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Changing up your color has never looked so fierce with this look from Charlotte Mensah of Charlotte Mensah Hair Lounge in London, UK. The hair pro switches up Natural light brown curls to a stunning red-orange hue fashioned into a gorgeous Afro. Check out how this style was transformed!

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Step 1

Mensah began by adding a layer of protection to the hair with a shea butter and oil masque. She then bleached tresses using a balayage technique to lighten the hair. The Mensah then shampooed hair and applied a semi-permanent red-orange color to mid-lengths and ends of the tresses.

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Step 2

After rinsing out the color, Mensah trimmed the ends and added layers to the coif. She then coated the hair with a smoothing cream and divided it into eight sections before blow-drying. She advises to comb out each section and twist the hair loosely because it will make the blow-drying process easier.

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Step 3

Mensah loosely blow-dried hair at the roots to help stretch out some of the curls. She finished the look by adding a generous amount of curl smoothing cream to tresses.

Step 4: Finish

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To finish the look, Mensah finger-combed through the hair to shape the silhouette. This style is very low-maintenance. All you need to do to preserve it is wear a satin bonnet at night and pick out curls in the morning to fluff the silhouette!

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LIANNE LA HAVAS

This London-born folk and soul singer is a self-proclaimed Naturalista. Lianne La Havas loves to rock her Natural curls in a series of edgy styles. Her number one mane priority: always keeping her hair moisturized. After washing her hair, the star adds a leave-in conditioner and lets it dry. Because the songstress washes her hair every couple of days, she moisturizes tresses before going to bed and braids it overnight. In the morning, the star moisturizes again and leaves it down or puts it up. “More often that not, I just keep it Natural,” she shares about her coif preference. “Recently, I’ve been preferring to have my hair down.”

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