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Many of us grew up going to a family member, neighbor or beauty school for hair services.  And several of us have also only gone to local salon for special styles or services as well. Not many that I have spoken to, can recall a time where they were doing their own hair, or at least not very successfully. Becoming a DIYer in high school may have proven to be quite disastrous in some cases, too. The thing about going natural is that it is such a liberating experience that people want to do their own hair. It’s a matter of freedom, confidence and empowerment.

In this chapter, the author describes several styles, and even published a style chart, to help in each phase of going natural. Of the styles that are listed in the book, which have you tried and at what phase? Which styles would you see a professional for?

Here are the styles in more detail:

Afro

This is simply wearing your natural without manipulation. An Afro can be sculpted (trimmed and shaped by a barber) or a free formed Afro. You can accessorize it with a bow or clip.

Afro Puffs

This style requires minimal manipulation. By misting the hair with water and applying an oil to seal in the moisture, an Afro puff can be fashioned by pulling the front and back of the hair toward the middle of the head and gathering the hair in a head band, hair tie or elastic covered band. Variations can include a braided bang or cornrows toward the crown.