Usually it takes a concoction of three or four products to convert my kinky Afro into manageable curls: a leave-in conditioner for moisture, a gel for hold and definition, a butter for sealing, and an oil to combat frizz. The Andre Walker Beautiful Kinks Styling Creme Gelee ($22) took care of all those things. Yes, the power of four products in one. I discovered curls I never knew I had! Whereas other products leave my hair puffy, this styling gel had every strand falling into place. Plus, I only had to use a golf ball-sized dollop of product, when usually it takes at least two handfuls. This tacky white cream dries completely clear with no mysterious white flakes left behind. In the end curls are left soft, springy, and crunch-free. Now we know why Oprah kept Andre around for over two decades . . .
Although the ponytail is an easy go-to hairstyle for most, it can be hard to get thick hair like Thandie Newton's natural curls into one rubber band. At the Rogue photocall, she pulled her hair back in what appears to be a low ponytail — but it's all an illusion! To get her look, separate hair into two sections with a middle part, then smooth hair back securing just behind the ears with bobby pins. Fluff hair until the two pigtails blend for one large faux ponytail. You can also create a similar illusion for a high ponytail by doing a half-up hairstyle. Use Thandie's trick to wrestle unruly second-day curls or thick natural hair into a seamless casual style.
Natural-haired women: do you want longer-lasting, frizz-free, fully-defined, and superstretched twist-outs? Then follow a few simple tricks to make your spirals turn out better every time. From protective styling to keep coils safe from the Winter to mastering second-day twist-outs, you'll look your best yet when you keep reading.
Whether you're transitioning from relaxed hair or you're a stalwart curly girl, the rules of natural hair care can get confusing. Break it all down with tips from Anthony Dickey of Hair Rules Salon (he's worked on celebrity curls from Minnie Driver's to Alicia Keys's). You'll get longer, stronger, healthier kinky hair after reading this all-inclusive natural hair guide.
If you think naturally kinky and coiled hair is a one-trick pony, think again. According to Anthony Dickey of Hair Rules Salon, it's one of the most versatile hair types around. You can wear it straight, wear it big, or wear it curly. Go far beyond the afro with this step-by-step holiday updo tutorial. Best of all, you can do most of the work in the shower.
It's party season yet again, which means you likely need hairstyle ideas (and fast). Sleek looks never go out of style for a formal affair, but if you have curly hair, you'll want to make sure you're applying heat the right way to prevent damaging those delicate strands. Anthony Dickey, cofounder of Hair Rules Salon in New York, has the solution to getting the smoothness you desire, all while maintaining the integrity of your hair. So convert your curls into sultry vintage waves or opt for a more modern asymmetrical updo. Here are two looks you'll love to try this holiday season.
Sometimes natural hair can seem dull (even after conditioner, creams, and butters). From the start, tightly coiled hair has a harder time reflecting light. But if you want your curls to shine like Solange Knowles's, there are a few tricks to try for glistening (not greasy) curls.
Jada Pinkett Smith has a full head of curls that many natural-haired women envy. If you don't have a loose curl pattern or extra length like Jada, there are a few styling methods you can try to achieve hair that is large and in charge. Get tips for creating big bouncy ringlets on natural hair when you keep reading.
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Tippi Shorter, who has tamed the tresses of Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, and Alicia Keys, knows there is no exact formula for curly hair. "All curls are different," she says. "You must experiment to find the perfect product that gives you the result you are looking for." But this doesn't stop her from having an arsenal of easy-to-follow tips and tricks up her sleeve!
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Curly hair constantly craves moisture, and when the temperature drops, hydration can be hard to come by. Don't allow your kinks and coils to suffer, though. Heed these five tips to maintain the best curls possible — no matter what Fall blows your way. Get seasonal styling advice when you read more.