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Beauty | Natural Hair & Braids

Tiana Moore sports a dazzling natural ’do at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

Street Style Hair: Naturals in N'awlins

Shanice Land shows off her hot hair at the Chicago Natural Hair Mall Tour.

Nia B. shows off her hot hair at the Chicago Natural Hair Mall Tour.

As someone who loves to switch up her look, Scott arrived at the VH1 Divas event in a twisted updo with shaven sides. This low-maintenance style is a perfect fit for the on-the-go mom.

Hot Hair: Moms with Fabulous Manes

Chrisette Michele’s amber micro-braids are fiercely hot. If you’ve been wanting to play around with a new, bold hue for your vacation, micro-braids are the way to go.

Celeb Hair: Beach-Ready Braids

Jill Scott’s faux “side shave” ’do can be turned into a get-up-and-go style by gathering all of your natural hair into tiny, precise cornrows, and adding loosely waved extensions that fall to one side.

Celeb Hair: Beach-Ready Braids

Regina King attended a photocall for the TV series Southland wearing fancy cornrows that are perfect for the beach, too.

Celeb Hair: Beach-Ready Braids

Williams was a true champion of style in rich ringlets with auburn highlights.

Next, apply a teeny amount of your favorite curl cream or moisturizer to each section and create a two-strand twist. Wait until the hair is completely dry —usually overnight— before removing the twists. Fluff with your fingers for fullness. Add some extra pizazz to your twist-out by swooping it over to one side like Corinne did at this year’s Grammy Awards.

The twist-out can be a natural girl’s best friend or worst enemy depending on the products used, how the twists are set and even the weather! To get a full, defined twist out like Corinne’s, start with damp hair that’s neither soaking wet nor completely dry. Using medium-sized sections, detangle the hair from ends to roots with a wide-tooth comb and apply a light serum or oil.

No matter how many times we see Janelle Monae in her signature style, it never gets old. Get the look by staring with stretched hair. (You can stretch natural hair with a twist-out or by blow-drying on low heat.) Create three sections of hair; one in the front, center and back of the head. Smooth the center section into a French roll (or if you’re feeling fancy, you can create a chunky flat twist going upwards). Roll and tuck the loose front and back sections into the center section and secure w

Marsha Ambrosius stepped out at the BET Awards wearing a voluminous batch of textured Shirley Temple curls. To create spirals like Marsha’s at home, pick up a few packs of flexirods which are great for creating curls on natural hair. Staring with medium-sized, slightly damp sections, roll the rods tight starting at the roots of the hair which will elongate your curls and create fullness.

@Mane and Chic Curlformers Braided Flexi Rod Set