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4 Easy-to-Recreate African-American Hairstyles

1. Angell Conwell

For bouncy, defined curls, start by applying a heat protecting defining gel like Ouidad Climate Control Gel, $22 to damp hair. Diffuse until dry then wrap quarter-inch sections of hair around a small-barrel curling iron. Curl sections of hair in different directions to create texture. Then, once your entire head is curled, rake in a small amount of hair cream like Hamadi Beauty Shea Hair Cream, $24 to individually piece out curls to add further definition, says Pohl.

2. Tatyana Ali

To get this glam, curly updo, start by applying a gel that will relax your hair and protect it from heat styling like Davines Defining Relaxing Fluid, $19.99. Next, blow dry hair using a round brush, making sure to lift it at the roots while directing hair flow from the dryer downwards to create mega volume and shine. Once hair is dry, start wrapping small sections of hair around a small-barreled iron (try Amika Tourmaline Clip-Free Curler, $128). To create the updo, spin individual curls around a finger and start pinning them to the back of your head, leaving front pieces out to frame your face. Finish by misting with a strong-hold hairspray, says Pohl.

3. Gabrielle Union

To get loose waves, apply a setting lotion and blow dry hair straight. Lightly mist small sections of hair with hairspray like Kerastase Double Force Multi-Protective Hairspray, $36 before wrapping around a one-and-a-quarter-inch iron. Next, put a bit of texturizer like L’Oréal Professional Texture Expert Lumi Controle, $22.99 into your hands and rake through your curls with your fingers to add definition.

4. Jennifer Hudson

For a thick, on-trend side braid, start by applying a small amount of hair wax like Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip, $24 to palms and rub hands together to emulsify. Work the product evenly through dry hair with fingertips. Use a comb to tease the bottom half of your hair to create the gritty texture and volume then pull hair to one side and begin braiding. Secure with an elastic and then use your hands to loosen up the braid for that messy-in-a-good way look, says Pohl.

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