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Look of the Month

Let your Natural hair shine with this effortless and amazing hairstyle by Charlotte Mensah of Charlotte Mensah Hair Lounge in London, England. An updated cut and easy-to-do set is all it takes. Check out how this coil set was created!


Step 1:

After hair was shampooed and conditioned, Mensah gently divided strands into four sections. She then took vertical portions and cut tresses from short to long to create a soft Afro shape.


Step 2:

Then, A curl enhancing lotion was applied all over the coif to tame frizz and increase shine. Beginning at the nape of the neck, the hair pro began making a blocked part with an angle comb to section of a portion of hair to coil. To style the curl, Mensah used her index finger and thumb to twirl strands into a tight coil.


Step 3:

The process was continued until the head was full of spirals up the to crown. Before finishing. A deep side part was styled so the coil would fall to the side once completed. After all the strands were spiraled the hair was left to dry under a hooded dryer for about 30 minutes. Once dried and cooled a few drops of oil were applied and the ringlets were carefully separated.

Step 4: Finish


The finished look is a polished, glistening head of coils. On the look Mensah explains, “Coils can be worn as a fabulous style or as a genesis of locs.”




Chandler Kinney

Rising star Chandler Kinney is wowing fans on FOX-TV’s series Lethal Weapon. We can’t help but obsess, not just on the starlet’s acting skills, but also on her amazing tresses. The Naturalista told us all about her coveted curls in an exclusive SBH interview.

  • “I don’t have super-tight curls, they’re kind of loose curls…It’s fun because I can play around with that and that’s how my hair Naturally is.”
  • “If I’m having a ‘bad hair day’ and I don’t have time to wash it, I’ll pull it in a braid—that disguises the fizziness. Or, I’ll play with the ponytail.”
  • “I hydrate it a lot, because out in California, it can be a little dry. Do your best to keep your hair healthy, wear is Natural and embrace you curls.”

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