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Janelle Monae Inspired Jeweled Updo

Get the Look: Janelle Monae

Each March, we observe Women’s History Month to celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history and present-day. So, T-Roots team up with a few of our favorite bloggers to to pay homage to iconic women in beauty by recreating their signature hairstyles.

Michelle Thames (@naturalista86) showed us how to get Tracee Ellis Ross’s beautiful ringlets via a flexirod set. Now, natural hair influencer Takeya (@takeya_monique) shares her steps to emulate Janelle Monae’s 2017 Golden Globes bejeweled updo.

Janelle Monae is a triple threat who has been wowing us since she first appeared alongside Outkast in the early aughts. She’s known for her trademark black and white tuxedo, but her other signature style is her beautiful natural hair. Janelle typically wears her hair in super creative updos like pompadours, buns, pin rolls, and braided mohawks, which are always so effortless—especially on the red carpet.

On why Janelle is a beauty icon, Takeya says, “Her style is very unique and she dominates any platform—be it music, fashion (she rocks black and white like no other), or acting. She wows us with her natural tresses each and every time! Not to mention she's in two of the hottest films of 2017: Moonlight and Hidden Figures.”

Janelle Monae Inspired Updo

Takeya recreated Janelle’s updo using crafting beads from Micheal's, bobby pins, flexi-rods, T-Roots Butter Curls defining creme and 5-in-1 Oil. You can follow these steps to get the look:

  1. Carefully place beads on bobby pins...about 30-40 pins.
  2. On freshly washed hair, use Butter Curls as a styler for a flexirod set. Let hair air dry overnight or use a hooded dryer for less drying time.
  3. Take down rods once hair is fully dried. Rub a dime-sized amount of the 5-in-1 Oil into the palm of your hands and separate curls. This will help to add shine and eliminate frizz.
  4. Use a wide tooth comb to help loosen curls.
  5. Begin to pin your hair up by placing the beaded bobby pins throughout your hair. Use as many or as little as you like to get the Janelle Monae look!

Could you see yourself trying this hairstyle at home? Let us know in the comments.

Image Credits: Janelle Monae Instagram; Takeya McCollum.

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