Posted on: May 8, 2024 Posted by: Cataanda James Comments: 3

When your hair is all-natural, mastering easy natural hairstyles in five steps or less is key. Achieving styles that withstand exposure to the elements is the ultimate hair goal for naturals. In spring and summer, humidity and precipitation are more likely to fill the air, making protective styles essential for every natural girl’s wardrobe. These styles not only offer ease and protection against the elements but also allow you to express your individual style. It’s often more convenient to tuck your hair away, rather than risking the integrity of your style by letting it flow freely.
As a professional hairstylist who embraces natural hair, I understand the challenges of maintaining your style when the precipitation is at an all-time high. Heated temperatures and steamy humidity ruin your look when you haven’t prepped your hair to endure the atmospheric conditions. The right style, combined with the right hair products, is essential for longevity in wear. My signature look is the Wash ‘n Go. This style lets my curls loose and allows them to be at their most natural and liberated form. I’ve had countless moments letting my curls roam freely, only to feel them growing bigger as the fun ensues. Volume is goals but too much frizz creates an undesirable puffiness.
In preparation for stepping out and joining the ‘we outside’ group chat, having a repertoire of protective styles is key. Just like a favorite accessory, we all have that one go-to style, but we need options. To help us with the line up, I reached out to licensed hairstylist and influencer Ebony Bomani.
Ebony’s work has been featured in commercials, billboards, and on the social media pages of your favorite hair care brands. She shares five DIY natural styles that you can whip up in a clutch. Each look is guaranteed to make your hair look like it has been graced by the hands of a pro. When your braids are out and the wig is scheduled for wash day, these styles prepare you for whatever outside is giving!

Bantu Knot Out
Bantu Knot Out

Bantu Knot Out is the perfect way to achieve wavy or curl-like texture without additional heat and can be achieved on clean hair or when you want to stretch the time between wash days by rocking another style.

  • Step One: On dry, stretched hair, take about 1”-2” sections and apply a minimal amount of mousse, only enough to make the hair damp, but not enough to revert it. I like mousse because it tends to dry faster than creamy products.
  • Step Two: Spin the section between your fingers to create a coil, then start winding the hair around itself from the base, without overlapping the hair, until you reach the ends.
  • Step Three: Allow hair to dry completely under a hooded dryer or overnight.
  • Step Four: Unwind the bantu knots and carefully separate.

Two keys to perfect bantu knots are: Don’t wrap them too tight and allow them to dry completely.
This style works best on medium to longer lengths of all hair types.

Cornrow Bantu Knots

Cornrows w/Bantu Knots can be achieved on wet or dry hair.

  • Step One: Part detangled hair into workable sections, making sure the parts are straight. Reinforce the parts by smoothing down the hair closest to the part with a braiding gel or styling gel.
  • Step Two: Apply a styling cream/gel or a creamy or liquid leave-in conditioner to the hair to be braided. Cornrow each section from front to back.
  • Step Three: Once the entire head is complete, apply mousse to the surface, tie it down with wrap strips.
  • Step Four: Sit under a hooded dryer until the hair is completely dry, then remove the wrap strips.
  • Step Five: Take the length of the braid, below the nape, and bend it in half. At the bend, start wrapping the bottom part of the braid around the top portion until the end reaches the nape. Secure with a bobby pin or an elastic band.

This style works best on medium to longer lengths of all hair types.


The Fro Hawk is a favorite, minimal effort, yet elevated looks. It’s best styled on dry, stretched hair—whether clean or if you’re between wash days.

  • Step One: Divide hair into three sections— one, at the crown, from ear to ear and the other, across the back of the head, from ear to ear.
  • Step Two: Apply edge control to the edges for smoothness. Brush each portion toward the center of each section, then secure with an elastic band.
  • Step Three: Divide each ponytail into about three sections and loosely twist each piece.
  • Step Four: Arrange twists into a mohawk by placing them around the base of the sections in front of itself and behind it. Create a “bang” or pompadour with a couple of twists in the front.
  • Step Five: Once you create the desired shape, secure each twist in place with bobby pins.

This style works best on medium to longer lengths and all hair types.

Wet Rod Set

Wet Rod Set works well for those who want a curly style with more longevity, high shine and crisp definition. Start with clean, conditioned hair.

  • Step One: Section towel-dried, detangled hair into workable sections. (Clip away the idle sections.) Take about 1”-2” subsections from the working section, apply a minimal amount of mousse or styling cream/gel.
  • Step Two: Starting from the ends, wrap the hair around desired size rods and secure at the roots. Repeat until complete.
  • Step Three: Sit under a hooded dryer until the hair is completely dry.
  • Step Four: Apply a light oil to your fingertips and carefully separate the curls, twirling them around your fingers.
  • Step Five: Use a pick to fluff and remove visible parts near the roots.

This style is suitable for most lengths and all hair types. Select rod size according to hair length and desired outcome.

Feed-In Ponytail

Textured Feed-In Ponytail Braid is for those who want a long, pony-tail braid without having to use direct heat or just don’t feel like blow drying their hair. If you simply just want your natural texture to shine through, this look is for you. Start with clean, conditioned hair.

  • Step One: Apply a strong hold gel or mousse to the surface of detangled, towel dried hair and mold it into the desired position of your ponytail and then braid it. (Binding it with an elastic band at this step will only extend drying time or simply keep it from drying at all.)
  • Step Two: Sit under a hooded dryer until the hair is completely dry.
  • Step Three: Unravel the braid and secure the hair with an elastic band.
  • Step Four: Apply a small amount of braiding gel or styling cream to the loose hair.
  • StepFive: Start braiding, then at about the second rotation, begin feeding in synthetic hair (that’s close in texture), making sure to keep even tension, until you reach your desired length.

Because the hair is curly, there’s no need to dip the end of the braid. This style works best on medium to longer lengths and all hair types.

Cataanda James | Beauty Expert
Beauty Writer at Upscale Magazine
@cataandaj on Instagram

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3 People reacted on this

  1. It does look like the GeriZCurl is back.

    I love it though. As long as it it not all that wet chemicals. I’m in.

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