Natural Beauty: These women keep it real with their au naturelle textured locks

Natural Beauty
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 18, 2008

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Funny actress and style maven Tracee Ellis Ross keeps it fresh with these thick and luscious natural curls. Keep your curls tangle-free with Curly Hair Solutions Slip Detangler ($13.75, It is the perfect finishing product for any natural do.

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You don’t have to worry about using a mega wattage blow dryer on this mane; weave in natural texture to preserve your own hair from the drying elements of the sun. To keep the scalp moisturized, try Carol’s Daughter Tui Hair Oil.

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Grow a ’fro and set your roots free like Jill Scott, who sports a free-flowing do. To maintain your beautiful textured locks, implement nurturing products like hot-oil treatments, deep conditioners and moisturizing oils or creams into your daily hair regime.

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Natural hair guru Derrick Scurry ( makes the mohawk lush and sexy by adding Afro-curly hair, braided about a half inch from the scalp through the crown and the back. The sides are cut and tapered.

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There may be no time like the present, but we can’t get enough of futuristic soulful singer Janelle Monáe. This Bad Boy artist prefers pizzazz, rocking an extravagant Afro pompadour.

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You never know what eclectic artist Erykah Badu is going to do next with her much-talked-about hair. For the ever-evolving diva, this grandiose Afro is just another one for the books. You can replicate Erykah’s fro by braiding your hair at night for length and texture. Stylist Sabine Bellevue ( suggests braiding your hair into large plaits at night and then releasing them for a mile-high do.

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To redefine your ‘fro, apply Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding ($7.00, on wet hair from root to tip before drying with a diffuser. We think this product is amazing for combating curl shrinkage.

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Sultry British crooner Corinne Bailey Rae dons short, playful curls on the red carpet. Take a cue from Corinne and create effortless-looking curls. Start by using a shampoo like Wash & Curl ($4.29 that is formulated to enhance curl definition. After shampooing, allow your hair to air-dry for optimal body and bounce.

Check out our hair gallery of famous golden girls »

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We love that India Arie has grown back her textured locks. To steal her style we suggest using Lottabody Texturizing Setting Lotion ($3.99, beauty supply stores nationwide). It enhances your natural curl pattern and the conditioning ingredients help improve texture and shine.


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