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For The Black Girl Who Wants To Show Off Her Curls For Homecoming, Try Out These Curly Hair Looks

When it comes to homecoming season, picking the right date, clothes, manicure and makeup don’t even compare to the trouble you will go through to pull off a dope hair look. For naturals, this truth is doubly true. Particularly because our fabulous curls allow for even more options. Of course, straightening our locs have long seemed to be the most viable option for special occasions such as these but there are tons of options for our natural hair too, whether they be for 3C or 4C curl patterns. Whatever look you choose, a key matter of importance is making sure that it not only looks good throughout the entire night as you tear up the dance floor but makes you feel fly as hell.

Whether you’re gearing up for prom or a night out on the town, these formal styles for natural hair will have you vibin’ to your Black Girl Magic and rockin’ your natural locks.

1. Break out the big guns with a set of bantu knots that are the cutest.

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If a silk press was once The Expected Look of Black girls Bantu Knots are the proven Ol’ Reliable. Whether your locs are transitioning her full-blown natural, bantu knots are undeniably the perfect protective style for all Black hair. Plus, not only does the look give ultra 90s vibes they’re super easy to achieve as well. To get the look, part your hair into square or triangular sections around your head. Then, twist your sections tight bunds and pin them down with a bobbi pins. For the ultimate homecoming look that will surely steal the crown, braid colorful yarn or twine into your hair or add flowers, pearls or hair cuffs.

2. Do the ultimate braid and wrap with the cutest braid bun.

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For a slick and stylish look that is also extremely classic, go for a slicked-back ponytail and wrap-around braid. To obtain this look reach for your everyday styling conditioner. slick your hair back into a high ponytail and then braid out your hair (add extensions if you need to!) and then wrap the braid around your ponytail so that it sits high on your head. You’ll have your very own braid crown.

3. Be the ultra Black queen with the most divine crown.

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Let’s be real, of all of the looks on this list, this one will cost you a good amount of time and money but it’ll be so worth it. For this look, you’ll want to start off with a slicked-back pony tail and the longest extensions you can find. Build out a set of four pre-rolled buns and you’ll be good to go one you’ve added a chain of pearls. Pro-tip: If you want this look to be indestructible and done quickly, go to a salon.

4. Show up all of the looks on the floor with the ultimate twist out and go.

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These slicked-down baby hairs will undoubtedly make you the belle of the ball for your homecoming night. What’s more? Achieving this look is actually pretty easy. To do so, section off a portion of the crown of your head and scoop the rest into a ponytail. For your ponytail get a good defining conditioner on your ends and then use your favorite edge cream to twirl out your baby hairs.

5. Show up the group with the ultimate afro proof.

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Shrug off and stick it to every dress code that ever dared to tell you that you and your curls weren’t “well-groomed” or “classy.” For this look, wash your hair, pick out your curls and hit the ballroom with a stylin’ look that exudes melanin dreams.

7. Go all the way in on the fall bob trend with a set of locs that do the look justice.

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Remember: because your hair is so epically amazing, there are tons of ways to rock your Black Girl Magic + a bob. You can go with a deep part and section of your hair into braids, locs or twists or go for an edgier look and part your hair in the center. Either way, girl, this look will have you stylin’.

8. Lock down the crown with the ultimate pearly locs.

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Break out your fave box braid style with a look that flows past your shoulder or stops at your chin. Looking to go for a curly mermaid look? Braid your hair and apply light heat with a curler to your edges to channel your inner sea spirit.

9. Do the ultimate best with hair done in mambo twists and some layer swifts.

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For a different twist on locs and braids, nothing compares to a mambo twist out. For this look you’ll want help from a stylist or friend who knows how to do a great version of this look and extensions, extensions, extensions.

‘We’re The Ones Making Wigs Modern’: These Female Entrepreneurs Want You To Support Black-Owned Hair Businesses

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‘We’re The Ones Making Wigs Modern’: These Female Entrepreneurs Want You To Support Black-Owned Hair Businesses

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According to research, African-American consumers will spend nearly $2 billion on hair-care products, this year alone. And although a lot of that expenditure goes toward products aimed at caring for natural hair —like shampoo, conditioner and styling products, which are also very important— a lot of $$$ is also being spent on wigs and extensions —of terrible quality, may I add. These black women grew tired of fighting and fussing with wigs and hair extensions of bad quality, so they created their own businesses to fix the problem.

Up until recently, products like wigs and extensions were primarily produced by people outside of the black community. And perhaps that’s why there were so many issues.

