We witness the sheer beauty of blackness several times in Kelly Rowland’s Coffee video –different representations of skin colour, hair textures and body sizes. Kelly and beautiful brown-skinned women are draped in colours ranging from brown and chocolate to cappuccino and espresso. The video’s message is clear: just like how coffee comes in different forms, similarly there isn’t one way to define black beauty. Kelly’s hairstyle changes definitely steals the show! Celebrity hairstylist Nikki Nelms created all the different looks. Find inspiration from the three statement hairstyles in this iconic video, and follow the tips to perfect them.
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The twisted ponytail
Ponytails don’t always have to fall down your back – allow them to reach for the sky by creating styles with twists. Defy gravity with your ponytail by maintaining it with a braid holding spray. In Kelly’s video, her hairstylist slicked her natural hair back, then tied a low braided ponytail and suspended it in a twist style. To maintain it, use an edge-taming gel to keep your edges sleek, then add styling gel to avoid flaking and frizzing of your natural hair.
The angled Afro
Dramatic 80s angled Afros are back and bigger than ever in puffs and geometric shapes. Kelly rocks a big angled Afro cut, shaped to perfection. Keep yours nourished and healthy by washing and conditioning your ‘fro with products containing essential oils like olive and argan. As you shape and style your hair, use an Afro comb with wide bristles to avoid breakage and tangling. Apply a moisturising butter to keep your ‘fro shiny and lush, and to lock in moisture into every strand.
Extra-long braid ponytail
Extra-long braids are sweeping the floors, and ponytails are longer, intricate and futuristic. Kelly looks majestic in a braided high ponytail. Let yours cascade to the floor. Long ponytails can be heavy and tug at your hair, so it’s important to treat your hairline with a conditioning gel. Protect your natural hair from breakage by conditioning before you tie it up to seal in moisture, and keep your hair healthy and strong. To keep your hair extension looking fresh, use a braid mist once a day for a longer-lasting look.