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We don’t just love actress Thandie Newton for her breathtaking looks and adorable British accent. Her luscious curls are always so gorgeous too. This bold, yet elegant updo is very easy to recreate at home. Simply apply a lightweight curl-defining product like Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk ($20, Carolsdaughter.com) and let hair air dry. Pull your curls into a high side ponytail. Lay and tuck your curls underneath, creating this beautiful bun and pin hair to your scalp.
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Stunning actress Jada Pinkett-Smith consistently rocks her natural hair in both fierce and glamorous styles. While you don’t have to shave one side of your head, try this sophisticated ponytail for a night out on the town. If you have looser curls, simply brush your hair up into a ponytail and let your tresses hang towards the front of your face. If you have tighter coils, try rollers on damp hair to stretch your curls. Once hair is dry, remove the rollers and style. Sporty and sleek at the very same time!
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We’re ecstatic that singer Kelly Rowland has taken us from short to straight to amazingly curly. Who says you have to wear an updo to get fancy? For ladies who already have a lot of hair, make it even bigger. The more volume, the more dramatic the look, which is perfect for a formal night out. After styling your hair with a moisturizing gel or cream for curl definition, use a diffuser on low or warm heat and pump those ringlets up! Don’t forget to add a heat protector for extra defense against damage.
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While we don’t know how we feel about Adrienne Bailon’s bow tie, we can’t get enough of her incredibly gorgeous bun. Adrienne is known for her long ringlets, but if you don’t feel like straightening your hair, feel free to do this style with curls, too. First, smooth hair into a high ponytail. For a perfect ballerina bun like Adrienne’s, sculpt hair using Conair’s Bun Maker, ($4, Walgreens.com) and you’ll look like you just left the salon. Use a natural hold hairspray to keep flyaways out of the picture.
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WIth a powerful and bold vocal range, singer Jill Scott’s fearless hairstyles are always right on track, too. Jill looked beautiful in this two-strand twisted updo. When you want to give your hair a break, twist damp hair into small sections using a thick cream like Curls Curl Souffle ($20, Target.com). Sweep hair into a high french twist and secure with pins. This style can be maintained for a week by using a silk scarf at night. Feeling extra daring? Shave the sides. But trust us, no pressure.
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Lead singer of rock band, The Noisettes, Shingai Shoiwa is a British beauty who weaves rebel and grace in a seamless fashion. To get her romantic curly updo, let hair air dry after styling with a cream or gel and natural oil for the best possible curl definition. Start by twisting the bottom of your hair into a French twist and secure with pins. Leave the top free and begin sculpting hair, pinning only the ends of your hair to get that amazing height. Add some cute flowers like Shingai for a lovely finish.
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If Tamera Mowry’s elegant curls aren’t the definition of adorable, we don’t know what is. Use a large roller set on damp hair to “straighten” hair without using a flat iron. Try using smaller rollers on the back and bottom of your hair to get tighter curls in those places. Once dry, remove the rollers and add a natural oil for shine. Brush out the top part of your hair, leaving the bottom curled. Smooth with the brush and add a side part. Believe us, glamour looks good on you!
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Actress Yaya DaCosta never disappoints us with her ever-changing list of amazing natural hairstyles. For this formal look, let curls air dry using moisturizing products that give your ringlets awesome definition. Let most of your hair hang towards the front and side. Then, brush one side of your hair so it’s perfectly smooth and twist the rest, securing hair with pins. Voila! Your sexy, yet stunning look is complete!
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Can you say classiest messy bun ever? We love how actress and natural hair icon Tracee Ellis Ross has no problem spending 5 minutes in the bathroom to create an elegant look. While we’re sure you have the messy bun technique down, switch it up a bit but leaving a section of hair out, then wrapping it around the bun. You could even try braiding that section for a more fabulous style. Leave a few curls hanging to make this gorgeous bun appear more effortless than it already is.
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