How to Style Your Short/Medium Length Natural Hair

For about a year, I chose to wear curly weave. I could not figure out what to do with my hair after my big chop started growing out.  While I enjoyed the look of flat twist outs and two-strand twist outs, re-twisting every night simply was not feasible.  My hair NEVER looked the same way in the morning when I woke up as it did when I fell asleep the night before.   However, I finally mustered up the courage to wear my natural hair for the summer time.

I reserved to embrace the hair growing out of my scalp.  This, though, required that I learn how to style my natural hair from home, and the styles needed to be feasible for a mom of three.  In other words, I needed easy to maintain, easy to create natural hair styles.

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One month into my new hair length, here are some of my go-to natural hairstyles.

1. Flat twists.

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Attach a bun to the back of flat twists, and you can wear them for about a week. Your friends and family will love it because they could actually see your face without the distraction of big hair.

2. Two-Strand Twists.

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Dare to wear other twist styles in public.  You need options for day to day hair, so try two-strand twists styling on natural hair. Instead of twisting late in the evening, blow-drying forever with cool air, sleeping and still waking up to try to untwist wet hair, wear the twists for a day or two so they have time to dry on their own.

3. Twist outs

Searching for how to style your natural hair? Twist outs are always a good idea. #naturalhiar #naturalhairstyles #naturalhaircare #naturalhairtips #haircare #africanamericanhair #summerhair #curlyhair #curlyhairstyles #curlyhaircare #shorthairstyles #mediumlengthhairstyles

Here are a few tricks (learned after much trial and error) to make the look last. Section your hair into 4-6 sections and wear 4-6 ponytails (tied down with a silk scarf) at night.  YouTube has a few great tutorials on good nighttime hair routines for short natural hair.  Some of you have tried tying your hair down with a silk scarf without ponytails.  You tried using a silk bonnets with your hair free underneath, and, of course, you tried, the ever popular, pineapple.  These smaller ponytails serve as mini pineapples for stretch and preservation of style.

4. One low ponytail

At a loss for how to style your natural hair? A low ponytail is a simple fix that fits all occasions. #naturalhair #naturalhairstyles #howtostylenaturalhair #naturalhaircare #summerhair #haircare #curlyhair #curlyhaircare #curlyhairstyles

My daughter loves this style best.  She always asks for low ponytails more than high ponytails.  After scouring Youtube to find protective styles for not quite medium length natural hair, this video stood out.  You can do the look with or without the extra hair.  No matter what you decide, the low ponytail is a go-to every few days to give your hair a mini rest from twisting and styling.

Everyone knows how to do a low ponytail, and a low ponytail is a perfect natural hair style. #naturalhair #naturalhaircare #naturalhairstyles #africanamericanhair #curlyhair #curlyhaircare #curlyhairstyles #shorthairstyles #mediumlengthhairstyles #summerhair #naturalhairtips

5. Fro it out

This is why my daughter likes her low ponytail.  It stretches the hair. If you are unsure how to style your natural hair, a fro is always a good idea. #naturalhair #naturalhaircare #naturalhairstyles #curlyhair #curlyhaircare #curlyhairstyles #summerhair #africanamericanhair #naturalhairtips #curlyhairtips #haircare #mediumlengthhairstyles

You do not always have to have perfect ringlets.  Your fro is just as beautiful.

Other styling tips

So you now have a list of styles, but you still may need to know how to actually create these natural hair styles.  I included some links to videos for some of the styles, but here are some other ways to help you enjoy your looks more and more.

  • Anything that requires manipulation requires moisture.  Bounce Back* and water create the moisture needed for low ponytails and twists.  You can lock in the moisture with castor oil and XXIVK*.  You can also accomplish these looks after a fresh wash.  (Use my code TLPOEM to get $5 off any order of $25 or more at the Love of People.)

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  • For stretched hair looks, re-wetting will cause shrinkage.  All of your manipulation should take place during twisting and forming ponytails.  The right product mix during the moisturizing phase will allow your curls to flourish and shine when you take the styles out to wear your hair down.
  • Change up you stretched hair styles by pulling parts of your hair up/pushed back.  Half up, half down looks are options.  Pulling up one side or twisting just the front or sides gives your hair a new look without too much hard work.

Pull the hair up on one side to give your natural hair a new look. #naturalhair #naturalhaircare #naturalhairstyles #curlyhair #curlyhairstyles #curlyhaircare #summerhair #africanamericanhair #mediumlengthhairstyles

Natural hair is a journey and so is learning how to style your natural hair. What are some things that you have learned about how to style your natural hair in your natural hair journey?

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        1. I have natural hair and whilst I love it, I feel that same about the twist outs! Mine never looks like the YouTube vid I copied, and I too hate twisting it every night, plus I never know what I’m going to get in the morning! None the less I love it. Thai is for all of those natural curly hair ideas xxx

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          1. You are quite welcome. I never know what I am going to get with a twist out. Some days I love it. Other days, I feel like the whole process was a waste of time. The same with twists. Some days I rock them and feel beautiful. Others, I want to hide and hope no one sees me until I can “fix” my hair.

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  1. I like all your styles, but I especially like the ones where at least part of your hair is pulled back; you have a very pretty face! Great job learning all those styles and looking so good in addition to all the other supermom stuff you have to do all the time!

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  2. Great tips and so many cute styles too, Brittany! I’ve been debating about cutting my curly hair shorter, but typically decide against it since I can do so many different styles with it when it’s longer. However, you’ve given me some new ideas of styling and thinking about my own hair today! I’ve pinned this post, my friend! Thanks for being such a great young mom blog!

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  3. So useful! Sometimes I feel like my hair is at such an awkward length but these styles clearly prove me wrong. Love supporting fellow natural hair bloggers– New follower here

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          1. Wait please tell me the secret because mine come out looking weak I would end up just throwing it in a puff…nd lol at afraid they come out cute tho

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            1. Most of the twist outs I love are done on fresh washed hair. I put conditioner in my whole head, then oil on my whole head, then section and do each individual section with styling cream followed by just a bit of eco styler (my 4c hair needs HOLD). Then I pick small/medium sections and twist. The key is not to untwist until they are completely dry…and to keep trying. I feel like everyone should big chop because you need to practice while your hair is short. The size of the twists I do is the size in the photo above.

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              1. Ohhh ok ok see I’m going to try that exactly how u explained it…I think I wasn’t using the right products for my hair I will add gel next time because just a curling cream nd leave dnt work…I need more hold….nd yes I think so too and it amazes me how much my hair grown in this little time

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