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Work a huge Afro like '70s vixen Pam Grier or straighten your locks supermodel-style and let them hang down your back. That's the beauty of African-American hair; you can do just about anything with it. Have a big presentation? Work a sophisticated bob. Prepping for date night? Get super sexy with spiral curls. You don't have to spend a lot of time wrangling your hair in place if you know a few tricks.
Wash and condition your locks. Sure, it's a lengthy process, but it's important to start with a clean slate. It's not cute to have flakes on your scalp from product buildup. Your hair simply won't behave -- or be as manageable -- if it's dirty. Do a deep conditioner at least once per week to keep your hair as moisturized as possible.
Slick your hair back into a ponytail. Sometimes, you have to fake it until you make it. If your hair is short, use gel to lay it down and then add a weave ponytail. This style takes about five minutes to achieve and can last for days, with small touch-ups when you get up in the morning. Look for a weave ponytail that closely resembles the color and texture of your hair so that the look is natural.
Wrap hair at night for a simple straight style the next morning. Wrapping your hair is a pain, for sure, but at least when you sleep through your alarm in the morning, your hair will still look amazing. It also prevents you from having to constantly fry your hair with heat styling products. Apply a wrapping lotion and brush your hair around your head in a beehive style, then cover it in a scarf. The next morning, brush it down with a part on the side for a simple straight look. The overnight wrap will help it curve under just slightly for added style.
Pick out your natural hair to achieve one big Afro. Afros are always trendy, and they look amazing when you care for your hair properly. Use an oil sheen, so it shimmers once you pick it out. Picking your Afro is not the most pleasant process, since you have to get through the tangles. However, once you've gotten through the pain, the pleasure of a fabulous hairstyle makes the memory dissipate almost instantly. Calling Cleopatra Jones ...