Do It Up!

All across the country, sisters are loving their polished braided and twisted updos. Here are some of our faves—plus pro tips on how to keep your style looking fresh.

ESSENCE.COM Jan, 17, 2014

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Keeping your braids beautiful and scalp healthy takes commitment and care. Here are some tips from celebrity hairstylist Dana Gibbs for maintaining top-notch locks.

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Charisse F. rocks a cool style in Washington, DC.
Gibbs' Tip: Use a light pomade or gel to lay down edges and control flyaways. Try Design Essentials Sleek Edge Control ($11,

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Christen R. rocks a cool updo in Detroit.
Gibbs' Tip: Combine 8 ounces of water, 2 drops of tea tree oil, which contains antifungal properties, and 1 ounce jojoba oil, a great anti-inflammatory, and apply to soothe an itchy scalp. Both oils are available at your local health food store.

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Michelle J. rocks a cool updo in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Gibbs' Tip:
Moisturize with a conditioning oil spray every other day for crisp-looking extensions. We love Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Conditioning Spray with Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($5, drugstores).

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Grace S. rocks a cool updo in Houston.
Gibbs' Tip: Sleep with a silk or satin scarf on your head to fight frizz.

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Jackie O. rocks a cool updo in New York City.

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Tisha J. rocks a cool updo in Newark, New Jersey.

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Myia Duke rocks a cool style in Detroit.

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Nkomo Morris rocks a cool style at Brooklyn, New York.

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Camila Crews rocks a lovely updo in New York City.


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