Whether you’ve lived your whole life embracing your natural hair or you are a new convert, there are days when you want your hair to be no-fuss. This could mean changing up your texture, experimenting with extensions, tools and accessories, or sticking to classic styles. The world is pretty much your oyster if you’re willing to experiment.
Luckily, there is an abundance of inspiration on Instagram, and a fair amount is easy enough to do in the comfort of your own home so you can save money on salon appointments. Below, we've rounded up some of the easiest ones we found that we’re absolutely positive you’ll love.
The easiest natural hairstyle has to be the wash-and-go, because well, it’s just like the name suggests—you wash it and go about your day. The number of styling products you use are totally up to you. (Check out this handy wash-and-go guide if you need a bit more assistance.)
If you like to play around with texture, a twist-out is a great way to change it up. All you need to do is dampen your hair and apply a styling product or two if necessary before you then twist individual two-strand sections. When your hair fully dries, you can unravel the twists and reveal your elongated, gorgeous curls. Air-drying will take a bit longer than if you used a hairdryer or diffuser.
If a roller-like corkscrew curl is more your style, you can achieve this with a set of Curlformers ($23). You know, those curled pieces of fabric that took the natural hair community by storm a few years ago? With Curlformers, you loop your dampened and product-loaded hair through the fabric (which can take anywhere between a few minutes to an hour depending on your hair’s length, thickness and desired section size). You’ll need to wait until your hair is dry to see the final result, but it’s still a super easy process to do overall.
Water Wave Magic Curlers
Boho, beachy waves are easily attainable with the Water Wave Magic Curlers. These loose shaping tools follow a similar process to the aforementioned Curlfomers but the end result provides a completely different style.
Alternatively, you can try the official Waveformers from HairFlair; however, this toolset creates a more “Hollywood bombshell” curl.
As a less pricey curling tool set, perm rods offer an east way to get tight ringlet curls. Just like the other curl tools on this list, perm rods should be applied on wet-to-damp hair and let the air do the rest of the work. If you don’t have a hair dryer, make sure you don’t have any errands you need to run since the small diameter means you’re rolling your hair on it multiple times, which takes longer to dry.
Straightening natural hair can be a lengthy process. But you can cheat your way there with a good old-fashioned roller set. Use larger rollers on damp hair to get maximum stretch, and when your hair is dry, make sure to comb through for added smoothing. If you have a hair dryer, you can achieve this look in as little as 30 minutes.
As far as braiding goes, pigtail cornrows are one the easier styles to achieve on your own. Unlike French braids, you need to make sure the crossing sections and the hairs you pick up along the way are going in an underhanded direction so your actual braids will pop off the head. For pigtails, the process can be done in 15 minutes or less if you’re an experienced braider.
Create gorgeous spiral curls with a three-strand twist-out method, which requires the three strands be twisted around themselves almost like a summer camp lanyard. When your hair has taken its shape, you’re free to unravel it to unlock your style.
It’s not everyday that you see a fishtail braid done on natural hair, but it’s totally achievable on stretched out tresses. If you’re not sure how to do this intricate braid, check out our fishtail braid guide.
If you’re the type of person who likes super glossy hair, you might want to take a few minutes to apply a high shine defining gel, hair gloss, and spray to your wash-and-go routine. After you apply a generous amount of product on your damp hair, you can either let it air dry or use a diffuser on a low setting for an ultra-shiny wet look.
Maybe you want to look a little angelic for the day. A halo braid can definitely deliver on that front, especially if you’re a cornrow master. The trick is to gather your hair into a single large braid that goes around the perimeter of your head. Depending on your skill level, you can be out the door within 15 minutes.
You can also show off your braiding skills by cornrowing your hair and styling into a low updo. If you already have your braids in, sweeping them up into a bun will take only a few seconds. However, if you’re starting from scratch, it can take you about 15 minutes or more to install your braids and style it properly.