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What are some updo hairstyles for natural black hair?

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An updo for natural black hair is a French twist that incorporates side cornrows. Braid side cornrows, leaving a 2- by 2-inch afro section knot pinned up front. Twist 1-inch sections of the braids as though they are pin curls along the center of the head, and pin them down.

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Another idea for braided natural hair is to take 1/2-inch sections starting from the bottom left side and twisting them back toward the center of the nape of the neck. Secure the twists, and move up section by section, stopping at the natural part. Repeat the process on the right side, leaving the deepest side of the part loose to style later. Twist or curl the ends of the twists at the center into loose loops, and secure. Style the front section in a similar fashion, and connect it to the center loops.

A top knot with a pompadour is a simple updo that can be done with or without braids. Gather all of the hair into a high ponytail except a 2- by 2-inch section in front. Twist the ponytail into a knot, and secure. Finish the look by back-combing the front section, leaving the hair along the hairline smooth. Comb the smooth section over the back-combed section, and secure it with a bobby pin.

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