold your hair back instead of the usual, boring black headband.

The reason why this works is because natural hair has a lot of volume, and it's difficult to find accessories that really stand out and don’t get lost in fabulousness that is our hair. Using more than one headband creates more interest.

Curly (Type 3)

If you ever find yourself in a bind and forced to rock a boring bun, then reach for your nearest cloth headband and jazz it up. Once your sock bun has been created, grab a medium width decorative cloth headband. Then gently wrap the headband around the bun being careful not to destroy it.  If done correctly, the headband should encircle the bun adding texture and design to an otherwise mundane natural hairstyle.

A few tips for rocking the scarf-wrapped bun:

  1. If the headband is too thin, it will not wrap around the bun properly, rather it will end up under the bun and no one will be able to see it.
  2. Be careful not to wrap the headband too tightly or too many times as it will also end up going under the bun and will be able to be seen.

Kinky (Type 4)

Naturally Curly reader Cashmere.

As kinky haired curlies, we have rocked a pony puff at least once with our natural hairstyles. To jazz up this look, try searching through your stash for a wide and stiff headband or tiara. It cannot be the thin cloth kind as it simply won't work.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of this look:

  1. Style your hair into a pony puff, then grab your headband or tiara and place it on the crown of your head like you normally would. However, instead of leaving it there continue to slide it back until it surrounds the base of your puff.
  2. To finish the look, gently pull on your curls and spread them around the puff to hide the sides and back of the headband or tiara. Just like that, you turned an average puff into a regal updo.