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, naturallycurly.com). 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 (derrickscurry.com) 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 (sabineshallway.com) 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, curlmart.com) 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 sallybeauty.com) that is formulated to enhance curl definition. After shampooing, allow your hair to air-dry for optimal body and bounce.

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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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