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This loced updo by Kem Juan Simmons of Knappology in Oakland, CA adds a pop of color to give this upsweep a standout style.


Step 1

Locs were pre-styled into a scissorless bob, which Simmons took out by unraveling each strand. “Each strand was twisted up and around the loc,” explains Simmons. “Starting at the base of the hair I took each twist out.”


Step 2

One by one, the style pro took out the twists in the back of the crown, making the silhouette grow in length, while making sure to leave the twists at the front on the crown in.


Step 3

In sections of six or seven, Simmons twisted and wrapped the locs around to form a bun. “I kept doing it until there was a thick bun on the side. To secure the bun, Simmons used a weaving thread and a needle. “I did a zig-zag stitch through the bun so it wouldn’t come loose,” says the mane pro.

Step 4: Finish


This updo can last for up to two weeks and when taken down can become an entirely new style as the locs will be curly and wavy from being secured in the updo. “Use natural oils for moisture,” advises Simmons.




Tia Mowry always has fabulous, but she looked amazing when she switched up her style with box braids. The Instant Mom star even rocked the braids in on the red-carpet proving that box braids are great for any occasion. Here, Tia sports a top-knot bun for a silhouette that’s pretty and polished.

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