Kinky Hair’s the New Trend

No, your eyes aren’t seeing things. You may have flipped through a high-fashion magazine or skimmed style websites and seen models with big, kinky hair. You know, that same hair you try to slick down with all the latest shine serums, titanium irons and million-watt blow dryers.

Beauty culture now is embracing hair textures that create height and extensive volume.

Sarah James, editor of popular hair blog Hair Thursday, said many women are creating a variety of hair textures. “Natural waves, pin curls, kinky curls and frizz are just a few of the ways stylists are stepping away from smooth and straight,” James said.

Fashion designers such as Mulberry have embraced crimped waves and frizzy blowouts in their runway shows and ad campaigns. Mulberry‘s Spring 2011 ads feature redheaded models in blunt-cut bobs in angular shapes. Their poufy strands help to fill out the V-like shapes.

The shift in images seen in magazines and red carpets are innovative, but there is a slight irony in the change. Black women often work hard for their sleek tresses to emulate the popular beauty trends, but the latest styles are curiously similar to black women’s au natural.

Although some black women like to play it safe with relaxed hair and straight extensions, the ‘going natural’ crusade may have influenced the frizzy trend.

Salon owner Camille E. Reed said women are comfortable with wearing textures, because there are more products that enhance them.

“I think now that there are more products for curly hair, people aren’t as afraid of [textured hair],” said Reed, owner of Noire Salon in Silver Spring, MD.

Black women can simply blow-dry and go or braid their hair overnight and shape in the morning, but it takes a little more work for the fashion models.

Women with finer hair types use texture irons such as crimpers and wave irons to achieve the look. Reed said the hairstyle can be achieved by crimp ironing the entire hair, then teasing the hair into shapes for an uncontrolled look.

Luckily, the mundane fashion zombies are breaking out of their conventional ways by expanding their concepts of hair. This is the perfect time for all women to try new styles.

It’s daring and defying to the beauty world, but for black women it’s a basic wash ‘n’ go or quick blowout, seen on some of your favorite natural hair blogs.

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