BET Releases New Black Girls Rock Natural Hair Styling Tutorials

Click the image above to view all the styles by Monaè Everett in collaboration with BET and Mielle Organics.

To help black girls rock in every aspect, especially in their natural hair, BET enlisted my help to do a series of hair styling tutorials using products by MielleOrganics. BET released the video series in conjunction with the recent broadcast of Black Girls Rock– an annual award show that honors and promotes Black women in different fields involving music, entertainment, medicine, entrepreneurship, and visionary aspects.  In these step-by-step tutorials, you’ll learn how to rock a pineapple updo, style a twisted updo, and pull off a curly frohawk.

Below, is breakdown of quick styling tips as demonstrated in the video series:

 

 

Curly FroHawk

I used the Mielle Organics Scalp and Hair Strengthening Oil to nourish the scalp before using the Mielle Organics curl mouse and edge control gel to add definition and hold to the model’s curls. I then parted hair in sections, rolled under the ends and secured with a bobby pin. and pinned up the hair after tucking under the ends.  The style’s finished look consisted of two tousled buns on the top and middle of the head, a hanging ponytail in the back, and two small single cornrows nicely flowing near the ear.

Twisted Updo

For a twisted updo style, I began spritzing the model’s hair with Mielle Organics Leave-in Conditioner. I followed with Mielle Organics’ edge gel, styling gel, and twisting souffle. Next, I created a single cornrow in a halo design, leaving the ends of most of the style free in order to design in the desired shape for a twisted top knot.

Pineapple Updo

I put my own twist on the tried and true pineapple updo. I started by parting the hair, then adding in the Mielle Organics’ Leave in Conditioner, plus edge gel, and Brazilian Curly Cocktail Curl Cream. Then I spritzed the hair with a little water then lightly brushed the hair into a FroHawk updo. Afterwards , I diffused the hair and adding some unique hair accessories throughout.

Take a Look at Some of These Weather-Proof, Festival-Ready Hairstyles for Naturally Curly and Kinky Textures

Models Mominatu and Fan Banks posing with styles by Monaé after a live hair demo at CurlFest

This festival season the curls have ruled! However, for those with naturally curly and kinky textures, the curls and kinks may not always keep their shape, especially when you throw in a mix of humid weather, heavy dancing, crowds of people brushing against you, and more elements you can’t control at outdoors festivals. I recently joined CurlFest on their Facebook Live broadcast to explain some of the best practices for keeping hair cute, neat, and controlled during the outdoor festival season– no matter the hair type.  

Models Mominatu and Fan Banks pictured with Monaé after being styled for a live hair demo at CurlFest

While on the CurlFest Facebook Live broadcast, I demonstrated on two kinky and curly-haired models to share the following two tips for haute, easily controlled festival-ready hairstyles:

  1. Be creative and add jewels to the hair in multiple sections for photo-worthy hair from every angle!
  2. Rock big, fluffy hair, but feel free to add braided details to the front of the hair. It doubles as a functional design.

For festival hair, you want your hair to be big and eye-catching.  Don’t do your normal pull-back style. Go big. Accessorize. Add jewels. Add some gold. Add some silver. Make people look at you. You took your time to get dressed and do your hair. Bask in the glory of your big, bouncy tresses.

Southern Bride Wedding Hair and Makeup Feature

Hello everyone, I hope that you had a wonderful and love filled weekend. Whether you showed yourself some love or spent time with a loved one, this should have been a weekend of enjoyment. As always with the weekend of love, many people became engaged and others got married. This weekend reminded me of one of my favorite recent couples, the Amasos. I provided wedding hair and makeup for the bridal party.

It was such a pleasure to provide wedding hair and makeup services for this gorgeous wedding. The Amasos’ Nigerian Nights themed wedding was a sight behold. It was a beautiful blend of both Nigerian and Southern American traditions.

Working with a bride who desires a look that reflects a fusion of two different cultures can be a challenge for some hair and makeup artists. This proved an easy task for me when I worked this gorgeous bride, Jasmine.

To keep within the traditional Nigerian bridal makeup we kept Jasmine’s makeup in the golden to bronze metallic family. While making sure to apply makeup so it would stay throughout the festivities, I made sure to avoid heavy makeup. The key is to accentuate your best facial features. Jasmine’s look focused on accentuating her fabulous bone structure. We used bronzer to contour her features and added a neutral lip color. This made her beautiful eyes sparkle.

Since her hair needed to be versatile enough to be displayed in her American wedding gown and covered with her Gele (Nigerian head wrap), I created a personalized updo. Jasmine adds definition to her curly/natural hair texture with two strand and three strand twist sets. Once the twists have dried, they are released using a light natural oil like coconut oil, leaving more defined ringlets. I added large twists to the back of her hair, twisting the hair upward toward the crown. I left just enough hair out at the top to cascade at the hairline. The look was topped off with a beautiful pearl headpiece that we arranged from the back of the head and across the forehead.

As the photos display, the wedding festivities were amazing. I would like to thank the Amosos for allowing Brides Made Up by Monae Artistry to be apart of their special day. And major shouts out the Southern Bride magazine for the feature.

Behind the Scenes of Seasons of Love Beauty

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Did you catch Lifetime’s Seasons of Love? I was the Key Hairstylist on set. It was an amazing opportunity and I learned a lot on set. The film stars Taraji P Henson, Letoya Luckett, the legendary Mrs. Gladys Knight, Shannon Kane, Ana Isabelle, and Method Man. For an inside look at my mane moves and details about the movie, see below.

