How to be a Lazy Natural

by Nappy Fu as published on 4cHairChick

One thing that I have noticed on my hair journey is that when you’re doing too much it’s hard to recognize progress. I also learned that simple brings big results. For my hair texture the less manipulation I put her through the more she rewards me. What are the rewards you ask well; less breakage, moisture retention, less single strand knots, less split ends and much more. When you’re doing what you must in your hair regimen (i.e. cleansing, conditioning, oil treatment etc..) and then taking it easy when it comes to the styling of your hair I call this the “Lazy Natural.”


Photo from NaturallyCurly.com

Who are some Lazy Natural examples? Naptural85, Chime Edwards, Kimmytube and so many more. The “Lazy Natural” does not play around when it comes to the caring of her hair. When it’s time to shampoo, deep condition, co-wash, clarify and so on she is on top of it without missing a beat. However, after giving her hair the TLC it deserves she might take it easy when it’s time to style it. She might opt for a simple puff, two-strand twist or a bun and leave it be. The benefits of being a “Lazy Natural” is keeping it simple when it comes to styling. She might do a intricate style here or there but for the most part she keep it simply styled and hands away. In this video I go through the steps of a “Lazy Natural” and how it works. Enjoy!!

Do you consider yourself a Lazy Natural?

What are some of your fav simple styles?

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Ms. Parker

    How do I incorporate some of these tips while working out? When I wasn’t going to the gym it was easy to follow this method. Now I exercise and sweat like crazy 5 days a week. I have tried a puff (hair is to thick and short for an actual ponytail yet) and 2 strand twist all over my head but they matted after a week. I am now trying cornrows to see if that works and doing the wash routine every week or two.

    • NappyFu

      Well this can still work for active naturals. I work out often too and protective styling (like two strands or flat twist) helps. I still wash (co-wash) my hair every week (shampoo every two weeks). Keeping my hair up and away helps.

      • Ms. Parker

        I do not do my own hair, I’m just not able to do more than 2 strand twist on my own. I have a cousin who does it for me. I pay because it is soooooo thick that it’s not fair to have her spend the 2+ hours to do the whole wash day routine for free.
        I will try a few methods to see what works and then stick to it until I hit my goal.
        1.I got a sweat band to help absorb some of the sweat -which is the main culprit
        2. I’ll try having my cousin braid about an inch or two then having it twisted the rest of the way down to combat matting
        3. I also tried a semi-wash on my son’s cornrowed hair that worked on myself
        Once I hit my weight loss goal and/or my hair gets long enough for an actual ponytail I’ll modify this along the way.

  • DeeVah DeeLites

    Love this!!! I am a lazy natural…. I think… I love my wash days and making sure my hair is very well moisturized and taking care of but as far as styling I will two strand twists ed leave it in for 3-4 days and then put it in a bun until my next wash day…. thank you for taking away the guilt of this!!! love you Nappyfu!

    • NappyFu

      Lol you’re welcome doll. Thank you too!!!

      • DeeVah DeeLites

        I am also a subscriber on your YouTube channel, and you and you are hilarious!! I have one more question: I am trying to retain the hair length..and I do dusting and trimming…my hair is really healthy… can you give me any tips regarding my shrinkage?

  • MsVet

    I don’t know what kind of natural I am. I have twisted it, conditioned it, co-wash and everything in between. It won’t grow and I’m not stressing. It is healthy and I have to live with my texture as fine with no length.

    • NappyFu

      Hey there I’m no expert but I know that hair does grow. Its the retaining that we most times lack. You can hit me up if you have any questions.

  • http://desiremynatural.blogspot.com/ CJeanPoet

    Omg I’m a lazy natural! I first read this title like “how can you be lazy and natural??” but ms. nappy fu took a different and unexpected approach. I mostly do 2 strand twist outs for 2 weeks, TLC over the weekend and put them back up OR I flat twist my hair for 1 week and TLC over the weekend and redo

    • NappyFu

      Thanks hun!

