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Look of the Month

Attract attention with this gorgeous, Natural silhouette from Tychelle Howard of Ms. Tychelle’s in Tempe, AZ! Velvety spirals spring from a side part into a stunning coiled coif.


Step 1:

Prior to styling, Howard prepped the mane. “I shampooed and conditioned her hair and I parted it in the direction you want the hairstyle to go,” tells the stylist.


Step 2:

“I used a defining, moisturizing cream and added a small amount of defining gel to it to help hold the curl. Then, I flat-twisted the hair going downward,” details Howard. To keep the curls from coming loose, the hair pro applied rods to the ends of the flat twists.


Step 3:

“I let it dry under the hood dryer until it was completely dry, [but] you van also dry it half way and let it air-dry overnight,” shares the mane maven. Next, using a moisturizer, Howard released the flat twists and separated the curls. “Shake the partings loose from the twists when you take them out and turn your head upside down to help get rid of the partings and to get more volume,” instructs the style pro.

Step 4: Finish


“At night, tie hair down with a silk scarf and in the morning, finger-comb it. After day four or five, mist the hair and flat twist it to get a fresh look,” says Howard.





Actress Serayah McNeill is a fresh face to the television screen. Even though she’s fairly new to the business, these days almost everyone knows her and her character, “Tiana Brown,” from Fox’s hit TV series Empire. Here the starlet talks to SBH about her signature look…

  • “[My] hair is kinky curly and I have a lot of different textures because I’m mixed with a lot of different things. So I have kinkier texture and then I have looser waves.”
  • “My headshots are with my big, curly hair so I wear my hair how they are in my headshots to auditions. When I finally got on the Empire set and they were like, ‘Okay what are we doing with your hair?’ [Show creator Lee Daniels] was like, ‘I want it just the way it was on the audition.’”
  • “Just keep it [your Natural hair] up and don’t change it because, honestly, I wish I never cut my hair, I wish I never dyed it and permed it all that. Just fall in love with it and just love yourself.”

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