Look of the Month
Transform a mundane mane into an attention-worthy work of art with this gorgeous style from Charlotte Mensah of Hair Lounge in London, England. Fun and flirty, this Natural is all about confidence.
Before styling, Mensah first shampooed then conditioned tresses with a hair masque. After leaving the deep conditioner in for about 20 minutes, mane is rinsed well. Then, tresses were trimmed into a layered bob. To finish the prep, a small amount of settling lotion was applied over the entire head.
To create the spirals, Mensah started by filling a spray bottle with equal parts water and leave-in conditioner then misted hair with the mixture. This step is repeated to keep strands saturated throughout styling. She sectioned off the hair two inches horizontally then created a two-inch part from that segment. “Wrap the parted section smoothly with end papers; roll the hair around medium straws in a spiral direction,” the stylist explains.
The process of wetting, sectioning and wrapping hair is continued on each side until the entire head is completed. The hair is then allowed to set under a hooded dryer for about 30 minutes. Next making sure all the spirals are cool, the designer removes all the curling straws. Mensah carefully splits each curl into two. This step loosens the spirals without losing curls’ bouncy shape.
Step 4: Finish
Last, she used an Afro pick to gently fluff out only the base of the hair to create the style’s impressive volume.
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Corinne Bailey Rae
British songstress Corinne Bailey Rae is back on the scene with her third LP, The Heart Speaks In Whispers. The Grammy winner is not only slaying the music scene, but style scene as well, inspiring fans with her Natural curls. In this SBH exclusive, Corinne reveals two of her best Naturalista styling secrets…
>> “I really like coconut oil—the kind you can cook with. It’s a solid you can rub in your hands and it becomes liquid. That is so good for hair and so affordable.”
>> “I wash with a natural conditioning shampoo. Then I apply a conditioner that’s meant to be washed out, but I just leave it in. After that I comb it and plait it. I leave it in plaits for maybe 24 hours at the most, maybe a bit less. Then I take it out and it’s in those kinks. I really like the look of it.”