Get Bold with Your Natural Hair Using Unique Cut & Color

Getting Bold with Natural Hair Cut and Color
01 Jul 2015

“Any kind of creative activity is likely to be stressful. The more anxiety, the more you feel you are headed in the right direction. Easiness, relaxation, comfort – these are not conditions that usually accompany serious work.”
Joyce Carol Oates.

Over the course of my styling career, I’ve learned that natural hair is more than just wearing your hair naturally; the journey demands for you to embrace a whole new way of thinking. Are you thinking inside or outside the box? Today, I want to inspire you to learn hairstyling tips from other cultures when finding your signature brand.

During my recent Bikram Yoga class, the instructor said, “Don’t criticize how well you did the pose. Just enjoy the very second you are in now. Let yourself relax and let yourself breath.” I believe the self-realization concept is applicable for natural hair enthusiasts too.  This summer, decide to breathe new life into your hair care regimen.


Henna_Hamer_African_Tribe_Natural_Hair2Looking for a bold natural hair statement? Color is your friend! As a natural hair care stylist, I am always intrigued by a great touch of color. Color will add intense effects to hair. The Hamer women from Ethiopia pictured here use ochre (a natural earth pigment containing hydrated iron oxide) to color their elegant locs.

If you hair is long, you can try a neat updo accented with dramatic color. Is your hair locked? There are so many color techniques that will add dimension and enhance your hair texture. Color is available for all hair types and textures. However If your hair is fragile or color sensitive, you have options too.

I am a stylist who enjoys continuing education classes. During the course of my ongoing learning, I have been enlightened and motivated by several African natural hair practices. My first culturally inspired interest is with the henna plant. In my salon, I recommend henna color for clients who have proven to be challenged by chemical hair coloring products.

Henna is a flowering plant. When the henna leaf is grounded, processed into a paste and added to hair, it will add beautiful color vibrancy; it’s a fabulous natural alternative to synthetic dyes. Although Henna is easy to apply, I strongly recommend you to seek out a stylist who offers the service.

Bold natural hair cutAs a licensed barber, I am fascinated by eye-catching haircuts. I never allow my clients to say to me, “I can’t do anything with my hair.” Or, “My hair is too short or boring.” In my salon, I always challenge back: What are you willing to try? Your styling options are only limited by your imagination!

If you choose a low cut, then you can enhance the cut with a splash of color and protect it with amazing hair butters. Try opting for round cut layers, a hint of color, or carefully defined curls; just to name a few.

Don’t be afraid to cut your natural hair into bold designs. Experiment with hairstyling ideas from other cultures when finding your signature hair style. Taking a broader approach to hair styling will take your natural hair care regimen to another level.

I encourage you to embrace cultural variety and dare to be different. Be you!

What is the boldest thing you’ve ever tried with your hair? Share your photo (or a link to it) so we can check out your style!

Photos: Peter McConnochie, David Stanley

Octavia Hooks

Octavia Hooks is a contributing writer who loves promoting Natural hair care! She is the founder of Octavia’s Natural Hair Care Experience. Hooks is a licensed Barber, Certified Lock stylist with over 10 years of experience in caring for and maintain natural hair. In addition, Hooks is a certified LEED Green Associate and has a Master’s degree specializing in the management of non-profit and government organizations. For more information on Octavia, visit


  1. I love color — especially teals and purples. I usually buy the chalks and only streak a few pieces in the front. Chalk gives me a temporary look that it easily comes out.

    I’ve also been toying with the idea of cutting my hair short — only because I’m so super busy and I don’t have a lot of time to deal with all of the hair on my head. 🙂 I have yet to take the plunge though! I’m looking for someone who can do a good job and for me to step out of my comfort zone.

    Thanks for these great ways to mix it up!

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