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Taraji’s light-hearted character, Jackie, needed a fun hairstyle to match. We styled her medium length bob with Bumble and Bumble products to keep each style voluminous and touchable. The Defrizz kept her hair both smooth and bouncy.

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Latoya plays a “no nonsense” career woman. To keep each strand of her mid-back length hair in place I used a pomade to smooth her fly-aways and the Redken Shine Flash spray to keep her mane shiny and beautiful.

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Gladys Knight, the family matriarch kept her short styles chic. Using a ¾ inch flat iron I beveled her hair into place. Her hair was coiffed with Redken Shine Flash spray and detailed with the Sebastian Reshaper Spray.

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We kept Imani’s, played by Shannon Kane, enviable curls intact by using Deva Chan products. We started each day by cleansing with the No Poo, conditioning with the Heaven in Hair, and setting the curls with the Arc Angel gel. We added a braid in most scenes to highlight Imani’s romantic personality.

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Ana Isabelle’s hair was a huge aspect of Randi’s vivacious character. We used the Bumble and Bumble Defrizz and Schwarzkopf Grip mousse during her blow dry. Whether her hair was flat ironed pin straight or curled into big sexy waves, these added shape, hold, and volume to each style.

Monae Everett: Monae Everett is an NY hair and makeup artist with over 14 years of experience. Her recent work has graced runways at New York Fashion Week for international designers and top beauty magazines. She recently worked on Project Runway and as the key hairstylist for the upcoming movie feature Seasons of Love.

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Movie Synopsis: Kyla (LeToya Luckett, “Single Ladies”) and Amir’s (Cleo Anthony, “Divergent”) new romance is thrown for a loop when Amir’s father (Richard Portnow) suddenly passes away and Kyla’s ex, Miles (Rob Riley, “Hit the Floor”), comes back into the picture. The two struggle to determine what truly matters to them in this story of life, love, and family. Taraji P. Henson stars and executive produces, while Gladys Knight, Shannon Kane, and Cliff “Method Man” Smith also star.

Lusters’ YOU Be-Natural Product Launch Event in NYC

Luster’s has done it again. The same people who brought you my childhood go to Pink Oil Moisturizer, have released a new product line, this one target’s the natural hair sector. It’s their new YOU Be-Natural Line. Which is all about learning to work with your natural hair texture.

Luster’s You Be-Natural Botanical Curl Stretch and Defining Treatment was the featured product of the night. According to hairstylist, Lusters’ ambassador, Kevin “K.P. the Texture Man”  Pendleton, the You Be-Natural Botanical Curl Stretch and Defining Treatment alone doesn’t stretch and relax the curl, it’s the (optional) heat used with the treatment. Hair color, relaxers, and other chemicals can strip the protein in hair by at least 30%. The treatment is made of plant-based amino acids that bind to the hair, restoring any protein loss. This allows moisture to penetrate the hair shaft.

Pendelton explained that if you can choose to use heat for more intense results. The product is sealed into the hair shaft by the flat-iron and acts as an anti-humectant, so you can expect less frizz. Most of us wouldn’t mind minimizing our frizz, especially in the spring and summer. YOU Be-Natural’s number 1 claim is that they simply stretch your hair’s natural curl with no risk of permanent changes. They even claim that the with proper care and the use of sulfate-free shampoos you can expect your stretched, reduced frizz look to last for 4-8 weeks

While I haven’t had a chance to personally use the product, I’d love to try it on a client. This treatment only runs about $18 and is sold in most beauty supply stores. Check out the photos from the Luster’s You Be-Natural Botanical Curl Stretch and Defining Treatment event held at the Dream Hotel in NYC. Lusters’ also included beauty pampering for the attendees. All photos provided by Keston Duke.

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Makeup Artist Daneille Lewis providing makeovers to attendees
Makeup Artist Daneille Lewis providing makeovers to attendees
Makeup Artist Etzel Ecleston Lewis providing makeovers to attendees
Makeup Artist Etzel Ecleston Lewis providing makeovers to attendees
Some Attendants received manicures
Some Attendants received manicures
There were masseurs on deck
There were masseurs on deck
lovely attendents
lovely attendants

Julian Addo, host

That girl looks really familiar... it's ME, Monae Everett
That girl looks really familiar… it’s ME, Monae Everett
Kevin Pentelton, product developer and stylist, along side host Julian Addo
Kevin Pentelton, product developer and stylist, alongside host Julian Addo

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Super natural looking protective style. It's a wig!
Super natural looking protective style. It’s a wig!
I'm looking this 4c beauty
I’m loving this 4c beauty
Julian Addo, of Bella Kinks, event host, received a lovely surprise birthday cake.
Julian Addo, of Bella Kinks, event host, received a lovely surprise birthday cake.
pretty natural updo
pretty natural updo
Lovely Banto knots
Lovely Bantu knots
Gorgeous updo on model Kilana using synthetic hair
Gorgeous updo on model Kilana using synthetic hair
Beautiful hair color and style on 4c model
Beautiful hair color and style on 4c model
Beautiful look on model
Beautiful look on model
Look 2 on short haired 4c model
Look 2 on short haired 4c model
All of the models and the 3 on stage hair stylists struck a pose.

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Gorgeous updo on model Kilana using synthetic hair
Gorgeous updo on model Kilana using synthetic hair

 

Gorgeous updo on model Kilana using synthetic hair
Gorgeous updo on model Kilana using synthetic hair

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Julian Addo, of Bella Kinks, event host
Julian Addo, of Bella Kinks, event host

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Theresa Luster, Presedent of Luster Products
Theresa Luster, President of Luster Products