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Sultry Summer Styling

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This Triple Threat’s Hot Hair Moves

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Modern Mermaid Moment

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Red Haute!

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Curly Gal’s Handbook

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Look of the Month

Locs are one of the season’s hottest tress trends. Take your look to the next level with a haute hue and stunning upsweep crafted chic locs. Hairdresser Rhonda Glenn, of Nappy Or Not in Oakland, CA, demos how to create this amazing hairstyle.


Step 1:
Before styling, Glenn divided locs into two parts and lifted the tops with bleach before applying a red permanent color. Color was rinsed out and then locs were re-twisted and the back section was styled into a French Braid. Then, Glenn wrapped locs at the crown around flexi rods.


Step 2:
The flexi rod set was left under the dryer for about 30 to 60-minutes and then a small section on one side was weaved together.


Step 3:
The best thing about this hairstyle is you can let locs cascade to one side or pin them up into a chic, tucked updo.

Step 4: Finish

Whatever your choice, this glam coif is perfect for any occasion!




Let Love Rule songstress Ledisi’s musical achievements are the only thing more famous than her lovely locs. The nine-time Grammy nominated singer spoke with Sophisticate’s Black Hair about her iconic mane…

  • “I’ve always been taught to use moisturizer then palm roll [locs for grooming]. I would rather not put a lot of heaviness on my locs…I like to use old-school Sea Breeze on my hair if it’s itchy.”
  • “I’ve always been Natural. I think the closet I’ve been to pressing, and things like that, was when I was in junior high. I had a perm one time.”

“It takes probably half a day to do my hair: wash it, palm roll it and then if I want to curl it or dry it.”

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