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Monday, June 22, 2015

Hair Tips | Enhance Natural Hair With Afro Drawstring Ponytail

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Image Credit: Amazon - Drawstring Afro Puff

I absolutely love big puffs and huge Afros!

I love to tease my own natural hair to get that "poofy" look, whether I'm going for the Queen Afro or the Duchess Afro Puff...however, the detangling process is tiresome and just too much for me. I needed another outlet to get the look that I wanted for the summer without having to detangle my hair so much...

So when I saw my friend at church and her huge Afro puff, I had to ask her about it. She let me know that she purchased her Afro puff from the local beauty supply for $10! And I was so excited about that! I could go for the look I wanted and this will be an awesome protective style for my own hair.

So I high-tailed it to the nearest beauty supply...LO AND BEHOLD! I saw all kinds of Afro puffs in the aisle. I was definitely excited because the variety took up an entire aisle...the natural hair community is surely coming up. I had to get one right THEN and THERE!

Afro Drawstring Ponytail Biba Platinum
So I picked up number 2 of Biba Platinum line, from my local beauty supply for $13.99. I wanted to go with something simple and not too different from my natural hair color. But I did pick up the biggest puff they had there.

Prepping The Faux Afro Puff

When you take the hair out of the pack, there is no "poof" to it. So I used a water and oil mix to get the hair that shine and wetness to help pick the hair out.

It has 2 combs and a long drawstring to help secure it onto your hair when ready.

Afro Drawstring Ponytail Biba Platinum

Then I let it air dry overnight on top of Ms. Thing 1 (yes, I name my practice heads lol).

Prepping Your Natural Hair

1). Make sure you have: moisturizer, sealant (oil or cream), edge tamer, ponytail holder, and bobby pins to help set your hair.

2). Start off with wash, conditioned, and stretched hair. Detangle, moisturize, and seal your hair with an oil or cream. This will ensure that your own hair is well cared for while wearing the puff.

Enhance Natural Hair With Afro Drawstring Ponytail

3). Determine where you want to where your puff. Either brush or use your hands to position your hair where you want it. Use your edge tamer to help sleek your hair into put your hair in the ponytail holder. I decided to flat twist my hair to make it more into a protective style.

4). Make sure to not wrap your hair so tightly...instead wrap loose and bobby pin the ponytail holder to your head. It will be snug and not tight. Put your hair in a bun or bantu knot.

5). Once in the ponytail holder, add some protection (modified wig cap, plastic cap, etc.) to protect your own hair while wearing the faux afro puff. I used a plastic cap to do the "baggy method" to keep my ends moisturize...it's like a personal sauna while on vacation for my hair.

Putting On The Faux Afro Puff

When you are ready to add your faux hair, make sure to be very gentle while placing it on your hair:

1). Add the faux hair onto your bun/bantu knot and pull the draw string to help secure it onto your hair.

Afro Drawstring Ponytail Biba Platinum
2). Use as many bobby pins it takes to help the faux hair to keep secure.

3). START SHOUTING! Yes, I'm so serious. Shout like you go to New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Zion . . . Temple of the Living God . . . Church of God in Christ . . . Missionary Baptist Church! [Spoken by Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) from Madea's Neighbor's from Hell]. This will ensure that your Afro puff is secure and is not going anywhere!!

4). Get an old toothbrush (preferably, not one you used to brush your teeth) to add some PI-ZAZZ to your hairline. Add a bit of edge tamer/gel to your baby hairs and create some cute baby hair waves and curls. This makes your style pop!

And that's it!

Afro Drawstring Ponytail Biba Platinum
Natural hair says: when you want to give your hair a break, but don't want to commit to a long-term style, try a drawstring ponytail! There are so many to choose from, so get the one (or many) you would like to try without the commitment.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J


  1. Jayn Powell6/25/2015

    That's a drawstring?!?! That looks so natural! I absolutely love it. I'll have to pick one up myself. I'm excited now!

  2. Thanks! Yep, drawstrings are definitely coming up. And they are a great protective style too.


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