  • Tieasha Samuels

    I love this. I think I’m 75% lazy natural, but I am definitely on the right path to becoming 100%. Makes soooooo much sense!

    • NappyFu

      Thanks for sharing.

  • http://batman-news.com Kay Murphy

    WOW… a woman of my own heart….LOVE LOVE LOVE……. I am a FREAKEN LAZY NATURAL….YES…….Feels good to admit that. I have never been one to do my hair relaxed or natural. Once I went completely natural it was and still is a little overwhelming. From picking the right products to hair styling it is a little too much for someone that never had to worry about that before. This is my new favorite YouTube Channel for sure…….

    • NappyFu

      Awwww thank you soooooooo much. I understand how you feel it can be overwhelming. Well I’m here to help.

  • Wanda Herbert Romain

    I used to be a wash-n-go girl… …then I tried twists and coils. …W-N-G is better for me.

    • NappyFu

      I have yet to try twist & could maybe I can add this to my list. Thanks for sharing.

  • queenbee9

    I am the laziest of the lazies and for a good reason. My hair is thick and just over BSL . It is tangling like crazy and shed hairs often make my roots mat!

    I agree that lazy hair is better for your hair and think most youtubers (like Naptural85 and kimmay) are amazing but I don’t consider their hair styles even remotely lazy- if you watch naptural doing her mini twists or fishtail styles, you can tell that she does a LOT to her hair.

    here is a true lazy girl natural style:

    1. I comb my dry hair out before cleansing then go through my routine with my hair in two strand twists.

    2 when I get to the cuticle closing part, I apply my LOCO method to my chunky two strand twists.

    3.Next day, I head out the door with a wide headband around my neck,

    4. Just before I head into a building, I put the head band in place and tuck each braid within the ban so that I end up with a “crown” of fat twists and a head band .

    5. I do my thing, but when ever I leave the building, I remove the band and allow my scalp and edges to breathe.

    then back on it goes. I do this all day long, all week long only interrupting to spray my hair with water when I get home.

    By day 5 my braids are fuzzy so I take them down and do LOCO then back to the headband routine.

    AT the end of week 2, it is time for washing –I take down my last set of twists, comb them out and remove shed hairs, do my shower hair routine and back it goes–for another 2 weeks of headband, and “crown -o-braids”

    That’s it. No flax seed gel, or special sauce , lettuce, cheese or pickles–for added spice, I put on make up, maybe stick a pin on my headband or change the color of it.

    I continually and carefully remove my head band several times each day to minimize the potential for pressure alopecia.

    DONE. Even Kimmytube and Naptural85 can’t beat that , no bother routine.

    How hard is it? As hard as twisting up hair for the night then band and tuck in the morning and spritz moisture when you need it.

    LOW MANIPULATION and the head band keeps the twists looking cute and neat and the LOCO keeps the twists shiny.

    • NappyFu

      Lol awesome simple style. Thanks for sharing.

      I hear what youre saying about Nap85 but for the most part she keeps it simple.

  • thatmackgurl

    Lazy natural
    High bun
    Any type up pin up
    Wet n go lol

    • NappyFu

      I love buns and pin ups too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jenna Marie

    i consider my self a lazy natural. i transitioned, BC last month, before that i braided my hair left it for 3 months, sometimes 2. i rest my hair for 3 weeks before braiding again. for that 3 weeks i put my hair in bun with marley braid . once i rocked that bun for 1 week straight. i am really lazy. braids is the best thing for me, i make sure and do the LOC method, deep condition , hot oil treatment and its the best way to see my growth and how fast it grows monthly

  • tyjomika

    OMG!!! I’M A LAZY NATURAL! As a new teacher and mother of two, I can no longer spend time two strand twisting, etc. This week, my two strand twist was looking like, “who done did it?” So, as to not be late for work, I seemingly threw my hair in two old school flat twists and I and my highly sassy judgmental 8th graders LOVED IT?!?! Yessss. So, as I sit here w/ my deep condition, I am thinking about redoing my flat twist or doing two big braids w/ a side part, slanted part or middle part. Keeping it SIMPLE!