In case you didn’t know, my friend Felicia Leatherwood is a genius with natural hair! Anyone who’s been to one of her Loving Your Hair With Natural Care Workshops can testify! If you are seeking tips for natural hair, you need to be a member of her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter – she offers a wealth of information and inspiration for both new transitioners and longtime naturals!

I reached out to Felicia for an Afrobella exclusive. It’s the holidays and just about every weekend there’s a fabulous holiday event to attend! I asked her for tips on styling natural hair for the holidays, and she delivered and then some! The styles you’ll see below are all by Felicia Leatherwood, and the makeup is by Nicole Evans. Stay tuned for her holiday makeup tips! Take it away Felicia!!

When thinking of ways to style your hair for the holidays, think of updo styles. Not only do updo styles look elegant with your holiday fashions, updos also protect your hair from getting snagged when you wear your sweaters and coats for the winter.

Popcorn twist-out puffs

Jazz up your hair with a colorful feather when going to holiday parties! After untwisting your hair, take sections of your hair, fold, tuck and pin to create the popcorn twist out look. This hairstyle works great with dresses, long or short.

Pin Up the Sides

Pin up the sides to add a sleek sides up look and bring out your cheek bones and neck line. This styles works great with low-cut, v-neck and open necklines.

I Love Lucy Afro Puff Style

Create a braided updo w/a curly fro ponytail piece on the front to add more fro to your fro. This style works great with anything in your wardrobe.

Twist-out Swoop

Double strand twist your 4a hair dry after blowing out. Let the double strand twists set over night and unravel. Swoop a portion of your hair across your forehead to add a little bit of naughty to your twistout and pin up the rest.

Holiday TWA.

When it comes to spicing things up with your TWA for New Year parties, accessorize with fancy headbands. You will find these cute headbands in a variety of colors and styles at places like Target and your local beauty supply.

LOVE Felicia’s styles! She’s got me thinking of trying something new – I plan to experiment with twists as a protective style this winter, and I also finally feel ready to rock a feather hair accessory (I’ve always thought they wouldn’t stand out with the texture of my hair!). And I also MUST recommend Claire’s as a source for cool headbands and hair accessories for new naturals. You may wind up shopping next to an eight-year-old, but the prices are right! I just got some AMAZING bobby pins for $1!

What’s your favorite style here?

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