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Braids & Naturals

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Look of the Month

Show off your chic, sophisticated self with these cool knots designed by Charlotte Mensah of Hair Lounge in London, UK.

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Step 1

After shampooing and conditioning hair with a texture-enhancing shampoo and replenishing masque, Mensah applied a nourishing hair-dress over the entire mane and throughout the entire styling process.

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Step 2

Mensah sectioned hair “into three horizontal squares around the head,” shares the stylist. “Starting from the nape, part triangular sections into each square.” Mensah then braided each triangle section into individual, thick plaits.

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Step 3

Create Nubian knots by gently wrapping the braid three times before tucking the ends into the middle of the knot. Continue the pattern throughout the entire mane.

Step 4: Finish

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Essential tools to create this look include a rattail comb to help with parting precision, pomade to smooth down edges and a hair clip to secure loose strands. You’ll be sporting a flawless style in no time!

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STAR STYLE INSPIRATION

Janelle Monáe

Sensational songstress Janelle Monáe is not only known for her chart-topping music, but also for her signature and distinctive Natural hairstyle, dubbed The Monáe. “When I’m at home, I try not to bother my hair. I let it breathe and I find that’s been very helpful because the more you nitpick at your hair or pull it or comb it every single minute, it doesn’t grow, it doesn’t stay healthy and I think it should be as free as possible.”

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. Renelsa Hall says:

    Yes I would like to attend

  2. Catresha says:

    I must say the models hair is healthy,&the right products were used, but I also see where Itylicious is coming from .

  3. Itylicious says:

    Hi
    I will love to be one of your braids stylist I have very stuning and creative hairstyles have created. That wiLl make your braids section the most desired by your esteem customers. Give me a try. Because I know you are doing a wonderful job but this can be better.

    • SBH says:

      Itylicious,

      You can send in our step-by-step styling photos to the magazine. Make sure they’re high-resolution (300 dpi) and we can clearly see the styling steps. You’ll need to pick up a release form from the magazine (it’s called the Reader’s Corner Reader Release Form and it’s usually located in the Beauty Exchange section of every issue). You will need to have each model fill out and sign the form and the photographer will need to sign each form–just follow the instructions on the form).

      Mail the signed forms in with the photos (on CD or other digital file) to:

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

  4. Gloria says:

    I wished your book would showcase more natural and authentic hair. It appears that your magazine centers around weaves styles and different weave brands. Majority of the celebrities you showcse wear weaves. That’s not good because we are teaching a generation of females that are hair just isn’t good enough.

    • SBH says:

      Hi Gloria,

      Thank you for the feedback. We do spotlight hair trends, both Natural looks (especially in our Braids & Natural mini-mag) and weaves. The celebrities we feature set trends and will wear weaves for style, as well as for mane protection. We feature a number of Naturalista celebrities in our Braids & Natural section and throughout the rest of the magazine and we’ve featured a number of Naturalistas, including Africa Miranda, in our magazine. We make sure we show women all their style choices.

      In our next issue (our September 2014 issue, which will be on newsstands in a couple of weeks), we have exclusive interviews and photoshoots with Tameka “Tiny” Harris, who is currently on her Natural hair journey, and Judith Hill (from The Voice).

  5. Catresha says:

    Luv’d Rocelles example on the pricing in the different areas :0) ! Great worded demonstration .

  6. 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?

    • SBH says:

      Hi Charn,

      We do include the Braids & Natural mini magazine in every issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair! There are tons of Natural styles throughout that section. You’ll also find Natural styles in the magazine’s style portfolios and At Home Styling Guide sections. You can find the issue on newsstands in most grocery stores, drug stores, etc., or you can subscribe to the magazine and have it sent directly to your home!

      To subscribe, go to http://www.sophisticatesblackhairstyles.com/sbh/wp-content/themes/BlackHair/subs/SBH.pdf. Fill out the form and mail it back to us to get started!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

    • Rochelle says:

      Because there is a smaller pool of companies and products geared specifically for AA and black consumers that the businesses have the upper hand in pricing because they don’t have to worry about too many consumers jumping ship because the competition is not that much. It’s like if there are five vases with a particular pattern in the whole world then they are going to be very expensive as opposed to a pattern that is mass produced….

  9. 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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