Look of the Month
Mane pro Kem Juan Simmons of Knappology in Oakland, CA, created the perfect upsweep featuring a playful pop of color.
Simmons started off slightly lightening locs and placing a purple hue on seven locs in the front.
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.
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
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.”
STAR STYLE INSPIRATION
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.”