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Natural Hair

Look of the Month

The process of growing out your relaxer can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to styling. Trying to manage two opposing textures is something you might want to enlist the help of a professional. Here stylist Charlotte Mensah, from Hair Lounge in London, UK, crafted this amazing style for a texture transitioning beauty!


Step 1:
The back-story of this mane includes growing out a relaxer for about six months. First, the hair was cleansed with a creamy, moisture-rich shampoo followed by a replenishing conditioner.


Step 2:
Strands were snipped into a graduated bob, with length left in the front. A bit of hair oil and curl enhancing lotion are applied to damp hair. A part is created and then small vertical parts are created and wrapped around medium-sized blue hair rods through out.


Step 3:
Locks are placed under a hooded dryer for about 30-minutes and then left to cool before the rods were removed. Hair oil is gently massaged in and tresses are finger combed into the desired shape.

Step 4: Finish

The finished look is fun, cute, so stylish—and works with mane’s dual textures.



Javicia Leslie

God Friended Me actress is giving us serious hair envy. This curly girl’s Natural mane is pure perfection. In an exclusive Sophisticate’s Black Hair interview the beauty told us all about her primetime-worthy tresses.

  • What I love right now [about Natural hair], in general, is we’re pushing images of Black women with Natural hair…As actors and models we have to wear protective style, it’s still a representation of what we are as Black women.”
  • “Wear your crown as it is. Always be proud of what God has naturally given you. But also, let’s not get it twisted: If you want to do something different grab a wig.”

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