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According to Mintel, between 2015 and 2019, the use of braids and extensions by Black consumers in the U.S. grew 64% and the use of wigs spiked 79%. It’s also Black women who are seen wearing the film lace frontals “Oba wigs” and drawstring ponytails and yet, a lot of companies are white or Asian-owned but Black-presenting. “It’s problematic and needs to be discussed,” says Stephanie Nolan, founder of XOXO Virgin Hair.

Nolan first came up with the idea to start her own hair business after working as a model in the early 200s.

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Ever noticed how hairstylists spend the majority of prep time fussing and fighting with weaves and wigs  before even being able to put them on? “They would have less-than-desirable experiences working with hair extensions or wigs that just weren’t cooperating,” says Nolan. “And it would end up really dragging out photoshoots.”

She had experimented with weaves in her personal life too, and in more than just a few occasions, the hair she bought just didn’t meet her expectations.

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“I know that the everyday woman also doesn’t have time to fuss with their hair in the morning because she has to be at work at 8:30 in the morning,” she says. “And spending a lot of time on hair just takes away from being able to eat breakfast, being able to commute, so many things.” So she started her own company in 2014, aiming to release a product that would be convenient, easy to use and most importantly, of high quality.

Heat Free Hair by Ngozi Opara

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Ngozi Opara owned a hair salon in Washington D.C. around the time when the natural hair movement started to take off. And she started to see a lot of clients that wanted to grow out their natural hair —which more often than not had been straightened or relaxed. They didn’t want to cut off their hair, so thy opted for sew-ins instead. “At the time, there weren’t any extension products on the market that would blend properly for women with coily hair textures (think 3B and 4C),” Opara says. “Clients were using virgin hair, but the only available options all came in straight, wavy and loose curly textures.”

The textures available meant that Opara had to straighten her clients’ hair in order to get it to blend properly, and she wanted to be able to manipulate their hair without using any heat. “I set myself up to be the first company to [make] virgin hair exclusively for natural hair textures.”

In 2013 Opara moved to China to learn about the manufacturing process.

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After six months in China, she learned that not only did the factories have no concept of how the product they were making was being used, but also that a lot of the people producing the wigs didn’t know how to create textured hair without using chemicals. After a lot of tests, roundtable discussions and educating, they eventually got to a place of understanding and were able to create a product all parties were proud of. Now, Opara owns her own factory in China —with more than 50 employees.

Gina Knight, an influencer and wig designer based in the U.K., noticed that the same issue was prevalent in hair extensions across the pond.

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Just as Opara hadn’t been happy with the texture of virgin hair for wigs, Knight couldn’t find options with hair similar to her own texture. “Having to have more of a Eurocentric wig just wasn’t me,” Knight says.

Black entrepreneurship in the wig and extension space is picking up speed but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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“We are the ones who are utilizing [the product] the most, we’re making it modern, we’re making it so that other races want to get in on it and want to wear wigs,” Knight explains in conversation with Fashionista. “But I think people need to be honest with the fact that, in the supply chain, we don’t have a stronghold,” she says. “Along the line, it does fall out of the hands of Black-owned because we have to source from all over.”

Many companies realized there was a market, and they jumped on it without considering the group they’re marketing to.

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That’s probably what’s most upsetting about how the industry has evolved since these entrepreneurs first started their businesses. “When I created my brand, I had this customer in mind, I had my clients at the time in mind, I had myself in mind,” Opara says. “I shared the same pain points as the people who would benefit from my product and I didn’t even necessarily know it was going to take off, I just wanted to help solve a problem.” It’s unfortunate, she says, because the companies with more power take opportunities away from black female founders that are creating these products for their community.

It’s important to support Black women and their businesses so even more companies can thrive.

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“I feel like it’s my duty almost to try to encourage people to support Black businesses because I know the value that it has for future entrepreneurs,” explains Opara. “But I also feel like, at least for myself as a consumer, I want to know that the brand I’m buying from is a brand that actually cares about me and not just about the money that they’re making from me.”

Some Fashion Trends Of The 2010s Were Horrendous, Nevertheless We Wore Them: 18 Fashion Fads From The 2010s You Forgot You Loved

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Some Fashion Trends Of The 2010s Were Horrendous, Nevertheless We Wore Them: 18 Fashion Fads From The 2010s You Forgot You Loved

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The 2010s will be missed. With less than a month left of this decade, the nostalgia is setting in. So we’re looking back on some of the accessories and fashion pieces that we were obsessed with in the last 10 years. Some of them seem strange now, cartoonish almost. They were exaggerated, wild and others were downright dangerous (platform heels, we’re talking to you). While the decade might be remembered for its divisive politics and the accelerating climate crisis, we want to remember it for its ugg-wearing, flower crown-clad fashion fads.

