#TeamBeautiful got the chance to escape to Miami to learn more about Beautiful Textures’ “Texture Manageability System” and on that trip, we were introduced to celebrity hairstylist, Felicia Leatherwood. Felicia has had her fabulous fingers in the tresses of actress, Nicole Ari Parker and musician, Jill Scott. Both of these beauties like rocking versatile hairstyles, but fully embrace the natural hair movement.
Natural hair has become a heavily embraced way for many Black women to accept and love the hair that’s growing from their scalps, just the way it is. So when the celebrities are allowing their curls to coil free atop their heads, we know the trend is going to be a must-try for us average Josephines. So we just had to ask Felicia a few need-to-know things about how to get the perfect red carpet-inspired look with our natural tresses. She gave us some amazing tips. Check them out below.
HelloBeautiful: What is the easiest way to maintain natural hair, especially for celebrities on red carpet?
Felicia Leatherwood: Everybody’s so different. I don’t know that there’s an easy way. You have to know your hair. You have to know what your hair texture needs, so the right products for whatever texture you have would be the easiest way. And, you have to have a stylist like me [laughs]. You want to have a good stylist, really. That’ll be the easiest way to maintain on the red carpet is to have a good hairstylist.
HB: How do you help a celebrity or even some of your average clients maintain a look that’s authentically them when it’s natural hair?
FL: Honestly, it’s funny that you ask that because it’s a great question. They call me the “Hair Whisperer,”and part of that is you knowing the person’s hair. You knowing the look. You’re paying attention to their clothes. A lot of times, like when it comes to Jill Scott and Nicole Ari Parker will also let me know–I find out what they’re wearing and whatever they’re wearing, I create from there. I like to do what they call “natural hair sculptures,” like I love working on Tiana Parish because I get to sculpt her hair. She has, like, 16 inches of natural hair and I get to take it and mold it and shape it and make it do stuff and really it loves doing it. So, it just forms. It does its own thing. So, really it’s about finding what the look is gonna be and knowing the client so that you can fit them in the right look.
HB: Do you have tips for a woman who’s struggling to accept her natural hair?
FL: You just need a really good support group, which means the meetups are really important and going to a lot of events that support women with natural hair. So, that’s what you need. You need a team of people supporting you. You could go on YouTube and figure out how to style it in different ways, but really you need a friend you can hang out with and talk to on how to do your hair.
HB: How do you get the right natural up-do?
FL: The right natural up-do usually comes from being creative and knowing that the look you give the client is something that will fit their face. Basically, the best way to get the right natural up-do is really being creative and playing with the client’s hair. It goes right back to just knowing who you’re working with and their style and what looks good on them.
HB: What is one of Jill Scott’s signature looks you’re able to create and how would you tell someone to get that look?
FL: I don’t know that she has a signature look because anybody who knows Jill Scott knows she changes her hair a lot. So, signature wise, I can’t speak about that, but I know that there’s been some hairstyles that I’ve given her that have gotten a lot of great feedback. Pretty much that’s everything because she’s gorgeous and she’s a Barbie, at least for me. So, anything you do to Jill, she looks beautiful. She’s easy. She just wake up looking beautiful. We say, “I woke up like that?” Jill. She looks great all the time.
HB: What do you have to say about someone like Jill who has versatility in their hair because I’ve watched her go from natural to straight to braids to dreds… How do you maintain when you switch it so much?
FL: You really just have to have the right hairstylist. You have to have somebody that knows how to keep you healthy and go with whatever style you’re doing. But, it just has to be healthy. So, you want to make sure you got someone who’s got your hair’s back and that comes from really having a good hairstylist.
HB: What is your favorite natural protective hairstyle?
FL: Double strand twists, really, and then there’s a hairstyle being created on Nicole Ari Parker that I love and you can wear that for a week. Anywhere from 7-10 days, depending on how pretty you sleep and that’s just pretty much a Mohawk. It’s like a little twisted Mohawk with this Afro kinky hair that’s a lot of fun and it’s a great protective style.
Check Out This Gallery Of The Beauties At Beautiful Textures Miami Getaway!
1. Beauties Stay Gorgeous
#TeamBeautiful jetted to Miami for the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer to test drive some of the brand's latest products. Read our review of their "Straightening Texture Manageability" system here: http://bit.ly/1doyK0U and click on for more info on their newest offerings and the recap of the sun-soaked weekend!
