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Prom Hair: Easy Curly Hair Updo - Steal Thandie Newton's Hairstyle


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Thandie (Tan-dee) Newton which means "Beloved" has gorgeous naturally curly hair. Although born in Africa to an authentic princess, the star grew up in England, home to her father.

The actress is known for her work in TV's ER and in Mission Impossible II with Tom Cruise. She also won acclaim for her role in the film Crash.

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When she strolls down the Red Carpet, Thandie often wears her natural curls up in a variety of soft twists and chignons that look absolutely stunning.

Steal Thandie's Twisted Style

One of the secrets to Thandie's healthy hair is the fact that she keeps her natural curls well moisturized.

Whether she is wearing her strands curly or straightened, she prefers off-the-face styles.

Hair twists and updos are very popular now due to a return to more ladylike, prim and proper fashions.

Thandie's chic updo is designed around a sleek sweep of hair gathered into a pony that rests at the back of the crown.

Her natural curls are allowed to billow out over the top of the base. Carefully tousled, the ends are loosely secured against the back of the scalp to form a soft curly bun.

Thandies gorgeous curly hair updo would be perfect to wear to any Prom, wedding or other dressy hair event. It is relatively easy to create and even better, does not require any straightening of natural curls. This style could also work on naturally wavy hair or straight hair that has been turned up a notch with a curling iron or hot curlers.

To steal Thandie's updo completely the following steps:

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Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair with your normal products designed for your current hair type, texture and condition.

Shampoo & Conditioner to try for naturally curly strands: PhytoSpecific Vital Force Shampoo and PhytoSpecific - Vital Force Creme Bath

Step 2: Gently towel blot your hair with a thick towel designed to help absorb moisture. Avoid rubbing hair vigorously to avoid frizz. Continue to gently blot hair until all excess moisture is removed.

Step 3: Mix a cocktail of leave-in conditioner and frizz buster in the palms of your hands. Apply to damp strands to help keep hair soft and frizz free.

Frizz Fighters to try for naturally curly strands: Phytodefrisant - Relaxing Baum - 3.3 fl oz (100ml) and John Frieda - Frizz Ease - Original Formula Hair Serum Dropper

Step 4: Apply a tennis ball size of mousse to the palms of your hands. Distribute well through damps strands in order to provide just the right balance of moisture and sheen.

Step 5: Use a wide toothed comb to detangle gently and make sure that the applied styling products are well distributed.

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Note: Avoid using gels or similar styling products which will make hair stick and tacky. For a softer, more natural curl, stick with mousse or very light cream.

Step 6: Use a long finger diffuser attachment with your blow dryer. Use the diffuser's long fingers to lift sections of hair and allow them to rest in the bowl of the diffuser as you dry the selected sections.

Step 7: Work in small sections around the entire perimeter of your head until all of the curls have been diffused dry.

Step 8: When hair is 100%, use fingers or hair pick to separate and refine curls.

Step 9: For more definition apply a tiny bit of hair wax to the palms of the hands. Soften the wax and then using fingers, lightly apply to curls to add definition.

Note: If desired, use a curling iron to spot curl random sections.

Step 10: Using fingers, direct hair back from the face and pull into a tight ponytail secured by a "hair friendly" Blax, Bungee or other elastic in the same color as your strands. The base of the pony should rest at the back of the crown.

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Step 11: Use fingers to gently tousle and fan the curls cascading from the newly formed ponytail into the shape of a soft chignon bun.

Step 12: Select random pieces and pin the curled ends under so that the bobby pin rests against the scalp and helps to hold the bun's desired shape.

Step 13: Apply a shine serum and carefully brush over the top of the bun.

Step 14: Spray well with soft hold hairspray.

Step 15: Attach an elegant hair flower, jeweled barrette or other chic hair accessory to complete the look.


With just a little bit of practice anyone with natural curls can easily create this soft and elegant twist. This style can also be created on naturally wavy tresses or straight strands which have been curled with a hot iron or rollers.

Mix it up a little and play with this style on pre-straightened or softly waved tresses. Dress the style up or down by using a wide range of accessories.

This style is stunning and never goes out of fashion.

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