YouTube Natural Hair Tutorials… I love ’em, you love ’em, we ALL love ’em. I’ve spent hours and hours watching countless videos from popular YouTube naturalistas, and I spend 75% of the video wondering what kind of sorcery is involved behind the scenes, because… HOW DO THEY DO THING?!? Am I the only one? LOL
Lucky for you, I’m one tough cookie… and I’m tenacious to boot. I’ve given myself the challenge of watching natural hair tutorials on YouTube and recreating them. I’ll write about my experiences and rate the videos on how easy … or how hard it was the recreate them. I’m starting with one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE YouTube Stars!!!
I love me some Whitney, aka Naptural85… Her videos are fun, personable, and who doesn’t love her (almost) daily vlogs (Shout out to Felipe and Oya!)?!?! Watching her vlogs helped me through a very tough patch earlier this year, and I would be lying if I said she wasn’t a huge inspiration for me! For my first DIY Dope Hair, I’ve chosen a look I have wanted to try for ages… her Effortless Beach Waves tutorial.
Like Whitney, I started with an old Curlformers set. Her hair is much longer and thicker than mine is (I’m not jealous… much!), but I was (mostly) confident that this was a look I could pull off. Excited, I headed to my official DIY Dope Hair Laboratory (aka my bathroom), Kajol Kitty (aka my shadow) in tow, to get started.
I had massaged my scalp the day prior with Brown Butter Beauty’s Herbal Rich Hair Oil, so I didn’t really feel the need to moisturize my hair further, but I did want to add some styling gel to ensure that the waves will hold up… It’s STILL hot and humid here in NYC! You may not believe me, but my Mum has had this Queen Helene styling gel since I was in HIGH SCHOOL. I’ve run out of my favorite gel, Ouidad’s Curl Quencher Moisturizing Styling Gel, but I’m a firm believer in making it work with what you’ve got… and this old ass gel certainly does the job!
I separated my hair into five sections, added a bit of styling gel to each section and used duckbill clips to keep my hair neat while I worked. Starting with the section in the back, I started loosely flat twisting each section of hair, taking the twist and making a bantu knot, which I secured in place with bobbie pins.
Once I had completed the back sections, I started on the front of my hair. I’m the type of person who is pretty loosey goosey when it comes to the back of my head. If my hair ends up looking crazy there, I’m unbothered by it. Out of sight, out of mind I guess. But when doing the front, I made sure that I took extra special care! LOL
Before starting, I added a bit more gel to the front of my hair. I tend to nervously play with my hair in the front more, which can ruin any style I put it in. I wanted to make sure that the results looked great and lasted a while.
And now… a little #KajolKitty interlude. She was NOT here for me ignoring her while in the lab. All interest in my actions ended promptly when I started taking photos of her. She hates the flash! LOL
Just like in the back, I flat twisted the front sections, twisting them into bantu knots, which I secured with bobbie pins. When I was done, I had five bantu knots in total. I secured my hair with my trusty satin hair scarf and headed off to Bedfordshire. At this point, I was feeling quite excited about the process. Bantu knots are NOT my strongest suit, but securing them with bobbie pins made me feel like the results would NOT be a total fail.
The following morning, I headed back to the lab (without my furry shadow this time… lesson learned, I guess) and proceeded to unravel my twists. Before letting them loose, I applied a bit of oil (I used my DIY Hair Oil recipe from… guess who?) to my fingers to prevent frizz.
Once the back section was taken down, I was so excited because it came out perfectly! I was eager to take down the front sections to see how the entire head looked!
After my entire head was loose, I started to take a apart the larger clumps of curls. Having oil on my hands really is the most valuable tip I’ve learned in my natural hair journey. It makes take down a breeze!
I also used my comb to lightly stretch my hair at the roots… I needed to get me a little length and volume. How else can I rep team “big hair don’t care”?!? And because every naturalista puts makeup on when revealing the finished product, I put on a quick red lip! LOL
I absolutely LOVE the results!! I am definitely going to do my hair like this again. I think it’s a fun, feminine look that looks great!
And I’m proud to say that the back of my head looked just as good as the front! I’m going to make it a point to do better when it comes to the back of my head. Ms. Mooch deserves the best! Soo now that I’ve followed the steps of the tutorial, and you all have seen the results of my effort…. How do you think I rated this video?!?
I have to say that this look really WAS quite effortless!! I was able to yield lovely results, even though I didn’t do it exactly the same way she did. I was worried that my not using water to moisturize my hair and using hair gel might mess everything up, but I listened to my hair and responded accordingly… and you all can see the results.