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Natural Hair

Look of the Month

This simple style has everything you need in a look: trendy texture, cool colors and a stylish finish. Mane pro Dinna Thomas, of Pro Barber Center in San Bernardino, CA, is showing off the versatility of braids with this ‘do.

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Step 1:

This style was created on hair that was already styled into a partial undercut, but the shaved lower half is not needed to recreate this look. Natural hair is styled into lengthy twists using grey, purple and violet extensions and ends are left loose.

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Step 2:

Thomas pulled the twists into a high ponytail, leaving a small amount of twists out on both sides, and secured with a covered elastic band. The remaining twists were then crisscrossed and secured as well.

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Step 3:

Finally, the hair was wrapped into a bun, making sure to conceal the elastics used, and tucking in the ends. Thomas pinned the look in place with bobby pins.

Step 4: Finish

This chic style can last about one to two months and the maintenance is super easy. Thomas suggests to tie up hair in a scarf at night to help preserve the look.

 

 

STAR STYLE INSPIRATION
China Anne McClain

Between her hit role on Descendants 2 and her anticipated star turn for The CW’s Black Lightning, actress China Anne McClain is a star on the rise. This Naturalista always looks amazing, especially in her “Uma” sea-worthy braids worn for her role in Descendants 2. On her azure style the starlet explains…

  • “Basically they braided the perimeter of my hair; my edges and the back [into long blue and grey box braids using extensions] and then the rest [in the center] was just Natural hair. Then, they [the Descendants 2 hairstyles] just put a wig cap over [the center and] the rest was a wig.”
  • “I didn’t think you could do a wig into Box Braids and make it look realistic and cool, but they made it look so good.”
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