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11 Jan

Lupita Nyong’o Is Slaying These Senegalese Twists

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Lupita Nyong'o can do no wrong in my eyes. I would buy tickets to watch her read the phone book (kids, before the internet and smartphones, people kept contact info like names, address, and phone numbers in actual books). Tuesday night, she stepped out at the National Board of Review Gala in a midriff-baring Balmain two-piece topped off with a mass of Senegalese twists coiffed into a side pony updo by celebrity hairstylist Vernon François. And yes, if you look closely, you can see those baby hairs are laid for the glory of Mother Mary. Peep her hair from the side, and you'll find a few well-placed feed-in braids, adding a cool dimension to the style. It gives the classic '90s look of twists a modern update...
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14 Nov

3 Mesmerizing Braids That Are Really Effing Cool


Want to switch up your latest look for something fresh? Try these three crazy-cool braids:

The Butterfly Braid

1. Blow dry your hair as straight as possible. 2. Section your hair, creating a slightly slanted side part from mid-brow at your hairline to the middle of the crown of your head. Using a rat tail comb for the most precise line. 3. Smooth fly-aways and baby hairs with an edge control styling gel. (I used Creme of Nature Flexible Styling Snot). 4. Start braiding your hair along your hairline to the right of your part. Make sure that you're adding in hair each time your cross a section of hair under the other two sections to make your braid bigger and longer, creating a...
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27 Oct

Watch Serayah Slay In These Braided Bantu Buns With Braids


Want a bold twist on braids? Try these braided bantu buns with braids I created on Serayah, singer and actress of Fox’s hit series Empire (she plays Tiana Brown, if you're already not obsessed/watching!) — set to her newly released single "Driving Me," featuring Jazze Pha.


Watch and learn:

1. Section off a center part. Using a rat-tail comb, section off the front half of your hair (from 1-inch past your ear) from the back half of your hair. Clip the back section into a bun to keep it out of the way, and then part a 1/2-inch section of hair down the center of your head to your crown. 2. Section your hair some more. Again, using a rat-tail comb, part your hair into a thicker...
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22 Aug

I Swapped My Straight Hair For 4 Months Of Braids — Here’s What I Learned


I used to do anything to have straight hair. Growing up in a predominantly white environment, I didn't want to look different from my peers. So, to blend in, I tricked myself into believing the false narrative that straight hair was the single most beautiful hairstyle. Throughout high school, I flat-ironed my hair every day. But after four years, I was left with severely heat-damaged hair and major breakage. I resorted to wearing extensions, thinking it was my only option. I hated my natural hair so much that I couldn't bear to see it anymore.

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After I graduated college, I occasionally ditched the extensions, but I still wouldn't go out without flat-ironing...
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25 Jul

The One Product That Made My Box Braids Bearable


And a couple of other protective hairstyle-friendly products we recommend

For many black women, summer is when the curls go away and the box braids come out to play. Natural hair is wonderful and versatile and able to shape-shift if and when you need it to, but it’s also a hassle to deal with in the warmer months because it gets drier faster than usual. Protective hairstyles like box braids provide a much-needed reprieve. That said, I never ascribed to the beauty is pain mentality until I got box braids for the first time. For those who have never had to sit through the five-plus-hours-long process, it’s as arduous as that time frame suggests. For one thing, you’re required to sit...
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12 Jun

If You Like Athleisure, Braids Are The Perfect Hairstyle For You


From old school to new cool: forget traditional pigtails cos this elementary hairstyle has graduated to suit grown-ups with several added twists- literally. If you’re always at the gym or if you’re simply a fan of athleisure, this is the hairstyle you’re gonna wanna rock! Take cues, stat.


Add attitude and power to your regular plaits by parting your hair in the centre to create two equal sections. Then, start with small, tightly-woven French braids at the roots that gradually grow larger towards the ends.

GYM-CLASS CORNROWS Channel your inner badass ballerina by sporting two twisted topknot buns instead of one. The fearless factor: cute-but-complicated cornrows visibly displayed underneath...
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29 May

5 Easy Fishtail Braid Tutorials From Our Favorite Hairstylists


Whether you're a fishtail braid newbie or looking for something a little more advanced, check out five of our favorite tutorials for nailing the easy summer hairstyle.

1 The Beauty Department

Hairstylist Kristin Ess and Lauren Conrad teamed-up to create this fishtail101 crash-course video for beginners. Watch this a few times before graduating to one of the more advanced tutorials, below.

2 Mimi Ikonn/Luxy Hair

Now that you've got the basics down, it's time to try and fishtail the back of your head. It's not as hard as it sounds. Watch blogger Mimi Ikonn demo the French fishtail braid.

3 Adir Abergel

Celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel walks us through a tutorial for a beautiful, wispy crown braid created by weaving two...
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15 May

Dior Cruise Makes a Case For Hat Hair


Last season it was leather berets in Paris, this season it was Western-inspired hats against the backdrop of the Santa Monica mountains. It's safe to say Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri isn't afraid to show hat hair on the runway. But the hair at the 2018 Cruise show wasn't just brushed and tucked under the brim—it was styled into the prettiest rumpled, low braid.

Backstage at the show, the models had their hair set into small, tight ringlets. Once cool, the rumpled curls were then pulled back and braided starting at the shoulders-down. The braid was secured at the end with a tiny black ribbon tied into a bow. Then a bandana was added across the forehead before...
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31 Jan

Khloé Kardashian’s Half-Up Hairstyle Only Looks Like It’s Hard to Do

I've always loved wearing updos. But now that I’m a beauty editor and a new mom, I hardly have the time (or frankly, the hands) to spend time styling my hair for more than a minute or two. But Khloé Kardashian’s half-up hairstyle, which celebrity hairstylist and ghd brand ambassador Justine Marjan, posted a photo of Koko wearing a half-up style laced with braids. Marjan, who created the look ten minutes, did so for an upcoming episode of—what else—Keeping Up With The Kardashians. To know that something this beautiful can be so simple is a legitimate game-changer—no longer are the days I let my 6-month-old dictate the state of my hair. "Khloé was filming a short segment for the show so...
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20 Dec

Bella Hadid’s Waist-Skimming Braids Take a Page From the Pop Star Playbook

Bella Hadid is no stranger to the braid, but her most recent spin in the style featured great lengths, the likes of which telegraphed a moment in the early aughts. Yesterday, the model stepped out in a single-sleeved crop top and lace-up pants—another nod to Sunday’s birthday girl Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty” days?—her brunette lengths woven tightly into a glossy, knotted duo of plaits that began at the crown and extended to waist level, pulling further focus to Hadid’s sculpted core. Though the braided mane fits squarely into the current beauty landscape, the addition of oversize silver hoops and the throwback ensemble offer a hint of nostalgia, when getting done up meant coming undone in similar measure. A flick of onyx liner,...
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