Silly bandz

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At the turn of the 2010s, who didn’t want various shapes of colorful rubber bands to wear on their wrists like cheap jewelry? A big hit during the earlier part of the decade, these animal/princess/anything-you-can-imagine-shaped rubber bands were all the rage.

Super skinny jeans

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Sure, boot-cut jeans were considered cute in the ’90s, but once the clock flipped on a new millennium, suddenly every cool girl fell in lust with her skinny jeans. The flattering, goes-with-everything jeans style had a resurgence not seen since the ’80s and—despite the recent comeback of wide-leg jeans—it became a wardrobe favorite throughout the 2010s.

Hair Feathers

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Ah, hair feathers, another gift of the early ‘10s. They were all the rage if you were in middle school at that time, and in the land of pop culture, celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff were embracing them the way fashion girls rock maximalist barrettes today.

Shutter Shades

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These completely useless, absurd glasses were also one of the best trends and fads ever. Why wouldn’t you want a pair? Everyone looked good in them. I’m going to shoutout Kanye here for these.

Leggings as pants

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Patterned leggings and leggings in general absolutely took over during the 2010s and I feel personally victimized by my choice in leggings. Did you ever fall victim to the see-through kind? Yeah, me too sis.

Flower Crowns

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Flower crowns were definitely IT during the 2010s.

High-Low dresses

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Remember those dresses and tops which were pretty much a mini length at the front, and the back went almost to the floor? Don’t remember why we were all so obsessed with them though.

Chokers

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The neckwear trend came in strong around 2015 and 2016 and it has pretty much stayed that way. From neckerchiefs to ribbons, to dainty chains and the classic 90s-era plastic ‘tattoo’ choker, we’ve seen them all.

Tiny Sunglasses

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Another gift from the 90s that made its grand return around 2017 and has stayed in the spotlight. The tiny sunglasses trend, evocative of The Matrix era, came out in full force and is still a thing.

Crop Tops

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Crop tops boldly came back in style around 2013–2014 and are still a pretty hot trend now.

The blazer

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A fresh alternative to the twinset sweater, the borrowed-from-the-boys blazer became a must-have for ladies looking to dress down a party dress—or glam up a pair of trusty jeans.

Statement necklaces

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Often sported by the decade’s best dressed (Michelle Obama, and Blair Waldorf, we’re talking to you), the oversize necklace had all of us believing bigger was better. Paired with classic crew-neck tees and tailored work shirts, the conversation-starting accessory proved itself a statement worth making.

Ankle-breaking Platform shoes

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Heels with chunku platforms that reached to crazy heights made perfect sense in a Lady Gaga-loving world. While the runways saw many models topple courtesy of such gravity-defying shoes, celebs—and, OK, we’re guilty as charged too—continued to go wild for the extra inches.

Ballet Flats

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Girly, comfy ballet flats quickly gained wardrobe-staple status this past decade. No surprise: Cool girls like Sofia Coppola and Sienna Miller showed us how great they looked in that not-trying-too-hard kind of way when paired with everything from work clothes to weekend wear to fancy dresses.

Oversized, over the top statement rings

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Style icons like Blake Lively’s fashionista character Serena Van der Woodsen, Fergie and Alexa Chung introduced us to the joy of sporting egg-size blingy rings not seen since our grandma’s generation. Faux or real, a big cocktail ring is the accessory version of the exclamation point (!!!).

Shearling booties

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Despite runway designers’ best efforts, years from now, fashion lovers will likely remember the decade for its comfy, fuzzy footwear: The Ugg frenzy and our insane passion for all other forms of furry winter boots was so 2000-2010. The snow-ready boots turned up coast to coast, far from any mountain—from sunny L.A. to the streets of NYC.

Peplum

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Remember the times when tops had a little frill at the bottom? Something like an in-built skirt?The last time peplum had its heyday was circa 2012, when it really was the reigning silhouette among trendy women everywhere.

Hidden Wedge sneakers

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All high topped and puffy tongued, like a basketball/skater shoe hybrid with a child’s developmental building block jammed underneath. The shoe silhouette was first popularized by a luxury design by Isabel Marant —and boy, did we lose our minds for these. Maybe because the wedge sneaker offers us a magic formula: heel height plus comfort.