2. Taren Guy Keeps It Cute
Taren Guy at the texture manageability system presentation at Dream South Beach.
3. Welcome To Miami!
Chime Edwards checks into Dream South Beach with a smile.
4. Celebrity Hairstylist, Pamela Hogan
Looking SNATCHED for the GAWDS hunty!
5. Beautiful Texture's Own Charlene Dance With Her Hubby
Can't you feel the love!?
6. #TeamBeautiful Was On The Scene, Of Course!
Our Lifestyle Editor, Danielle Young keeps it comfortable and chic in Miami.
7. Beach Yoga Babes
A quick snapshot after the lovely bloggers and editors took a beach yoga class.
8. Hype Hair's Adrienne Moore at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception at Serafina
Check out Adrienne and these amazing Beautiful Textures products. From moisturizer to edge control, these reasonably priced products will create beautiful textures in your hair!
9. Natural Beauties Slay The Scene...
Alexandria Williams of Sporty Afros and Chime Edwards of Haircrush.
10. Sporty Afros Gets Her Hair Straightened
Alexandria Williams is all smiles after receiving the Texture Manageability System (TMS). Her hair is laidddd! The TMS only costs $7.99 and loosens the curl pattern in your hair. It is not a perm nor texturizer. If you don't love it, use a clarifying shampoo and it washes right out!
11. Beauties Chilling Poolside...
Alexis Felder, Jessica Andrews and Danielle Young at breakfast.
12. Dear Angela, We Need This Skirt...
Angela Simmons at the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
13. Angela & Rachel Odom Chat It Up...
Angela Simmons and Rachel Odem at the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
14. Smile For The Camera Ladies!
Angela Simmons and Teedra Moses at the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
15. Beauties Are Healthy, Even On Vacay
Beauty getaway guests woke up early Saturday morning for a beach yoga session.
16. The Beach Treats For Each Guest
Branded beach bags await each attendee.
17. A Beauty Serves Red Flames
Rapper Brianna Perry at the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
18. Beauties Pose For The Camera
Camila Crews, Felicia Leatherwood and Pam Hogan at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception at Serafina.
19. Staying Educated & Fly
Camila Crews and Delali Kpodzo chat after the TMS presentation.
20. Diverse Beauties Keep It Classy
Celeb stylist Pam Hogan, Charlene Dance of Strength Of Nature and celeb stylist Felicia Leatherwood at the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
21. Strength Of Nature's Global Marketing Director
Charlene Dance makes remarks at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception.
22. Charlene Loves All The Beautiful Editors!
Charlene Dance thanks guests Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
23. This Style & Beauty Doc Is In the Myx!
Danielle Gray is in the Myx Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
24. Divas Who Dine
The StyleBlazer's Danielle Kwateng and Rachel Odem at Catch in Miami-for the Diva Dinner.
Danielle Kwateng, Rachel Odem and Delali Kpodzo at Catch Miami for the Diva Dinner.
26. Smiling Beauties
Danielle Kwateng, Tia Williams, Nikki Ogunnaike and Shirea Carroll at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception at Serafina in Miami.
27. StyleBlazer's Got A Question!
Danielle Kwateng gives feedback at the Texture Manageability System presentation at the Dream South Beach.
28. Beauties In The Sunlight
Danielle Young, Alexis Felder, Jessica Andrews, Tammie Reed and Delali Kpodzo at Dream South Beach.
29. It's All About Hair Education
Celebrity Hairstylist, Felicia Leatherwood explains how the Texture Manageability System works.
30. A Bevy Of Beauties
Vibe's Deena Campbell, Juicy Magazine's Shirea Carroll, Shake Your Beauty' Tia Williams, Glamour.coms Nikki Ogunnaike and Madame Noire's Brande Victorian pose for the camera.
31. Serving Lupita Realness
Delali Kpodzo at the welcome reception.
32. Beauties Chat & Chew In Miami
Deya Smith and Tammie Reed at Catch Miami for the Diva Dinner.
33. Guests Serve Colorful Print Realness
Jacqueline Yates, Melanie Martin, Shirea Carroll, and Mecca Moore at the cocktail mixer.
34. Oh You Fancy, Huh?
Jacqueline Yates at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception.
35. Beautiful Ladies, Beautiful Night
Jamishia Smith and a guest at the cocktail mixer.
