December is here and we can already feel the glitz and glam picking up speed. With all those shindigs, you’ll need to be armed with some styles to see you through the season – and if you’ve got a headful of kinks and coils, it’s as good a time as any to embrace your natural hair texture and let it do the talking. We’ve rounded up four of our fave afro hairstyles from the latest catwalks and show you how to get the look for less…
The Fleur ’fro
Let’s be real, Fleur East’s ’fro is totally iconic. The gorgeous texture, out-of-this-world volume and buttery caramel highlights are a recipe for lusciousness. We’re all about it, and so is Fleur. Despite ditching the home comforts and doing a stint on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, she confessed on I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp that she made sure to take her hair cream along for the ride as her one luxury item.
So, with this style, it’s all about topping up your do’s moisture levels with a heavyweight hair hydrator to make the most of what you’ve already got going on. Once you’ve washed your hair, divide it into manageable sections and use your fingers to rake through a generous amount of Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream.
Lock in that moisture with a nourishing oil, like Crème of Nature Argan Oil Strength & Shine Leave-In Treatment. For more definition in your curls, try using the shingling method.
If it’s an updo you’re after, Yara Shahidi’s combo of bun and faux fringe is giving us serious curl envy.
For this you’ll want your curls to be as defined as possible, and there’s nothing better for the job than Twisted Sista Curl Activator Cream. Massage it into your lengths and ends, then diffuse with cool air to lock in the definition and prevent any excessive heat damage.
Gather all your hair on the top of your head and tie in a high bun with the help of a hair ring, allowing the tail of the bun to fall forward and over your forehead like a fringe. Use hairpins to secure in place and you’re good to go. BANG – you’ve got bangs!
Style it sleek
Looking for something that’s super-sleek? Amandla Stenberg’s straight-back corn row braids are a gorgeous way to spice up a low bun.
First up, you’ve gotta section your hair into three – one at each side and one on the top. Then take the top section and divide it into two. The key to getting that super-slick finish is saturating your hair with a styling gel, like Cantu Shea Butter Hair Dressing Pomade. Apply a generous amount of this to the roots of one of those top sections and comb it through the hair with a fine-tooth comb. Once smooth, braid backwards until you reach the nape of your neck. Repeat this on the other top section to finish the braids.
Finally, use the same hair dressing pomade and method to lay down the sides of your hair, pulling them back and securing in a bun at the nape of your neck. Keep applying the pomade and smoothing with the comb until you’re satisfied. For the smoothest of finishes, use olive oil on a toothbrush to brush back your edges and lay them down against your scalp.
Mini front ’fro
If you’ve got shorter afro hair, your icon has to be Lupita Nyong’o. Her styles are always classy and edgy, like this mini front ’fro, which creates a gorgeous silhouette.
Use OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Penetrating Oil to moisturise your hair and add shine. If, like Lupita, you have short sides with length on top, comb your hair forward to the front of your head and secure with hairpins or a hair band (whichever you find easiest to work with), then fluff out the ends to create a puffy shape for that ’fro effect.
If you have length on the sides of your head, slick the hair down using the same method as before, then create your front ’fro with the top section of hair as explained above.