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The journey of transitioning to natural hair can be a bumpy ride. One of the most common issues new naturals run into is dealing with multiple textures at once. It can be stressful to style and care for multiple textures and many curly girls end up frustrated, rocking the same style for weeks because it’s the only look that seems to work. Change up your rotation and find love for your mixed texture curls with these 5 styles:

1. The Twist Out

The Twist Out is a must for transitioning and curly girls. As your hair grows, this is a style that grows with you. However, a lot of us struggle with this style because it requires some patience so your look doesn’t end up too chunky or too frizzy. Watch India of My Natural Sistas as she masters the twist, the takedown, and the picking of her voluminous Twist Out and shows you how to keep your ends in check. For a smooth finish, she recommends CURLS Blueberry Bliss Twist-N-Shout Cream.

2. The Three-Strand Twist

Just like the twist out, a three-strand twist should definitely be in your bag of tricks. This look is easy to create, lets you hide some mixed texture, and protects your ends. This quick guide from Samantha Harris of Ahfro_Baang will show you how to get that not-frizzy, not-flat three-strand twist that will even out your various textures and help you achieve mega-sexy volume.

3. Cocoon Curls

If you really want to embrace your textures – however they’re developing – and let your hair run wild and free, try cocoon curls! This is a look with a lot of body and attitude but if you’ve got it, why not flaunt it? Using the Camille Rose Twisting Butter – which we LOVE – Christine Amor shows us how to achieve cocooned twists. These loopy little slipknots seem more complex to create than they really are – give this one a try. Your end result will feel retro-inspired and chic.

4. The Flat Twist

If you really want to camouflage your multi-texture look, the Flat Twist will help you mask the varied pattern of your curl, root to end. Lianne at Chronicurls makes this style look super easy but if you’re new to it, take it slow and section your hair carefully for best results. Lianne is using the Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-in Conditioner, Edge Gel, and Brazilian Curl Cream to achieve this smooth, stylish look.

5. The Chunky Twisted Updo

This updo is an any-texture favorite that works well for date-night, the office, or casual outings. Because it’s so versatile, it’s essential to master this style especially once your hair has grown fairly long. Starting with stretched hair, TJ shows us how to section, twist, and secure this look into place.

Which of these styles are you going to try this week?

Tag us on Instagram and show us your mixed texture style wins! We can’t wait to see you shine.


NaturallyCurly has been on a mission to educate, empower, entertain and inspire women to have healthy discussions about hair and beauty since 1998. We explore everything from self-acceptance to finding the best hair care products for all textures.

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