Whether you’re a natural newbie or a transitioner, ridding of your treasured headband can be hard. Most textured beauties begin their natural journey by pulling back their curls into a puff because they don’t quite know what to do with their mass of curls. Though the elastic headband is a quick fix for bad hair days, it doesn’t have to be a staple. Mind these tips that take cues from the photos above:

1. Let it run wild: Sure, you blame your affinity for pulling your curls back on the fact that your hair sticks up every which way when it’s free. Well, it’s supposed to. Adjust your thinking and consider a how a side or middle part will change the direction of your curls, thus changing the look. Also, fingerstyle or twist your wet curls in the direction that you love the most.

Many curlies can’t experience the true beauty of their curls because they haven’t given it a good detangling. Apply your Creme Of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment, use a wide tooth comb, and really discover your mane’s shape and length.

2. Swap out a headband for a hair tie: An amazing print or boldly-colored hair tie looks like a concerted effort.  It also allows for creativity with a curly bang, soft bun or cool vintage look. For fluffy hair with soft hold, try Mizani True Textures Curl Soft Moisturizing Leave-in Crème.

3. Try an up & away style:  A protective style like an elaborately-twisted ‘updo can assist with growth and a lack of ideas. Twisting hair up in the back or just on the side instantly gives you a new look. Since you’ve mainly been wearing it back, consider pulling your curls toward your face. Keep your edges sleek and smooth with Creme Of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges.

*Products can be found in the January 2013 curlBOX. 

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