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Craft a chic Natural with these step-by-step style moves.


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Braids & Naturals

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Look of the Month

Mane pro Kem Juan Simmons of Knappology in Oakland, CA, created the perfect upsweep featuring a playful pop of color.

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Step 1

Simmons started off slightly lightening locs and placing a purple hue on seven locs in the front.

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Step 2

Locs were pre-styled into a scissorless bob, which Simmons began crafting by unraveling each strand. One by one, the style pro took out the twists in the back of the crown, making the silhouette grow in length, while leaving the twists at the front of the crown in.

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Step 3

Simmons then placed the hair in the back into a ponytail, and, in sections of six or seven, she twisted and wrapped the locs around to form a thick bun on the side. To secure the bun, Simmons did a zig-zag stitch through the bun with weaving thread and needle.

Step 4: Finish

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The 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. “Use natural oils for moisture,” advises Simmons. “Oil sheen will help add shine.”

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STAR STYLE INSPIRATION

Leela James

Soul singer Leela James’s natural coif is decidedly modern and worth a look under the style spotlight. The stylish sister tells us about her good hair days: “A ‘good hair day’ for me would be a blown-out ‘Fro, with lots of volume, lots of height. It’s just strong, like Superwoman. It seems like there’s some power in that ‘Fro.”

YOUR SPACE: Braids & Naturals

Share your favorite Natural hair styling techniques and get published in SBH! Send your color step-by-step Natural design styling photos (or hi-res digital images), along with photos of the finished look (front, back and sides) to:

Sophisticate’s Black Hair
Dept. Stylist’s Photos
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 3434
Chicago, IL 60611.

Talk back to SBH at “Braids & Naturals”

  1. Charn says:

    Can you show more natural hairstyles for type 4 hair?
    Also there used to be a braids and naturals magazine, do you know where I can get that from or at least the equivalent?

  2. tiffany graham says:

    I would like to requesbt one of your hair book on braids and natural

    • SBH says:

      Hi Tiffany, our Braids & Natural section is available in every issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair. Find our magazine on newsstands and flip through to find the Braids & Natural mini-mag!

  3. Susan Pinto says:

    Maybe you could answer this question for me, I ask this same question to several folks and nobody can give a answer. Why is the economics of African American hair products, Salons, Barbers and other areas of health and Beauty products much more expensive then European health and beauty supplies.

  4. sarah borg says:

    I would like to order your magazine. I live in United kingdom – England but currently in Sweden. How or where can I get your magazine?

    Thanks

    Sarah

YOUR SPACE: Braids & Naturals

Share your favorite Natural hair styling techniques and get published in SBH! Send your color step-by-step Natural design styling photos (or hi-res digital images), along with photos of the finished look (front, back and sides) to:

Sophisticate’s Black Hair
Dept. Stylist’s Photos
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 3434
Chicago, IL 60611.

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