36. A Few Of Our Faves!
Jessica Andrews and Alexis Felder at Catch Miami for the Diva Dinner.
37. Beauties Stay Fly Under The Sun
Jessica Andrews, Alexis Felder and Danielle Gray at the Texture Manageability System Presentation at Dream South Beach.
38. K. Foxx Keeps The Energy Up
K.Foxx hosts the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
39. K. Foxx & Angela Simmons Serve Sass
K.Foxx and Angela Simmons in the Penthouse at Dream South Beach.
40. Three Boss Ladies
K.Foxx, Charlene Dance, and Angela Simmons at Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
41. K. Foxx & Teedra Moses Steal A Moment
K.Foxx and Teedra Moses at Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
42. K. Foxx After Interviewing Tia Williams
K.Foxx and Tia Williams in the Penthouse at Dream South Beach.
43. The Goodies Are Ready For The Beauties
Kamla Kay is ready to welcome the guests with a smile and plenty of Srength Of Nature products.
44. Kimmy Got Soul Talking Beauty
Kimberly Walker unveils Talkingtexture.com at the Texture Manageability System Presentation.
45. A Beauty Rocks A Short, Funky 'Do...
Melky Jean at the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
46. Beauties Keep Their Smiles Bright
Morgan Gantt and Jamishia Smith at Catch Miami for the Diva Dinner.
47. Beautiful Ladies
Morgan Gantt, Tammie Reed and Kendolyn Harris at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception at Serafina Miami.
48. Causal Cuties
Nikki Ogunnaik and Tia Williams at The Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception.
49. Beautypreneur Rachel Odem Stays Fabulous...
Rachel Odem at the Texture Manageability System presentation.
50. Her Hair Is LAIDDDDD!
Shirea Carroll at the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
51. It's Like A Postcard
Shirea Carroll is Miami fabulous at Dream South Beach.
52. Keeping It Cute
Strength Of Nature staffers Camila Crews and Kimberly Walker at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception at Serafina Miami.
53. Let's Talk...With Tammie
Tammie Reed at the Texture Manageability System presentation at Dream South Beach.
54. Beautiful Shades Of Brown
Taren Guy, Alexis Felder, Danielle Gray and Jessica Andrews at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception at Serafina Miami.
55. Triple Beauty
Taren Guy, Danielle Young and Ty Alexander at Catch Miami for the Diva Dinner.
56. Work Hard, Play Harder
Taren Guy chronicles the presentation on Youtube at the Texture Manageability System presentation.
57. The Glamour Behind The Scenes
Behind the scenes at the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
58. Chilling With Style
Thuy-An Julien from iTunes at the Texture Manageability System Presentation.
59. Staying Fashionable In Black & White
Beautiful Textures Editoral Director and HelloBeautiful's Style & Beauty Editor, Ty Alexander at the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
60. I'm Not Sorry
Ty Alexander and Taren Guy at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception.
61. Keeping Everyone Informed
Ty Alexander of Talkingtexture.com, shares info on the blog at the Texture Manageability System Presentation.
62. Never...Ever Sorry
Ty Alexander at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway Welcome Reception.
63. These Girls Are Our Hair Crushes
Vaughn Moore and Chime Edwards at Catch Miami for The Diva Dinner.
64. Beauties Enjoy A Night Out
Vaughn Moore, Jamishia Smith Pam Hogan and a guest at the Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
65. Vaughn Moore Relaxes With Some Myx
Moore is in the Myx Beautiful Textures Ultimate Beauty Getaway Cocktail Mixer.
66. The Boss Of 135th Street Agency
135th's Founder, Shante Bacon serves up some serious sass in these funky shorts.
67. Ebony.com's Beauty & Style Editor Looks GORG!
Check out Melanie Martin looking stunning on the Dream Hotel's rooftop.
68. Flower Child
EBONY's Associate Beauty & Grooming Editor, Jacqueline Yates looks so adorable in her flowery ensemble.
69. Coloful Cutie
Glamour.com's Nikki Ogunnaike poses in her fabulous and colorful dress. We want!
70. Think PYNK!
Pynk Magazine's Mecca Moore serves up tomboy chic and shows us how it's done.
71. Guests Myx & Mingle
This beautiful guest smiles it up while enjoying the Beautiful Textures reception.