Get the Look: Yaya Dacosta's Festive Updo

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It seems like curly-hair chicas don’t always get a lot of love when it comes to festive party updo ideas. So often, we end up straightening it for a big event or just wearing it down—but Yaya DaCosta is ready to change that!

The beautiful model-actress showed off an asymmetrical curly updo on the red carpet last night that’s fun, sexy, and—maybe the best part—so easy to recreate.

Hairstylist Carlos Vera explains how:

1. The key to this look is focusing on making your curls defined and frizz-free, and the way to do that is to give them a ton of moisture. Start with a curly hair shampoo and conditioner (Carlos likes Pantene Curly Hair Series, pantene.com). Don’t wash all the conditioner out of your hair, and add in at least a quarter-size amount of curl cream (Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, $17, kinky-curly.com, is a must-try) when strands are still wet. Then, just diffuse or air-dry.

2. Now, on one side of your head, softly twist and pin up sections of curls with bobby pins.

3. On the other side, gently pull your curls up and out with your fingers to create extra volume.  Then, to keep curls perfectly intact, spray strands with an anti-humidity hairspray, like Alterna Bamboo Smoooth, $18, beauty.com.

There you have it—an easy, festive updo for naturally curly Afro-Latinas!

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