4 Fresh Holiday 'Dos For Natural Hair

While we love a good blowout as much as the next person, we’re always fans of embracing what you’re born with. And, there’s no better way to do that than to fall in love with your natural texture. Gals with natural manes have our hearts, and the styling possibilities are endless.
When it comes to featuring amazing holiday 'dos for this hair texture, we turned to Miko and Titi Branch, the talented sisters behind hair-care brand Miss Jessie’s. These mavens of all things natural hair gave our gorgeous model, Devan Mayfield, four amazing looks. They were so good, we had a hard time picking which photos to show you. Girls with curls, get ready to twirl with delight — these are four DIY 'dos that you'll want to wear for the holidays...and beyond.
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The New "I Love Lucy"
We love the classic beauty of this rolled, twisted style. Daytime, nighttime — well, anytime, really. Swoop it up, step on out.

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Make a deep side part that starts directly in front of your left ear, then ends just behind the right ear. Sweep the front of your hair to one side. You can use a rattail comb (as seen here) to make the part more precise, or just point your fingers and part away. Grab the back section of your hair and divide it into two equal parts, so there are three sections total. Keep them separated with pins or clips.
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Use a natural-bristle paddle brush to smooth the front of your hair down. It will make the front roll really pop, trust us.
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Starting at the front of the side-swept section, bobby-pin your hair down along the curve of the head, right over the side of the temple to just over your ear.
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Now, just roll your hair upward to cover the pins. Secure the roll with extra bobby pins along the top of the roll and now, the front roll is done.
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Okay, let’s care for the back of the style. Grab the back section that's behind the finished roll. Use bobby pins to secure that section down. You'll be pinning from the nape of the neck to the top of the section.
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Roll the remaining hair outward and toward your ears to cover those pins in the same manner as before. Secure the roll with extra bobby pins.
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Use a pomade to smooth the baby hairs down along the front of your hair before tucking the last part of your hair. “You want it to still have movement, so this helps smooth things back without being too stiff or weighing hair down,” says Miko, who used Miss Jessie’s Baby ButterCreme.
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Pin, tuck, and roll the remaining hair of the last section as you did the other back section. Roll, then pin that section upward from the nape of the neck toward the top of the crown. Then, roll the hair to the outside, moving toward the ear over the pins. Secure with bobby pins.
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You should now have two upward-facing rolls in the back section of your hair.
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Use bobby pins to join the two back rolls together. Cover the part between the two rolls for a cohesive, beautiful shape. Smooth hair along the sides and over the style with a pomade, and you’re done.
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Our model, Devan, loved this look. “I love how romantic the style is," she said. "I’d have to wear this somewhere I’d be seen.”
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You'll draw attention no matter where you rock this look — it’s a stunner.
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The New Crown Braid
We love the classic romance of this easy style, but you know what else we're into? It’s ridiculously fast and easy. Like, soooo easy.

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Make a part directly behind your left ear up to just below the crown of your head. Sweep the hair in front of the part across the crown of your head. Easy so far, right?
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Using a comb or a brush, smooth the top. The front of the style should be even in texture and height.
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Then, gathering hair along as you go, create a raised Dutch braid. Start from behind your left ear, then braid along the hairline. (Not sure how to do a Dutch braid? Here's our video tutorial.)
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Continue braiding across the front of your hairline. Create a low-swept style by braiding along the sweep of the hair; the hair should cover your ear, with the braid going just across the lobe. End the braid just behind the back of your ear.
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End the style by tucking the remainder of the braid at the nape of the neck. Gather the remaining hair into a low tucked roll at the base of the head. Secure the style with bobby pins underneath the roll.
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Devan was swept away by this updated classic as well. “I like how funky the braid looks," she said. We see some great selfies in her future.
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The Festive Fauxhawk
We love inspiring maximum envy with hairstyles, and this one is sure to bring on the jealousy. Rocker 'hawk with side braids? So hot and so easy. Let’s do this.

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Using a rattail comb, make a part directly over the arch of your left eyebrow, ending at the crown of the head. This is your lead part, which will set the direction of the style.
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Make another part, directly underneath that part to create a one-inch section of hair. Cornrow that hair all the way to the back part at the crown.
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Secure the end of the braid to your head with a small bobby pin, leaving your ends free behind it.
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You’ll repeat that step for a total of three braids on the right side, allowing the ends to blend with the back of your hair. See, we told you this was easy. Let’s move to the other side.
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Repeat this process on the other side of your head. This creates a fauxhawk of hair along the top hairline.
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Use your hands to sweep your hair upward along the front and above the crown to add height to your fauxhawk. Then, fluff your length with your fingers to create lift and definition.
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Add bobby pins along the sides of the center section to keep height in place (if you feel you need it). Just hide the pins within the roots of your hair. Ta-da! Fauxhawk completed.
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No pomades or creams were used to complete this style, but Miko says it’s always an option. “Give your hair what it needs to look its best,” she explains.
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Double Back Braids With Upfront Lift
Any style that looks this complex, yet is so simple, has our hearts. When you see how easy it is, we think you’ll love it, too.

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Using your fingers or a comb, separate a top section by creating a part over the arch of each eyebrow. Then, create a part across the crown of the head. Use bobby pins to keep this top section out of your way. Now, working along that part at the crown, create two equal side sections by running your fingers down from the crown, ending behind each ear. Pull these two side sections out of your way with clips. We’ll be back for them later. But, now, we’re going to work on that section at the back of your head.
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Separate the back section of hair down the center with your fingers, then tilt your head forward and begin cornrowing one section upward. You'll move from the nape of your neck all the way to the part you’ve created along the front three sections.
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Secure the end with a bobby pin to close off the braid.
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Repeat the upward cornrow on the remaining section in the back. Be sure to keep the braids close to each other. The next step depends on it.
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Pin the braids together with bobby pins along the seam. The idea is to create a cohesive style without a visible part. The back of your head should now have two upward cornrows, secured at the ends and down the center by bobby pins. "Creating an X shape with the bobby pins helps give them extra hold,” says Miko. “You want to reinforce the style so it stays in place for a long time.”
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Smooth pomade along the hairline to keep baby hairs in place. Miko used Miss Jessie’s Baby ButterCreme for softness and a gentle hold.
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Take the loose side sections. Brush them smooth from the hairline to the ends.
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Now, simply smooth those side sections back...
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.... and crisscross them over the braids in the back. Secure the hair to the braids with bobby pins for a retro-cool look.
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Take the excess hair directly over the crown of your hair and simply tuck it over the top. This will cover the top seams of the braids. Pin the section in place to finish the back.
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Finger-fluff your crown and bangs for a style with serious attitude. You’re done!