10 Natural Hairstyles We Love
Corrine Bailey Rae is both dazzling songtress and true natural hair maven. To achieve her chic yet playful coif, apply a thick cream like Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie ($10, Target.com ) to wet hair to aid in detangling. Put hair into 8-10 braids. Once completely dry, rub your favorite natural oil onto your fingertips while unraveling the braids. Add a side part and sweep one side up and secure with pins. Leave the rest of your hair free for a messy, romantic finish.
Try on Corinne Bailey Rae’s looks in the Makeover Studio!
Janelle Monae is an absolute superstar known for her genre-busting music as well as her stunning looks. Step into vintage glam with her signature retro pompadour. Using a natural pomade like Kinky-Curly’s Gloss Pomade, ($10, Kinky-Curly.com) slick back both sides, leaving a section loose at the top. Twist the bottom section of hair close to your scalp and secure with pins. Sculpt the top section into a pompadour and secure with pins. Try Janelle’s elegant low bun for added dimension.
Try on Janelle Monae’s looks in the Makeover Studio!
While Erykah Badu has long been a fearlessly daring natural hair icon, this beautiful blowout shows the singer’s simpler side. After using a deep conditioner, detangle damp hair. Don’t forget to apply a heat protector and a natural oil like jojoba to your wet strands. On a warm setting, blow dry hair in sections using a dryer with a comb attachment. Try Gold N Hot’s Styler Dryer ($28, Sally Beauty Supply.com) for fabulous results. Use a s ilk pillowcase or cover hair in a silk scarf at night.
How to Make Your Hair Grow Longer
What we love most about award-award winning and totally stunning bassist, Esperanza Spalding, is her magnificent ‘fro. After washing and conditioning, Esperanza uses a mix of shea butter, like Nubian Heritage’s Raw Infused Shea Butter, ($11.50, The Vitamin Shoppe.com) with cocoa butter and tea tree oil to hydrate her wet curls. She puts detangled hair into 8 large twists and allows it to dry. When dry, take out twists and look forward to plenty of double takes, in the best way possible!
Top Must-Have Products for Natural Hair
One of the most prominent faces on the celebrity natural hair front, we adore this gorgeous singer/DJ’s chic curly ‘fro. Solange uses Carol’s Daughter Moinoi Oil Shampoo and Conditioner ($20, Carol’s Daughter.com) and deep conditions once a week. Solange also uses shea butter for moisture and applies argan oil when her hair feels overly dry. A leave-in conditioner or natural styling cream would also hydrate and define curls. Air dry hair and watch your fierce curls pop!
10 Sexy Lip Looks for Spring
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross has been making us laugh for years, but she makes us swoon over her elegant curls. While her ringlets are naturally very springy, these larger spirals can be achieved by using rollers like Curlformers. ($60, Curlformers.com) Apply a natural oil or setting cream and twist hair onto the rollers starting at the nape of the neck. Sit under a bonnet dryer or sleep on them until hair is dry. With oiled fingertips, pull apart the curls to complete this classic look.
Top 10 Romantic Hairstyles
We still can’t get over how absolutely amazing actress Viola Davis looked when she went from bone straight to naturally curly at the Oscars. This radiant style can be achieved with a semi-permanent hair dye filled with oils and moisturizers, not ammonia or peroxide. Try Garnier’s HerbaShine in Copper Mahogany Brown. ($7, Wal-Mart) Deep conditioning is key but luckily, this low-maintenance length won’t take up all of your time!
Try on Viola Davis’s looks in the Makeover Studio!
Yaya DaCosta has surely gone from America’s Next Top Model favorite to breathtaking movie and television starlet. If you have a mane of incredibly thick ringlets like Yaya, it’s important to moisturize hair and use styling products that promote curl definition but reduce frizz. Try Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel, an all-natural product. ($9, Kiss My Face) Use a hydrating conditioner and natural oil that will work to combat dryness. Air dry or use a diffuser to pump up your bold curls even more.
Editor’s Pick: The Best Spring Lipsticks
We adore singer Alicia Keys’s intricate hairstyles but we can’t get enough of her darling natural curls. If you have have looser, bouncy ringlets, try a mild cleanser instead of shampoo to add shine and moisture. Rake in a lightweight leave-in conditioner that won’t weigh your curls down. Try a natural styling product like Oyin’s Handmade Hair Dew, ($13, Oyin Handmade.com) that enhances body and curl definition. Add a side part and frame your face with a long side bang and subtle soft layers.
Try on Alicia Keys’s looks in the Makeover Studio!
We love Chrisette Michele for her unique, jazzy vocal range and her ever-changing repertoire of natural hairstyles. From braids to curly wigs, she’s done it all. While it’s essential to moisturize curls with a natural oil or a hydrating styling cream, if you’re brave enough to go blonde, you must deep condition hair once a week to prevent breakage. Try Karen’s Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask, ($20, Karen’s Body Beautiful.com) filled with rosemary and aloe, for an intense conditioning.
A Healthier Way to Color Hair