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Style: Normani on Her Shape-Shifting Hair, Braiding Rituals, and Lifelong Beauty Muses

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  Need A New Winter Hair Color? I Love ‘Liquid Brunette’ Right now, I’m guessing that cozy sweaters have become your BFF and your daily commute starts in the dark. It’s at this point that lighter hair starts to feel a bit oxymoronic. Trends like ‘glow lights‘, ‘tweed blonde’, and ‘golden-hour balayage‘ served us well all summer. For me, though, those soft looks just don’t hit right come winter. I know I’m not alone in wanting my hair to have a bit more depth and mystery at this time of year. ‘Mousy brown hair’ and ‘expensive brunette‘ are popular Google searches this week. (Dark hair offset statement lips and jewel-tone manicures, after all.

Texture Diaries is a space for Black people across industries to reflect on their journeys to self-love and how accepting their hair, in all its glory, played a pivotal role in this process. Each week, they share their favorite hair rituals, products, and the biggest lessons they’ve learned when it comes to affirming their beauty and owning their unique hair texture.

When it comes to Normani, you can expect incredible vocals and mesmerizing dance moves every time. The 26-year-old pop superstar, who, since leaving Fifth Harmony, has staked her claim on the top of the charts with solo hits like 2019’s “Motivation” and this year’s ballad, “Fair,” also serves up much inspiration in the hair department. The New Orleans native has whipped through a multitude of head-swiveling styles, from a purple ombré ponytail to crimped, flowing mermaid tresses. “As people, we have so many different dimensions and layers; I might be one way one day, and the next, I might totally change it up,” says Normani, clad in a seafoam green dress with her lengths pulled back sleekly. “I should be allowed to express myself that way, despite society always trying to put us in a box.”

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“I absolutely adored this voluminous hairstyle for the Versace show in Milan.” © Photo: Jacob Webster/Courtesy of Normani “I absolutely adored this voluminous hairstyle for the Versace show in Milan.”

The confidence to color outside the lines—artistically and beautywise—stems from the spirit of her family. “Despite not seeing that much representation in the beauty space on television growing up, my parents really reminded me that I was beautiful and that my chocolate skin and my kinky coils were my superpowers,” explains Normani. As a young kid, she recalls staying up late the night before school to lay on her mother’s lap and get her hair braided. “Sometimes I’d fall asleep, and she’d prop me up, do one side, then flip me over as I slept and do the other side,” she says with a laugh. “I’d wake up, and it would be all done.” It’s these special times centered on hair and family that are cemented in her memory. “Having bonding moments like these with my mom is super special to me,” she continues. “I could go to school and not necessarily see myself, but still feel proud of me.”

This $5 Shampoo Gave My Hair Shine Like I’ve Never Seen

  This $5 Shampoo Gave My Hair Shine Like I’ve Never Seen I’m by no means a snob when it comes to hair care. I love the likes of ARKIVE (dreamed up by hairstylist Adam Reed and newly available in the U.S.) as well as OGX (trust me when I say the argan oil is second to none). But over the past year I’ve found myself gravitating to the more luxury brands, particularly when it comes to shampoo and conditioner. There’s a reason for this. I bleached my hair and dyed it midnight blue (cue lots of upkeep and inevitable damage), then dived headfirst into all manner of trending haircuts, like the Italian bob. A lot of Instagram-worthy crops now require razor cutting, a technique some stylists say gives hair a mind of its own.

“This was right after Tresemmé’s New York Fashion Week panel, where I spoke with amazing women about Tresemmé’s Power Your Style Project, a commitment to advocate for every woman’s truest expression of her personal style.” © Photo: Courtesy of Normani “This was right after Tresemmé’s New York Fashion Week panel, where I spoke with amazing women about Tresemmé’s Power Your Style Project, a commitment to advocate for every woman’s truest expression of her personal style.” “These Tresemmé products are great for protecting against frizz for smooth, shiny hair.” © Photo: Courtesy of Normani “These Tresemmé products are great for protecting against frizz for smooth, shiny hair.”

During her Fifth Harmony days especially, Normani was constantly changing her hair. “I was the daredevil in the group,” she says, noting she wore her hair short, long, textured, straight, blue, and red. “I would just get bored quickly.” The biggest risk she took during that time? “I tried to rock a pixie cut, and it didn’t quite come out the way I thought it would,” she admits. “But I think I’ll be in a place soon where I might want to try it out again.” Today she also wants to explore more braided styles inspired by one of her greatest music and beauty idols. “Alicia Keys has always inspired me,” she says. “I think that was the first concert I ever went to. I loved the different patterns she’d create with her hair and the beads she’d add to it.” Another above-the-neck muse is Naomi Campbell, whom she paid homage to on Halloween in 2020. “Growing up, my mom would always call me baby Naomi,” she says.

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“Getting ready for the Burberry show in Milan. I loved how this look turned out.” © Photo: Jacob Webster/ Courtesy of Normani “Getting ready for the Burberry show in Milan. I loved how this look turned out.”

If Normani has a signature style, it’s a high-slung ponytail, which she has worn since she was young. “I used the Tresemmé Volumizing Spray on it today,” she tells me, pointing to her not-a-hair-out-of-place updo. “It’s lightweight and not stiff.” Additionally, wigs are a go-to for styling versatility and protecting her hair’s health, especially on the road. “They allow me to have the glamour but also keep my hair underneath intact,” she says. And just as important as it is to have easy, protective styles to turn to while performing is having her trusted hairstylist, Ashanti Lation, on hand. “She’s the natural-hair guru,” says Normani. “I trust her with my life when it comes to my hair.”

Whether it’s how she wants to wear her hair or the next move in her music career, the lessons Normani keeps coming back to are to tune out the noise and believe in yourself. “There was a point where I started believing every negative opinion and projection placed upon me,” she explains. “[But] at the end of the day, I’ve learned someone’s always going to have something negative to say, and there are so many other people who are inspired by your presence. So do what you want and know that you’re beautiful.”

Scalp Care & Protective Styles: What You Need To Know To Maintain Healthy Hair

  Scalp Care & Protective Styles: What You Need To Know To Maintain Healthy Hair My favorite feeling in the world is the delusion that wraps around you when you first take your hair out of its protective style. After around two months, you might convince yourself that your hair has grown so swiftly, it will be Rapunzel-esque in length. Of course, the delusion quickly makes way for disappointment when it’s likely your hair has maybe grown ⅛ of an inch in that entire time. But I have to break it to you. If you really want to see growth, you’ve got to take care of your scalp — even in protective styles — because here’s the thing: they aren’t miracle workers.

“My hairstylist, Ashanti Lation, killed it with these twin-tails and side-stitch braids for the Diesel show in Milan.” © Photo: Matilde Riccardi / Courtesy of Normani “My hairstylist, Ashanti Lation, killed it with these twin-tails and side-stitch braids for the Diesel show in Milan.”

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