Natural hair and weaves have one thing in common: versatility. Combine the two and you get Jill Scott’s deliciously big hair in the video for “Shame, ” Erykah Badu’s fabulous blow out, Solange’s ever-changing kinks and Teyana Taylor’s wavy bliss.


MATCH: Rest your pretty little curls, there is an extension for your type. Kinky girls should run, don’t walk, to for their beautiful Natural Hair, a bundle of gently processed tresses that almost perfectly mimic a 4-B curl type. That’s a pretty universal kinky texture for you non-natural scholars. Fine to medium curly textures and types should try Curly Hair by Indian Hair Company. It can be manipulated to blend with practically every types of curls. Wavy babes will swoon for Indique Hair’s Bounce Deep Wave, the hair that Teyana Taylor has helped to popularize.

SEW: A natural weave is the perfect protective style for transitioning, over-styled, or just plain bored naturals. As with most sew-ins, have your stylist leave out your edges and a circle of hair at the top of your crown. Before braiding, those with dry scalps should use a nourishing, anti-fungal oil mixture like olive oil with a few drops of essential lavender.

SHAPE: Without a distinct cut, even the most gorgeous hair has no story to tell. Customize your tresses by having your stylist frame your new hair to compliment your facial structure. Remember, big hair looks better with graduated layers.

STYLE: Even these glorious natural weaves  still have that pesky perfect pattern that could give a synthetic vibe. To truly make these pieces your own, you must distress the extensions by brushing, two-strand twisting or re-setting the pre-styled hair on rods, along with your natural tresses. Restyling gives the new pieces characteristics of your own curls – frizz, variations in texture and unique patterns. —Kimberly Walker