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For a professional, yet fashion-forward look, style pro Gracie Conda of Graceful Hands in Oakland, CA, whipped up locs into this forward-sweeping style.


Step 1

Begin by using a barber comb to help merge newly grown hair at the root into the loc “After that,” Conda describes, “it was a lot of hand motion, putting different locs in different sections with my hand, and placing them in certain sections of her head.”


Step 2

Then, the hair was flat-twisted in individual rolls. Conda says she wrapped one smaller loc around a larger one to get the shape. Together those locs were twisted one-by-one up toward the crown.


Step 3

Using a covered elastic band, she secured the end of the locs, and pinned them in place near the crown. “I wanted to have a ‘waterfall’ effect so I just continued to play in the crown of the head and that area,” Conda says.

Step 4: Finish

“I just moved the locs with my hands to [get them to] fall the way I wanted them to,” says the mane pro. Conda says she was going for an all-in-one look that would work for the office or a night out.



Shanice Williams is a Natural beauty! This year, we were introduced to the rising star as she played “Dorothy” on NBC’s The Wiz Live! and the New Jersey native is definitely one to watch. As she begins her career in acting and singing, Shanice also began her Natural hair journey and she’s simply stunning. “I’ve been Natural for a little over a year now, and I really like it. I had to cut it, but [it wasn’t] the Big Chop. I was just cutting the [relaxed] ends as my hair grew out. I’m not really comfortable with it right now, but I know in a few months it’s going to be cool—I’m just getting started really.”

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