Beauty Guru: Easy, Sassy Date Night Updo for Natural Hair

One of my beauty resolutions paid off in a big way with the fellas this year. I decided to try different hairstyles to get out of the hair rut I found myself in. One hairstyle that my special guy thinks is hot is my slanted curly faux hawk. This updo is sassy and sexy, especially when worn with drop or chandelier earrings. It's perfect for date night.

What You Need

Prep

  1. Section hair off into three sections (left section, middle section, and right section).
  2. Shorten the middle section by parting it about an inch or two above the nape.
  3. Divide this section and gather it with the left and right sections.
  4. Using your finger tip, scoop out a little bit of styling gel, rub it between your palms, and work it through one of your sections.
  5. Smooth it with your brush.
  6. Secure with a covered elastic.
  7. Repeat steps four through six for the other two sections.

Side Sections

  1. Start with either the right side or left.
  2. Release section from elastic.
  3. Braid hair as if you are creating large cornrow or French braid.
  4. Continue braiding around the side of the head until there is no more hair left to braid.
  5. Do the same for the other side.
  6. Twist the two braided ends together into a two-strand twist.
  7. Lift the twisted end up and hold in place on the head with a bobby pin.

Middle Section (The Hawk)

  1. Release section from elastic.
  2. Starting from the front, create a horizontal section about half an inch to one-inch thick.
  3. Apply a little bit of your hair butter to the section and brush it in.
  4. Create a flat twist in the direction you want your hawk to slant. If you want it to stand straight up do a single two-strand twist instead.
  5. Place a satin-covered roller at the end of the twist and roll it up to the root.
  6. Secure roller in place.
  7. Repeat steps two through six until there is no more hair left in the middle section to twist.
  8. Cover hair in a satin bonnet or tie a satin scarf around it.

Setting time may vary depending on how defined you want the curls of your hawk to be. Four hours can provide a decent set. I like to either do my hair early in the morning or the night before then let it set until about an hour before I go out.

Styling

  1. After the hair has set for the desired time you chose, remove the scarf and rollers.
  2. Separate the twists.
  3. Fluff and stretch to create the height and slant you desire.

I know it seems like there are a lot of steps to this style. Once you do get into the process, it does not take long. Prep time is about half an hour for me. I let my hair to set for a long time -- about 12-18 hours -- because I need the set to stretch my hair and define the curl. Styling takes about an additional 10 minutes.

Do you have a favorite date night hairstyle for your natural hair?

ShawnTe Pierce is a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru and writes about beauty and fashion for her blog SJP's Fashion Updates as well for Yahoo! Voices, Daily Glow and other places on the web (sounds mysterious doesn't it?). Follow me on Twitter or at Fashion Sense on Facebook.