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Inspiration comes in many forms. Our opinions are formed by our surroundings and the environments we’re exposed to. Growing up I was always trying to emulate my Mother’s classic style. Her short curly bob and her simple red lip are forever branded in my style vault. Mommy will always be my #1 style inspiration and I catch myself looking more and more like her every day. Style icons these days are few and far between in my opinion. There are a few hairstyle icons who stand out, and they’ve inspired us all throughout the years. Here are a few of my favorites and some looks I created inspired by them using the amazing Camille Rose Naturals now available at Target!
Solange’s look is imitated by many. I must admit I’ve tried to re-create a look or two I’ve seen on her Instagram feed. Honestly though her looks serve as a true inspiration to be truly and wholly oneself. Seeing her rock her ‘fro un-apologetically or add extensions or accessorize with hats gives me LIFE! To re-create this look I used the Fresh Curl Hair Smoother to wake up my curls. This moisturizer is rich with avocado oil and castor oil and is not heavy or oily at all. It’s definitely my new favorite product -it also smells like cotton candy! Love!
Moisturizing when wearing hats or accessories is so important. Hats, caps, and decorative head bands can be very drying, but a good moisturizer with a good oil vs water balance can do wonders! Fresh Curl is one of them! Using a wide headband I pushed my day 4 wash ‘n go down to make putting the hat on easier. I loved that her floppy hat did not hide her hair making her ‘fro the star of the look.
Blast from the past! I absolutely love looks from the 60s and 70s. The hairstyles from this time exuded pride and self-confidence. None other than the fabulous Pam Grier (also known as Coffy Brown) emulated this perfectly. I love how fierce her afro was and I’m surprisingly thankful that my hair is at a length to re-create my version. For this look I used the Curl Love Milk. When you are trying to create volume you don’t want a moisturizer with a whole lot of water. Water is great for moisture but will invite shrinkage, which happens to be an afro party pooper. The Curl Milk is rich and has other moisturizers to balance the water like avocado oil and castor oil. My hair felt moisturized and fluffy after using only a nickel sized amount to fluff. I then used a wide toothed comb (a pick would work too!) to get the volume on top. FOXAY!
I couldn’t leave out one of my style icons for this list of inspirational divas! Ms. Monae epitomizes what it means to DO YOU BOO and I am here for all of it. Sometimes it takes someone you don’t know to inspire you to try new things! Her classic style is basically trademarked with her name. She’s always rocking some version of a pompadour or heavy bang with slicked down sides, and of course a bright red lip. My hair is not quite long enough to create a true pompadour but the Curl Maker from Camille Rose gave me the elongation to pull my sides back and create this fro-hawk inspired by J.M. herself! My wash ‘n go was pretty old (5-6 days) and at this point my curls had become a mess of frizz. After spritzing with a tad bit of water and using a good amount of Curl Maker on my sides and bangs, I was able to get some additional definition. Not to mention the elongation it gave me so that I could pull back my sides and secure each with bobby pins. This is the first time I didn’t have to use a soft bristle brush to get my edges looking sleek!
Now let me see you do the tightrope!
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The opinions expressed herein are solely mine and Solange Knowles, Pam Grier nor Janelle Monae do not endorse, and is not in any way affiliated with this blog, Target and its products.